Steven C. Anderson

Steven C. Anderson

Producing Director

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

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 is the coordinator for the Greater Columbus Arts Council playwriting fellowship program and the Immediate Past-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

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

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

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

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.

Geoffrey Nelson

Artistic Director Emeritus

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.

Beth Conley

Acting Apprentice


Beth Conley is originally from Rochester, NY. She graduated with a BFA in Acting/Musical Theatre from Wright State University in 2012 and is very excited to be an apprentice with CATCO this year! You may have seen her as Lenore, et. al. in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (CATCO is Theatre), but some of her other favorite roles have been Janet in The Rocky Horror Show (The Zoot Theatre Company), Ermengarde in Hello, Dolly! (Cincinnati Landmark Productions), and Tracy in Hairspray (Wright State University).


Annie Huckaba

Acting Apprentice


Annie Huckaba is 2014 recent graduate of Capital University with a degree in vocal performance.She is thrilled to share the stage with the talented artists at CATCO. Credits include Rona in Spelling Bee, Sally in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Cathy in The Last Five Years, and has also spent a few summers performing at Dolly Parton’s Dollywood.


Andrew Protopapas

Acting Apprentice


Andrew Protopapas is ecstatic to be joining the CATCO staff for the 2014-2015 season as an acting apprentice. An alumnus of Capital University (class of 2013), he holds bachelor’s degrees in English literature, creative writing, and theatre studies. His favorite credits include Marius (Les Misérables – Star Players Theatre), Robert (Company – Capital University), and Einstein (Picasso at the Lapin Agile – Capital University). Andrew thanks his family, Father, friends, and teachers for their fervent support and compassion.