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BOARD MEMBERS

Melanie Applegate
Tahirih Lee
Dee Selmore

Melanie Applegate has participated both on stage and behind the scenes in over 20 theatrical productions over the course of 15 years. She has recently performed professionally with Irish Repertory Theater, Hispanic Repertory Theater, and Southern Shakespeare Company. She also enjoys assistant directing and working with children in a variety of local productions.

Tahirih Lee has been a member of IRT’s Board of Directors since 2020.  She has performed in nearly twenty theatrical productions, including as Miss Prism in IRT’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” as Nell in IRT’s “Endgame,” as Cait in IRT’s “Bloomsday,” and as Princess Natalya Dragomiroff in Theatre Tallahassee’s “Murder on the Orient Express.”  She directed the world premiere of “Bound for Tampico” for the Tallahassee Hispanic Theatre’s Microtheater Festival and wrote the world premiere of “The Irish Laundresses” for IRT’s 2023 Bloomsday Festival.  

Dee Selmore is a Theatre and Performance Research PhD student with the Florida State University School of Theatre. Dee received her bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University in Theatre Performance. She received a master’s degree from Florida State University in Theatre (with a focus on Education) and a second master’s degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Full Sail University. Dee is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Black Theatre Network, Theatre Communications Group, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Mid America Theatre Conference. and the Florida Association of Theatre Educators. Dee is also a member of the Actor’s Equity Association (AEA).  Dee serves as the Florida Theatre Conference College/University Representative Chair and the Actors Equity Association BIPOC Community Council Co-Chair. She is also the American Stage Company Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council, Programming and Artists Subcommittee Co-Chair.  Dee has served as an adjudicator for Florida community colleges and the Florida District 1 Thespians Society Festival. She is a co-founder of the Essential Theatrical Associates (ETA) performance group and the owner of Oluse Performing Arts. Dee has previously directed The Counterfeit by Veronique George for VLG Productions, Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith as a part of the FAMU Essential Theatre’s Artists in Bloom Festival, and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange for University of Florida Women’s Studies Department. 

Tiffany Underwood is a Tallahassee Native. She is happy to be working with IRT.  She has over 30 years' experience in the theater circles in and around Tallahassee.  She has worked with Theatre Tallahassee and Monticello Opera House, as well as a number of the smaller theater groups in the area. Two of her most favorite roles are as Mattie Fae Aikens in "August: Osage County", and as Ruth Reynoldson in "Calendar Girls", both at Theatre Tallahassee.  Both roles garnered her Best Supporting Actress Nominations.  Since 2020, Tiffany has been pursuing her dream of working in film & tv.  She has been in several short films and feature films, which have won multiple awards at film festivals all over the country.  

 

In addition to her acting, she is also a community theater director, with three shows under her belt. When she is not working on her creative side, she enjoys trying new recipes, scouring for new books, listening to music, and watching all her tv shows.  Tiffany has been married to her husband Chris since 1992 and they have one child.  

Tiffany Underwood
Zira Brown
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