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Director/Resident Costume DesignerKatie Wells
Katie is thrilled to be directing such a fun family holiday production! She is currently the Assistant Artistic Director and Head of Education at Rubber City Theatre, a professional theatre just 30 minutes north in Akron. Last season she directed The Vagina Monologues on the Avenue Arts Stage. Professionally she has directed The Revolutionists and the critically acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire at Rubber City Theatre. Other directing credits include: The Rubber City Youth Theatre Conservatory production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Shakespeare Showcase at Northwest High School, Shakespeare and the Seven Deadly Sins at Cleveland State, and several Youth productions with The Illusion Factory Children's Theatre. She is also a professional actor, award winning costume designer and currently runs the Youth Theatre Conservatory at Rubber City.It is an affordable professional theatre training program for grades k-12 taught by local professional directors and actors.
Assistant Director/Stage ManagerRussell Aguirre
Assistant Stage ManagerAlison Foutz
Sound DesignerHazen Tobar
Hazen Tobar is excited to design sound again for Avenue Arts this season! He can usually be spotted behind the soundboard at Avenue Arts, Weathervane Playhouse, and Rubber City Theatre. Past sound credits include Bent, Noises Off, and the world premiere of Tame, respectively. Hazen also enjoys taking production photos for Avenue Arts and Rubber City Theatre, which can be seen at hazentobar.com.
Artistic 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.
Managing DirectorJared Sparks
Jared is 24 years old and currently works as the Event Manager for ArtsInStark while he pursues his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walsh University. Past stage credits include Hairspray (IQ), South Pacific (Professor), Leading Ladies (Butch Myers), Clybourne Park (Kenneth), Two by Two (Japheth, Grease (Kenicke) and Flowers For Algernon (Charlie Gordon). Jared would like to thank everyone for the continued support of growing the arts in the community.
Technical DirectorLinda Alexander-Radak
Linda is 62 years old and currently serves as the Technical Director at Avenue Arts Marketplace & Theatre. Some of her most favorite productions in the past include August: Osage County (Violet Weston), Sordid Lives (Sissy), Beerthovans Ninth (Ex Wife), and Rubber City Blues (Drunk Woman). Linda considers herself a “chickenista” - having over 40 egg-laying chickens. She would like to thank her husband, George, who supports every hair brained idea that she comes up with and even helps make them happen.