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 the world premiere of Jazz, Marley, One Night in Miami..., Amadeus, dance of the holy ghosts, 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. His works as playwright include One Love: The Bob Marley Musical, 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 directed One Love: The Bob Marley Musical 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 returned to Baltimore Center Stage in 2016, 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, Michael 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). He served as program officer/project director at National Arts Stabilization, and worked with Baltimore Opera Company and Alley Theater, Houston. Michael 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. He 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
Scot T. Spencer, Secretary

Stephanie L. Baker
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
Dorie Fader Teitelbaum
Daniel Gahagan
C. Richard Gamper, Jr.
Suzan Garabedian
Megan Gillick
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.
Charles J. Morton, Jr.
J. William Murray
Charles E. Noell III
Judy M. Phares
Jill Pratt
Philip J. Rauch
E. Hutchinson Robbins, Jr.
Jordan D. Rosenfeld
Todd Schubert
Charles Schwabe
Robert W. Smith, Jr.
Scott Somerville
Michele Speaks
Michael B. Styer
Harry Thomasian
Donald Thoms
Krissie Verbic


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


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

Artistic Producer/Community Programs Director—Daniel Bryant
Artistic Administrator—Stephanie Rolland
Company Manager—Jennifer Roller
Artistic Assistant—Danielle Turner
The Lynn & Tony Deering Producing and Community Programs  Intern—Rebecca Redman
The Judy & Scott Phares Dramaturgy Fellow—Rebecca Adelsheim
The Lynn & Philip Rauch Company Management Intern—Deion Dawodu
The Kathleen Hyle Digital Media Intern—Sabrina Henderson


Director of Advancement—Randi Benesch
Corporate Relations Manager—Amanda Mizeur
Individual Gifts Manager—Sara Kissinger
Institutional Giving Coordinator—Brandon Hansen
Special Events Coordinator—Catherine Logan
Executive Assistant/Prospect Research Coordinator—David Kanter
Development Assistant—Madeline Dummerth
Auction Coordinator—Sydney Wilner
Auction Assistant—Norma Cohen


Director of Education—Michael Wiggins
Education Program Coordinator—Adena Varner
Education Intern—Cara Hinh
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 Steve Bauer and Marianne Wittelsberger


Director of Finance—Michelle Williams
Business Manager—Kathy Nolan
Business Associate—Brian Novotny

Information Technologies

Director of Information Technologies—John Paquette
Systems Administrator—Mark Slaughter

Marketing & Communications

Interim Marketing Director—Cheryl Hudgins Williams
Art Director—Bill Geenen
Associate Director of Marketing—Hilary Judis
Public Relations Manager—Robyn Murphy
Publications Manager—Maggie Beetz
Digital Content Associate—Will Pesta
The Wendy Jachman Graphics Intern—Albany Carlson
Photography, Richard Anderson (production), Dean Alexander (advertising)

Audience Relations

Box Office Manager—Kelly Broderick
Subscriptions Manager—Jerrilyn Keene
Assistant Patron Services Managers—Laura Baker, Shannon Ziegler
Patron Services Associates—Ishai Barnoy, Kelli Blackwell
To contact the Box Office, please email

audience services & rentals

Audience Services & Events Manager—Alec Lawson
House Managers—Lindsey Barr, Nick Horan, Lindsay Jacks, Hannah Kelly, Faith Savill
Bar Managers—Shelly Burke, Val Long, Ann Weaver, Barri Yanowitz
Audio Description—Maryland Arts Access: Mary Lou Fisher, Ralph Welsh

Director of Operations—Kevin Maroney
Building Engineer—Harry Piasecki
Custodial Services—Broadway Services, Inc.
Production Management

Director of Production—Rick Noble
Associate Production Manager—Lawrence Bennett
Production Management Intern—Todd Harper
Stage Management Intern—Kaitlyn Martin


Supervisor—Amy Wedel
Audio Engineer—Daniel Hogan
The Jane & Larry Droppa Audio Intern—Aerik Harbert


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


Lighting Director—Tamar Geist
Master Electrician—Kelly Brooks
Staff Electrician—Aaron Haag
Lighting Intern—Abbey Kojima


Props Manager—Jeff Bazemore
Master Craftsman—Nathan Scheifele
Props Artisan—Rachael Erichsen
The Elizabeth & Ken Lundeen Props Intern—Sarah Anne Broyles


Technical Director—Rob McLeod
Assistant Technical Director—Anna Kann
Scene Shop Supervisor—Frank Lasik
Carpenters—Jessica Bittorf, Brian Jamal Marshall,  Sam Martin, and Eric Scharfenberg
Senior Carpentry Intern—Whitney Scott


Multimedia Coordinator—Danny Carr
Multimedia Intern—Kat Pagsolingan

Scenic Art

Charge Scenic Artist—Erich Starke

Stage Operations

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