Board of Directors

Artistic Director

Paul Gabbard, Creative Director

Paul Gabbard is a member of MICHA-The Michael Chekhov Association and an alumnus of the Eugene O’Neill National Theatre Institute’s Advanced Directing Program.  He has a B.A in General Theatre from Florida State University and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Savannah College of Art and Design. He has a Florida teaching certification and taught middle and high school theatre for 3 years in the public school system.  He hosted a bi-weekly radio show on WUBA public radio called “No Performance Required”. The show is a conservation with North Central Florida’s most exciting theatre artists. His directing credits include Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy, The Birthday Bike Party-A Tribute to Paula Vogel, Daisy’s Adventure-The Juliette Gordon Low Story, and the world premiere of Halloween Moon Rising, an immersive theatre experience. He is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Chorographers Society.

Stephanie Norman, President

Stephanie Norman joined Y-Not Theatre in the fall of 2017 as an ensemble member, then in 2018 became a member of the Board, and currently serves as the Board President. Originally Stephanie joined Y-Not Theatre in an effort to sharpen her acting skills through the ensemble crafting sessions, however, it didn’t take long before she found herself “behind the scenes” rather than on the stage. Stephanie is excited to serve Y-Not Theatre in this new capacity.     

She is also a member of Gainesville Improv Guild and the Founder/ Creative Director of New Heights Improv. She is a Gainesville native as well as alum of Santa Fe College and the University of Florida. 

Stephanie believes that theatre is the mirror to society and that we can dramatically shape the reflection through the use of the performing arts.

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Nicole Caldwell, Secretary

Nicole is a Florida native and a proud University of Florida alum.  She has been an active volunteer with Y-Not Theatre since the beginning, officially joined the board in 2018, and serves as the Secretary.  Nicole also serves on two other nonprofit organizations, as the Treasurer for North Florida Veg Events and the Secretary for The Preserve, Inc.  She is also mom to three kids and two dogs and works full-time at the University of Florida’s Office of Academic Support.  Nicole has many passions, but they all share a common theme: helping others.

Alex Everts, Treasurer

Alex has a wife and son, and owns and operates a fence company in Ocala Florida. He has four dogs, three history degrees, and a great love for theater. He has acted in productions since middle school including at College of Central Florida and at Ocala Civic Theater.

Mimi Carr, Board Member

Mimi Carr was born in Gainesville and grew up by Wewa Pond near Micanopy. After graduating from the University of Florida she went to work in Washington DC, first for a U.S. Congressman and then at the Smithsonian Institution. In 1970 she went back to school and entered the actor training program at Wayne State University in Detroit. She interned at the Alley Theater in Houston and for the next 25 years was a member of the acting companies of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, the PlayMakers Rep in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She returned to Gainesville in the mid 1990’s to assist her mother. While living in Gainesville she created and directed a theatre piece derived from several short stories by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings along with a cooking demonstration. This was performed here Gainesville in 1996 as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of Rawlings’ birth. She continues to perform selections from this piece. She retired from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office in 2018.

Olysha Magruder, Board Member

Olysha lives in Gainesville with her husband, son, and two dogs (plus lots of stray and foster animals). She is twice Gator alumna, having received a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Florida. Her favorite things to do? Craft and art time with her son and going to live events that Y-Not puts on.