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.
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.
Associate Artistic Director
Ryan Scarlata has been part of CCT’s family for nearly ten years in multiple capacities. He has directed two seasons of the Pre-Professional summer program (RENT, The Producers), three seasons of the Summer Youth Performance Conservatory (Disney’s Sleeping Beauty KIDS, Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR, and Into The Woods JR), as well as The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, Miss Nelson Is Missing, The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and Fancy Nancy The Musical. Ryan has acted in four CCT main stage productions including the title role in Willy Wonka, was a member of CCT’s Professional Touring Company for one year and had a hand in half a dozen other productions (as stage manager, choreographer and costumer). Ryan recently returned to Columbus after performing in the original Off-Broadway and National Touring casts of Berenstain Bears in Family Matters the Musical. As an educator, Ryan has been a vocal coach, private acting coach and conducted movement workshops throughout the country. He is also a former Speech and Debate coach for Centerville High School. Ryan attended Interlochen Center for the Arts, Wright State University and graduated from The Ohio State University in 2006.
Megan joined at CCT in the summer of 2013 as the Business Director. A transplant from Boston, Megan graduated from Babson College with a degree in Finance and spent the bulk of her career in the For Profit world (Stop & Shop, Pepsi) and later working in the financial services industry as business manager and project director (Liberty Financial Services, Nationwide). After many years at home entertaining two small ones (who loved CCT!) and volunteering with various nonprofits and school activities, it made sense to move over to the non-profit world!
Ticket Office Manager
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.
Chris Rusen is a 2007 graduate of Capital University with a degree in Theatre Studies. In his years with CCT he has been both a member of the Professional Touring Company, as well as Road Manager, and is now excited to be taking on the role of Production Manager. He has appeared on CCT’s mainstage in The Secret Garden, Sleepy Hollow, Cinderella, and many more, and has directed productions of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse and Bunnicula. Prior to joining the CCT family, Chris worked for COSI for four years, entertaining and educating the youth of Ohio in a different capacity.
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.
Kati is a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication (B.A.C.) in Theatre with a Specialization in Youth Performance. While working towards her degree, Kati had the pleasure of directing, choreographing and teaching with Children’s Theatre Workshop of Toledo. She also worked with Horizon Youth Theatre as a stage manager and teaching artist. Prior to BGSU, Kati attended Millikin University where she trained with Lori Bales and Alex Miller. In addition to her collegiate endeavors, Kati has been a part of the CCT family for ten years. You may have seen her on stage as a young performer in the World Premiere of Surviving the Applewhites. She has stage managed the CCT Summer Youth Performance Conservatory as well as taught several classes with pre-kindergarten through high school students of the CCT Academy. Kati enjoys working in all aspects of theatre and the performing arts, and she will always attribute her introduction into the theatre world to Bronwynn Hopton.
Clare is a 2015 graduate of Capital University with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication and Theatre Studies. She has performed in several CU Theatre productions, favorites including How I Learned to Drive, Xanadu, …And Juliet, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile, as well as directed a production of Dancing on Checkers’ Grave. She was a member of Capital’s improv comedy group, The Fat Tuesday Debutantes. Formerly a summer intern, then a Ticket Office Assistant, Clare is excited to be taking on her new title of Administrative Coordinator, in addition to assistant teaching CCT Academy classes.
Resident Touring Actor
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.
Resident Touring Actor
ABBY ZESZOTEK (Queen/ Be-Be) has recent credits including Into The Woods (Jack’s Mom; Cinderella’s Mom; Stepmother); Cats (Jenny Anydots) Mr. Scrooge (Mrs. Dilber), Sweeney Todd (Ensemble), Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts), and Fancy Nancy The Musical(Mrs. Clancy). In addition to performing, Abby teaches academy classes and private lessons at CCT.