Raymond Bobgan (Executive Artistic Director)
This is Raymond Bobgan’s 11th season in the leadership position at CPT. Raymond specializes in working through an ensemble process to create new performances that are bold, multilayered and highly physical. In 2014 he became the first recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize in the discipline of Theatre. Raymond’s work has been seen in Romania, Brazil, Denmark, Serbia, Turkey, The United Kingdom and Canada and has been featured in American Theatre Magazine, Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Journal and in Lisa Wolford’s book Grotowski’s Objective Drama Research. Raymond has created many works for CPT including: Rusted Heart Broadcast; Insomnia, with Holly Holsinger and Chris Seibert; Cut to Pieces, with Chris Seibert; Blue Sky Transmission: A Tibetan Book of the Dead, co-produced by CPT and La Mama ETC (NY); and The Confessions of Punch and Judy, co-produced by CPT, NaCl (NY) and Number 11 Theatre (Toronto), which was published in New Canadian Theatre Volume 9.
In 1994, Raymond initiated the Student Theatre Enrichment Program, a job training program that engages at-risk youth in writing, producing and performing new plays. Raymond was also the first director of CPT’s Y-Haven Theatre Project. Under his leadership CPT has eliminated significant debt, run consistent operating surpluses, and formed both a Building Reserve and an Innovation Reserve. This financial advancement was a result of mission-focused programming including a strong emphasis on supporting new works and local artists, a bold aesthetic vision and CPT’s educational and engagement programs.
Raymond is a two-time recipient of the Creative Workforce Fellowship (2010 for theatre, 2014 for music composition), a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture funded by the Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. He is an alumnus of Theatre Communications Group/Pew Charitable Trust’s National Theatre Artist Residency Program and the TCG/NEA Career Development Program for Directors. Raymond currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Board of the National New Play Network (NNPN) and Co-Chairs the Finance Committee. Locally, Raymond is Chair of the Board of the Gordon Square Arts District Cleveland Improvement Corporation (Special Improvement District).
Raymond was Acting Artistic Director of CPT (1995-1997) and served CPT in many roles including Stage Manager, Guest Director, Associate Artistic Director, Education Director and Resident Director at various times since 1991.
Dionne Atchison (Education Associate)
Dionne D. Atchison is a Cleveland based theatre and teaching artist and calls Cleveland Public Theatre her artistic home. Dionne graduated from Ohio University with a BFA in Theater Performance in 2008. During her time there she worked with Ohio Valley Summer Theater, a writer/performer for Friday’s Live, a student run late night comedy/variety television show and Confused?!, a television show for children. She also won a scholarship that helped to continue her theater studies in London in 2007. She started working with CPT in 2011 as a performer for Springboard (Revenge is a dish best served …with friends). Since then she has appeared in several productions; Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant; Home for the Hollandaise, At-ten-tion Span (El Beth-el), Akarui, The Queen of Dreams for Pandemonium 2012,The Secret Social, Rusted Heart Broadcast, The Loush Sisters Do the Nutcracker, Air-Waves (part three of the element cycle), She’s Wearing White… an art installation piece created by Faye and Joan Hargate, American Falls, Fire on the Water, The Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns Great Expectations, Red Ash Mosaic (work in progress). Dionne has been a teaching artist with the Brick City Theatre program since 2012. Over the years she has assisted in creating new original work, songs and even the Brick City chant with the youth living in CMHA housing which whom the Brick City Theatre program serves all year round. She is also a member of the Cleveland Core Ensemble and has help created original pieces used for various Road to Hope and Station Hope events and continues to create new original work with Raymond Bobgan and fellow ensemble members. Dionne was involved with the Cleveland Improv Jam, a weekly gathering of improv performers from around the Cleveland area and since then joined several improv groups, founding member of Angry Ladies of Improv, Di’Sean and the newest group, Dennis. She can be seen with some members of the comedy community in a spoof of The Real Housewives called The Real Housewives of Cleveland on Funny or Die website. Dionne joins the staff of CPT as an Education Associate for the Brick City Theatre Program and looks forward to continuing the work of the Education Department.
Sarah Coon (Development Assistant)
Sarah joined CPT in the summer of 2015. A theatre artist, educator, and scholar, she has previously worked with the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, Coach House Theatre, Stagecrafters, and other area companies. Recent directing credits include Clybourne Park (East Cleveland Theatre), Mr. Marmalade (BGSU), and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Coach House Theatre). She received her Master’s in Theatre from Bowling Green State University, and both a BA in Theatre (Minor in Creative Writing) and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Kent State University.
joe dill (Physical operations Manager)
Born and raised in Cleveland, Joe returned to the city after earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Northern Kentucky University in Scenic and Property Design. Since then, he has received a Master of Urban Planning, Design, and Development Degree from Cleveland State University, while becoming a certified Historic Preservationist. Joe also has a passion for creating mixed media, three-dimensional art pieces and has had his work shown in exhibits throughout the state of Ohio. Academically and artistically, Joe’s work is focused on highlighting issues surrounding the LGBT community and chronicling the social movement toward equal human rights.
Denis M. Griesmer (Chief Financial Officer and General Manager)
Denis has served as General Manager since 2007, but has worked in a variety of artistic and managerial positions at CPT since the fall of 2001. As General Manager, Denis acts as the CFO for the theatre and is responsible for day-to-day operations, the facility and Front of House. Currently, he’s deeply involved in the planning and management of CPT’s upcoming renovation. Denis was Director of the Y-Haven Theatre Project, one of CPT’s adult outreach programs from 2006 to 2009. The Y-Haven Theatre Project collaborates with residents of Y-Haven’s Transitional Housing Program to create an original play based on their personal experiences. Other notable artistic roles also include Associate Producer for CPT’s original production, Blue Sky Transmission: A Tibetan Book of the Dead. Denis brings 15 years of theatre management and project management consulting to his role at CPT. A graduate of the Northwestern University School of Speech Theatre Program, Denis was Production Manager and then Associate Producer for San Francisco’s acclaimed Pickle Family Circus. He later worked as Production Coordinator on feature films by Cleveland screenwriter Joe Eszterhaus including Telling Lies in America and Burn, Hollywood, Burn. Denis currently is proud to serve on the board of Network of Ensemble Theatres which is dedicated to propelling ensemble theater practice to the forefront of American culture and society. Denis has also served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Greater Cleveland Community Shares of which CPT is a member.
Caitie Hannon (Director of Development)
Caitie joined Cleveland Public Theatre’s team in May 2014. In her role as Director of Development, she is responsible for all fundraising for the theatre, accounting for nearly three-quarters of the organization’s total revenue. This will be her third year managing the fundraising effort for Pandemonium, which alone raises nearly 15% of the organization’s annual revenue. Caitie conceived and produced CPT’s Decade of Discovery event for donors and other stakeholders on April 1, 2016 to celebrate Raymond Bobgan’s 10th Anniversary as Executive Artistic Director. She is a member of the Class of 2016 for Cleveland Bridge Builders, a program of the Cleveland Leadership Center.
Prior to her arrival at CPT, she served as the Associate Managing Director of the Yale School of Drama / Special Events at Yale Repertory Theatre, including the Yale Institute for Music Theatre and the No Boundaries series of global performances. During her time at Yale, she also served as the Company Manager for Yale Rep, the Yale Fellow at Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the General Manager for the Yale Summer Cabaret Shakespeare Festival. Before going to Yale, she worked for three years as the Grants Writer for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. While in LA, she also worked part-time for Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC), a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the community through musical theatre and dance. She began as a Development Associate for ETC, then worked as an Associate Producer on a world premiere musical, joined the Board of Directors, became the Managing Director, and served as the Producer for Starmites. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Southern California, an MFA in Theatre Management from the Yale School of Drama, and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Faye Hargate (Director of Community Ensembles)
Faye is a performer, installation artist, educator and director. She creates new works, primarily working in devised theatre methods, and focuses on developing semiautobiographical pieces that explore American female identity. She joined the CPT staff as Education Associate in 2009, after working at the theatre as an independent artist since 2007. Appointed to Director of Community Ensembles in 2016, Faye is the Program Director of CPT’s Brick City Theatre, working with youth who live in public housing, and leads the creation of 5-7 original works each season. She is Program Manager of Teatro Publico de Cleveland, working with Raymond Bobgan and local Latinx artists to create and produce plays that share the multiplicity of cultures, identities and traditions in Cleveland’s Latino community. Collaborating with visual artist, and mother, Joan Hargate, Faye has directed the creation of performance/art installations: She’s Wearing White…, Royal Ann’s Preserve, Echoless Shore and Fellsalie. She is a 2014 Creative Workforce Fellow.
Faye is a lead CPT artist and a core member of CPT’s artistic ensemble. Under the direction of Raymond Bobgan, she has collaborated to create the original works: Feefer Rising, Fire on the Water, Airwaves, Rusted Heart Broadcast, Earth Plays, Open Mind Firmament and Red Ash Mosaic, which will premiere in spring 2017. Other notable CPT credits include: American Falls, Ancestra, Akarui, Fever/Dream, Anna Bella Eema, Don’t Call Me Fat and The Other Shore. Prior to CPT, she was Associate Artistic Director of Cleveland’s Theater Ninjas from 2006-2009 and taught for Cleveland School of the Arts, Laurel School, Art House and Beck Center for the Arts. Faye is a graduate of Ecole Jacques Lecoq (Paris, France), a professional theatre training program, and has performed in France and Portugal. She holds a BA degree in Religious Studies and Theatre from Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine) and trained with Cleveland’s Inlet Dance Theatre. She is a Cleveland native and lives in Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood.
Caitlin Lewins (New Play Associate)
Caitlin, a Cleveland native, is a performer, writer, director, avid crafter and musician, recently co-directed (with Dan Kilbane) and music directed 44 Plays For 44 Presidents. Caitlin joined the CPT staff in the fall of 2013 as Story Connector and transitioned into her current role in the summer of 2014. Caitlin completed the 2013-2014 Joan Yellen Horvitz Director Fellowship that culminated in the production Left in Ink which she conceived, directed and co-created. Recently at CPT, Caitlin line produced four Road to Hope events in the Spring of 2016, line produced The SantaLand Diaries at Playhouse Square and the Nord Family Foundation Playwright Reading Series, directed Canon Fodder – a Nord Fellowship Reading, music directed Frankenstein’s Wake and assistant directed/contributed to The Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns. Caitlin co-created and directed pieces for the last three Pandemoniums, co-created and directed Edison and Ford which appeared in Air Waves (Part Three of the Elements Cycle) and completed her third year in the Directing/Theatre Creation class. In the 12/13 season, Caitlin was Stage Manager/Assistant Director to Raymond Bobgan for Rusted Heart Broadcast and made her writing/directing debut at CPT with The Environmented in Earth Plays (Part Two of the Elements Cycle).Cleveland internships include an Education and Artistic Internship at Cleveland Play House and an Education Internship at Great Lakes Theater. Recent/favorite performances include Red Ash Mosaic (workshop), She’s Wearing White…, Air Waves, Earth Plays, Bird Behind the Curtain (Big Box ’13), 13 Most American Dreams, Grizzly Mama and The New Century. Caitlin has taught theatre and music with several education programs including Brick City at CPT, Shaker Summer Theatre, SmArt in the City and Camp Mendocino, a Boys and Girls Club Camp in California. Caitlin served as Grant Program Coordinator and Fine Arts Coordinator for three Cleveland YMCAs and studied Theatre, Philosophy, and Music at Baldwin-Wallace College graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2010.
Colleen McCaughey (Grants Writer/Development Associate)
Colleen returned to her native Ohio to join the CPT team in 2015. She holds a bachelor’s degree in both Theatre and Political Science from Allegheny College. From 2013-2015, she worked in New York City as a stage manager for various theatre companies including The Play Company, The Flea Theater, and Lincoln Center, while serving as the Administrative Associate for Dixon Place Theater. Originally from Hudson, Ohio, Colleen has appeared onstage in several Northeast Ohio theatre productions, most recently at Blank Canvas Theatre in Bat Boy: The Musical (Ruthie/Ned) and Reefer Madness (Sally). Recent stage management credits include Red Ash Mosaic with Raymond Bobgan and the Ensemble, Uz: El Pueblo with Teatro Publico de Cleveland, and Station Hope.
Cathleen O’Malley (Director of Audience Engagement and Media Relations)
Cathleen is a performer, director, educator and creator of original work. Since 2013, Cathleen has managed visual, written and digital communications for the theatre, with a special focus on cross-sector partnerships and igniting “the artist within all of us” through meaningful pre- and post-show engagement. Prior to joining the CPT staff, Cathleen served as the Education Director and Ensemble Member of Touchstone Theatre, where she managed the company’s award-winning education division and collaborated as a performer/devisor on three seasons of original shows. Since relocating to Cleveland, Cathleen has worked as a consultant and teaching artist with PlayhouseSquare’s Community Engagement & Education department, CSU Theatre & Dance, Talespinner Children’s Theatre, Montessori High School of University Circle, Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio ArtWorks and on the grant-making committee of the Cleveland Foundation’s Neighborhood Connections initiative. She has enjoyed collaborations with companies regionally and abroad, including Relax Your Face (London/Budapest), Zany Umbrella Circus (Children’s Theatre of Jordan, Amman), Akropolis Performance Lab (Seattle) and with inmates of the WA State Corrections Center for Women through Freehold Studio’s Engaged Theatre Project. Cleveland stage credits include the original performance installation Cultivated at Pandemonium ’13, Earth Plays, Spirits to Enforce, Fire on the Water and Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (CPT), Cocopelli (Ensemble), The Emperor’s Ears (Talespinner) and Boston Marriage (Mamai). Cathleen has directed locally at CPT (The Santaland Diaries), Talespinner Children’s Theatre and is the creator/director of several original short works for CPT, including Noonday I, Cuyahoga, Briefly, Petite E.T. and Wayward Rufous. Cathleen is a graduate of the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) where she trained in Lecoq-based physical theatre, mask, clown, buffoon and ensemble process. She holds an MFA from Naropa University.
Ryan Patterson (Technical Director)
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Fine Arts from Kent State University concentrated in Technical Direction. He began his career at FTSI, and performance art automation company in Las Vegas. He then ventured outside the world of performance art, working for Zimmer Orthopedics Company where he assisted with 6 total hip replacements, and worked as a post market engineer. Ryan worked with Heinz North America where he served as a continuous improvement engineering. Although these ventures were valuable, he always knew his passion lied in creation of experiences. Upon completion of graduate school he became the Technical Director of Porthouse Theatre and has now joined CPT in the same role.
THÉODORE FAHEY PAVLICH (Director of Patron Services)
Théo Pavlich is a theatre artist who proudly calls Cleveland his artistic home. He began working with CPT in 2011 as an electrician and joined the CPT staff in April 2016. He studied technical theatre at Clemson University and directing at Cleveland State University, receiving his BA Summa Cum Laude in 2012 before pursuing post graduate studies in Latinx and Black theatre at Tufts University. He has worked in stage management, production, education and lighting at several theatres along the east coast including Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Dorset Theatre Festival, The Warehouse Theatre, and WordBRIDGE Playwright’s Lab and locally at Cleveland Public Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre, and Talespinner Children’s Theatre.
Donna Pedaci (Senior House Manager)
Donna began working as a House Manager for Cleveland Public Theatre in 2007 during AtTENtion Span: A Festival of 10-Minute Plays. As Senior House Manager, she is responsible for the training of new House Management staff and managing Front of House logistics and craft services for special events such as CPT’s Pandemonium and pARTy in Gordon Square. Donna also worked as dramaturg on CPT’s 2014 production of The Drowning Girls and both her daughter Ivy and her husband Brian have appeared as artists in a variety of CPT performances. Donna is a graduate of CSU with a BS in Anthropology.
Willie Riddle (Facilities Coordinator)
Willie is responsible for daily appearance and functionality of CPT’s over 40,000 square feet of building space as well as its grounds. Willie joined CPT through our partnership with Y-Haven Transitional Housing as a part-time employee in 2006 and a year later became the first full-time staff member in the history of the organization to be exclusively dedicated to building and facilities issues. Since that time, he’s moved the CPT campus forward in its appearance and contributes to the everyday experience for patrons, artists and staff at CPT. Prior to working at CPT, Willie managed the custodial crew at University of Charleston, West Virginia College and worked for the City of Cleveland Heights, Division of Waste.
Adam Seeholzer (Education manager)
Since 2006, Adam has worked repeatedly as an artist with CPT’s core outreach programs, the Y-Haven Theatre Project, the Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) and Brick City Theatre. Starting in the summer of 2014, he brought that experience to his role as a full time staff member, providing leadership and helping to grow these programs. Adam received a B.A. in Theatre Arts at Cleveland State University, where he studied with Holly Holsinger, a long-time CPT artist. He trained at Second City (CHI), SITI Co. (NYC) and graduated from Cleveland Improv Institute’s performance school. His acting credits include: Woyzeck: A Proper Murder and The Excavation with Theatre Ninjas. CPT acting credits include: The Other Shore; Open Mind Firmament; At-TEN-tion Span; Poor little Lulu; Earth Plays; numerous original performances at CPT’s annual Pandemonium event; Rusted Heart Broadcast; Air Waves; F*** Me, Love Me, Aphrodite and American Falls. Adam is proud to be a CPT staff member, a life changing organization in the city where he was born, raised and resides, and in the community in which he believes.
Matt Segall (Business manager)
Matt Segall is a saxophonist, composer, entrepreneur and economist from Palo Alto, CA. He is a graduate of Oberlin’s Double Degree program where he earned a B.A in Economics and a B.Mus in Jazz Studies. While at Oberlin, Segall developed an interest in concert booking and arts entrepreneurship, bringing some of the most brilliant and best received musical artists and thinkers to Oberlin’s campus and developing innovative programs for students. He received a Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award and an entrepreneurship grant from Oberlin in 2014 in addition to appearing with many honorary Oberlin ensembles. He has been an active member of the jazz scene in Cleveland and the San Francisco Bay Area, performing with artists such as Angie Stone, Dave Liebman, Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson and Jeff Clayton, among many others. He is currently based in Cleveland where he leads his own quartet and leads the horn section for FunkyardX, a progressive funk band.
TECIA WILSON (EDUCATION associate)
Tecia is a director, performer, educator and community activist. Social justice and civic discourse are at the heart of her work, mobilizing, mentoring and empowering people to give voice to their story. She joined the CPT staff as Education Assistant in 2016, after working at the theatre as a Brick City Theatre teaching artist and a 2015/2016 Joan Yellen Horvitz Assistant Director Fellow. As a directing fellow, she created and directed original theatre pieces that were featured in CPT’s 2015 Pandemonium and the Gordon Square Fall Fest. As an actor, she has worked with Cleveland Shakespeare, Cleveland School of the Arts, Karamu Theatre, Brecksville Community Theatre, and All City Musical Theatre. A Cleveland native, Tecia grew up in the King Kennedy Public Housing Estate and in East Cleveland, OH, and she graduated from Cleveland School of the Arts (CSA). At CSA, she discovered the transformative power of the arts, and this has fueled her life mission to affect community change through the arts. She was a CSA drama teacher and created the S.C.R.E.A.M (Stimulate Change Revolt! Expect A Metamorphism) Peace Rally in 2012-2014 for CSA Students in the Central Area in response to the Trayvon Martin Case. She has also taught with The Boys and Girls Club, Talespinner Children’s Theatre, Dancing Classrooms, YMCA, and Drama Ministry for House Of God Cleveland Church. Tecia is an active member with the Cleveland Renaissance Movement and the Learning for Life Mentor Program and Parent Cafe, a support group for parents and children, advocating for their education rights and providing practical parenting tools and mentorship.
jaclyn vogel (box Office & A/P Associate)
Jaclyn Vogel is a director, costumer, and writer from Indianapolis, IN. Since moving to Cleveland in 2014, Cleveland Public Theatre has been her creative home away from home. She holds a bachelor’s degree with high honors in Theatre from Butler University. For her senior project she wrote and directed her first play Sydney and Sam. While in school, Jaclyn also worked at Young Actors Theatre as a costume intern and a teacher/director. Jaclyn first became involved with CPT through Raymond’s Creation Class Workshop. From there she joined the front of house team and also started working on creative projects. In the 2014-2015 season she assistant directed Fire on the Water. This past season she had the honor of being a Joan Yellen Horvitz Assistant Directing Fellow. Through her fellowship she was able to assistant direct Lines in the Dust, direct Trash Dragons for TCG’s Pandemonium, work with visiting artists Gunesh and Ovlyakuli Khodjakuli on their piece Night in Tavern- West and East, and create the piece I, Me for Pandemonium 2015. Locally Jaclyn is a freelance costumer. She’s costumed at Ensemble Theatre and the Beck Center for the Arts. Her costuming credits include: Venus, Thurgood, The Neverending Story, A Little Princess, and Big the Musical. Loving both the artistic and business sides of theatre, Jaclyn is excited for all that is happening in this coming season at CPT and feels very blessed to be a part of it.
ANDY Weyenberg (Artistic and Education Associate)
Andy is a theatre artist, gardener, musician, and craftsperson. Born and raised in northeast Ohio, he is proud to be returning to Cleveland as a member of the CPT staff. Andy graduated from Boston University with a BFA in Theatre Arts in 2014. During his time at BU, he was fortunate enough to spend a semester abroad at l’Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy, where he studied classical commedia, clowning, philosophy, and traditional Italian mask making, among other things. He spent two summers working with Double Edge Theatre in western MA, where he had the opportunity to perform in their summer spectacle Shahrazad: a tale of Love and Magic. While working towards his degree in Boston, Andy appeared on stage at the Huntington theatre in Metamorphosis as well as numerous other productions across the Boston University campus. After graduating, Andy spent a summer in Charleston WV performing in An Enemy of the People with New Brooklyn Theatre; a piece staged in response to a crisis that poisoned the drinking water in a vast majority of the state. After this, he spent a year in Asheville, NC, where he helped to devise Les Fleur du Mal, an absurdist satire of modern American life, at the Black Mountain College (Re)Happening festival. Andy first connected with CPT in the summer of 2016 as a teaching artist with Brick City, then went on to perform in Pandemonium ’16, stage manage ¡CELEBRANDO THREE YEARS!, and counts himself lucky to have the opportunity to continue his artistic journey with Cleveland Public Theatre.
Beth Wood (Associate Artistic Director)
After appearing on the CPT stage since 2002, Beth joined the CPT staff in 2007. A director, actress, administrator, designer, educator and theatre technician, she holds a BA in Communications and Theatre from John Carroll University. In July 2016, Beth was awarded a Theatre Communications Group Leadership U[niversity] Continuing Ed grant allowing her to travel to theatres throughout the country during the 16/17 season to research new play development models. As a director of adventurous scripted work, Beth’s CPT directing credits include BOOM by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb (third U.S. production), Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them by Christopher Durang (second U.S. production), FEVER/DREAM by Sheila Callaghan, The SantaLand Diaries by David Sedaris at Playhouse Square (2011, 2014), The Loush Sisters Making the Yuletide Gay at Playhouse Square, Antebellum by Robert O’Hara (second U.S. production), There Is a Happiness That Morning Is by Mickle Maher, The Loush Sisters DO the Nutcracker, the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of in a word by Lauren Yee, The Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns: Great Expectations and Lines in the Dust by Nikkole Salter. In addition to her work with scripted productions, Beth co-created The Loush Sisters for Playhouse Square in 2011 and CPT in 2013 and 2015. This season, Beth will be co-leading a new holiday show with Raymond Bobgan (Light the Lights ‘Ole Moses CLE! a wild holiday romp), and directing Robert O’Hara’s humorous, unapologetic play, Barbecue. CPT acting credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Mrs. Bob Cratchet’s Wild Christmas Binge, A Bright Room Called Day, Fefu and Her Friends, The Rocky Horror Show, Our Town, Pulp, Matt & Ben, Anna Bella Eema (co-production with Theater Ninjas), Open Mind Firmament, Don’t Call Me Fat, Akarui, Standing on Ceremony, Earth Plays, The Loush Sisters DO the Nutcracker, The Loush Sisters Love Dick’ns: Great Expectations and Mr. Burns – A Post-Electric Play. A former Actor-Teacher for Great Lakes Theater, Beth has taught a variety of theatre and acting courses throughout Northeast Ohio, and has served as the technical director for John Carroll University, Lakeland Theatre and Stagecrafters.
leslie wright (Story Connector)
Leslie Colleen Wright, a Cleveland Native, is an alumni of Hampton University with a degree in Theater Performance. She is a Karamu alum who got her first professional break costuming for the award winning show Black Nativity. Soon after, she directed her first main stage production And Her Hair Went With Her on Karamu’s stage. She is the youngest director of a mainstage production in Karamu’s history under the current administration. Since then, Leslie has made her mark in both performance art and in education, going on to direct several mainstage productions for Akron’s Firestone Performing Arts High School, and worked for several youth programs including the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools as a trainer for their Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute. Leslie has been with the CDF Freedom Schools for six years in various capacities. She is a model with Re/Dress plus-size clothing store in Lakewood, OH. Leslie currently wears many hats as a performance artist; dance teacher, actor, director, model, poet, public speaker, acting coach and creative writer. Leslie has a strong entrepreneurial spirit, currently working on building an entertainment company, Kennedy Hall. Kennedy Hall’s first venture is an adult body positive dance class called Jammin Jellies.
Cayla DeStefano (Technical Apprentice)
Ryan Walker (Graphic Designer)
Board of Directors
Philip Oliss, President
Kristofer Spreen, Vice President
Joanne Montagner-Hull, Treasurer
Cindy Marx, Secretary