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
Artistic Director ‡

Roderick Justice

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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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”).

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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Mark Femia
TCT Academy Director

Mark Femia

TCT Academy Director
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Miranda Bohannon
Early Childhood Education Manager

Miranda Bohannon

Early Childhood Education Manager

Miranda was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio and now lives across the river in Northern Kentucky. When she is not here working her dream job, she can be found at the movie theatre with her husband watching the latest MCU movie, or at home snuggling their two cats. She will forever have a dream of being a Disney princess. Things that make her happy are baby ducks, driving through the car wash, receiving mail, and drinking coffee. She can also do an impressive duck call.

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Kayla Sankofa
TCT Academy Coordinator

Kayla Sankofa

TCT Academy Coordinator

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!

Annie Bloemer
Development Manager, Grants and Corporate Partnerships

Annie Bloemer

Development Manager, Grants and Corporate Partnerships

Annie was born and raised in Cincinnati, and comes from a long line of Xavier fans. (Some of them still haven’t forgiven her for going to UC for grad school.)  If she’s not sneaking off to 5,6,7,8 on her lunch break for a one-woman dance party, she probably can be found tending to her plant babies or planning her next travel adventure. Her likes include: sandwiches, her library card, Hallmark Christmas movies, organized email inboxes, sweaters the size of blankets, potato byproducts, and rooting for the home team (no matter how terrible their record). Dislikes include: getting to the airport less than two hours in advance, flavors in her coffee, being asked “Annie, are you okay?”.

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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Sales & Marketing

Krista Katona Pille
Sales & Marketing Director

Krista Katona Pille

Sales & 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 she’s celebrating 20 years with TCT this year.

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Tyler Gabbard
Patron Experience Manager

Tyler Gabbard

Patron Experience Manager
Cal Harris
Creative Projects Manager

Cal Harris

Creative Projects Manager

Cal Harris has lived most of his life in Cincinnati and is a proud comic book nerd.  If he’s not watching superhero movies he’s most likely spending time with his cats or one of the many backyard critters he’s currently feeding.

Kelly Holtgrefe
Digital Marketing Manager

Kelly Holtgrefe

Digital Marketing Manager

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Kelly currently resides in Oakley with her rescue pup Liza. When she’s not out walking the dog, she can be found at the theater watching a Broadway show or finding some zen at a yoga class.

Kamel McCray
Business Development Director

Kamel McCray

Business Development Director

Kamel is a native of Cincinnati, having grown up in Northside before it became “cool” again. In his spare time, he loves to cook and produce elevator music. Even though he’s traveled all over, Kamel still prefers to live in Cincy because in his words, “You just can’t get REAL chili anywhere else!”

Grant Zentmeyer
Patron Experience Specialist

Grant Zentmeyer

Patron Experience Specialist

Grant has called Cincinnati home his whole life, more specifically the west side. His upbringing in theatre began with dressing up as Peter Pan each year for Halloween (the best holiday) and watching The Wizard of Oz on a constant loop until the VHS broke. When he is away from his natural habitat, the box office, Grant can be found badgering his friend into becoming pen pals because “there is something so nostalgic about receiving real mail.”

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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Brandi Langford-Sherrill
Tour Manager & Resident Artist ‡

Brandi Langford-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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Production

Christopher Kirby
Production Director

Christopher Kirby

Production Director

Kirby hails originally from a small town in Kentucky, but his work as a performer, casting director, choreographer, general manager, and producer has taken him around the country and around the globe.  When not crunching spreadsheets or doing pirouettes, he can usually be found hiking and camping with faithful companion, his dog Ranger.

 

Maddie Burgoon Jones
Associate Artistic Director ‡

Maddie Burgoon Jones

Associate Artistic Director ‡

Maddie Burgoon Jones 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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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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Benjamin Adams
Shop Manager & Master Carpenter

Benjamin Adams

Shop Manager & Master 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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Maggie Foley
Charge Artist

Maggie Foley

Charge Artist

Maggie was born and raised in Chicagoland and her love for children’s theatre has brought her a few hundred miles south for the past six years.  She’s excited to continue that journey in Cincinnati and explore a new town and a new theatre.  Her love for storytelling can only be rivaled with consuming stories themselves in any form, large fluffy animals, and sweets.  Lots and lots of sweets.

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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TCT Board of Trustees

Emeritus Board
Fran Carlisle
Edyth B. Lindner
Honorary Board
Vicki Herche
Carol Hilsinger
Chairman
Gregory L. Adams
Vice Chairs
Lisa Reinhard
Charles O. Schiff
Danielle Wilson
Secretary
Allison H. Kropp
Treasurer
David Crowley
Trustees
Jeanette Altenau
Melinda Davis
Darcie D'Ascenzo
Abby Dougherty
Daniel M. Driehaus
Libby Galvin Brock
Molly Garber
Paul Griscom
Peter Horton
Dr. Rajan R. Kamath, Ph.D.
Leanne Langdon
Kick Lee
Skip Merten
Ryan Messer
Dr. Avani C. Modi, Ph.D.
Meghan Sullivan Nelson
Casey Ruschman
Robin S. Sheakley
Kathy Sias
Andrew Simon
Jennifer Spieser
Scott T. Stubbins
Jennifer Suttles
Adam Uihlein
Richard P. Walburg
Owen J. Wrassman
Executive Staff
Kim Kern