Our all-volunteer staff manages all the operations of Bards of Birmingham.


Laura Heider, Executive Director

Laura is the founding director of Bards of Birmingham and spearheads the artistic vision for the organization. Her background includes non-profit work in poverty alleviation and education. She works full time at UAB as a Program Manager for the School of Medicine (work with the Bards is 100% volunteer). 

Laura has two daughters, two stinky and obnoxious cats, too many books to fit on her shelves, and a neurosis for Shakespeare. She also likes yoga and running marathons.

Steven Cullen, President, Board of Directors

In addition to serving as the President of the Bards of Birmingham Board of Directors, Steven functions as the Assistant Director on nearly every play, designs the set, and handles production tech and logistics. At his paid job, Steven is a software architect. He has a lovely wife, Amy, and a cat named Jenny. 

Christy Buchanan, Vice President of Development

Terry Hermes, Vice President for Community Relations

Ron Buchanan, Vice President for Technology

Lindley Praytor, Vice President for Publicity and Communication

LaSheree Davis, Treasurer