Resident Artists and Part-time or Auxiliary Staff

Inda Blatch-Geib (Resident Costume Designer)

Inda Blatch-Geib’s work as a costume and production designer for over 1,000 theatrical, commercial, and film releases has spanned 30 years and crossed 4 continents. Inda’s set styling, costume, and puppet designs include the Broadway special production of Kris Kringle The Musical. Live performance and festival design include set design for Machine Gun Kelly’s U.S. and European Tours, Wolstein Arena Show, multiple EST Fests, as well as Cobra microphone design. Current commercial work includes Costume Design for The Cleveland Cavaliers’ 1970’s and 80’s themed videos, national spots for the team, and design for on-court half-time shows including their shield design. Print designs have included set styling for Harper’s Bazaar UK‘s Scarlett Johansson cover and spread, as well as catalogue set styling for Foundations and Kilgore Trout. Inda’s designs have been showcased in exhibits at The Smithsonian Institute as well as national and regional commercials including Microsoft, McDonald’s, Under Armour, TroyBuilt, The Original Mattress Factory, The West Virginia Lottery, and Momentive. Recent film projects include the Production and Costume Design for an upcoming cable Original series and Ohio Art Direction for ​The Signal​ starring Laurence Fishburne. Music Video Production and Costume Design includes Machine Gun Kelly’s “Alpha Omega” and “Let You Go” releases. Locally, Inda is the 2018/2019 Resident Designer for Cleveland Public Theatre, Karamu House, Magical Theatre Company, New World Performance Lab, and Cleveland Institute of Music.

India Nicole Burton (National New Play Network Producer in Residence)

India Nicole Burton is an actress, director, playwright, and producer. She is a native of Akron, OH and graduated from The University of Akron in 2011 with a BA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis on performance. Upon graduating, India founded Ma’Sue Productions, an African American theatre company located in Akron. She has directed, produced, and performed in several of Ma’Sue’s plays and acted as artistic director until 2015. India has worked with many prominent Akron, Cleveland, New York, Atlanta, and L.A. actors, directors, and playwrights. Some of India’s acting credits include Julius Caesar (Portia), Bootycandy (Actor 1), and An Octoroon (Dido). India’s directing credits include for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf (Heads Up Productions), The Laramie Project (Heads Up Productions), Daybreak’s Children (Ma’Sue Productions), A Happening on Imperial (Ma’Sue Productions), O Patria Mia (Ma’Sue Productions), Little Women (Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute), and two short plays produced at Cleveland Public Theatre’s Station Hope: What we could have been and Maya: The Poet. India’s assistant directing credits include the 2014 production of The Color Purple at Karamu House, brownsville song (b-side for tray) at Dobama Theatre, and Cleveland Public Theatre’s Barbecue. She is the director of drama at Dike School of the Arts where she trains students in acting and performance, grades pre-K through 8th. India is currently working on developing and devising an original play about women in the Black Panther Party.

Benjamin Gantose (Resident Lighting Designer)

Benjamin Gantose is a lighting, scenery, and installation designer. A Cleveland native, Benjamin attended the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he studied Theatrical Design and Production with an emphasis in Lighting Design. His work spans ballet and modern dance, scripted and devised theatre, musical theatre, opera, and theme parks. This is his sixth season as Resident Lighting Designer at Cleveland Public Theatre where his designs have included Red Ash Mosaic, Br’er Cotton, The Family Claxon, Barbecue, Incendiaries, in a word, Ancestra, The Drowning Girls, Exact Change, There is a Happiness that Morning Is, Akarui, October in the Chair, and Cut To Pieces. Benjamin’s work has been seen around Cleveland at Theater Ninjas (now Maelstrom Collaborative Arts, Beck Center for the Arts, Talespinner Children’s Theatre, Mamaí Theatre Company, Baldwin Wallace University, Cleveland State University, and Verb Ballets, and nationally. Associate Design work includes lighting and scenic designs at Cincinnati Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Ballet Hawaii, Cain Park, Lakeland Civic Theatre, and Inlet Dance Theatre.

T. Paul Lowry (Resident Video Designer)

T. Paul Lowry has served in artistic, production, and design capacities with such companies as Long Wharf Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, New Haven Theater Company, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Cleveland Public Theatre, Dobama Theatre, and Talespinner Children’s Theatre. T. Paul is the Technical Director for Performing Arts at Hathaway Brown School. Noted design work includes: American Dreams, Fire on the Water (Part Four of the Elements Cycle) (CPT); Uz, El Pueblo, ¿Dónde Está My Home? (Where is Mi Hogar) (Teatro Público de Cleveland); The Turing Machine (Theater Ninjas – now Maelstrom Collaborative Arts); The 39 Steps (Via Brooklyn); To the Orchard, Things as They Are (Playwrights Local 4181); Memphis (Cain Park); Angels in America (Oberlin College); Jane Eyre (Cleveland Musical Theatre); brownsville song (b-side for tray), Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars (Dobama Theatre).

Donna Pedaci (Senior House Manager)

Donna’s first season working at Cleveland Public Theatre began in 2007 with At-TEN-tion 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 currently does work as a costume stitcher for shows such as the summer 2018 production of Gypsy at Beck Center for the Arts. Donna is a graduate of CSU with a BS in Anthropology.

Val Wienhold (House Manager)

Val made her debut as a House Manager towards the end of the 2013/2014 season during CPT’s production of The Drowning Girls. When she is not house managing, Val runs a pet sitting and dog walking business called Happy Pets. She is also an accomplished equestrian and graduated from Lake Erie College with a BS in Equine Studies.

Other Auxiliary Staff

Cayla Destefano (Technical Apprentice)