Baltimore Center Stage: Staff & Board

Staff & Board

Stephanie Ybarra

Artistic Director—Stephanie Ybarra

Stephanie Ybarra is an artistic producer, most recently at The Public Theater, where she has led the Mobile Unit and Public Forum programs. She also serves as co-leader of the Women’s Project Theater Producer’s Lab, and Curator and Casting Director for Two River Theater’s Crossing Borders Festival of Latinx plays. Originally from Texas, Stephanie has worked at organizations across the country, including The Playwrights Realm, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Children’s Theater, Citizen Schools in Boston, and Yale Repertory Theatre. She is also a co-founder of the Artists’ Anti-Racism Coalition. Stephanie is the recipient of numerous awards, including the inaugural Producer’s Chair Award from the Foundry Theater, the Josephine Abady Award from New York’s League of Professional Theatre Women, TCG’s Continuing Education Grant, and the Congressional Award for Achievement in Excellence from Zara Aina. Stephanie holds a BFA from Baylor University and MFA from Yale School of Drama.

Michael Ross

Executive 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 2019/20 Center Stage Board of Trustees

Terry H. Morgenthaler, President
Edward C. Bernard, Vice President
August J. Chiasera, Vice President
Sandy Liotta, Vice President
Brian M. Eakes, Treasurer
Scot T. Spencer, Secretary

Penny Bank
Taunya Banks
Bradie Barr
Mariah Bonner
Meredith Borden
Stephanie Carter
Lynn Deering
Jed Dietz
Walter B. Doggett III
Jane W.I. Droppa
Amy Elias
Juliet A. Eurich
Beth W. Falcone
Suzan Garabedian
Sandra Levi Gerstung
Andrew Giddens
Megan Gillick
Adam Gross
Cheryl O'Donnell Guth
David J. Hodnett

Elizabeth J. Himelfarb Hurwitz
Kathleen W. Hyle
Wendy Jachman
Chris Jeffries
John J. Keenan
John McCardell
Hugh W. Mohler, Jr.
Charles J. Morton, Jr.
J. William Murray
Charles E. Noell III
Rodney Oddoye
Judy M. Phares
Jill Pratt
Philip J. Rauch
E. Hutchinson Robbins, Jr.
Jordan D. Rosenfeld
Jesse Salazar
Charles Schwabe
Robert W. Smith, Jr.
Scott Somerville
Michele Speaks
Michael B. Styer
Harry Thomasian
Donald Thoms
Joe Timmins
Krissie Verbic


Trustees Emeriti

Katharine C. Blakeslee
James T. Brady
C. Sylvia Brown
Martha Head
Sue Hess+
E. Robert Kent, Jr.
Joseph M. Langmead
Kenneth C. Lundeen
Marilyn Meyerhoff
Esther Pearlstone
Monica Sagner
George M. Sherman
J.W. Thompson Webb











Staff Directory

All staff may be reached by dialing 410.986.4000


Executive Director—Michael Ross
Associate Managing Director—Del W. Risberg
Board Relations & Special Projects Coordinator—David Kanter
The Lynn Deering Management Apprentice—Jacqueline Glenn


Artistic Director—Stephanie Ybarra
Director of Artistic Producing—Chiara Klein
Director of Artistic Partnerships & Innovation – Annalisa Dias

Artistic Producing Manager—Melody Easton
Company Manager—Marshall Garrett
The Sharon & Jay Smith and Harry Gruner & Rebecca Henry Artistic Fellow—Sabine Decatur


Director of Advancement—Randi Benesch
Individual Giving Manager—Sara Kissinger
Institutional Giving Manager—Brandon Hansen
Development Assistant—Kara Powell
Corporate Relations Coordinator—Nicole Ringel
Auction Coordinator—Sydney Wilner
Auction Assistant—Norma Cohen
Special Events Apprentice—Mira Klein

Learning and Social Accountability

Director of Learning & Social Accountability—Adena Varner
LSA  Coordinator—Dani Turner
LSA  Associate—Jacob Zabawa
The Ethel J. Holliday LSA Apprentice—Victoria Martin


Director of Finance—Michelle Williams
Business Manager—Janessa Schuster
Business Assistant—Hannah Machon

Information Technologies

Director of Information Technologies—John Paquette
Tessitura Database Coordinator—Madeline Dummerth

Marketing & Communications

Director of Communications & Strategic Partnerships—Robyn Murphy
Art Director—Bill Geenen
Associate Director of Marketing—Rafaela Dreisin
Communications Manager—Taylor Lamb
The Wendy Jachman and Jeff Scherr Graphics Apprentice—Sophie Leigh Fisher
The Judy and Scott Phares Digital Apprentice—Jess McGowan

Audience Relations

Box Office Manager—Kelly Broderick
Subscriptions Manager—Jerrilyn Keene
Group Sales Administrator & Ticket Services Manager—Liz Nelson
Patron Services Associates—Tiffany Brown, Tina Canady, Jonathan Jacobs, David Kanter, Sarah Lewandowski, Kira-Lynae Pindell, Shelby Sullivan, Jenna Sharples
To contact the Box Office, please email

audience services & rentals

Audience Services & Events Manager—Alec Lawson
Assistant Audience Services Manager—Elizabeth Pillow
Accessibility Assistant—Bethany Slater
House Managers—Nick Horan, Lindsay Jacks, Hannah Kelly, Shubhangi Kuchibhotla, Faith Savill, Eddie Van Osterom
Bar Manager—Ann Weaver
Bartenders— Monica Cook, Shea Fallick, Boh James, Whitney Stott, Jade Jackson, C Swan Streepy, Val Long, Robby Priego, Scott Van Cleve
Docent Coordinator—Pat Yevics
ASL Interpretation—First Chair
Lead Audio Describer—Mary Lou Fisher

Facilities Supervisor—Patrick Frate
Facilities Assistant—Joseph Wisniewski

Director of Production—Cary Gillett
Associate Production Manager—Ruth Anne Watkins


Supervisor—Amy C. Wedel
Audio Engineer—Justin Vining
Video/Audio Engineer— Kat Pagsolingan
The Jane & Larry Droppa Audio Apprentice—Abra Clawson


Costumer—David Burdick
Associate Costumer—Ben Argenta Kress
Craftsperson—William E. Crowther
First Hand—Ellouise Davis
The Terry Morgenthaler & Patrick Kerins Costumes Apprentice—John Polles


Lighting Director—Tamar Geist
Master Electrician—Travis Seminara
Assistant Master Electrician—Jessica Anderson
Staff Electrician—Michael Logue
The Gilbert H. Stewart and Joyce L. Ulrich Lighting Apprentice—Tyler Omundsen


Properties Director—Jeffery Bazemore
Assistant Properties Master—Rachael Pendleton
Master Craftsman—Nathan Scheifele
The Kenneth & Elizabeth Lundeen Props Apprentice—Abigail Stuckey


Technical Director—Rob McLeod
Assistant Technical Director—Taylor Neuburger
Scene Shop Supervisor—Frank Lasik
Master Carpenter—Eric Scharfenberg
Scenic Carpenters—Brian Jamal MarshallSam Martin, Trevor Winter

Scenic Art

Charge Scenic Artist—Erich Starke

Stage Management

Resident Stage Manager—Danielle Teague-Daniels
Assistant Company Manager—Raul Duran
The Ellen & Ed Bernard Production Management and Stage Management Apprentice—Tori Ujczo

Stage Operations

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