Staff & Board Members

Meet the people who work behind the scenes!
‡ Denotes Resident Artists

Leadership

Kim Kern
Kim Kern
Managing Director & CEO

Kim Kern

Managing Director & CEO

Kim Kern’s 26 years of experience in the nonprofit world have led her to live by and enthusiastically model the following statement, “Would those of you who say it can’t be done please get out of the way of those of us who are doing it.” Kim strives to create a family-first workplace culture that is inclusive, growth-oriented and focused on positivity – yet if you choose to speak to her before she has had her morning coffee you do so at your own risk.

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Roderick Justice
Producing Artistic Director ‡

Roderick Justice

Producing Artistic Director ‡

Roderick is originally from the mountains of Eastern Kentucky and has been producing theatre for young audiences for nearly two decades! While his passion is theatre, he also LOVES desserts. (A lot.) It is still undecided which he loves more. The jury is still out…

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Development

Anne Venters
Development Director

Anne Venters

Development Director

Anne is from Ashtabula, OH where she first enjoyed musical theater on a Lake Erie Beach at the Straw Hat Summer Theatre. Living in Cincinnati for over 20 years, Anne’s favorite pastime is family game night with Euchre, Scrabble, Risk and Rummikub!

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Mary Wright
Development & Volunteer Manager

Mary Wright

Development & Volunteer Manager

Mary was an Army Brat and was born in Germany. She now resides in Mason. She is one of five daughters, a proud Aunt of seven, and a Great Aunt of three. She volunteers with the Symetra Tour of the LPGA and for the Western & Southern Open.

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Tera Pierce
Development Manager, Corporate Partnerships

Tera Pierce

Development Manager, Corporate Partnerships

Tera is from Butler, KY and still lives South of the River. As any good Kentuckian, a large part of her identity rests in being a loyal basketball fan. Among her favorite things are Mexican food & the Louisville Cardinals; among the least are unsweet tea & the Kentucky Wildcats.

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Administration

Chad Stewart
Finance Director

Chad Stewart

Finance Director

Chad enjoys working with creative people, and he has worked in the non-profit world of arts organizations and the for-profit world of advertising agencies for most of the last twenty years.

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Pam Young
Operations Manager

Pam Young

Operations Manager

Pam is a native of Cincinnati. She has worked at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati since 2006. Before that she raised her 5 children. She enjoys spring, summer and fall! Cincinnati winters seem to have gotten longer!

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Eric Byrd
Associate Artistic Director & Company Manager ‡

Eric Byrd

Associate Artistic Director & Company Manager ‡

Eric grew up in Maineville, Ohio and after gallivanting around the world, he now resides in Kennedy Heights (he simply could not survive without Skyline Chili). He longs to live in a world where one-inch character heels are discontinued.

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Marketing

Krista Katona Pille
Creative & Marketing Director

Krista Katona Pille

Creative & Marketing Director

Krista grew up on the west side of Cincinnati, which means she still lives on the west side of Cincinnati. She dreams to one day perform a one-woman rendition of Poltergeist. Brach’s candy corn is her ultimate weakness, and her spirit animal is the owl.

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Julia Fowler
Marketing Coordinator

Julia Fowler

Marketing Coordinator

Julia was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, but has opted for less windy yet more humid weather in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Cincinnati. Inspired by Liz Lemon in 30 Rock, her goal in life is to transition pajamas into daywear.

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Sales & Box Office

Tina Marshall
Sales and Ticketing Director

Tina Marshall

Sales and Ticketing Director

Tina was born and raised in Cincinnati, and still lives in Cincinnati. She dreams of living in a world where kombucha does not exist.

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Samantha Misali
Box Office & House Manager

Samantha Misali

Box Office & House Manager

Samantha is a born and raised Cincinnatian and Skyline addict. An alleged Disney Princess she can usually be spotted playing in the Disney parks or finding magic in everyday life. She enjoys living vicariously through herself and is the most talented TV binge watcher you’ll find.

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Kayla Vogel
Ticketing Specialist

Kayla Vogel

Ticketing Specialist

Kayla Vogel is originally from Rochester, NY, which contrary to popular belief, is not the same as New York City. Her favorite hobby is making a mess of her kitchen while attempting new baking recipes without setting anything on fire. She mostly succeeds.

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Violet Rae Webster
Sales Manager

Violet Rae Webster

Sales Manager

Violet Rae was born in the city and raised in the country of Campbell County, Kentucky and currently living in Cold Spring. She can be found most off days telling her story through song with folk trio Raison D’Etre.

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Production

Jenn Picone
Jenn Picone
Production Stage Manager

Jenn Picone

Production Stage Manager

Jenn is originally from northeastern Ohio, where she was heavily involved in theatre, dance, orchestra and competitive cheerleading before deciding to study time management and sarcasm at Miami University of Ohio. She chose Stage Management because of its fantastic work hours, very low stress and zero responsibility, and that it combines all of her interests into one big mess. She says “Go”. A lot.

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Laura Stenger
Associate Stage Manager

Laura Stenger

Associate Stage Manager

Laura was raised on a farm in Indiana, and despite the swine’s call of the Queen City, she still maintains her small town, Hoosier roots. When not actively trying to get a sponsorship from Taco Bell, she keeps busy finding the humor and next adventure in everything. Live mas.

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James Jones
Creative Project Producer ‡

James Jones

Creative Project Producer ‡

James Jones is proud to be born, raised, and living on the west side of Cincinnati. Through acting, singing, prop building, drawing, juggling, painting, directing, comic book collecting, puppet making, and having a black belt, James quite literally exemplifies “jack of all trades… master of some.”

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Jeff Shearer
Resident Costume Designer

Jeff Shearer

Resident Costume Designer

Jeff Shearer hails from the thriving metropolis of Piqua, Ohio and now happily lives on the east side of Cincinnati, in the thriving metropolis of Mt. Washington. Aside from his very short career as a backup dancer for Miss Ohio, Jeff’s favorite job was ten years at Cedar Point. But vertigo now keeps him off roller coasters.

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Hannah Dringenburg
Costume Shop Manager

Hannah Dringenburg

Costume Shop Manager

Hannah is a true blue, born and bred Kentuckian who begrudgingly crosses the river to go to work. She has devoted her life to becoming the living embodiment of pure sass. You can usually find her in her garden with her cat, Jean Lafitte.

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Alix Frisch
Costume Assistant

Alix Frisch

Costume Assistant

Alix Frisch is a transplant from New Jersey who is still trying to lose her Jersey accent. She hopes to see her children happy and successful and living elsewhere so she can live her dream of being a shut in with the help of Amazon.com.

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Spencer C. Burke
Technical Director

Spencer C. Burke

Technical Director

Spencer has had the unique opportunity to work in various places across the country to further his education and career in technical directing. He also enjoys playing and watching real football — especially Liverpool FC –“Up The Reds!”

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Rhodus
Jennifer Rhodus
Resident Scenic Designer & Charge Artist

Jennifer Rhodus

Resident Scenic Designer & Charge Artist

Jennifer grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, show choirs natural habitat. When not exploring the hidden depths of Jungle Jim’s with her partner, she can be found fighting for Love and Justice in the name of the Moon.

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Alicia Wylie
Shop Foreman & Master Carpenter

Alicia Wylie

Shop Foreman & Master Carpenter

Alicia was born in Texas and became an adopted New Orleanian before moving to, the much colder, Cincinnati. When she’s not trying to stay warm, she enjoys her life with her partner and their four legged friends. Oh yeah, and riding motorcycles is pretty cool too, I guess.

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Alex Frank
Alex Frank
Scenic Painter

Alex Frank

Scenic Painter

Alex has known he wanted to be an artist since his gradeschool days in Cincinnati, spending more time doodling on the back of homework than actually doing it. He chose travel and study oil painting, and hopes to spark that same wonder and curiousity of art he has in the kids of the new millennium!
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Benjamin Adams
Scenic Carpenter

Benjamin Adams

Scenic Carpenter

Ben was born in Boston, Massachusetts but grew up in Cincinnati. His passion for building and storytelling lead him to become a scenic carpenter. When not constructing sets for The Children’s Theatre, Ben enjoys studying stage combat and performing with Carnivale Sword Play.

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Education

Angelo Cerniglia
Education Director

Angelo Cerniglia

Education Director

Angelo hails from the Sunshine State and is thrilled to call Cincy his home. He’s the proud Dad of two precious fur babies, and too many house plants. He’s best known for his office supply invention of post-its (“they’re the little yellow things with the stickum on the back”).

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Kristin Orr
TCT Academy Manager

Kristin Orr

TCT Academy Manager

Kristin Orr is a native Cincinnatian. As a child, she spent most of her time swimming or singing the soundtrack of ANNIE into her hairbrush. Her favorite things include her two awesome sons, her puppies – Daisy and Toby, Halloween and wood-fired pizza.

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Natalie Bird
Resident Teaching & Workshop Artist ‡

Natalie Bird

Resident Teaching & Workshop Artist ‡

Natalie is from Cincinnati, OH, and after 10 years in NYC the ‘Nati pull was too strong and she returned. She likes cats, books, and chocolate, not necessarily in that order.

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Scott Hunt
Resident Teaching & Workshop Artist ‡

Scott Hunt

Resident Teaching & Workshop Artist ‡

Scott was born and raised in the Buckeye State, but his heart belongs to the Chicago Cubs. A lifelong Grey Jedi, he seeks to bring balance to the Force one acting student at a time.

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Maddie Burgoon
Education Manager ‡

Maddie Burgoon

Education Manager ‡

Maddie Burgoon was born, raised, and lives on the west side of Cincinnati (which is obviously the best side to live). Despite her five-foot-one stature and obvious lack of height, Maddie still dreams of magically growing 8 inches to become a Rockette- or even better- one of Beyonce’s backup dancers.

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Deondra Kamau Means
Deondra Kamau Means
Resident Playwright & WorkShop Artist ‡

Deondra Kamau Means

Resident Playwright & WorkShop Artist ‡

Deondra is a native of Cincinnati. He was really aware, even while it was happening, that the discovery of arts education in his life made him a better person.

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Resident Touring Artists

Whitney Daniels
Resident Actor ‡

Whitney Daniels

Resident Actor ‡

Whitney grew up by the sunny shores of Myrtle Beach, SC and now she’s switched it up for some cooler weather in Kentucky. If she’s not performing, you can find her dabbling in makeup or watching a nice rerun of Grey’s Anatomy.

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LaShondra Hood
Resident Actor ‡

LaShondra Hood

Resident Actor ‡

LaShondra’s heart is in Birmingham, Alabama, but she is thoroughly enjoying her time in the Queen City of the West! After work, you will find her attempting to check activities off of her “things to do in Cinci” list (ex. like eating LaRosa’s like there’s no tomorrow).

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Lauren Everett
Lauren Everett
Resident Actor ‡

Lauren Everett

Resident Actor ‡

Lauren was born and raised in Cincinnati. Spending four years away on a collegiate journey to far away Dayton, she came back! When not at work, Lauren can be found rereading Pride and Prejudice, cuddling with her kitty, or continuing her search for the perfect pair of jeans.

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James Stringer Jr.
Resident Actor ‡

James Stringer Jr.

Resident Actor ‡

James Stringer Jr is from Louisville, Kentucky. He has been bowling since he was 4 years old, and has 11 perfect games.

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Brandi Sherrill
Brandi Sherrill
Tour Manager & Resident Artist ‡

Brandi Sherrill

Tour Manager & Resident Artist ‡

Brandi hails from the Queen City and despite going to school in the Windy City, the pull of the ‘Nati was to strong to resist. She and her husband love it on the banks of the Ohio River and are here for good to raise their three kids and start a family band.

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TCT Board of Trustees

Emeritus Board
Fran Carlisle
Edyth B. Lindner
Honorary Board
Vicki Herche
Carol Hilsinger
Chairman
Gregory L. Adams
Vice Chairs
Peter Horton
Lisa Reinhard
Charles O. Schiff
Secretary
Allison H. Kropp
Treasurer
Meghan Sullivan Nelson
Immediate Past Chair
Scott T. Stubbins
Trustees
Tara N. Adams
Jessica Cicchinelli
Lisa Connelly
David Crowley
Darcie D’Ascenzo
Melinda Davis
Abby Dougherty
Daniel M. Driehaus
Dr. Jessica Guarnaschelli
Dr. Rajan R. Kamath
Meg Kohnen
Leanne Langdon
Libby Galvin-Brock
Kick Lee
Jennifer Madine
Skip Merten
Dr. Avani Modi
Heather Muzumdar
Jillian Payne
Casey Ruschman
Robin S. Sheakley
Andrew Simon
Matt Stautberg
Jennifer Suttles
Anne C. Texter
Adam Uihlein
Amanda J. Vaughn
Richard P Walburg
Danielle Wilson
Owen J. Wrassman
Executive Staff
Kim Kern