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. Production and Costume Design has included commercials for Footlocker, The West Virginia Lottery’s national award-winning campaigns, Microsoft, Under Armor, McDonalds, TroyBuilt, and The Original Mattress Factory as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 1970’s and 1980’s themed videos, national spots for the team, and design for on-court half-time shows including their mascot shield design. Live performance and festival designs include Machine Gun Kelly’s U.S. and European Tours as well as ESTFEST and Wolstein Arena productions. Specialty projects include microphone stand designs for MGK and BlackBear. 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.
Additionally, Inda’s designs have been showcased in exhibits at The Smithsonian Institute with film projects including Ohio Art Direction of The Signal starring Laurence Fishburne and Production and Costume Design of the soon to be released The Con. Theatrical Design includes Production & Costume Design for the special Broadway Production of Kris Kringle, The Musical, Costume Design for the Cleveland Play House production of Native Gardens, as well as multiple productions for the Colombian National Opera. Music Video Production and Costume Design includes Machine Gun Kelly’s “Alpha Omega” and “Let You Go” releases. Locally, Inda is the 2019/2020 Resident Designer for Cleveland Public Theatre, Karamu House, Magical Theatre Company, New World Performance Lab, and Cleveland Institute of Music.
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 seventh season as Resident Lighting Designer at Cleveland Public Theatre where his designs have included Gloria, Fire on the Water, Everything is Okay (and other helpful lies), Red Ash Mosaic, Br’er Cotton, Barbecue, Incendiaries, in a word, Exact Change, There is a Happiness that Morning Is, Akarui, and Cut To Pieces. Benjamin’s work has been seen around Cleveland at Cleveland Play House, 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.
Brielle Mcgrew (Wardrobe Associate)
Brielle Mcgrew is a Cleveland Native who has worked in wardrobe since 2011. She is a proud alumnus of the CMSD All City Art’s program and is now the wardrobe supervisor for the program. Brielle is currently the resident wardrobe supervisor for Karamu House and the wardrobe assistant for Cleveland Public Theatre. Brielle has also worked in entertainment costuming at Walt Disney World as the costumer for the Star Wars franchise. She has also done wardrobe for the Cleveland Institute of Opera, Dobama Theatre, Apollo Fire, Playhouse Square and many more. She is a self-taught MUA and has designed wigs for Karamu House’s Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed and was wig tech for Cleveland Play House’s American Mariachi. In addition, Brielle has costume designed for the short film Ancestors and for Karamu’s arts education programs.
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. Donna also worked as dramaturg on CPT’s 2014 production of The Drowning Girls and currently works as a costume technician for local productions, including Gypsy, Matilda, and Something Rotton at Beck Center for the Arts as well as Black Nativity and Greenwood: An American Dream Destroyed at Karamu House. Donna is a graduate of CSU with a BS in Anthropology.