Mario has held positions in both industry and the federal government over the course of his career, and has managed large and small teams. In 2003, he formed the company KeyStone Strategies to provide services to organizations that seek better solutions for leadership and group interactions. Mario is a certified facilitator for the Franklin Covey course 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and the 7 Habits Maximizer and has trained over 1500 people. He is the founder of the FIBers, Surfside’s improv group, and continues to offer Surfside’s improv classes. As a member of the board, Mario has served in various capacities, including vice-president, nominations committee chair, and by-laws revision chair.
Jeff has lived in Brevard County for 32 years. During that time, he has enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with several theatre arts organizations, serving in many capacities. These organizations include Surfside Playhouse, Melbourne Civic Theatre, Henegar Center for the Arts, Palm Bay Players, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Community Band of Brevard and Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (Orlando). Serving on the board as Vice President for the past 2 years, making Surfside the BEST community theatre in Brevard County and helping it reach its financial and fiscal goals is a priority. Jeff’s business background includes working for the largest funeral service corporation in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico for 29 years. He currently serves as Area General Manager for the East Florida market which includes five funeral homes and three cemeteries in Brevard County.
Deborah has always enjoyed the performing arts. After moving to Brevard County 22 years ago she renewed her interest in dance and theater, first in church drama ministry, and she then began taking weekly dance lessons again and became involved in community theater. Over the years, she has been involved with costumes, props, sets, stage management, concessions, ushering, security, and especially choreography as well as performing in many productions. She especially appreciates the opportunity community theater provides to people of diverse backgrounds to collaborate on works of art to entertain and bring joy. She finds it quite rewarding helping fellow performers master dance routines. She and her husband, Jeff, are committed to supporting Surfside Playhouse.
Kimberly first stayed in the Cocoa Beach area in 1997 for almost a year, when she was a stay-at-home mom to three children, aged 4, 2, and 5 weeks, and her husband was a part of the ISS integration team at KSC. She and her husband fell in love with the area and were determined to return, no matter how long it took, finally succeeding at the end of 2019. Despite being very nerdy, Kimberly has always loved the arts. She was ecstatic to discover Surfside Playhouse and quickly became involved. She enjoys being involved in her community and is excited to serve on the Surfside Playhouse Board. As a chemical engineer, Kimberly worked for government contractors until she followed a passion to open a business tutoring math and science to college and high school students. With their children grown, she and her husband are excited to start the next phase of life here in Cocoa Beach!
Nancy Matican-Bock lives life within three passions: The first, for her husband of 19 years and their 16 year-old daughter, who is pursuing her own path as an actor. The second is that of the arts. Nancy started performing at a young age and never stopped. Since moving from New York City to Brevard County, she has spent the past 15 years performing and directing within the community. Nancy was the drama director for Shekinah Productions Community Theater as well as director for many original works for the Playwrights’ Workshop. She has also appeared many times in several of the theater houses in the area as well as in leading roles for award-winning Indie Films throughout the country. As she attends an acting conservatory, Nancy has earned her Master Meisner certification and will always continue to hone her craft. The third passion is that of fitness and wellness. She started by working as a personal trainer and aerobics instructor while studying Physical Education/ Coaching and Communications at Michigan State University. After college, Nancy worked in the fitness industry for different equipment manufacturers in sales and marketing. Here, she worked her way from Marketing Assistant to Vice President of Sales for a global equipment manufacturer. Currently, Nancy owns a local one-on-one fitness studio where a big part of her clientele is artists within the community. Nancy truly believes that an increased state of fitness and wellness creates a confident and agile artist and will continue to promote a lifestyle that marries the two. Nancy is excited to bring her extensive corporate leadership and artistry experience to the Surfside Board of Governors.
Martyn comes from Sheffield, England and moved to Brevard in 2018 with his wife. He joined theatre by accident when he took his wife to an audition. She made him come inside and he caught the theatre bug. Since then he has appeared in multiple shows at Surfside and MCT. Martyn joined the British Army (Coldstream Guards) at the age of 16, serving from the jungles of Belize to the battlefield of Afghanistan. As a civilian, he moved to London and worked in luxury hospitality, finally managing large housing complexes. Two notable sites are ‘Embassy Gardens’ & ‘New Providence Wharf’. Martyn spends his downtime watching sport and playing computer games. He is an avid fan of Sheffield United FC and beer.
Steve Mogell began life as a showman, appearing 13 years after his older sister. He charmed his mother (and anyone who would watch) with antics, jokes, and magic tricks, which he still does today! His initial career, that spanned over 20 years, was in purchasing for large corporations like Perry, Sirius XM, and Eyeglass World. After a downturn in the economy, he shifted gears into sales. He now sells the best-tasting frozen drink in Florida, which he provides to restaurants, bars, and convenience stores along the Florida coast from Boynton Beach to St. Augustine. In 2015, he landed the role of "Harry the Horse" in Surfside's production of Guys and Dolls. Stepping onto the stage brought him into the arms of the Surfside family. Steve brings his passion for theatre, his natural showmanship, and his love of "making-a-deal" business acumen, and strong relationships with local businesses to the board.
Board Member/ Box Office Manager
Jeanne has been on the board at Surfside for about fifteen years. During that time, she has had the privilege of serving on many committees; everything from the nominating committee to the volunteer committee. Her primary focus has always been the box office which she has managed since she first became a board member and currently still manages. She loves the box office because of the very close contact it allows her to have with the wonderful Surfside patrons. Jeanne’s last job in the private sector before retiring to Cocoa Beach was as a senior analyst with WebMd.
Joe Roth was born at Patrick Air Force Base and raised only a few blocks from Surfside Playhouse. According to him, he wasted much of his life surfing, not realizing the real joy of working with other volunteers for a worthwhile cause. He is a licensed Realtor and broker for over twenty years and has rebuilt a 1958 home. Joe enjoys pontoon boating, giving what he can to the playhouse, and spending time with his wife, Debi, and her grandkids.
Linda has worked at Surfside for the past several years assisting with props, costuming, and set building. She has assisted with the “Gotta Dance” program and the Arlan Ropp Playwriting Competition. Along with her husband, Linda also enjoys activities associated with the Model A Club, and has won awards for authentic costuming. She also enjoys painting. When not in Florida, she can be found at her farm in Kentucky. As a board member, Linda has helped to write grants for the needs of the theatre. She has also served as Surfside’s representative on a panel of performance judges for a community theatre in a neighboring county.
John A. Torres is an award-winning columnist and author as well as the creator, host and reporter of the popular podcast “Murder on the Space Coast.” John was born in the Bronx, N.Y. and earned his B.A. from Fordham University. There John has covered a wide variety of topics but has made his mark writing about social and criminal justice issues. The last few years John has worked primarily reporting and writing his podcast. John’s reporting has taken him all over the world. He has filed stories from Africa, Indonesia, Haiti, Mexico, Italy and other locations. John is also the author of more than 65 books – mainly children’s biographies. “Paradise Rolling” is his first crime novel. “Paradise Rolling,” inspired by true events, is the culmination of many years of reporting crime and justice stories for Florida Today newspaper. When he is not writing or spending time with his family, John can be found acting in community theater productions. John is married and he and his wife have five children between them.
Bryan is starting his fourth season as Surfside’s full time Artistic Director, but this is not his first time to play this role for the playhouse. He also served as director from 1989 to 1999. Bryan has quite a diverse background in the entertainment industry. His career includes production management, festival management and concert production including too many artists to list here. From 2000 to 2008, he owned Looking Glass Entertainment where he toured 50 shows throughout Florida. This adventure was sadly cut short by the recession in 2008. With 230 shows under his belt, Bryan is very happy to have returned here to Surfside Playhouse where there are friendly people, a community mindset and clean ocean air. Who could ask for more?
Social Media/Media Manager
Having received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and her master’s degree from New York University, Liz comes to the playhouse after twenty-two years in the field of education. During those years she had served as a classroom teacher as well as a school administrator where she directed, facilitated and coordinated activities among the school staff and families. She attributes much of her professional success to keeping the ‘customer’ as the primary focus. Liz’s love of theater is no secret and she brings that love and passion for the theater to her role as the communications manager. An active thespian, Liz has appeared on the Surfside stage in numerous productions since 2014. In addition, she has performed in several other community theaters in Brevard and Indian River Counties. Liz is also an enthusiastic ballroom dancer, having won several competitions with her husband.
Alison has had an interest in theater since childhood. Twenty years ago, she went from spectator to participant by being thrown into her first role on stage with Playwrights Workshop. Since then, she has acted, danced and sung in several plays and musicals as well as stage-managed many plays at Surfside. She has also written and directed several one-act plays. Although Alison has acted and stage-managed on various stages in Brevard, her primary focus has been Surfside Playhouse. She and her husband have been regular volunteers at Surfside, in many capacities, when not acting.
As the office manager for Oviedo Hearing Center for the last 10 years, Alison has handled the tasks of hearing aid maintenance, insurance claim submissions, and generally keeping the office organized and running smoothly. She is happy to be bringing her skills to the role of house manager for Surfside Playhouse!