Blake Robison enters his eleventh season as Producing Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. During his tenure, he has diversified the Playhouse’s programming, embraced its tradition of new work, deepened the theatre's community engagement, and ushered in a new era with the groundbreaking of our new $50 million theatre complex.
At the Playhouse, he has directed the world premieres of Karen Zacarias’ Native Gardens, Audrey Cefaly’s The Last Wide Open, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Abigail/1702; adaptations such as Treasure Island, Shakespeare in Love, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Peter and the Starcatcher, Pride and Prejudice, The Three Musketeers, Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace and Stephen King’s Misery; and contemporary works such as Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles, Karen Zacarias’ The Book Club Play, and Dana Yeaton’s Mad River Rising.
Other directing credits include productions at the Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Utah Shakespeare Festival, PlayMaker’s Repertory Company, Folger Theatre, Round House Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, National Shakespeare Company and Vermont Stage. Internationally, he directed the Tennessee Williams classic Summer and Smoke at English Theatre Berlin and has worked several times at the renowned Avignon Festival in France.
Blake served on the Board of the Theatre Communications Group for six years. He was named a finalist for the 2019 Zelda Fichandler Award from the SDC Foundation honoring extraordinary work in the regional theatre.
Bethany is the Director of Development, overseeing all components of contributed revenue to both the annual and capital campaign. In her fifth season with the Playhouse, she was promoted into her current position from Director of Institutional Giving in November 2020. She earned her MBA at Northern Kentucky University, where she also earned an undergraduate in psychology. Bethany currently serves on the board of the Cincinnati Association of Fundraising Professionals, The Recovery Center of Hamilton County and is an active volunteer with Cincinnati Cares and School Board School. Giving back and helping others fuels her passion and heartfelt desire to be a community change agent.
Josh came to the Playhouse in 2021 from Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., where he held a similar position for six years. He worked in production management for 10 years at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), after more than 20 years in technical theatre. He’s also been the shop manager at Manhattan Theatre Club, a production carpenter, an actor and the manager of his own scenic shop. He is passionate about working to further the Playhouse’s DEIA initiatives and excited to help open the new Moe and Jack’s Place – The Rouse Theatre.
Dawn was recently named Director of HR, Diversity and Inclusion and is excited to help foster a culture that supports diverse perspectives and talent which will enable employee growth and lead the Playhouse into the future. She is a human resources professional with more than 20 years of experience in managing recruitment and staffing, coaching and development, training and additional responsibilities for corporations and agencies across the greater Cincinnati area. Most recently, Dawn was an HR Manager for Zenith Logistics, and she spent 10 years as the HR, Benefits and Compensation Manager for The Children’s Home. In addition to her professional roles, Dawn contributes numerous service hours in the areas of women’s health and the arts as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®. Dawn holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University and a Professional in Human Resources Certificate (SHRM-CP) and PHR.
As Director of Marketing and Communications, Kathy is responsible for leading the marketing and institutional communications strategy for the entire organization and oversees the Patron Services department. Now celebrating her 30th season with the Playhouse, Kathy previously held similar positions at The Beach Waterpark and Cincinnati Opera and worked for an advertising and public relations agency. Having lived in Cincinnati for most of her life, Kathy’s love of theatre and dedication to the Playhouse go back to her formative years when her mother was a Playhouse Prompter during the late 1970s. Kathy’s mom not only brought her to shows, but also roped her into volunteering at an early age. The first Playhouse production Kathy remembers seeing was The House of Bernarda Alba in 1978.
Suann is in her 28th season with Playhouse and her 12th in her current position. A former stage manager for Playhouse, she is now responsible for being the main liaison with guest artists including directors, actors, designers, stage managers and various coaches in the season. She works intimately with the AEA, SDC and USA unions and is one of the Playhouse’s representatives to the League of Residential Theatres (LORT). She oversees the departments of Company Management, Facilities and Stage Management and has been one of Playhouse’s Covid Safety Managers while also serving on the Safety Committee. Suann received her undergraduate degree from Wichita State University in Secondary Education, Speech and Communications and her MFA in Directing at Michigan State University. She has taught at Miami University and with CCM Preparatory’s Music Theatre Intensive Program. Her directing credits include productions at Miami and Xavier Universities, among other theatres.
Daunielle is in her second season as the Director of Artistic Engagement, having served as Director of Education and Engagement for six seasons. During her tenure at the Playhouse, she has developed and produced our Off the Grid series, creating interactive and immersive theatrical experiences for young professionals. In addition, she is the artistic producer for Playhouse’s School Outreach Touring Plays and Off the Hill series and is local casting director. Daunielle also oversees all of the Playhouse’s educational programming. Before joining the Playhouse team in July 2015, she was the Director of Education and Community Engagement at Marin Theatre Company in California. She has also served as the Associate Artistic Director for Custom Made Theatre Company in San Francisco. She has also been a producer for California Shakespeare Theatre.
Joanie has served as Associate Artistic Director since November 2021. She is a theatre and opera director, previously based in Chicago, but working around the country. She was previously Artistic Director of WaterTower Theater in Dallas, Texas and Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater. She was a TCG Leadership U Fellow, Goodman Theater Michael Maggio Fellow, SDC Denham Fellow, Drama League Fellow and member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. She’s an ensemble member at Steep Theatre in Chicago and artistic cabinet member at Studio Theatre in DC. She holds an MFA in directing from Northwestern University and BA in directing from Columbia College Chicago. www.joanieschultz.com
Andrea is excited to be celebrating her 22nd season with the Playhouse, having worked on more than 100 productions, including 22 world premieres. This is her second season heading the department as Production Stage Manager. A highlight of every season for her has been stage managing A Christmas Carol. Favorite Playhouse credits include Alias Grace; The Last Wide Open; The Roommate; Treasure Island; Be Here Now; Mr. Joy; Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End; Jane Eyre; Disgraced; Bad Dates; The Revolutionists; Merrily We Roll Along; Behind the Eye; Altar Boyz; Ace; and Rooted. She has also stage managed at Dallas Theater Center, The Old Globe, Cincinnati Ballet, Alliance Theatre, The Second City and Ingenuity Festival of Cleveland. In 2014, Andrea joined the adjunct faculty of Xavier University’s Theatre Program, and in 2018, she became a contributor for Dramatics.org, writing backstage articles for their online content. Andrea is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Producing Artistic Director Blake Robison
Managing Director Abby Marcus
Associate Artistic Director Joanie Schultz
Director of Artistic Engagement Daunielle Rasmussen
Literary Manager Tatiana Godfrey
Associate Artists Wendy C. Goldberg, Nicole A. Watson, Karen Zacarías
Executive Assistant/Board Liaison Stefanie Hengge
Associate Producer Suann Pollock
Company Manager A.J. Ford
Assistant Company Manager/Management Associate Eric Byrd
Director of HR, Equity and Inclusion Dawn Mundy
Payroll and Benefits Specialist Amy Stier
Finance Manager Chad Stewart
Finance Associate Brian Anderson
Office Administrator Kathy Durnell
Facilities Manager Brian Smith
Facilities Assistant Myron Monroe
Capital Project Manager Phil Rundle
Director of Development Bethany Doverspike
Director of Donor Relations Kendra L. Struthers, CFRE
Director of Institutional Giving Mary Kay Koehler
Major Gifts Officer Lynn Smith
Individual Giving Assistant Jennifer Radisch
Capital Campaign Manager Allison Gerrety
Development Assistant Will Ellis
Development Intern Mackenzie Duan
Director of Marketing and Communications Kathy Neus
Audience Engagement Manager Piper N. Davis
Multimedia Designer Sean Martin
Digital Marketing Associate Victoria Forbes
Marketing Associate Jacob Krismanick
Content Marketing Associate Deja A. Shanks
Public Relations Consultant Natalie Hastings
Photographer Mikki Schaffner
Patron Services Director Don Wong
Assistant Patron Services Manager Julia Hasl Miller
Ticket Services Staff Katie Collier, Jenny French, Chase Johnson, Alexi Lewis, David Lopez, Josh Neumeyer, Sarah O'Haver, Theresa Richmond, Marley Runk
House Staff Supervisors Joellyn Goos, Stacy Smith
House Staff Amanda Adams, Sara Bergen, Kayden Hauke, Daniela Nenova, Cyrus Newitt, Addie Renne, Jacqueline Smith, Dionne Winfrey
Bar Manager Darren Cox
Bartenders Kathy Burr, Clint Collins, Justin Eckstein, Lori Hiltenbeitel, John Simpson, Barb Santel, Niki Sherwood, Kathleen Thorman
Education Director Ariana Moses
Artistic Engagement Associate Katie Baskerville
Education Associate Julia Gomez
Education and Engagement Coordinator Doug Fries
Production Stage Manager Andrea L. Shell
Stage Managers Brooke Redler, Brandon T. Holmes
Acting and Education Interns Paulina De La Parra, Maeada King, Matthew McGinn, Gianna Porfano, Makenzie Ruff
Stage Management Interns Shelby Scaffidi, Ariel Sheets, Emi Suarez
Director of Production Joshua Escajeda
Production Manager Becky Scott
Technical Director D.W. Jones
Assistant Technical Director Sam Thompson
House Audio/Projection Supervisor Aaron Stephenson
Assistant Production Manager Valerie Perez
Carpenters Bryan Bridewell, Kara Daniel, Timothy Fowler, Michael Lyons
Swings Daniel Bradburn, Bill Coates, Brad Kordenbrock
Charge Scenic Artist Jennifer Rhodus
Assistant Scenic Charge Artist Alex Kuntz
Properties Manager Liz Lyons
Assistant Properties Manager Jen Lampson
Properties Assistants Jeff Fowee, Alicia Rhodus
Rouse Properties Running Crew Lara Sheridan
Rosenthal Shelterhouse Properties Running Crew Chief Debra Hildebrand
Costume Shop Manager Gordon DeVinney
First Hand Caitlin Turvey
Wig and Makeup Artist Amy Whitaker
Costume and Design Administrative Assistant Heather Merchant
Lead Rouse Theatre Wardrobe Karla Knochelmann
Rosenthal Shelterhouse Wardrobe Julie Hudson
Cutter/ Draper Kristine Sneshkoff
Costume Shop Assistant Bridget Kline
Rosenthal Shelterhouse Light Board Operator Justin Chandler
Rouse Theatre Audio Engineer M. Adam Jacob
Rosenthal Shelterhouse Audio Engineer Tamir Eplan-Frankel
Managing Director Emeritus Buzz Ward