Staff

Nathan Motta

Artistic Director

Nathan is the 5th Artistic Director at Dobama Theatre where he spurred Dobama's move to become the region's newest Equity Theatre and where he’s directed critically acclaimed productions of AN OCTOROON (Best Director- Cleveland Critics Circle 2016), THE FLICK (Best Director- Cleveland Critics Circle 2017), APPROPRIATE, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, SUPERIOR DONUTS, A BRIGHT NEW BOISE, THE LYONS, TIME STANDS STILL, THE ALIENS, A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL CELEBRATION, MARIE ANTOINETTE, JOHN, THIS, ELLA ENCHANTED, and the World Premiere of HOW TO BE A RESPECTABLE JUNKIE. A professional director, conductor, and composer/lyricist, Motta has worked with Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Baldwin Wallace University, Oberlin College, Cleveland State University, John Carroll University, Opera Cleveland, Ohio Light Opera, Cain Park, Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Mercury Opera Rochester, and Civic Light Opera (Pittsburgh). He is the Founding Artistic Director of the Dobama Emerging Actors Program (DEAP), Dobama's elite summer acting program. He has written two original musicals, LITTLE WHITE GLOVES (an adaptation of the movie All I Wanna Do) and MIDSUMMER (based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream). He holds a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.M. from the Eastman School of Music. Member Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), the national theatrical union that unites, empowers and protects professional stage Directors and Choreographers throughout the United States.

Phone:  (216) 932-6838
Email: nmotta@dobama.org

TREVOR WISE

Managing Director

Trevor joined Dobama Theatre as Managing Director in May 2019 after a national search.Originally from a farm in Missouri, Trevor received his undergraduate degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Writing for Performance from the University of Missouri—Columbia and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in Arts Administration from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Prior to moving to Cleveland, Trevor served as the Donor Relations Manager at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA and before that as the Development Manager of Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA.Trevor has also worked with The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center (member of the staff when it was named recipient of the 2010 Regional Theatre Tony Award), George Street Playhouse, and Florida Studio Theatre.Additionally, Trevor was instrumental in the founding of the BurkTech Players—a theatre company for individuals identifying on the autism spectrum.While a majority of Trevor’s time is now spent on the administrative side of theatre, he does occasionally grace the stage as a performer—favorite roles have included Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, The Judge and Figment of Stanley in Interior Panic: An Evening Tennessee Williams, and originating the role of Dave Bell in Craigslisted.Trevor still pretends to be conversationally fluent in German and is a proud alumnus of the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program. Trevor is elated to help lead Dobama Theatre into the next 60 years of producing great theatre.

Phone:  (216) 932-6838
Email:  twise@dobama.org

 

COLIN ANDERSON

GENERAL MANAGER

Colin Anderson received his BA in Theatre and English from Oberlin College with a concentration in Directing and Dramatic Literature. After spending a year as the Artistic Direction intern with Dobama, he has joined their permanent staff. Colin has served as Assistant Director for Dobama's productions of HAND TO GOD, SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE BAKER STREET IRREGULARS and THE EFFECT. He acted as Assistant Production Manager for Dobama's 17/18 season and Festival Manager for the 18/19 Season. He’s directed for the 40th and 41st Annual Marilyn Bianchi Kids' Playwriting Festivals. Colin is responsible for all Front of House and volunteer coordination at Dobama as well as managing the intern program, and other daily operational and financial responsibilities. He is also formerly the Assistant Producer for the BorderLight Festival of International Theatre Cleveland.

Email: canderson@dobama.org

Elise Kuklinca

PATRON SERVICES MANAGER

Elise Kuklinca began working at Dobama in 2015 in the box office before transitioning to the Patron Services Manager in 2018. Previously, Elise could be found in a myriad of places including La Jolla Playhouse, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, The Carnegie and Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis.

Email: elisek@dobama.org

CARRIE WILLIAMS

EDUCATION ASSOCIATE

Carrie Williams is a teaching artist, performer, director, scenic artist, and a fiercely devoted arts education advocate. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Bowling Green State University, she moved to Cleveland to join Great Lakes Theatre’s acclaimed School Residency Program as an Actor-Teacher. She has taught and created programming for a multitude of organizations, including Playhouse Square, Ensemble Theatre, French Creek Theatre, Brecksville Theatre on the Square, Fairmont Center for the Arts, Hawken School, and Talespinner Children’s Theatre. Her artistic pedagogy focuses on exploring collaborative processes, fostering creativity, and empowering youth to step outside their comfort zone. She is proud to serve as the Education Associate for Dobama Theatre, where she coordinates the Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival, the longest-running celebration of young playwrights in the United States.

Marcus Dana

Resident Lighting Designer

Marcus  has worked at Dobama Theatre since 2003 in various capacities including Technical Director and Lighting Designer.  Recent shows are:  HANSEL & GRETEL (Technical Director) with Nightingale Opera, LD Dance Concert: Design Dancing On The Edge, Cleveland School of Ballet  THE NUTCRACKER. Previously Lighting includes: Tri-C East/Metro from 2000-2016 as Lighting Designer, Laurel School 2009-12, Resident Lighting Designer at Near West Theatre from 2001-06, Guest LD at The Canton Players Guild 2005-11, Verlezza Dance 2004-10, Beck Center 1995-2000, including THE SECRET GARDEN, where he won the 1995-96 Peggy Ezekiel "Award of Outstanding Achievement”, CSU Factory Theatre, Cassidy Theatre, Karamu House, Lake Erie College 1997-06, Willoughby Fine Arts Association, The Bang and The Clatter Theatre, Kalliope Stage, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Bonfils Theatre and The Changing Scene.

TESIA DUGAN BENSON

Resident COSTUME DESIGNER

Tesia is a Cleveland based Costume Designer. Recent designs include AN OCTOROON, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, MARIE ANTOINETTE, SUPERIOR DONUTS, A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL CELEBRATION, THE ALIENS and TIME STANDS STILL for Dobama, TOXIC AVENGER, THE FROGS and SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE for Cain Park, DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA and ANCESTRA at Cleveland Public Theatre, and 'NIGHT MOTHER at The Beck Center. Tesia worked with Opera Cleveland as Costume Coordinator and designed the costumes for LA VOIX HUMAINE.  Other credits include designs for Apollo’s Fire, Lakeland Civic Theater, Near West Theater,  Keystone Repertory Theater, Baldwin Wallace University, BIOLA University in La Mirada California, Cleveland State University, Cleveland City School District All City Musical, and Laurel School. She also serves as draper for the Baldwin-Wallace University Costume Shop and Adjunct Faculty teaching Stage Makeup.  Tesia holds her M.F.A. in Costume Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Richard Ingraham

Resident sound DESIGNER

bio coming soon…

Vanessa Cook

Resident PROPS DESIGNER

Ms. Cook is new to Dobama Theatre as Resident Props Designer for the 2019-20 season. She is a graduate of the Baldwin- Wallace Conservatory (BM) and Regent University (MA). She is the owner of Cook Theatre Designs, LLC, a freelance design firm that serves community, professional and educational theatre programs. Ms. Cook has expert experience in the area of theatre production specifically costume, set and prop design and production. She is the former set/costume designer, Technical Director and adjunct professor with the Heidelberg University’s School of Music and Theatre. In addition, she long served as Costume/Set designer for Heidelberg’s Community Music School Children’s Musical theatre program. Ms. Cook works with several Cleveland/Akron based theatre companies. She served as wardrobe head for Madame Butterfly, costume designer, production pros and wardrobe head for Barber of Seville (Cleveland Opera Theatre), production props for Jane Eyre (Cleveland Musical Theatre) and set design/ construction for Silentious Scream (Progressive Perspective Theatrical) and New Kid (Spark 4 Youth Theatre). She was a teaching artist for Terra State’s Kids College 2018 and currently is a teaching artist (K-12) with Spark Theatre 4 Youth (Elyria). Ms. Cook is also the co-founder of the Norwalk Arts Center, LLC a non-profit theater education and production company. Ms. Cook resides in Norwalk, Ohio with her husband Jeff and their
four-active theater loving boys.

MEGAN MINGUS*

RESIDENT STAGE MANAGER

Megan is one of the Resident Stage Managers in her seventh season here at Dobama Theatre, where she has worked on over twenty productions in many different capacities, from Stage Manager to Props Designer and Painter. Some of the more memorable include: THE EFFECT, THE FLICK, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, AN OCTOROON, A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL CELEBRATION, BELLEVILLE, THE ALIENS, TIME STANDS STILL, 4,000 MILES and THE SEAFARER. She has worked throughout Ohio and Utah as a Scenic Artist, Stage Manager, Stage Crew and in Company Management. Megan is a graduate of Kent State University, where she obtained a BA in Theatre Studies, and would like to thank her family and friends for their support and YOU, the patrons, for supporting live theatre. Thank you and enjoy the show!

Joel Rathbone*

Resident Stage Manager

Joel is a Resident Stage Manager at Dobama Theatre. Previously, he had been a freelance Stage Manager for nineteen years in Cleveland.  He has managed productions for Playhouse Square, Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Cleveland Shakespeare Company, and Lakeland College. He was grateful for the opportunity to manage Dobama's HAND TO GOD, MARIE ANTOINETTE, THE NIGHT ALIVE, THE REALISTIC JONESES, THE CALL, THE NORWEGIANS, SUPERIOR DONUTS, and COCK.  His other favorite productions around town have been NEXT TO NORMAL for Lakeland College and Ensemble’s production of THE NORMAL HEART.  As always, he couldn’t do it without the support of his friends and family, especially his wife Hester and their adorable sons, Joel Wade and Felix.

Justine schneider

Resident Scenic artist

Justine Schneider is a freelance artist from the Cleveland area. She is happy to make her return to Dobama Theatre as their Resident Scenic Artist this season! Justine has previously painted many of Dobama's productions including, but not limited to; HAND TO GOD, THE FLICK, THE NIGHT ALIVE, AN OCTOROON, MARIE ANTOINETTE, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER and THE REALISTIC JONESES. Justine has also painted for Great Lakes Theater, Cleveland Play House, Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Academy, Near West Theatre and Cedar Point’s Halloweekends. She is always up for a challenge and enjoys how each production is a brand new experience! For more information and pictures from her various theatrical endeavors, visit www.facebook.com/artistjustineschneider/.

KIRSTEN "KIX" WILLIAMS

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Kirsten Nicole (Kix) is a freelance Mixed Media Artist, Sculptor and Theatrical Designer. Currently working with many Theatrical and Movement based companies all over Ohio, such as New World Performance Laboratory as Technical Director and Set Designer, Technical Director of Magical Theatre Company, Technical Director and Production Designer of Ma'Sue Productions, MegLouise Collaborator, Carpenter with Neos Dance Theatre and Artist with Ingenuity Labs Cleveland. Studied at The University of Akron Theatre Department. She recently acted as Technical Director for Dobama Theatre's American Premiere production of ON THE GRILL.

Bob Foraker

Resident Master Carpenter

Bob is thrilled to now be on staff at Dobama Theatre. He has been involved as Technical Director, Scenic Designer, or Lead Carpenter in over 100 theatre and movie productions in Northeast Ohio. Enjoy the magic that is Dobama!

*denotes member Actors' Equity Association, the labor union representing American actors and stage managers in the theatre.

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