Staff

Our Staff

Susan Pringle

Susan Pringle

Executive Director

Susan Pringle came on as Executive Director in January of 2017. Prior to this position, Susan spent 2 years being a partner in her own company, In the Black. At In the Black, Susan provided contracting services such as strategic and development planning for nonprofit organizations. Before partnering in her own company, Susan worked for 8 years in Louisville, Kentucky at two different organizations. Notably, Susan was a figure in the Dayton community for years as the Executive Director of The Muse Machine, a nationally recognized arts education organization serving 70,000 students and teachers annually in Southwestern Ohio.

William Goldsmith

William Goldsmith

Artistic Director

Mr. Goldsmith has over 32 years experience in working with young audiences. He was the first Youth Theatre Director at Players Theatre of Columbus where he developed the Youth Theatre Program. He founded Youth Performing Companies in Columbus, Texas and California. He has directed over 170 productions and performed in over 50. He has authored 35 scripts for young audiences which have toured the state playing to over 800,000 children in Ohio. He also wrote the World Premiere of Ebenezer!, a musical adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” which premiered at CCT in 2004. Among his directing credits are: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, The King and I, Oliver!, Seussical, Annie, The Sound of Music, Aladdin, The Miracle Worker, Wiley and the Hairy Man, Treasure Island, Scrooge!, Arthur and the Magic Sword, The Secret Garden, Into The Woods, The Hobo and the Miracle, Sweeney Todd, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, West Side Story, Little Shop of Horrors, and the World Premiere’s of Green Gables, Surviving the Applewhites and Ebenezer! He has taught theatre classes from Connecticut to California, including Professional Theatre, Community Theatre, Middle School, High School, and at three Universities. He implemented the prestigious International Youth Theatre Program at CCT , which took 26 Young Adult Actors in the CCT Pre-Professional Company (ages 16-21) to Britain & Scotland three times to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival: 1993 (Into The Woods), 1995 (Pippin) & 2000 (The World Premiere of The Druid Tree.) The company also toured to France in 1994 (Sweeney Todd) and performed at the Avignon Festival in France in 1994. An honor graduate of Bowling Green State University where he received a Talent Scholarship, Mr. Goldsmith’s most recent Management positions were: Managing Director of the Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) in Columbus, OH and General Manager of The Masquers Playhouse, Pt. Richmond, CA. He has served as President of the Ohio Theatre Allliance, President of the Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable, as a member of the Spring Grants Panel for the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and as a panel member for the Ohio Arts Council Artists-in-Education Program and Teacher Fellowship Program.

Allison Walker

Director of Operations

A product of Whitehall City Schools, Allison graduated from The Ohio State University majoring in Theatre with a stage management concentration and minoring in education. After completing the Stage Management Fellowship at CATCO, she received an Actors’ Equity contract to helm their holiday production A Christmas Memory/ The Thanksgiving Visitor. She has accumulated Stage Management credits with The Ohio State University’s Department of Opera and School of Music; Columbus Performing Arts Center; New Players Theatre Festival (Hilliard); CATCO; Available Light Theatre; Gallery Players (Bexley); Club Theatre Company (Brewery District); Imagine Productions of Columbus; and Columbus Children’s Theatre. Onstage credits include Sister Robert Anne (Nunsense); Olive (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee); Kate Murphy (Titanic: The Musical); Little Red Hen (The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales); and Elisabeth Allen (COSI’s Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit, 6 months). Allison garnered ticket office experience with the Columbus Association for Performing Arts (CAPA), The Ohio State Fair, and the professional soccer team, the Columbus Crew. When not working late in the office or running a trail, Allison is a self-professed nerd who loves miniature golf, watching geeky TV shows like Doctor Who, playing canasta, and desperately trying to beat 2048.

Rachel Flenner

Director of Marketing

Rachel is a 2014 graduate of Capital University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication and Theatre Studies. During her time at Capital University she performed or worked technically on many productions. Some of her favorites include Lucy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown , Germaine in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Mother Superior in Agnes of God. After college she went on to work as the Marketing Assistant for Cancer Support Community of Central Ohio and then the Events Administrator for the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is a Certified Tourism Ambassador for the City of Columbus. She is thrilled to have returned back to Columbus Children’s Theatre once again after having been a Marketing Intern here in 2013. If you ever see one of our social media posts, feel free to say hello to her as she is always the one behind the scenes. In between all of the amazing work she gets to do, Rachel still finds time to be a self proclaimed foodie, cat lady and macaron baker.

Courtney Cooke

Director of Theatre Education

Courtney holds a Master of Arts in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities from New York University. While at NYU Courtney stage managed two seasons of Shakespeare to Go! (a company that tours abridged Shakespeare to K-12 students across NYC); studied community-engaged theatre in Dublin, Ireland; and worked in a Manhattan elementary school through America Reads. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the College of Wooster where she created educational outreach programs for a season of performances for her Senior Independent Study and interned with The 52nd Street Project (NY, NY). Her stage management credits at Wooster included Nocturne, which opened the 2007 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Courtney has previously worked as a stage manager at CCT, Associate Director of Programs & Operations at Boys & Girls Clubs of Columbus, Director of After School and Summer Camp Programs for Hartley House (NY, NY), and for her family’s railroad construction business Fritz-Rumer-Cooke Co., Inc. Courtney, her husband Andrew, and son Owen now live in Worthington. She is thrilled for the opportunity to once again work for CCT, where her professional, academic, and theatrical experiences combine in her “dream job” as Director of Theatre Education.

Isaac Steinhour

Technical Director

Isaac is a graduate of Ohio Northern University with his bachelor’s degree in International Theatre Production, Musical Theatre, and French. He has been the resident lighting and sound designer at Findlay High School for the past seven years and the resident technical director and scenic designer at The Findlay YouTheatre for the past four years. He recently moved to Columbus with the love of his life Michelle and made his Columbus Children’s Theatre debut as the Sound designer for their recent production of Urinetown. Isaac is excited to join the CCT team as Technical Director.

Stacie Bigl

Production Stage Manager

A recent transplant from Dayton, Stacie is very excited to be joining the staff of Columbus Children’s Theatre. For the last 21 years, Stacie has been the Stage Manager and Company Manager for the Dayton Ballet, and the Ballet Production Manager under the recent collaboration of the Dayton Ballet, Dayton Opera and Dayton Philharmonic into the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. At Dayton Ballet, Stacie managed several world premiere ballet such as Dermot Burke’s There was a Time, Gregory Robinson’s Carmina Burana, and Karen Russo Burke’s Dracula.

Stacie also served as the Stage Manager for the MUSE Machine for over 15 years on productions such as “Guys and Dolls”, “Into the Woods”, “Seussical the Musical”, and “Peter Pan”. Through the years, Stacie worked with other Dayton companies such as the Human Race Theatre Company, Dayton Opera and Dayton Playhouse’s FutureFest. In 2011, she was fortunate to have the opportunity to tour to Santiago, Chile with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, where they performed at the Teatro Nescafe’. She also spent many summers on the sands of Ceasar’s Ford Amphitheatre with the outdoor drama Blue Jacket.

Stacie is a Journeyman stagehand with IATSE Local #66.

Jesika Lehner

Student Program Coordinator

Jesika holds a dual degree in vocal music performance and musical theatre from Ohio Northern University. She has been an active participant in Columbus theatre over the past several years. She has been seen in Short North Stage’s production of Sunday in the Park with George, several productions with Evolution Theatre Company, Company with SRO Theatre Company and Sweeny Todd with Imagine, for which she won a Jebby Award for Best Lead Actress in a Local Musical. Jesika relishes the opportunity to see each young child grow and become all they can through theatre. As a product of rural northwest Ohio, she is astounded at all the opportunities CCT gives children of the greater Columbus area. Jesika lives in Upper Arlington with her daughter Josephine, husband Chris and three fat cats. Stop by and chat her up with any program questions. There are few things she loves to talk about more than your child’s potential at CCT.

Stephanie Spiker

Senior Resident Teaching Artist

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Stephanie graduated from The Ohio State University with a major in Theatre in 2006. During that time, she was an intern with CCT and got to work with a director and three other students to create a play based on the CWP (Child Writing Project). She also went on to teach a couple of dance and musical theatre academy classes. In 2007, Stephanie took a job with Dublin Scioto High School as their Vocal Director for their musicals, and stayed there until 2017, where she also choreographed, costumed, Assistant Directed, Directed, and was on Fly Crew (Peter Pan). In 2013, Stephanie was trained in the Lovewell Method and began her work with Lovewell Institute. Lovewell is an international non-profit arts organization that pairs professionals with students to create new musicals during workshops. Stephanie has been the Columbus Chapter manager for the past three years, and has been a part of the Columbus program, partnered with Short North Stage, since its inception in 2013. Stephanie is extremely excited to join the CCT team as the Senior Resident Teaching Artist, and is thrilled to begin her work in schools across central Ohio, sharing her love of theatre and pairing it with her joy for education. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with friends, travelling, and making people laugh as an amateur comedian.

Morgan Thomas-Mills

Touring Road Manager

Morgan is thrilled to be working with CCT. He is an Ohio native who has been acting for most of his life. He has been seen in numerous shows around Kent State, the Huron Playhouse, and in Northern California. His credits include Seth/Shem/Snake in Children of Eden, Gordon in Rent, Howie Newsome in Our Town, Ensemble in Les Miserables, and recently Cecco in Peter Pan (plus many more.) In addition to acting, Morgan is a musician and trains in martial arts. He would like to thank his mother, father, and step ma for helping him every step of the way.

Abigail Worden

Resident Touring Actor

Since graduating Capital University in 2016, Abigail has been employed locally as an actor, stage manager, and theatre educator. Favorite credits include stage management projects with Capital University, Weathervane Playhouse and CATCO is Kids, and performances with Evolution Theatre Company (The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told), CATCO (Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery), and Actors’ Theatre Columbus (Macbeth). She is grateful to have planted roots in a city with so much passion for the arts, and is ecstatic to be working with CCT to share fantastic stories with students and future performers across Ohio.

Kelsey Hopkins

Resident Touring Actor

She started acting and taking classes with CCT when she was 13. A graduate of Wright State University with a BFA in Acting with emphasis in Musical Theatre, Kelsey traveled after college to work and teach at regional theatres before moving to New York City. While in New York, she had the opportunity to do film, cabarets, improv, and Off-Broadway workshops. Recent acting credits: CCT’s Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach (Aunt Spiker); Gallery Player’s Oliver! (Nancy). After so many years away, she’s happy to come full circle, teaching and working for the company where it all began for her.

Brian Gray

Resident Touring Actor

Brian is elated to be joining Columbus Children’s Theatre! He holds two Music degrees: a Bachelor in Vocal Performance from Otterbein University, and a Masters in Music Theatre from Oklahoma City University. Brian has previous tour experience with Lexington Children’s Theatre, The Springer Opera House in Columbus, GA, and Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN. Brian has been living in Columbus since 2010 and has been performing with other local theatre companies, including Imagine Productions, Evolution Theatre, Hilliard Arts Council, and Available Light Theatre. Favorite roles include Collins in Rent, Seaweed in Hairspray, Arvin in Zanna Don’t, Montel/Jesus in Jerry Springer: The Opera, and most recently Doug/Gloria in [Porto].

Jessica Metcalf

Senior Marketing Intern

Rachael Bardnell, Christina Bowers, Kim Sanchez

Ticket Office Assistants

Addy Baird, Jeff Horst, Abby Zeszotek

Customer Service Associates

Don Knoblauch, Joe Liles

Carpenters