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, maintain, and operate the Official State Theater of Tennessee as a performing arts and entertainment venue for the benefit and enjoyment of all.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee


Chris Chandler, President Walt Bearden
Orlando Diaz, Vice President and Facilities Chair

Kim Bumpas

Rick Blackburn, Secretary Doc Claussen
Jim Wansley, Treasurer and Finance Chair Jim Clayton
Ed Rottmann, Development Chair Joan Cronan
Sandi Swilley, Community Engagement Chair Matt Eyre
  Jason Hamilton
  Chris Kittrell
  Tracy Long
  John Nelson
  Latisha Stubblefield
  Lance Tracy
  Susan Williams
  Tammy Wilson