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ROMAN BLACK (Marketing Director) is a Florida native and has been in the design industry for over ten years. Upon finishing college at the University of Florida in 2001, he visited the Tampa Bay-area and instantly fell in love with the water. He has resided in St. Petersburg for almost two years now and loves every minute of it. He is very excited to join the American Stage Theatre Company team and is looking forward to experiencing every aspect of the theatre industry. He is also an active artist in the area and shows his work throughout the year. His sites are theromangallery.com and formfitdesign.com.
TOM BLOCK (Company Manager) started with American Stage almost 30 years ago as the box office manager. He soon moved on to several positions on the production side of the theater, from stage manager to production manager. Over the years, as necessity has dictated, Tom has worn, and continues to wear, a variety of other hats including house manager, touring company manager, volunteer coordinator, facilities manager, and purchasing agent, all which led to his current title of company manager. Tom negotiates all Union and publishing contracts, coordinates and runs the American Stage in the Park event, and develops and runs a number of American Stage annual fundraising trips to New York City, the Shaw Festival in Canada, and various U.S. and European cities. Tom is also the liaison between American Stage and St. Petersburg College and he serves on the college’s MIRA (Music Industry Recording Arts) Advisory Committee.
KATHY DEL GUIDICE (Development Associate) is delighted to join the staff of American Stage Theatre Company as its Development Associate. Kathy moved from New York to the Tampa Bay area two years ago when her husband retired. For ten years, she was the executive director of Music Theatre North, a professional theatre company in Upstate New York operating under Equity Guest Artist contracts. She left the theatre to earn her MBA and pursue a consulting career. For ten years, she owned a management consultant and fundraising firm serving primarily the nonprofit sector with strategic planning, marketing, events management, and grant writing. Looking for an exciting opportunity to put her skills to good use, Kathy is happy to play a supporting role in the success of American Stage, where she assists with all aspects of development, from donor research and stewardship to sponsorships and event planning.
MEG HEIMSTEAD (Director of Education) has been a professional actress, director and teacher for over 10 years. Prior to becoming the Director of Education, Meg was a Teaching Artist with American Stage. She taught playwriting and acting to children and adults throughout Pinellas County, focusing on at risk/special needs populations. As an actress, she has worked with the California Shakespeare Festival in Berkley, CA, Summer Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa, CA, PlayMakers Repertory Theatre in Chapel Hill, NC, The Gorilla Theatre and Jobsite Theater in Tampa, freefall Theatre, and The Backlot Theater in Sarasota. Most recently, Meg was seen as Karen in American Stage’s production of August: Osage County. She is also the Managing Director for A Simple Theatre. Meg holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN. She also attended the Professional Actor Training Program at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
CHAD JACOBS (Marketing and Graphics Associate), a native of this sunny little peninsula otherwise known as Saint Petersburg, Florida, knew from a very young age that drawing pretty pictures was something he would like to do for a living. He got his humble beginnings drawing Power Rangers on his homework assignments, but after many years of perfecting his craft and earning a BFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design, he now knows to draw his Power Rangers on nice expensive paper. Upon his graduation from SCAD in 2010, Chad found work as a freelance designer and self-published a childrens book he wrote and illustrated entitled Vesuvius -- The Jet-Pack Bat. In early 2013, Chad joined the American Stage Theatre Company and is happy to say that he feels right at home amidst the wonderful peculiarities one can only find at the theatre. www.chadjacobsart.com
TODD OLSON+* (Director/Producing Artistic Director) is beginning his tenth season here at American Stage Theatre Company, and was recently named “Best Artistic Director” in the 2011 Creative Loafing “Best of the Bay” Awards. Todd has directed over 120 plays, musicals, and operas, including My Way, A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, (which he co-created) at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. For American Stage, Todd has directed several plays which have been recognized by Creative Loafing as “Best of the Bay” Awards for “Top-10 Productions of the Year” and “Best Director,” including Stones in His Pockets, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Much Ado About Nothing, Anna in the Tropics, and The Seafarer. Other American Stage credits include Suddenly Last Summer, Crowns, Three Days of Rain, The Exonerated (with Sandy Duncan and Antonio Tarver), I Am My Own Wife, Dennis Lehane’s Coronado, The Pirates of Penzance, Pinter’s Betrayal, Dinner with Friends, This Wonderful Life, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Santaland Diaries, The Very Merry Unauthorized Scientology Children’s Pageant, August: Osage County, and 2.5 Minute Ride. His recent Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won a Jeff Norton Award for “Best Direction”. Original works include Lysistrata, I Left My Heart, Casa Blue, the last moments in the life of Frida Kahlo, and Joe Corso Re-Enters from the Wings, which just won the 2012 Holland New Voices Playwright Award at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. Recent guest directing credits include Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Johnny Schicchi, and Madama Butterfly (St. Petersburg Opera), The Mystery of Irma Vep and An Ideal Husband (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre), and his own adaptation of Dracula (Arkansas Shakespeare Festival). Every year since 2003 American Stage was voted “Best Theatre Company” in the Tampa Bay-area by both Tampa Bay Magazine and The Weekly Planet. Todd received his M.F.A. from The University of North Carolina, and is a graduate from the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard where he took classes with David Mamet, Peter Sellars, Andrei Serban, Robert Scanlan, Robert Woodruff, Anna Deveare Smith, and Robert Brustein, among others. Todd was a teaching fellow at Harvard, and has taught classes at Vanderbilt, Boston University, University of North Carolina, and is currently adjunct faculty at the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg. Todd lives in Seminole with his remarkable wife Charlotte, and three children, Jonas, Corinna, and May.
JENNY PEACOCK (Box Office Assistant) is honored to be part of the incredible talent that is American Stage. She joined the staff just prior to the American Stage in the Park production of Hair in 2010 and hasn’t been the same since. Due to her multiple personalities, she is a great multi-tasker and looks forward to the continued success of this amazing group. St. Pete is now home again with her beautiful daughter Kelsey and goofy cat Monte. Thanks to all for this great opportunity!
KEN SLABY (Managing Director) is honored to bring his business, financial, and civic background to the St. Petersburg arts community and American Stage Theatre. During nearly three decades of corporate business financial experiences, Ken has enjoyed theater in every city where he has lived. After moving to St. Petersburg, he and his wife continue to enjoy excellent productions at American Stage! Ken is thrilled to be working with Todd Olson, whose talent is unmatched in his craft. He is also particularly thrilled to be working with the fabulous people at American Stage who work behind the scenes and on the stage to help make American Stage the premier theatre in Tampa Bay!
STEPHANIE SNYDER (Development Director) is a Pennsylvania native and has lived in Florida since 1999. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from Syracuse University, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to start her career. Since then her professional pursuits in marketing, sales management, and business development have taken her from Ohio to England and parts beyond. St. Petersburg, Florida is where Stephanie truly unpacked her suitcase, as she fell in love with the Tampa Bay area and moved here in 2003. Joining the American Stage Theatre Company team is quite an honor for Stephanie; she is passionate about championing the live arts while celebrating our beautiful community.
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TIMON BROWN (Technical Director) is pleased to be working at American Stage. He returned to American Stage three years ago after a two-year hiatus, during which he served as the technical director at the Canterbury School of Florida. Previously to that, Timon served as ATD and master carpenter at American Stage. He wants to thank his wonderful wife, Maresi, for all her love and support. They are proud parents of their two hysterically funny children: Henry and Maria.
ROBERT CREEDON (Asst. Technical Director/Master Carpenter) is pleased to be a part of the production staff here at American Stage. Robert worked here in Florida as a sailboat technician for SR Max, and is pleased to have been apart of the team that constructed the “Geronimo’s Cadillac,” a 27ft production sailboat. Robert is also proud to have been an IBM Sales Associate for Direct Alliance in Tempe, AZ.
JERID FOX (Properties Master) has been immersed in the entertainment world for over ten years. After attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where he studied Film Production with an emphasis in Art Direction, he put his knack for imitation and improv to use at Disneyland Resort’s Entertainment Department. He then picked up and moved to Florida where he has worked as a theatrical properties master and set dresser for a popular Tampa theater, was the assistant director and art director of a feature film, and co-produced a children’s television pilot in which he puppeteered, voiced, and oversaw the design of many characters in the cast. Jerid also enjoys writing, and being a creative consultant for other authors and storytellers.
KARLA HARTLEY* (Production Coordinator, Production Stage Manager) holds a B.F.A. in Theater Studies from Boston University and is the associate artistic director of Stageworks Theatre in Tampa. She is the resident stage manager for GALA Choruses’ International Gay and Lesbian Choral Festival. She has stage managed extensively in the Tampa Bay-area as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Karla was also production manager for the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange national tour of Ferocious Beauty. Karla is pleased to be working for American Stage. Much love and thanks to her daughter and Sydney Rose.
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