Board of Directors
Founder - Ronnie Larsen
​President - Dennis Manning
Secretary/Treasurer - Caryn Horwitz
Board Member - Chris Caputo
Board Member - Terry Dyer
Board Member - Marc Martorana
Board Member - Harvey Owen
Board Member - Joe Pallant
Board Member - Carol Wartenberg

Founder - Ronnie Larsen

Ronnie is an actor-director-playwright-producer whose work has been seen in most major cities in America. He wrote his first play in 1994 and his first musical in 2018. Twenty-four of his shows have been produced, five Off-Broadway in New York City. His plays have been seen in Canada, Australia, Italy and he's had five different productions in London.  He has also made a documentary that had theatrical runs at the Castro Theater in San Francisco, Cinema Village in New York City and the Laemmle 5 in Los Angeles as well as showings at numerous film festivals in America, England and the Berlin Film Festival. He currently divides his time between Florida, Los Angeles, New York and Mexico. He is always in search of new and interesting adventures and opportunities. He and his husband, Melqui, have been married for ten years and have a dog named Benakee. 

President - Dennis Manning

Dennis is an active songwriter, script writer, producer and performing arts activist.  With more than 150 songs written and an international musical with his co-collaborator Ronnie Larsen, Dennis is creating art at a rapid pace. Dennis has a master’s degree in Training, and undergraduate degrees in Marketing and English.  He plays acoustic guitar.  He is the Director of the Customer Experience for GhostBed.com. Originally from Central Pennsylvania, Dennis resides and works in Wilton Manors, FL.  Dennis and his partner have been together for 30-years. Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them.

Secretary/Treasurer - Caryn Horwitz

Caryn is a criminologist who got conned away from her first career, and became Ronnie Larsen’s producer for over 15 years.  Together their productions ran the gamut from children’s plays to Shakespeare.  Ronnie discovered his playwriting voice during this time, and Caryn was the original producer of Ronnie’s various plays across the country including his first four Off-Broadway premieres.  Caryn finally went back to her first love of crime and justice and luckily landed in Florida with a tenured track position, and is now a Full Professor at Miami Dade College.  Yet, her love of Ronnie’s creativity never waned, and when she had the opportunity to help him where she could do best, she happily jumped back into the theatre waters.  Caryn has a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Phil. in Criminology from the University of Cambridge (England), and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Delaware.  She is a proud Jersey girl who has lived in Wilton Manors for the past 10 years with her rude beast, Billy.

Board Member - Chris Caputo

Chris was born in Buffalo, NY and raised in Fort Myers, FL.  He relocated to the Fort Lauderdale area when he acquired his first business, a tanning salon, back in 2001.  Chris has a Masters in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University. Chris has been highly involved with the business community in our area for over a decade now.  He was a board member of Wilton Manors Rainbow Business Coalition and today is an active member of WMBA.  His involvement with the Chamber’s GLBX council has been extensive, from chairing the GLBX Leads Group to serving on the GLBX board.  Chris is also a proud leadership Fort Lauderdale graduate. Chris has also been very connected to our non-profit community.  He has been heavily involved with the SMART ride for over a decade, as well as helping to raise funds for organizations like Poverello, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and more.   Chris just completed an 8 year run as the Pride Center Board Chair, where he oversaw the development of the Residences at Equality Park, Wilton Manors only affordable housing community and a model for other LGBTQ centers to follow nationwide.

Board Member - Terry Dyer

Terry has helped organizations reach maximum potential and growth in both for profit and nonprofit environments. His background consists of Talent Acquisition Management, Recruitment, Client Services, and Program Management with Fortune 100 and 500 companies. In 2010 while working with STOP AIDS Project, POZ Health Magazine named him “African-American Person of the Month”. Additionally, Terry has volunteered his time to various organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, and South Florida communities. Since 2007, he has served as a member of the San Francisco LGBTQ Speakers Bureau. He and the organization aim to dispel homophobic and transphobic violence by educating people about the everyday lives of those in the community. He is a former All-American Collegiate Volleyball Player, a high school All-American track & field athlete, a competitive tennis player, and a former contestant on the acclaimed TV Show, Star Search. Terry received his degree in Vocal Performance from Chico State University, and a second degree in Communications with an Emphasis in Public Relations from Sacramento State University. In July 2020, Terry became the bestselling author of Letters to a GAY BLACK BOY, a memoir sparking conversations around racism, inequality, homophobia, and more. As of December 2020, he is the new Director of Development with a community service-based organization called SunServe. He is also the recent recipient of the Kujichagulia Award for self-determination, presented at the Black Brothers Esteem (San Francisco AIDS Foundation) annual Kwanzaa event.

Board Member - Marc Martorana

Born into an Italian (on my father side) and Lebanese ( yes Mother side) family was like being born into a temper tantrum. But, at the end of the day we made peace. The youngest of 5, I learned to survive and did very well.  Between 15 and 30 my "Performing Bug" was in high gear. I worked  professionally traveling around the country performing. I along with other actors/directors started a theater Company in LA called "Theatre of N.O.T.E". After my theater bug I then went on to own my own restaurant  , as well as becoming  a mult- million dollar  real estate producer in NJ. Fast forward,  I have been involved  philanthropy with local LGBT organizations such as South Florida Symphony, Equality Florida, National LGBTQ Task force, & Stonewall Museum just to name a few. It has truly been my pleasure  to volunteer my time & talent to these organizations. 

Member - Harvey Owen

Harvey has 40+ years experience starting-up/turning around non-profits/companies often focusing on the arts & theatrical communities.  In 2010, Owen created The Ware Center -- the last building designed by famed architect Phillip Johnson & Lancaster, PA’s first visual & performing arts center -- where he presented/oversaw the production of more than 2,000 performances hosting nearly 200,000 guests for the public during his 3-year tenure.  This start-up was so successful he was named “Man or Citizen of the Year” SEVEN times and awarded an honorary degree from Millersville University, in recognition of his contributions to the Center, the University and the City. On retirement, MU named a Cabaret Room in his honor (the Harvey Owen Grand Salon). Additionally, Owen served as the President and ten+ years member of The Fulton Theatre’ s Board of Trustees, the nation’s oldest continuously operating theater. He also created Lancaster’s first cabaret, Act Two of Molly’s Pub.  He began his fascination with theater writing lyrics for industrial shows. Formerly, a PA & NYC homeowner, he now lives with his partner of 17 years in Wilton Manors. 

Board Member - Joe Pallant

Joe was born in Miami Beach, Florida and is a resident of Wilton Manors, FL.  Joe Pallant moved to Wilton Manors in 2005 from Miami Beach, Florida and opened up a Bed and Breakfast guest house on Hendrix way in Ft. Lauderdale. Joe Pallant graduated from the University of Miami with a Masters degree in business administration.  Joe Pallant has been highly involved with the business community in Wilton Manors for 15 years.  He is a founder and current member of The Pride Center, The Foundry,  as well as a corporate sponsor of Funding Arts Broward, Wilton Manors Business Association, LAMDA Legal and Equality Florida. He is an active supporter of Smart Ride, Latino Salud, Gay Men's Chorus, Island City Stage, South Florida Symphony and Sunserve. He was also appointed to the economic development committee of Wilton Manors. Joe Pallant founded Pallant Insurance Agency in 2005. 

Board Member - Carol Wartenberg

I came out at the age of seven, but my mother must not have gotten the hint!  I made a Mother’s Day card for her on green construction paper, with a Kleenex flower, that said on wiggly drawn lines, “Dear Mother Dear, I hope you have a good Mother’s Day, because if you do, I will be gay as gay can be!”  It must have been a stupendous day because, here I am! I also began acting at that time, because no one wanted to hear that I loved that little green-eyed girl in second grade and even bought a ring for her.  So, I learned to act straight!  I was a smart and it was OK to be an athlete, so I became a tom boy and used that “cover” until I was able to leave home to go to school.  I took theater classes in high school and acted in community theater but did not feel I was good enough to get accepted into the theater program at my university. So, once again, I became an athlete, and got my degree in Physical Education.  Yes, I was THAT gym teacher! During my college years, I finally found the women’s gay bar in town and became a full-fledged “Baby Dyke”, as we were called in those days. I continued to work in community theater but had to get out of Buffalo (Did I mention I was raised in Buffalo?).  So, I moved to Hot Atlanta, which at the time was the gay capital of the south.  So many women…I didn’t know what to do! Now, as popular as being a PE teacher with a bunch of lesbians is, I was not destined to be a gym teacher forever and started school to become a Psychologist.  I graduated in 1987 and began working at community mental health centers, rising to the point of becoming an administrator.  Good thing, because that is where I met the love of my life, my wife of 35 years, Laura Hohnecker.  During our life together, we have both been in Private Practice together, and then I entered the Broward County School System as a psychologist.  Where in the last 2 years of my career, I worked primarily with the victims of the tragic shooting at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School.  It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but probably also the finest.  I retired the Fall before the pandemic started, thank goodness! So, it’s been a while since, I was intimately involved in theater. I have wished for years to get back in, and when I met Ronnie, I felt we were star-crossed!  Now, we have this plan, that’s racing along, to get Lesbian theater established here in Wilton Manors and I would very much like to be a member of the Board to share my ideas, my enthusiasm, and my time with like- minded people.  

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Contact Information

Plays of Wilton

c/o Wilton Theater Factory

2306 N. Dixie Highway.

Wilton Manors, FL 33305

954-826-8790

Producer@PlaysOfWilton.com

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