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Stage Insights Contributors

Willie Caldwell is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship at Miami University. He is an artist, actor, educator, and arts administrator. In 2018 WIllie was identified as an emerging creative by the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) for his work in interdisciplinary art integration in higher education.  He serves as the co-chair elect for the Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Educators. He has an MFA in Arts Leadership from Virginia Tech. He is also a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a BM in Music Business and Management, and New York’s American Music and Dramatic Academy (theatre and performing arts). He has worked as a professional actor, musician, and arts educator in New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Nashville.  

 Jack Crumley  likes stories. He likes hearing them and he loves telling them. He’s been an anchor/reporter for 700WLW since he moved to Cincinnati in 2006, and he’s been reviewing theatre for LCT since 2016. Jack is happy to have live theatre in his life again. It’s something he’s missed since he was a theatre minor at Bowling Green State University. He also co-hosts Script Shop, a podcast featuring screenwriters, and he was tremendously proud to be a part of the inaugural Cindependent Film Festival this past summer. He also thinks it feels strange writing about himself in third person.


Laurel Humes is a retired grant writer and former newspaper reporter. She is a graduate of Miami University with a teaching certificate in English, speech and drama. Laurel is a lifelong theater-goer, and has reviewed theater for newspapers. She has reviewed for League of Cincinnati Theatres for several years.

Doug Iden is a avid, lifelong theater fan with an extensive collection of original cast albums.  He also teaches classes on musical theater at OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).

Alan Jozwiak has had plays produced in the Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry Festival (New York), GI60 One-Minute Play Contest (New York), Lamia Ink! International One-Page Play Contest (New York), Madlab Theater (Columbus, OH), Cincinnati Fringe Festival (Cincinnati, OH), and Miami Writes (Hamilton, OH).  He was awarded a City of Cincinnati Individual Artist Grant to write and produce Only When I Bleed, a play about cutting and self-injury.  A long-time member of Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative, he has served on its board in the roles of Treasurer and President.  

Shawn Maus has directed over 50 productions and has served as a creative consultant for many high school and Community Theater groups for over 20 years. He has worked as a voice-over actor, performed stand-up comedy at Ray Combs’ CaddyCombs Comedy Club, has been a semi-finalist in the “Funniest Person in Cincinnati” contest, and has lent his voice as the on-court announcer for the Western and Southern Financial Group Masters and Women’s Open. Shawn has produced three short films, including indie film circuit favorite “Living Under Linda’s Desk”, written numerous screenplays, television scripts, and theatrical plays, and has been recognized for his video production work by the National School Public Relations Association Ohio chapter. Shawn is also a freelance copywriter, marketing expert and sought-after speaker on theatre education, social media and marketing strategies. He is the former Artistic Director for Finneytown High School’s theater program. He is currently a Director at Coney Island.

Spenser Smith is a graduate of Northern Kentucky Univserity with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting and currently the Development Director at Madcap Puppets . Favorite roles include Teen Lincoln in A PIONEER TALE, Leo Bloom in THE PRODUCERS, Lord Farquaad in SHREK THE MUSICAL, Chip Tolentino in …SPELLING BEE and Inspector Truscott in LOOT, for which he won an Acclaim Award.