President: Russell Warne

Russell Warne, UTBA President

Russell Warne has been writing play reviews since 2006 and was the managing editor for UTBA from 2010 to 2017 before becoming president of the organization. He has been a member of the American Theatre Critics Association since 2012. Mr. Warne earned a minor in theatre studies and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University. As president of UTBA, he oversees the editing and publication of reviews, new reviewer applications, and the internal functioning of the organization. He earned a doctorate degree in educational psychology and is a psychologist in his day job. As President, his duties include overseeing review publication and content, selecting new reviewers, and serving as a liaison to theatre companies. Readers can email him at russell@utahtheatrebloggers.com.

Vice President: Megan Crivello

Megan Crivello, UTBA Vice President

Megan Crivello is a graduate of the University of Utah where she earned a BFA in Lighting and Costume design. Over the past two decades, Megan has worked behind the scenes for Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah Musical Theatre, Salt Lake Shakespeare, Wasatch Theatre Company, Ballet West, Utah Opera, Meat & Potato Theatre Company, and YouTheatre at the Egyptian Theatre Park City. She is also a playwright with pieces produced by several Salt Lake companies and was a participant in the 2008-2010 Plan-B/ Meat& Potato Playwright’s Lab. She received a Masters degree in Education from Weber State University and currently teaches theatre and language arts in Davis District. In addition to UTBA, Megan’s passions include medieval history, Shakespeare scholarship, being a craft ninja, and spoiling her precious dachshund and schnauzer. Ms. Crivello’s duties as Vice President include supervising scheduling, assisting the president in his duties, and managing internal affairs of the site. Readers can contact her at megan@utahtheatrebloggers.com.

Secretary: Tara Nicole Haas

Tara Nicole Haas, UTBA Secretary

Tara Nicole Haas is an advocate for the arts and an animal rights enthusiast. She holds an M.A. in Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism from Brigham Young University and a B.S. in Theatre Arts with a minor in Music from Utah Valley University. Tara has been involved in many aspects of the theatre, but enjoys being a spectator in the audience the most. She has been writing for UTBA since 2012, and has developed a deep love and appreciation for journalistic criticism. She also wrote her Master’s Thesis on the importance of journalistic theatre criticism and the value of theatre. Tara hopes to enrich the lives of others by promoting quality theatre, and she is particularly passionate about a continually developing strong arts presence in Utah. Because of this, she is excited to take on her new role as Secretary for UTBA. When not attending the theatre, Tara works as an Aviation Records Specialist for a medical transport company, and enjoys spending time with her husband and pets. Ms. Haas’s UTBA duties are related to communication, including social media and the email newsletter. She also manages the records for the web site. Readers can contact her at tara@utahtheatrebloggers.com.

Treasurer: Chad Hobbes

Chad had been involved with UTBA as the organization’s Treasurer since 2017. His professional background in finance and analysis includes experience at three Fortune 500 companies which will be beneficial in managing the financial affairs of UTBA. Chad has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from BYU-Idaho and an MBA from the University of Arkansas with emphases in retail and finance. Chad is an advocate for the National MS Society and hopes to be a part of curing Multiple Sclerosis. Chad also enjoys volunteering as a youth soccer coach for his three children. As treasurer, Chad is in charge of supervising the finances of UTBA. He can be contacted at chad@utahtheatrebloggers.com.

Development Officer: Justin Ferrell

With over ten years of non-profit fundraising, Justin Ferrell has UTBA’s development officer since 2017. His UTBA duties are all related to fundraising and donor relations. Readers may contact him at justin@utahtheatrebloggers.com.

Legal Officer: Mark Naugle

Mark Naugle, UTBA Legal Officer

Since graduating from law school in 2009, Mark has been advocating for the underprivileged and disenfranchised as an immigration attorney.  He has practiced in Washington State, California, and Utah.  He has represented more than 15,000 clients across the globe. Mark speaks fluent Spanish.  He is a supporter of local arts in Salt Lake City, including the Utah Opera. Mark’s UTBA duties are related to legal issues, including maintaining nonprofit status for the organization. Readers may contact him at mark@utahtheatrebloggers.com.

Technical Officer: Dave Mortensen

Dave Mortensen, UTBA Technical Officer

Dave Mortensen is the founder of UTBA and the technical officer for the organization. He earned his bachelor’s degree in theatre from Brigham Young University. He is a producer for Sackerson, a Salt Lake City-based theatre company that specializes in new works in unconventional spaces for bold audiences. Mr. Mortensen does not participate in preparation, writing, or publication of reviews for UTBA. He is a non-voting board member. To contact Mr. Mortensen for technical issues related to the site, email him at dave@utahtheatrebloggers.com.

Member-at-Large: Kat Webb

Kat is an avid enjoyer and participator of theater in Utah. She attended BYU, studying Theater Arts with an emphasis in directing. Since then, she’s fostered a love for Shakespeare, enjoying performing in such roles as Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and MacDuff (Macbeth). She’s had the privilege to work with theaters in acting and technical capacity throughout Utah, from the Covey Center of the Arts, to Grassroots Shakespeare, Renaissance Now Theater and Film, Draper Historic Theater, to Sackerson. Other pursuits include wardrobe and acting work on film, with credits on Netflix and national commercial shoots. Presently, she teaches theater to a group of wonderful middle schoolers at Walden School for the Liberal Arts. Kat has enjoyed membership with UTBA since 2013, and loves the services UTBA provides for the community. She looks forward to the continued growth of theater in the Utah community. Kat assists in special projects as needed by the board and assists other members as needed. Readers can reach her at kat@utahtheatrebloggers.com.