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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.

Allison Walker

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.

John Faas

John Faas

Director of Development

John is the former Vice President – Development for The Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, Ohio. While at HRTC he successfully raised nearly $1M in contributed revenue each season and securing the largest gift in the organization’s history. Prior to The Human Race, John served as Director of Development for Muse Machine, and Development Manager for Victoria Theatre Association and Dayton Opera where he also served as an assistant stage manager for Dayton Opera.

John holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Wright State University, in which he acted in multiple productions. Having played piano for over 25 years, John frequently takes up the baton as a local musical theatre music director and pit conductor/musician. As a costumer, John has sewn for over 20 years, privately. For the past 3 years, he has been building recreations of professional theatre costumes as an artistic outlet. In May 2018, John founded Act Two Costumes & John Faas Designs, LLC (www.act2costumes.com). John currently resides in Dayton, Ohio with his husband, Michael Embree.

Courtney Cooke

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.

Lisa Morales Cook

Lisa Morales Cook

Director of Marketing

Lisa is an accomplished moderator, lecturer, and writer. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University, where she maintains a mentorship with Fisher College of Business. A designer in her own right, Lisa established a nationally distributed label, Nooxie Noble, in 2011. The brand is recognized for its intricate ornament and distinctive use of color among needlework retailers in the United States and the UK.

With more than 25 years of branding, positioning, research and strategy experience, Lisa has defined and solved market opportunities for commercial brands, destinations, and public organizations around the world. Lisa’s approach to research and strategy combines the principles of business, design, and the social sciences including behavioral and positive psychology. She has applied these principles to the development and socialization of products, places, communications, markets and brands in five continents.

She crafted a brand strategy that the client, whose brand portfolio spanned more than a dozen labels, called “the most comprehensive branding program in our history” and was on the team that transformed the language of personal computing. Lisa’s clients have included Amana, Amway, Autodesk, Best Buy, CAS, Caja de Madrid, Claiborne, Condé Nast, Crown Equipment, Dominica, Emerson, Experience Columbus, Humana, Iomega, Jusco (Aeon Group), Kroger, LG, Merillat, Nokia, Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, Pella, Sony, Thermos, Wal-Mart, and many others.

Isaac Steinhour

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

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

Jesika Lehner

Outreach and Artist Engagement 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.

Joe Liles

Shop Foreman

Brian Gray

Brian Gray

Resident Company Member

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].

Morgan Thomas-Mills

Morgan Thomas-Mills

Resident Company Member

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

Abigail Worden

Resident Company Member

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

Kelsey Hopkins

Resident Company Member

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.

Hannah Pohlman

Hannah Pohlman

Resident Company Member

Hannah holds a B.F.A is Theatre Design/Technology from Otterbein University where she focused her work in stage management, costuming, and arts administration. Following her college graduation, she went to work for the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando as a part of Epcot’s entertainment costuming team. In her theatre career she has worked with many theatre companies including Mason Street Warehouse, Weathervane Playhouse, Orlando Repertory Theatre, BalletMet, Short North Stage, and Available Light Theatre. She is thrilled to be back in Columbus and returning to CCT as a part of the Resident Company. Hannah lives in Westerville with her partner Nick, their cat Spooky and hedgehog Hazel. In her spare time Hannah loves hiking and crafting.

Jessica Metcalf

Jessica Metcalf

Senior Marketing Intern

Jessica is a recent graduate of Otterbein University, where she obtained dual BA degrees in Public Relations and Theatre and minored in Dance. Jessica worked as the On-Campus Promotions Assistant to the Audience Services Director, ran the social media for the Department of Theatre and Dance, and was the Historian for Cap & Dagger, Otterbein’s student theatre board. During her time at Otterbein, Jessica performed in “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Dance Concert 2016: The Goddess,” “Dance Concert 2018: Gloriously Grimm,” and the student-coordinated “Festival” all four years. Jessica was the assistant choreographer for two productions, assistant director for a play, as well as the director of her own classroom production, and was the Company Manager for Festival 2017. Jessica first started at CCT in May 2018 as the Summer Marketing Intern, which soon became the Senior Marketing Intern.

Rachael Bardnell, Christina Bowers, Billy Boyd, Tara Smith, Clare Stemen

Front of House Staff

Denae Saidy-Daffeh, Lizzie Potter Jumenez

Ticket Office Assistants

Savannah Carr, Aaron Dvorak, Ryan Stem, Sadie Wink, Abby Zeszotek

Customer Service Associates

Allen Crager, Don Knoblauch, Geoff McTurner

Carpenters

Head shot photos by Jessica Metcalf