Emerald Coast Theatre Company is a non-profit theater company based in Miramar Beach, Florida. Founded in 2012 by Nathanael Fisher, M.F.A. and Anna Fisher, M.A.
ECTC’s mission is to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast community through professional and educational theatre; it operates year-round with a two-fold mission to provide both educational and professional offerings to the Northwest Florida community.
Our vision is to establish the Emerald Coast Theatre Company as a leading producer of high quality professional theatre and performing arts education in Destin and the Emerald Coast region.
Our purpose is to inspire, educate, and empower the community and artists of all ages to achieve the highest level of cultural excellence through collaboration, productions and educational programs that promote lifelong learning and provide excellent, professional entertainment in the Emerald Coast Community.
Staff & Board
Producing Artistic Director
Nathanael Fisher also an adjunct theatre professor at University of West Florida and Gulf Coast State College. A Florida native, he received his B.A. in Theatre Studies from Palm Beach Atlantic University and later went on to receive his M.F.A. in Acting at Regent University. Immediately following undergraduate studies his professional career was launched through the Equity Membership Candidacy Program at Jupiter Theatre. Nathanael has had the pleasure of performing on many of the stages throughout Florida, including American Stage, Eckert Theatre Co., Burt Reynolds Theatre, Angel Garden Theatre, Ballet Florida, The Mark II, Riverside Theatre, and Seaside Music Theatre and on stages across the United States. Favorite roles include Chris in "All My Sons," Pete in "Crazy for You," Sohovic in "Damn Yankees," Gerry in "Dancing at Lughnasa," and Rochefort in Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of "The Three Musketeers." As a producer, he has presented two projects at the Orlando International Fringe Festival and founded the Regent Educational Theatre Tour that performed abridged Shakespeare and socially relevant plays for middle and high school students. Nathanael has directed productions of “reasons to be pretty,” “A Christmas Carol,” and “Anton in Show Business” at University of West Florida and adapted and directed “A Christmas Carol” into a three actor play called “A Dickens Christmas” for Emerald Coast Theatre Company as well as directed “Art” and an adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He has directed Shakespeare, children’s theatre, theatre for young audiences, and more, as well as taught theatre classes for ages 6 through adult. He is considered an “Actor Combatant” with the Society of American Fight Directors having passed skills proficiency tests in unarmed, broadsword, quarterstaff, and rapier/dagger stage combat. Nathanael lives in Santa Rosa Beach with his wife Anna and twin daughters Mia and Bella and toddler Zoe.
Associate Artistic Director
Anna Fisher is a Destin native and has recently returned to her roots here on the Emerald Coast. She graduated with her B.A. in English Literature from Samford University and went on to receive her Master’s in Theatre Studies from Regent University. Anna enjoys every facet of stage and screen and has become well versed in the art of stage management, directing, production, design, costuming, writing, and teaching. While you may catch her in cameo appearances on ABC Family and the Discovery Channel, she prefers to work behind the scenes. Some of her recent favorite projects includes production designer for the award winning short film "Bama and Fred," designer, costumer and props master for a stage production of "True West," and resident stage manager for Regent Theatre’s Performing Arts Center. When she’s not busy writing theatre curriculum and teaching young thespians, you can find her relaxing at the beach with her husband Nathanael and their twin daughters Mia and Bella and toddler Zoe.
Set Designer, Actress, Educational Instructor
Rebeca Lake is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Mobile where she teaches a wide variety of theatre classes, designs sets, and is production manager for the season. Her collegiate education began at Northwest Florida State College and continued in 2009 to receive two Bachelor Arts from the University of Mobile, in Theatre and one in Music. She recently graduated with her MFA in Technical Theatre with an Emphasis in Scenic Design, during which time her design work was nominated for and received award from Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She is delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with Emerald Coast Theatre Company.
Stage and Production Manager, Educational Instructor
Phillip Padgett is a graduate from the University of Mobile where he studied film and theatre. While studying in college he was the founder and Director of Act1, a touring theatre ensemble. Act 1 traveled all across the country as well as the Ukraine. He was also given the opportunity to travel with the Sounds of Mobile, a singing and dance ensemble. During this time, Phillip was also able to assistant direct the University shows The Secret Garden and White Christmas and serve as prop master for many productions. Phillip recently moved from New York City, where he worked on productions such as The Other Josh Cohan and The Screwtape Letters among many others. While in New York, he served as the group sales representative for Fellowship for Performing Arts and theatrical house manager for The Westside Theatre. Some of Phillip’s achievements include: 1st place in the Alabama Conference of Theatre for Solo Pantomime and earning a title as an International Honor Thespian. Phillip is excited to join the Emerald Coast Theatre Company this upcoming season as our stage and production manager and as an educational instructor. He is honored to join a crew that has such a vision for theatre as well as a passion to teach the youth about art.
Box Office Management, Patron Relations and Marketing Assistant
Maureen Nguyen graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina where she received her bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. During her time at USC, she worked full time as an hourly manager for McAlister’s Deli and worked as a server and rotational manager at McCutchen House, a student-run fine dining restaurant on campus. By the end of her time with McCutchen House, she had helped create and implement new marketing procedures, contributed to the creation of a comprehensive operations handbook for the facility, and helped reduce overall operating net losses. Maureen also completed an internship with the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, where she was able to assist with marketing promotions, preparing for tradeshow giveaways, itinerary creation and coordination for international travelers, and writing articles for the Discover South Carolina website. Before graduating, Maureen spent a semester at Disney World in Orlando with the Disney College Program. During her program, Maureen provided guest service working the front desk at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts and helped coordinate the safety of guests and performers during entertainment and firework shows on Main Street U.S.A. in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Maureen is a recent transplant from the Charlotte, NC area and is very pleased to be joining the Emerald Coast Theatre Company for the 2019-2020 season.
Praised by the Houston Press for how he “…amazes with a clarion tenor that has the reedy projection of superstar-from-yore Jan Peerce,” Peter Lake is an internationally performing lyric-tenor who made his role and house debuts as Pinkerton in the ground-breaking English-Japanese production of Madame Butterfly with Pacific Opera Project and Opera in the Heights! this past April. In May of 2019, Peter made his role debut as Rodolfo in Natchez Music Festival’s production of La bohème. In the summer of 2018, he made his role debut as Faust in Natchez Festival of Music’s production of Faust, and sang Pang in Mississippi Opera’s Turandot. Peter joined the inaugural season of Savannah Opera for his second summer with the Savannah Voice Festival where he covered the role of Alfredo in their production of La Traviata and sang Gastone. He will be returning to the Savannah Voice Festival this summer to perform as Jinx in their production Forever Plaid. This October, Peter will make his role debut as Alfredo in Mobile Opera’s La Traviata. In the Spring of 2020, Peter will make his house debut with Gulfshore Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème, and another role debut as Lensky in Onegin as he returns to Opera in the Heights! for his second year with the company. Peter is in the process of completing his doctorate in vocal performance and pedagogy with the University of Southern Mississippi and looks forward to his future collaborations with the Emerald Coast Theatre Company as an instructor and coach!
Linda Del Grego
Linda Del Grego (formerly Linda Carreno) is a professional Colombian actress who has starred in over 15 television shows and soap operas from 2007 to present. She is also a star in theater and on stage, appearing in 27 productions to date. You may have seen Linda most recently on Netflix in the Latin American production The Queen of South on Telemundo and Isa TK+ on Nickelodeon. Linda has served as the Host of the ITV public television shows for the Okaloosa County Schools, School Zone ELL since 2016 and is also a professionally trained clown. She was the founding member of “The Clownpany,” which was recognized by Colombia’s most prestigious award for theater, the “Biennial Theater Award, Star performances” in 2013. Linda was an associate college professor and acting coach for multiple acting academies from 2005-2013 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Theater Acting with ASAB University in 2007. Linda most recently went back to school to earn two degrees. She has a master’s degree in advanced theater studies from UNIR University and a master’s degree in education from Funiber University. In her desire to achieve the highest standard of performance, Linda made her career even more diverse by applying to the Musical Theater program at North West Florida State College (NWFSC), in 2018. This year, Linda was part of the Chorus in NWF Symphony Orchestra on La Traviata and the Stars of Tomorrow, and she is currently rehearsing for her role as Lucifer in NWFSC’s fall production Faustus.
Educational Instructor, Costumer
Tara Padgett is a trained performer, educational instructor, and costumer for theatre. She has recently worked in New York City for Off Broadway companies including Pips Island and RWS Entertainment. Pips Island caters to children’s theatre experiences and was a winner of an Off Broadway Alliance award for 2019. RWS Entertainment is a large scale cruise line performing company that sends out multiple shows every month for cruise line entertainment. She has been through multiple productions during her time in performance, including classics such as Crazy for You and White Christmas. Tara and her husband Phillip are excited to be joining the ECTC family, and Tara is delighted to bring her experience and talents to ECTC.
Anne Post is a recent newcomer to the Emerald Coast from Peoria Illinois, where she was a music and theater educator for grades K through 8th. Her directorial credits include Godspell Jr., Beauty and the Beast Jr., Seussical Jr., Cinderella, The Little Mermaid Jr., The Wizard of Oz and Shrek Jr. When not behind the scenes, she can be found on stage as well. Her favorite acting credits include “Grace Farrell” in Annie and “Mother” in Ragtime. Anne and her husband Steve enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren and can be found on the beach most weekends.
Stacey Brady, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Grand Boulevard at Sandestin
Melissa Oropesa Carroll, Director of Experience and Marketing, Howard Hospitality
Jamie Hall, Director of Marketing, HarborWalk Village
Jason Hedden (Co-Founder), Visual and Performing Arts Chair, Gulf Coast State College
Sherry Londe, Local non–profit arts advocate
Zandra Wolfgram, , President/Owner, Wordplay Ink.
Anna Fisher (Co-Founder), Associate Artistic Director of ECTC and Educator, Gulf Coast State College
Nathanael Fisher (Co-Founder), Producing Artistic Director, ECTC