Our Mission:

Spirit Gum Theatre Company is dedicated to producing high-quality theatre and inspiring local actors and artists.

We began as three friends who simply wanted to collaborate together on stage.  The idea of a modest show grew to the dream of a theatre company and a chance to explore the many creative facets theatre allows.

Spirit Gum is the adhesive used in theatre to attach costume prosthetics, like the wonderful mustache in our logo!  Both our name and logo capture the playfulness and creativity of Spirit Gum Theatre Company’s founders.  It is this playful spirit that drives us to achieve our mission and grow as a theatre company!


Meet Spirit Gum Theatre Company

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Michael Ackerman, company member/founder

Michael Ackerman originally hails from Wisconsin.  He studied English with a minor in theatre before going on to earn a Masters in Library and Information Studies at UNC Greensboro.  He now works as a librarian at the Southside Library.  In addition to his passion for books, Michael has loved acting as long as he can remember and is excited to be a part of the local theatre scene. 


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Sarah Jenkins is a Winston-Salem native and a graduate of the College of Charleston with a B.A. in Theatre. She has acted regionally with Temple Theatre, NCShakes, Flat Rock Playhouse, The Lost Colony, Peppercorn Children’s Theatre, the NY Renaissance Faire, and FringeNYC.  After collaborating with Spirit Gum since their 2013/14 season, she was delighted to become a company member in 2016. She has acted in, directed, stage managed, and costume designed a number of SG shows, and looks forward to whatever's next for the company!

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caitlin stafford, company member/founder

Caitlin Stafford got her BFA in Acting from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. Since moving to Winston-Salem, she has been deeply involved in the local theatre community with acting, directing, stage managing, makeup, and set construction. She has found a wonderful community of committed actors to create with in Spirit Gum and is always looking forward to the next show. She is proud that Spirit Gum has become an avenue for local artists to develop previously untapped skills and hopes SGTC maintains this positive presence in the community for years to come. 



Rene Shepard started performing in the Winston-Salem area when she was a teenager.  She attended UNC Greensboro where she graduated with a BFA in Acting. 

While she will always be a founder of Spirit Gum, Rene has decided to leave SGTC in order to focus on raising her daughter. We wish her the best of luck in her future theatrical endeavors.