Board of Directors

Frank Katasse
Frank Katasse, President (President since 2015, at large since 2013)

Frank was born mid-backflip on the shortest day of the year in Petersburg, Alaska. He grew keeping it real on the mean streets of South Douglas. His island lifestyle continued across the Pacific where he attended the University of Hawaii: Manoa, where he studied Theatre and advanced tanning. There he met his wife, co-board member Stacy Katasse, and convinced her to move back to Juneau. They then married, adopted dogs and started their family. Frank is happy to join Juneau Douglas Little Theatre’s board, and is excited to keep live theatre in Juneau flourishing!  Boom!

Heather LaVerne, Vice-President (VP since 2015, at large since 2013)
Heather LaVerne is a tall and anxious twenty-something with a love for Spongebob, Rebel Wilson, and Nutella. She has been a theatre advocate since her first stage performance at age four, leading her to grow up doing community theatre, both as an actor and director. Heather studied theatre in Chicago and creative writing in Juneau. She is active in improv, and by "active" we mean she thinks about getting around to rehearsing with her new group. Heather has a DVD collection of over 1200 and counts The Goonies as one of the greatest movies ever made. When she isn't watching movies, Heather can be found writing, singing in an a capella group, and gathering her friends together for adventures involving pop and locking, Rock Band, and boxed wine. Heather grew up in a small town and considers large crowds to be intimidating. She had a really bad headache whilst writing this bio. 

Sharon Early
Sharon Early, Treasurer (treasurer since 2012, at large 2008-2012) 

Sharon began life in Seattle, but grew-up in Alaska. She spent her first two years teaching at Craig-Klawock High School then settling in Juneau where she raised her two children and continued to teach elementary through postgraduate education for the next 30 years. As a part of a continuing education course requirement —just before turning 40—she auditioned for and, much to her surprise, landed a role in JDLT’s production of Two Rooms. Through that and other productions she has worked hard, learned a ton and had loads of fun! She thinks theater is amazing and is proud to support JDLT and community theater in Juneau.

Stacy Katasse, Secretary (since 2013)
Stacy was born a Cajun baby in Louisiana, Grew up between Texas and California, and went to college in Hawaii; but it is Alaska that she claims as her home. Stacy double majored in theatre and journalism at the University of Hawaii, where she met the man who is now her husband (who, luckily am amazingly, convinced her to leave Hawaii). She is a computer programmer by day, official bedtime story teller at night and spends any free time she can in the theatre. She loves being involved in productions. Whether it is audience member, crew, actor, stage manager, or producer she finds joy in the creative process. Stacy stands by JDLT's purpose, to entertain and involve as many community members through live theatre as possible, and looks forward to serving and supporting JDLT in any capacity.

Bryan Crowder, At Large (since 2014)
Bryan is currently attending the University of Alaska Southeast, where he is studying Theatre and English. He is the founder of the UAS Drama Club, S.C.R.I.P.T. (Students for the Creation, Reading, Interpretation and Production of Theatre), where he and other students from UAS produce contemporary plays for the students of the University and the community at large. Bryan has appeared in a number of shows at the University, including; Little Murders by Jules Feiffer, The Marriage of Bette and Boo by Christopher Durang, Lend Me A Tenor by Ken Ludwig, and The Sneeze by Anton Chekhov. His professional credits include; Perseverance Theatre's 2012 production of Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and Perseverance Theatre's 2015 Production of Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England by Madeleine George. He has also directed two shows at the university; The Country Club by Douglas Carter Beane, and F2M by Patricia Wettig. He is excited to be on the board of Juneau Douglas Little Theatre and hopes to help build the organization alongside the other extremely talented individuals who aspire to bring theatre to the community.

Karen Allen, At Large (since 2015)