Lea Capps, President

A performer since the age of three, Lea Caps has been in such shows as Evita, Singin’ in the Rain and A Chorus Line, and has performed on national television and at the White House. For the past 20 years, however, Lea’s most inspirational role has been to lead The Talent Machine Company – an organization dedicated to giving children the opportunity to experience the joy and power of musical theater. Lea took over as Executive Director after the unexpected death of her mother and Company founder, Bobbi Smith.

In addition to her leadership role with the Company, Lea also often serves as director and choreographer for Company’ productions and supports area middle school theater programs as well. Lea has a degree in psychology from UMBC and considers two of her best “credits” her husband, Michael Blonder, and their daughter, Samantha Blonder, a Talent Machine alum and now a marine biologist.

David Rector, Vice President

Bio coming soon!

Michael Blonder, Treasurer

Bio coming soon!

Judy Curbelo, Corporate Secretary, Company Manager and Show Producer

Judy is an Anne Arundel County Public School Teaching Assistant with the Academy of Health at the Center for Applied Technology North. Judy’s daughter, Sam Curbelo, performed in Company holiday and summer shows from 2000 through 2013. As a Talent Machine parent, Judy served as a producer, worked on costumes, sets, box office, summer camp coordinator, breakfast show coordinator and, whatever else was needed. Judy continues to volunteer as show producer and company manager and is involved in the planning of the “30 Years of Holiday Magic” Gala.

Susan Krepps, Executive Director

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Roland Curbelo, Director

Roland works in finance for CareFirst and is a long time Talent Machine Company volunteer and supporter. Roland’s daughter, Sam Curbelo, performed with the Company from 2000 through 2013. For many shows, Roland served as stage manager and has also worked on set construction and performed as “Santa” in holiday and Santa breakfast shows – and has done whatever else has been needed in this all-volunteer organization.

Samantha (Sam) Curbelo, Director

Sam is a recent graduate of The University of  Delaware, where she earned her master’s degree in anatomy and clinical health science and a doctorate in physical therapy. She is currently practicing at NovaCare in Annapolis and Edgewater. Sam performed with The Talent Machine from 2000 through 2013. She choreographed the Company’s Camp Rock in 2015 and choreographed some numbers for the holiday shows in 2017 and 2020. Sam loves coming back to the Company as a choreographer and is honored to serve on the board.

Pam Dietrich, Director

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Philip Edgerly, Director

Philip works as an independent contractor for the film and TV industry.  Philip’s children, Kelsea and Samuel Edgerly, performed in The Talent Machine Company’s holiday and summer shows from 2001 through 2007. As an active Company parent, he worked on sets, lobby design, and whatever else was needed!  He is now working on video production in support of the “30 Years of Holiday Magic” Gala (Nov. 20, 2021.)

Mark Needle, Director

Semi-retired, Mark owned and operated two companies, one domestic and one London-based,  representing major worldwide manufacturers of consumer electronics and computer products. His son, Gabe Needle, performed in many Talent Machine productions and is now teaching dance to a new generation of potential Company performers. As a Company parent, Mark was actively involved in constructing new sets and patching together old sets, and most recently, was involved in creating the new holiday show set.

Lisa Ossman, Director

Bio coming soon!

Mary T. Porter, Director

Mary is a retired attorney in Annapolis whose daughter, Beth Lepley, performed in Talent Machine holiday and summer shows from 1996 through 2006. While an active Company parent, Mary worked on costumes, sets, concessions and, like most TMC parents, whatever else was needed. She is now working on fundraising efforts and planning the “30 Years of Holiday Magic” Gala.

Deborah Potter

Deborah Potter, from Severna Park, is an attorney. She is the parent of Talent Machine alum, Whitney Green, who performed in shows from 2006 through 2020.  Debbie was involved with the “yellow bucket” fundraising, as she is passionate that all gifts, big or small, add up to help the Company’s mission.  She was also a box office and lobby display parent.

Amy Sonntag, Director

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Linda Walker, Director

Linda first became involved with The Talent Machine in 2004 when her daughter, Julia Walker, performed in her first holiday show. Linda has helped with set decoration and designing and printing show programs and posters. She also helped solicit businesses to place program ads to support the Company and coordinated personal ads for cast members. Linda is an account manager for a benefits administrator and remains active on the Company board, helping wherever she can to support Talent Machine’s mission.

Mary Louise Wrabley, Director

MaryLouise is Director of Marketing Operations with the American Psychological Association in Washington DC.  MaryLouise’s children, Kelsea and Samuel Edgerly, performed in The Talent Machine Company’s holiday and summer shows from 2001 through 2007. As an active Company parent, she worked on sets, stage crew, publicity, and whatever else was needed!  She is now helping plan the “30 Years of Holiday Magic” Gala (Nov. 20, 2021).