Our Contributors

 

Prabir Das

A fervent theater person, Prabir Das has been actively engaged in theater productions and performances for over three decades. Prabir entered the group theater scenario of Kolkata (The City of Joy), India in 1981 and began to work in almost all spheres of stage-theater: From set designing to lighting to group management to acting, he was visible everywhere. During this period he obtained formal training in mime as well. Prabir also produced and directed a short length experimental film which made its entry in the Indian small format film festival. Prabir has performed at various festivals including the North American Bengali Association conferences, the Mid America Bengali Association Conferences as well as at the Regional Bengali Conferences. He has been appointed as judge at various drama competitions and performed in various cities including St. Louis, Cincinnati, Atlantic City, Nashville, Chicago, Huntsville, Houston, Columbus and many more. Prabir has authored over ten plays and directed each of them in the USA. In 2014, Prabir was invited by film director Ayananshu Banerjee and played a character role portraying a doctor in a commercial movie titled “Bodhon” or “The Voyage Within” in Kolkata or ‘Tollywood’ as fondly referred to by the film industry of the West Bengal, India. The film fetched seven international awards from various film festivals including one from North Carolina South Asian Film Festival. Prabir is also one of the organizers of the South Asian Theater Festival in the Midwest and is currently engaged in developing a broad based all-inclusive theater production company with multi-layered activities under its umbrella especially raising awareness against social illnesses. Additionally, Prabir has authored of a short story collection published in Bengali language in India.

 

 

 

 

 

13395 Lisa Cooper, Bloomberg Business Week Coverwrap 4-12-14Liz Eichler has focused on building and developing theatre audiences, and designing sets and costumes for over 20 years. She has worked at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program, the University of South Carolina Upstate, The Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, SC, and at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. She has an MBA from Wright State and a Masters in Theatre Education from Rutgers’ Mason Gross School for the Arts. She is currently teaching at Sinclair College and working on other creative projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lissa Urriquia Gapultos has a fair amount of theatre experience onstage, backstage, and especially as an audience member. She has been lucky enough to be cast in a number of local productions, including A PIECE OF MY HEART with Drama Workshop, THE INTELLIGENT DESIGN OF JENNY CHOW with Queen City Off-Broadway, IN PERPETUITY THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSITY and POLAROID STORIES at Know Theatre of Cincinnati, and PACIFIC OVERTURES at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Lissa is the Sr. Manager of Institutional Giving at Cincinnati Opera and currently serves on Know Theatre of Cincinnati’s board of directors.

 

 

 

 

TeddyGumbletonImageTeddy Gumbleton has been an avid theatre goer for over ten years.  He received his Bachelor in Arts Administration – Theatre from Butler University in 2012, where he studied acting, costume and lighting design, movement, and theatre history and analysis.  Since graduating, he has worked for Cincinnati Opera as a development associate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laurel Humes is a retired grant writer for the nonprofit HealthPoint Family Care 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 showcased in the Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry Festival  (Sundog Theater, New York), Gi60 One-Minute Play Contest (New York), Lamia Ink! International One-Page Play Contest (New York), and Madlab Theater (Columbus, OH).  His plays have been a part of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival (DADA, AS TRANSLATED TO STAGE; EXTREME PUPPET THEATER; and TAINTED LOVE: A ZOMBIE HUMAN LOVE STORY) and the Indianapolis Fringe Festival (CRAZY QUILT).  The play TAINTED LOVE was an adaptation of a short story Alan wrote that was published in the Zombie anthology NEW DAWN FADES by Post Mortem Press.  He was also awarded a City of Cincinnati Individual Artist Grant to write and produce a full-length play on cutting and self-injury called ONLY WHEN I BLEED.  A long-time member of Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative (CPI), Alan has had several staged readings of his works performed as part of the CPI New Voices Series held at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.  He currently serves as a CPI board member and has held the offices of President and Treasurer.             

 

 

 

 

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Dan Maloney is an actor, writer and director originally from Columbus, OH. He has performed in over 50 productions and in nearly a dozen states. A graduate of Xavier University, he served as President of Xavier Players and received the prestigious Otto Kvapil Award for Stage Performance in recognition of his work there. Acting credits include touring with Madcap Puppet Theatre, Chris Keller in ALL MY SONS, Tony Kirby in YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, George Gibbs in OUR TOWN, Mortimer in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, Jeff in LOBBY HERO, Asher in ASHER’S COMMAND, Detective McPherson in LAURA, Joel in THE BLUE MOON DANCING, Pete in IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, Bill in DARKSIDE, Mike Talman in WAIT UNTIL DARK, Oberon in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREA, Roberto Miranda in DEATH AND THE MAIDEN and Uncle Peck in HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE. Directing credits include WHO AM I THIS TIME?, 12 ANGRY JURORS, ALMOST MAINE, THE CURIOUS SAVAGE and his original one-act play DEFINING HOPE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ShawnMausImageShawn Maus has directed over 50 productions in Community Theater 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.  He is the co-creator and producer of a potential television pilot.  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 the Education Account Executive for eSchoolView, a company that provides online solutions to schools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RoettingImageCharlie Roetting is an actor, improviser, and director. He has performed on-stage and on-camera in Cincinnati, New York, and Los Angeles, among other places. He received a BFA in Acting from Northern Kentucky University and an MFA In Acting for Film from the New York Film Academy. He has completed programs with Upright Citizens Brigade Los Angeles and iO West (formerly Improv Olympic). He is a founding member of Under the Gun Productions (Cincinnati), BYE BYE LIVER CINCINNATI (Cincinnati) Homunculus Mask Theatre (NYC), and thrashtown! improv (LA). Charlie has also worked with several local, regional, and international organizations including the Lincoln Amphitheatre, the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Commonwealth Theatre, Homegrown Theatre, Blackvault Entertainment, Blinking Peacock, and The Players NYC. He is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Northern Kentucky University. He is the face of problem gambling in Ohio and promotes responsible gambling.

 

 

 

 

 

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.