Stage Insights Contributors

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 an 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).

Shawn Maus has directed over 50 productions 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 been on-court announcer for the Western and Southern Financial Group Masters and Women’s Open. Shawn has produced three short films, written numerous screenplays, television scripts, and theatrical plays.  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, former Director at Coney Island, and recently completed his MFA in screenwriting.

Jenifer Moore is a millennial living in her beloved Queen City. She is a communications professional (AAA), Walnut HIlls grad,  and loves to watch reruns of I Love Lucy and eat Graeter’s Ice Cream. Her passions lie in community service, attending entertainment shows and just living life. This is her 3rd year with LCT. 

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.

Nathan Top is a Cincinnati-based playwright and musician. Nathan works as a freelance trumpeter and pianist, performing in big bands, pit orchestras, and pop groups throughout Cincinnati. He holds a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance from University of Idaho. Nathan has collaborated with several playwrights as composer/lyricist, as well as musically directed several shows and workshops.  His first play, The Secret Life of Bros, was selected for a live reading at the Cincinnati LAB Theater Festival in 2019.