Our Team


John Kaywood

Executive Director

John Kaywood has been involved in the world of theatre since 2009 starting in a high school (Sullivan South High School) production of Aladdin. Since then John has done most theatrical jobs possible in a lot of different locations. These positions include Lighting Designer, Assistant Stage Manger, Stage Manager, Assistant Director, Actor, Director, House Manager, Dancer, and now Executive Director. He has worked in over 115 productions including two of the nation’s outdoor dramas (Horn in the West and Trail of the Lonesome Pine) and served as a Venue Director for the New York City International Fringe Festival and Logistics Stage Manager for The Fresh Fruit Festival in New York City, both in 2015. Hailing from Kingsport, Tennessee, Kingsport Theatre Guild means so much to him in his heart. He also worked at several theaters in the region such as: Theatre Bristol, Jonesborough Repertory Theatre, Johnson City Community Theatre, and Two Pence Productions.

Caitlyn Morelock

Production Liaison

Caitlyn Morelock has spent many years in the theatre, both on stage and behind the curtain. She has most recently worked as stage manager and assistant director for a variety of shows, including Little Shop of Horrors, Boeing, Boeing and A Christmas Cabaret. She has a great passion for the theatre and brings her enthusiasm to every show in which she is involved. 

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Coy Owens

Wardrobe & Wig Supervisor

Coy Owens has been a part of the KTG family for a long time. He has participated both on and off stage. He found a love for costumes and wig design and has been working on the craft since then. He has done wig and costume design for many shows, including Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors (wigs), and The Sound of Music (wigs). He is excited to be a part of the creative team at KTG and hopes to see new faces as well as old friends come to join the Kingsport Theatre Guild family!

Maxine Poole

Media Specialist

Maxine Poole is a graduate of  Emory & Henry College, where she received her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. As media specialist, Maxine helps Kingsport Theatre Guild to reach new audiences through social media, website management, online promotion and more. She is also an actress and has appeared in many productions. Some of her favorite roles include Maureen (RENT), Marlene (Top Girls), Eva (Kindertransport), Blanche (A Streetcar Named Desire) and Gretchen (Boeing, Boeing). More of her theatrical work can be found at maxinepoole.wixsite.com/2022.

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Christian Coger

Technical Director

Bio coming soon!

Brooke Bennett

Beauty Makeup Specialist

Bio coming soon!

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Rebecca Nelson

Advertising Materialist

Rebecca Nelson graduated from ETSU with a degree in Digital Media. She and her husband run their own graphic design business called Creative Cat Graphics. She is thrilled to have found a place in the Kingsport Theatre Guild family both as an actress and a member of the Creative Team where she helps to reach new audiences through graphic design, photography, and videography. She hopes to see audiences both new and old enjoy this theatre as much as she does.




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Shane Christian

Vice President


Warren Adler



Kate Woodworth



Justin Mann



Laura Mitchell



Emilie Diaz

Member/Youth Committee Lead


Nan Estes

Member/Youth Committee Lead