Company DirectorDavid Lee
David Lee has served as the Artistic Director at Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theatre since the conception of the theatre company in 2017. He has had the pleasure of working with a diverse group of actors including youngsters as the Director of the young actors workshop each fall and spring. Some of his favorite shows with the the Junior class are “Annie JR”, “Willy Wonka JR”and “Shrek JR”. David also understands the importance in the development of new works and has formed a company of actors called “Underground” that preforms staged readings of new works. He invites you to check out the season of new works at AvenueArts.org. David is a Canton, Ohio native and attended Malone University where he was trained in the Michael Chekhov Technique of acting and revived and B.A. in Communication, Visual and Preforming Arts.
Company ManagerEmily Hisey
Emily Hisey has loved theatre since she was chosen to play the coveted role of Twinkle the Christmas Angel at age nine - she’s been escaping reality ever since. Past stage credits include Jane Eyre, Dancing at Lughnasa, Doubt, and A Year With Frog and Toad. Emily is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with such talented and hardworking artists. “Enjoy the show and thank you for supporting live theatre!”
Company Assistant/Ass. Stage ManagerAnna Richkowski
Stage ManagerRhonda Brode
Rhonda is extremely excited to be joining the Avenue Arts Family again as a member of Underground. Rhonda has performed in a plethora of productions throughout her life including OLIVER, GUYS & DOLLS, THE MUSIC MAN, and GODSPELL. A former Kindermusik teacher and soloist for the Larry Wilgus singers, she currently works as an RN at the Cleveland Clinic in Twinsburg.
Production ManagerDenise Young-Robb
Denise is 71 years old and is a retired contract technical writer after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University. Denise has actively been performing in multiple venues in a plethora of productions such as DOUBT (Sr. Aloysius), AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (Emily Brent), THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Lady Bracknell), SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM (Ensemble), and LOVES LABOURS LOST (Princess). Denise is proud graduate of Leadership Stark County and has two adult sons and an awesome 11-year-old granddaughter who is an accomplished ballet dancer.
Stage CrewRacquel Dillard
Racquel is a current student at Stark State College and works as an Office Assistant at Stark State’s Downtown Canton Office. Previously, Racquel has graced the stage with her talents in productions including THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Choir), GUYS & DOLLS (Adelaide), HELLO, DOLLY (Ensemble) and HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (Countess Ilonka). Racquel is always striving to be a “Jill Of All Trades” as a mom of two fantastic teenagers, Bella and Donnie and as a wife to Mark.