Meet our leaders


In 1996, Knoxville’s most influential community leaders formed the Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation, a non-profit organization. Our mission is to preserve and operate the Official State Theatre of Tennessee as an arts and entertainment cornerstone for the cultural enrichment and enjoyment of all.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee


Ed Rottmann, President Walt Bearden
Orlando Diaz, Vice President

Thomas Boyd

Rick Blackburn, Secretary Kim Bumpas
Jason Hamilton, Treasurer and Finance Chair Cory Chapman
Sandi Swilley, Community Engagement Chair  Jim Clayton
  Matt Eyre

Jeff Hay

  Dylan Jones
  Omar Jubran
  Jeanette Mills
  Katrice Jones Morgan
  John Nelson
  Liz Sherrod
  Latisha Stubblefield
  Jenny Swanson
  Lance Tracy
  Jody Zahn