Steven C. Anderson

Steven C. Anderson

Producing Director

sanderson@catco.org

   
Steven C. Anderson has created plays for and with Central Ohio children for the past twenty-nine years, first at the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center, then at Players Theatre Columbus and most recently at the Phoenix Theatre for Children which he founded twenty years ago. He is the recipient of the Ohio Theatre Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award, the Southside Settlement Arts Freedom Award, a Certificate of Achievement from the Community Center for the Deaf, and a Central Ohio Critics Circle Award for “a decade of respectful and exhilarating theatrical adaptations of works of literature from around the world and for using a diverse array of theatrical styles to challenge and delight children.” His work has been nominated five times for the prestigious Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Excellence in the Arts Award. His work as a director includes Candide and Hair at the Ohio State University Theatre Department; Love! Valour! Compassion! and The Taste of Sunrise at CATCO, Big River and Pippin for Actors Theatre; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at New Harmony Theatre; and Greater Tuna; Little Shop of Horrors; and Assassins for the former Players Theatre Columbus where he served as Associate Producing Director. He is particularly proud of the 2006 collaboration with BalletMet of Alice in Wonderland, the 2007 collaboration with CAPA, and OperaColumbus of The Secret Garden that paired deaf and hearing actors on stage together, and the 2009 Phoenix production of The Miracle Worker that incorporated the talents of deaf and blind actors.
   
   

Joe Bishara

Associate Producing Director

jbishara@catco.org

   
Joe Bishara has worked at regional theatres across the Midwestern United States as an award-winning Actor, Director, and Producer. Previous stops include: Act Out Productions (Associate Producer - Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival), Wayside Theatre (Assistant Artistic Director), The Phoenix Theatre for Children (Production Coordinator), and CATCO-Phoenix (Associate Artistic Director).  Joe manages the day-to-day operations of the Columbus Performing Arts Center and serves as President of Theatre Roundtable, a consortium of Central Ohio theatres working to strengthen theatre throughout Ohio.  He is a proud graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and member of AEA.
   
   

Heather Burley

Education Director

hburley@catco.org

   
Heather is proud to be a part of the CATCO staff. She received her Bachelors degree in Theatre from The Ohio State University and her Masters degree in Drama Education. As Director of Education, Heather wishes to extend the benefits of theatre from the stage into the classroom. She has conducted various theatre workshops and residencies in diverse school communities throughout the state of Ohio. Her interest lies in creating new ways to integrate drama/ theatre into existing curricular areas of the classroom to help students better understand core subject material. In addition to her educational pursuits, Heather also enjoys performing on the CATCO is Kids stage.
   
   

Keya Myers-Alkire

Master Electrician/Sound Engineer

kalkire@catco.org

   
Keya Myers-Alkire grew up in Athens, Ohio and earned her BFA in Theatre from Ohio University. She has worked at theaters in Maryland, Utah, and Columbus, and has been CATCO’s Master Electrician and Sound Engineer since 1997. Some of her favorite sound designs for CATCO have included The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine, A Tuna Christmas, Escanaba in da Moonlight, and Almost, Maine.
   
   

Joe Wolfle Jr.

Technical Director

jwolfle@catco.org

   
After attending The University of Cincinnati for technical direction, Joe Wolfle set off for some grand adventures in New England. While in the Green Mountains of Vermont, he spent a summer working with the Bread and Puppet Theater. The following winter Joe was captured by the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he ran a team of Oxen, doing forestry work atop a foot of snow. Cheap living expenses and family ties brought him back to Ohio where he has been working as a local stagehand and continuing his growing work with theater. Joe is actively involved in organic farming and the local food movement. He is also a member of the Awarehouse artist collective and the Righteous Mothers bicycle club, both based in the Weinland Park neighborhood where he and his partner are currently renovating an old vacant house. He is excited about joining the CATCO staff to produce high quality theater with a great group of artists.
 
 

Whitney Thomas Eads

Artist Educator

wthomaseads@catco.org

   
Since graduating Summa Cum Laude from Hope College (B.A. Theatre-Acting/Directing), Whitney Thomas Eads has had an active role in educational outreach through the arts. She has collaborated with such organizations as Junior Players (Dallas, TX), Theatre Action Project (Austin, TX), and Ohio Alliance for Arts Education (Columbus, OH), and worked as Assistant Director for Big Thought's Creative Solutions (Dallas, TX), a program designed to provide work experience through the arts to at-risk and on-probation teens. Whitney aids CATCO with developing new theatre arts curriculum, teaching residencies, and exploring new avenues of education through performance.
   
   

Ben Hartwig

Acting Apprentice

bhartwig@catco.org

   
Ben has been involved in theatre throughout his life and has received private voice training for over a decade. Ben obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Otterbein University. While attending Otterbein, Ben was able to tour China with the Concert Choir. Recently he was seen in Chicago and Urinetown with Imagine Productions of Columbus. Ben is proud and very thankful to join CATCO as one of their Acting Apprentices for the 2013-2014 Season.
   
   

Charles Manion

Technical Directing Apprentice

cmanion@catco.org

   
Chuck grew up in Cincinnati and received his BFA from Ohio State. He is thrilled to be building objects for the theater as CATCO’s Technical Direction/Construction Apprentice. His work has been shown in several group exhibitions and Chuck was an undergraduate artist in residence at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2012. He also interns at Glass Axis as a glassblowing instructor and shop steward.
   
   

Japheal Bondurant

Acting Apprentice

jbondurant@catco.org

   
Japheal is pleased to be joining CATCO for the 2013-2014 Season. Recent Roles include William Barfee in CATCO’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Eat Moe in CATCO’s Five Guys Named Moe and Motor-Mouth Maybelle in Imagine Production’s Hairspray. After attending Ashland University for Musical Theater, Japheal is more than excited to take on new challenges and be a part of the CATCO family.
   
   

DeAnna D’Egidio

Technical Apprentice

ddegidio@catco.org

   
DeAnna is excited to be joining CATCO as their Technical Apprentice for the 2013-2014 Season. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Akron with a focus in Technical Theater with emphasis on Light Design. But, her love of the arts does not stop there. DeAnna is a licensed assistant pyrotechnician as well as a musician, singer, make-up artist and actress. DeAnna is thrilled to be working with CATCO and looks forward to a wonderful season.
   
   

Emily Turner

Acting Apprentice

eturner@catco.org

   
Emily is a recent graduate of Capital University's Vocal Performance program. After moving to Columbus Emily had the opportunity to perform in productions including Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown, The Importance of Being Earnest, Man of La Mancha, 25th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee, and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Excited to spend this season with CATCO, Emily hopes to one day move to Chicago and explore the theatre scene in the “Windy City”!
   
   
 

Geoffrey Nelson

Artistic Director Emeritus

Geoffrey.C.Nelson@gmail.com

   
Geoffrey Nelson founded CATCO in 1984 and led the company as its Artistic Director for 26 years. Among the shows he has directed are The Mystery of Irma Vep; The Grapes of Wrath; Blackbird; Almost, Maine; The Importance of Being Earnest; Of Mice and Men; A Tuna Christmas; The Homecoming; The Exonerated and A Christmas Memory. Under his leadership, CATCO has developed into Central Ohio's professional resident theatre company, renowned for its acting and adventurous play choices. CATCO has also taken an active role in producing new works, including the bi-annual Shorts Festival, and -- most recently -- the world premieres of You're My Boy and Pierce to the Soul. Under his leadership, CATCO offered touring productions and performance classes for many years. In 1997 CATCO won the Governor's Award for Arts Outreach. Nelson has also been the recipient of the Ohio Theatre Alliance "Encore" Award, an Ohioana Citation for Theatre, a Huntington Foundation Award for Arts Leadership, a Theatre Roundtable "Harold" Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Central Ohio Critics Circle. Nelson is also an actor and a member of Actors Equity.