Board of Directors


Arrant Knavery is seeking individuals who are passionate about theatre and engaging with the Pensacola arts community. We have openings on our Board of Directors, and are looking for original members of our newly devised Artistic Committee (AKAC).


Help mold the future of our organization by serving on our board! This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about Arrant Knavery’s mission and the arts in the Pensacola area.  Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.

Member Responsibilities
Each member of the board (both executive and general members) shall meet the following requirements during their term:

  • Attend monthly board meetings
  • Serve on at least one (1) committee and take on special assignment
    • Executive (Officers Only) 
    • Artistic/Marketing (AKAC)
    • Education
    • Fundraising/Development
    • I heART Pensacola (New!)
  • Meet minimum fundraising goals, either fiscally or through approved in-kind contributions (fundraising goals must be voted upon by the board)
  • Volunteer for at least one (1) full run of one (1) show per season of Board membership.
  • Serve a one (1) year term (eligible for re-election)
  • New board members must be voted in by the current Board


Ashley McGlothren – President / Founder

Ashley McGlothren received her B.A. in theatre from The University of West Florida in 2010. A theatre lover to the core, Ashley has been on or behind the stage since the age of 13. Her favorite roles include Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire, Germaine in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing, and Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife.

Ashley also has been credited as a Director in shows such as A Night of Samuel Beckett at Gulf Coast State College, Sam Shepard’s Buried Child, and most recently a show that she wrote herself for Pensacola FemFest called The Will of Women.

Ashley is the founder and current President of Arrant Knavery. She created Arrant Knavery because of a desire to put on classical and modern theatrical performances in a creative, unique way that is both educational and well-produced. The lifeblood and birth of Arrant Knavery came from a deep desire to see more opportunities for local actors to try their hand at classical works such as Shakespeare and Moliere. However, she is also very excited to explore newer works with the company.

Madeline Smith – Vice President / Secretary / Founder

Madeline Smith was born and raised in Pace, FL. She earned her B.S.B.A. in Human Resources Management from the University of West Florida in 2019. Though she was new to theatre with the advent of Arrant Knavery, Madeline has since been credited as an Assistant Director for both The Will of Women and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Her special talents include falling asleep to Bob Ross’s voice and quoting Futurama. She loves dogs, 70’s soft rock, sushi, and the New Orleans Saints.

Madeline co-founded Arrant Knavery, Inc. with President and Founder Ashley McGlothren in 2017. She currently serves as the Vice President and Secretary of Arrant Knavery. She was also a FemFest 2018 organizer. Madeline is passionate about local theatre and enjoys performing the behind-the-scenes work that it takes to run a nonprofit!

Sara Vaughn – Treasurer

Sara Vaughn, a Pensacola native, has earned her B.S.B.A. in Accounting from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama and her M.A. in Arts Management from Queen’s University, Belfast. She is currently the Managing Director of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus and enjoys musical theatre, trivia, and golf. You’ll rarely see her without her pup, Ozzy. Sara is passionate about increasing public accessibility to the arts and is thrilled to be on the board of Arrant Knavery.

Kayla May – Head of Marketing

Kayla May is a native to the Gulf Coast and holds a B.A. in Acting from the University of West Florida. She has performed professionally along the Gulf Coast and in New England. Favorite productions include Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Secret GardenOn the VergeA Christmas CarolThe 39 StepsGuys and DollsAnnie Get Your Gun, and Webcamelot: The Series (Youtube).

In addition to acting, Kayla has over 10 years of educational theatre experience. She currently serves as Camps Director at the New London Barn Playhouse (New London, New Hampshire), and teaches at Pensacola Little Theatre and West Florida High School. She is a member of EdTA (Educational Theatre Association), FATE (Florida Association for Theatre Education) and an Equity Membership Candidate.

Upon returning from New Hampshire in the summer of 2018, Kayla began writing and pursuing the idea of starting a theatre company in the Pensacola area. Soon after, she discovered Arrant Knavery and was cast in Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Kayla has found a creative home within Arrant Knavery, and is thrilled to serve on the board and help to grow this organization.