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, 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, 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

Julie Friedman

Managing Director

Julie has been with Dobama for eleven years – first as Financial Manager and then Associate Managing Director before moving into the role of Managing Director in August 2013. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon and an MFA in Dramaturgy and Theater Criticism from Brooklyn College CUNY.  She has also worked as dramaturge on several Dobama productions. Ms. Friedman manages everything related to business and operations at Dobama, including development, personnel and Board relations, and has navigated the theatre's move to a fully professional Equity Theatre.

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

 

COLIN ANDERSON

Assistant to the Managing & Artistic Director

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 directed for the 40th Annual Marilyn Bianchi Kids' Playwriting Festival. Colin is responsible for all Front of House and volunteer coordination at Dobama as well as managing the intern program, the Playwrights GYM and other daily artistic and financial responsibilities. He is also the Assistant Producer for the BorderLight Festival of International Theatre Cleveland.

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.

CATHLEEN O'MALLEY

FESTIVAL MANAGER

Cathleen O’Malley is a director, performer, educator, arts administrator and creator of original theatre. Prior to relocating to Cleveland in 2012, Cathleen served as the Education Director and Ensemble member of Touchstone Theatre, where she led the company’s ArtsTouch education division for three seasons, including the multiple award-winning Young Playwrights' Lab & Festival. From 2013-2017, Cathleen served as the Director of Audience Engagement and Media Relations for Cleveland Public Theatre, overseeing all digital, print, and on-air media and communications, as well as nationally-recognized audience engagement initiatives. Cathleen is a graduate of the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), where she trained in Lecoq-based physical theatre, movement, mask and corporeal mime under the pedagogical direction of Thomas Prattki and Amy Russell. Cathleen has performed original, ensemble-created work with companies regionally and abroad, and will be seen onstage in Sojourn Theatre’s How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (with 119 People You May or May Not Know) in January 2018, produced by Cleveland Public Theatre under the direction of Michael Rohd. Cathleen holds an MFA from Naropa University. www.cathleenomalley.com

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.

jeremy dobbins

Resident sound DESIGNER

Jeremy Dobbins is excited to be fulfilling the role of Resident Sound Designer for Dobama Theatre's 2017-2018 season. Having created designs for several recent shows, he looks forward to facilitating and producing high quality art as well as collaborating with an amazing cadre of local and non-local artists, designers and other members of the theatre.

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 Master Carpenter

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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