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Meet Our New Team Members!

Our Mountain Theatre Company team is growing! We are excited to introduce you to Josh Helms, Development Director, and Lea Gilbert, Production Manager. They have joined our admin team this spring, just as our move to the Highlands Performing Arts Center is in its final stages. Be sure to welcome them to Highlands as you see them in the lobby at upcoming performances this season!

Josh Helms Development Director Meet Josh Helms! Josh joins the Mountain Theatre Company team with varied non-profit experience from youth-serving, healthcare providing, and educational organizations. Josh has been a resident of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau for fifteen years.

His most recent non-profit experience was as Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau in Cashiers, where he led the campaign for a multimillion-dollar facility expansion. In addition to performing arts, Josh also enjoys visual arts and outdoor recreation. He can often be found on a hiking trail in Panthertown or Black Balsam. He is drawn to organizations that enrich community life and is excited to be a part of this new chapter in Mountain Theatre Company’s history.


Lea Gilbert

Production Manager Meet Lea Gilbert! Lea is our new Production Manager for the 2023 Season. She will handle all logistics as each show moves from the pre-production stage, into rehearsals, and through the full production run. Audiences will meet Lea as she oversees the theatre before and after every performance!

Lea is thrilled to join Mountain Theatre Company. She is a theatre artist from Asheville, NC where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Drama from UNC Asheville with concentrations in Arts Management and Accounting. She joined the SETC team (Southeastern Theatre Conference) in 2021 as their Membership Services Manager and was later promoted to Program Management Specialist where she handled all events and personnel. Lea is the co-founder and director of Skysail Theatre, an award winning production company. Their show, Tithonia: A Lesbian Space Opera, received accolades from BroadwayWorld, Asheville Fringe, and Tampa Fringe. Lea has also studied with the SITI Company and took an original, devised piece of theatre to the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival which won Fringiest Show among its category. Lea is thrilled to return to the Highlands area where she served as the Membership Coordinator at the Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau from 2020 – 2021 and the Production Manager at Camp Merrie-Woode’s theatre program in Sapphire, NC in 2019. Lea is excited to assist Mountain Theatre Company in bringing professional theatre to the mountains of North Carolina.

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