Baltimore Center Stage: Staff & Board

Staff & Board

Artistic Director—Kwame Kwei-Armah 

Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE is an award-winning British playwright, director, actor, and broadcaster. At Baltimore Center Stage he has directed Marley, One Night in Miami..., Amadeus, dance of the holy ghosts (City Paper Top Ten Productions, 2013), The Mountaintop, An Enemy of the People, The Whipping Man, and Naomi Wallace’s Things of Dry Hours. In 2014, Kwame was named Best Director in City Paper’s Best of Baltimore, and he was a finalist for the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation's Zelda Fichandler Award for Best Theater Director. Among his works as playwright are Elmina’s Kitchen, Let There Be Love, A Bitter Herb, Statement of Regret, Seize the Day, and Beneatha’s Place, which debuted at Baltimore Center Stage in 2013 as part of The Raisin Cycle. Other directorial credits include One Night in Miami… at London’s Donmar Warehouse, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing and the World Premiere of Detroit ’67 at The Public Theater in New York, Wallace’s The Liquid Plain at Signature Theatre, Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew at the Lark Play Development Center, and the World Premiere of The Liquid Plain at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In 2017, he will direct One Love: The Bob Marley Musical, which he also wrote, at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. He has served on the boards of Theatre Communications Group, Steinberg Playwright Awards, The National Theatre, and The Tricycle Theatre (London), and as Artistic Director for the World Arts Festival in Senegal. He was named the Chancellor of the University of the Arts London, and in 2012 was named an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Managing Director—Michael Ross

Michael Ross returns to Baltimore Center Stage after working for seven seasons as managing director of Westport Country Playhouse. From 2002 to 2008 he was managing director of Baltimore Center Stage. Previously, Ross was managing director of Long Wharf Theatre (1997-2002) where he was on the producing team for the commercial transfer of the Pulitzer Prize winner, Wit. He was general manager and business manager at Hartford Stage (1986-1996). Ross served as program officer/project director at National Arts Stabilization, and worked with Baltimore Opera Company and Alley Theater, Houston. Ross has consulted in fundraising, board development, executive search, and strategic planning for theaters nationwide, including Kansas City Repertory Theatre, SITI Company, Wilma Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and Everyman Theatre. He has been a panelist for programs hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, and New England Foundation for the Arts, among others, and was an adjunct professor in The Yale University School of Drama Theater Management Program. He has served on numerous Boards including Theatre Communications Group, The National Women’s Hall of Fame, and the Connecticut AIDS Residence Coalition. Ross currently serves on the Board of the Burry Fredrik Foundation and the Board of Maryland Citizens for the Arts.

The 2016/17 Center Stage Board of Trustees

Terry H. Morgenthaler, President
Edward C. Bernard, Vice President
August J. Chiasera, Vice President
Beth W. Falcone, Vice President
Brian M. Eakes, Treasurer
J.W. Thompson Webb, Secretary

Penny Bank
Taunya Banks
Bradie Barr
Meredith Borden
James T. Brady
Stephanie Carter
Lynn Deering
Jed Dietz
Walter B. Doggett III
Jane W.I. Droppa
Amy Elias
Juliet A. Eurich
Daniel Gahagan
C. Richard Gamper, Jr.
Suzan Garabedian
Adam Gross
Cheryl O'Donnell Guth
Elizabeth J. Himelfarb Hurwitz

Kathleen W. Hyle
Ted E. Imes
Wendy Jachman
Joe Jennings
John J. Keenan
Sandra Liotta
John McCardell
Hugh W. Mohler, Jr.
J. William Murray
Charles E. Noell III
Judy M. Phares
Philip J. Rauch
E. Hutchinson Robbins, Jr.
Todd Schubert
Charles Schwabe
Robert W. Smith, Jr.
Scott Somerville
Scot T. Spencer
Michael B. Styer
Harry Thomasian
Kenneth Thompson
Donald Thoms
Krissie Verbic
Linda S. Woolf

Trustees Emeriti

Katharine C. Blakeslee
C. Sylvia Brown
Martha Head
Sue Hess
Murray M. Kappelman, MD
E. Robert Kent, Jr.
Joseph M. Langmead
Kenneth C. Lundeen
Marilyn Meyerhoff
Esther Pearlstone
Monica Sagner
George M. Sherman

Staff Directory

All staff may be reached by dialing 410.986.4000


Associate Managing Director—Del W. Risberg
Special Assistant to the Managing Directors—Kevin Maroney
Administration Fellow—Antonio Eubanks
Building Engineer—Harry Piasecki
Security Supervisor—James Williams
Custodial Services Supervisor—Wylie Shaw


Associate Artistic Director—Hana S. Sharif
Associate Director/Director of Dramaturgy—Gavin Witt

Artistic Administrator—Stephanie Rolland
Company Manager—Jennifer Roller
Artistic Producer/Community Programs Director—Daniel Bryant
Artistic Assistant—Danielle Turner
The Lynn & Tony Deering Producing Intern—Jack Dee
The Judy & Scott Phares Dramaturgy Fellow—Deanie Vallone
The Lynn & Philip Rauch Company Management Intern—Emmeline Adams
Digital Media Fellow—Jasmine Baxter


Interim Development Director—Steve Haddad
Associate Director of Development—Sabrina S. Thornton
Corporate Relations Manager—Amanda Mizeur
Campaign Manager—Paul Wissman
Special Events Coordinator—Lisa Portera
Executive Assistant/Prospect Research Coordinator—David Kanter
Auction Coordinator—Sydney Wilner
Auction Assistant—Norma Cohen
The Ellen & Ed Bernard Development Intern—Brian Novotny


Director of Education—Michael Wiggins
Education Coordinator—Kristina Szilagyi
Education Intern—Rachel Varley
Teaching Artists—Maria Broom, Lauren Imwold, Zipporah Brown, Vaunita Goodman, Deirdre McAllister, Jerry Miles, Jr., CJay Philip, Courtney Proctor, Virginia Remsberg, D. Wambui Richardson, Andrew Stromyer, Susan Stroupe, Josh Thomas, Ann Turiano, Jacob Zabawa, and The Jokesters: Steve Bauer and Marianne Wittelsberger


Director of Finance—Beth Fetcho
Business Manager—Kathy Nolan
Business Associate—Kacy Armstrong

Information Technologies

Technologies Manager—John Paquette
Systems Administrator—Mark Slaughter

Marketing & Communications

Director of Marketing and Communications—Beth Hauptle
Art Director—Bill Geenen
Publications Manager—Maggie Beetz
Public Relations Manager—Lisa Lance
Marketing Manager—Hilary Judis
Digital Marketing Strategist—Amanda Schwarz
The Sharon & Jay Markeing & Communications Intern—Rosalyn Smaldone
The Wendy Jachman Graphics Intern—Kaitlynn Larkins
Direct Marketing, SMART (Strategic Marketing for the Arts)
Photography, Richard Anderson (production), Dean Alexander (advertising)

Audience Relations & Box Office Manager—Mandy Benedix
Assistant Box Office Manager/Subscriptions Manager—Jerrilyn Keene
Assistant Patron Services Managers—Laura Baker, Shannon Ziegler
Patron Services Associates—Ishai Barnoy, Kelli Blackwell, Olivia Brann, Brian Gilbert, Blueberry Emily Keller
To contact the Box Office, please email

Audience Services & Events Manager—Alec Lawson
House Managers—Lindsey Barr, Lindsay Jacks, Hannah Kelly, Faith Savill
Audience Relations Intern—Vivian Barnes
Audio Description—Ralph Welsh, Maryland Arts Access

Production Management

Director of Production—Rick Noble
Associate Production Manager—Kate Holland
Production & Stage Management Fellow—Matt Sykes
Stage Management Intern—Lucía Ruppert


Supervisor—Amy Wedel
Audio Engineer—Daniel Hogan
The Jane & Larry Droppa Audio Intern—Courtney Seibert


Costumer—David Burdick
Associate Costumer—Ben Kress
Draper—Susan MacCorkle
Craftsperson—William E. Crowther
First Hand—Elizabeth Roskos
The Terry Morgenthaler & Patrick Kerins Costumes Intern—Matthew Smith


Lighting Director—Tamar Geist
Master Electrician—Carly Shiner
Staff Electrician—Aaron Haag
Lighting Intern—Jessica Anderson


Props Master—Meghan O’Brien
Assistant Manager—Nathan Scheifele
Props Artisan—Rachael Erichsen
Props Journeyman—Madeleine Winward


Technical Director—Rob McLeod
Assistant Technical Director—Bradley Shaw
Scene Shop Supervisor—Frank Lasik
Carpenters—Brian Jamal Marshall, Colin Sage, Eric Scharfenberg and Libby Stone
The Elizabeth & Ken Lundeen Carpentry Intern—Whitney Stott


Multimedia Coordinator—Danny Carr
Multimedia Fellow—Gabriel Macedo

Scenic Art

Charge Scenic Artist—Erich Starke

Stage Operations

Stage Carpenter—Eric L. Burton
Wardrobe Office—Linda Cavell