OUR PEOPLE

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Rebecca Bradshaw

(She/Her)

Producing Artistic Director

Rebecca Bradshaw is excited to be in her second season as the Producing Artist Director at the Kitchen. She has built her career in Boston as a theatre director, producer, educator, casting director, and advocate. She has directed full productions for the Huntington Theatre Company, Lyric Stage, The Nora Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage, Greater Boston Stage Company, A.R.T. Institute, Emerson College, Bridge Rep of Boston, Central Square Theatre/MIT, Weston Drama Workshop, The Umbrella Center for the Arts, Fresh Ink Theatre, among others. Bradshaw spent 8 seasons at the Huntington Theatre Company, where she handled line producing, casting, and developing new work. She is a part of the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College teaching directing and producing, and has taught casting seminars at Harvard University, Suffolk University, Boston University, Brandeis University, Lesley University, and Boston Conservatory. She is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers union. She is ecstatic to be making Ithaca her new home where she is surrounded by natural beauty and an invigorated community.

Email: rebecca@kitchentheatre.org

Cary Bland Simpson

(She/They)

Managing Director

Cary Bland Simpson is a queer theatremaker originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, now residing in both NYC and Ithaca. Simpson was a founding Producing Artistic Director of the Kenan Theatre Company, an offshoot of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Dramatic Art that also works hand-in-hand with PlayMakers Repertory Company. In 2014, Simpson was selected as a member of The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship reading committee for UNC-Chapel Hill’s Creative Writing Department; in 2017, she was a fellow with The Actor’s Fund Performing Arts Legacy Project. Select work history includes the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse, Theater Development Fund, New York Theatre Workshop, Theatrical Rights Worldwide, and Only Make Believe. Simpson holds a BA in English and Dramatic Art from UNC-Chapel Hill and a MFA in Theater Management and Producing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Email: cary@kitchentheatre.org

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Tyler Struble

(He/They)

Associate Producer/ Community Engagement Coordinator

Tyler is a theatre director/dramaturg, producer and administrator originally from Horseheads, NY. At Kitchen Theatre Company, Tyler has served as associate producer for Shape, assistant director for Cry It Out, The Children, Tribes and directed in the 2nd Annual One Minute Play Festival. Directing credits include: Tatjana in Color and The Moors (Ithaca College Department of Theatre Arts), and The Tingler (a devised performance at The Cherry Artspace). Dramaturg credits include: Pride and Prejudice (The Hangar Theatre) and Madge and Rodney Pretend to Go to Space, a new play developed at Ithaca College. Additional assisting credits include: Pride and Prejudice, A Brief History of America (The Hangar Theatre), Cabaret, The Changeling, and Can Can (Ithaca College). His play, The Luck of the Draw (co-written with Khai Tyler), won the 2019 New Play Incubator Competition in Ithaca, NY. He is an alum of the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals program and Hangar Theatre Lab Company.

Email: tyler@kitchentheatre.org

Marissa Accordino

(She/Her)

Marketing & Ticketing Manager

Marissa (she/her) is an actress, singer, writer and producer who found a passion for artistry at a young age. After attending The USDAN Center for Creative and Performing Arts as a child, Marissa knew early on that she wanted to spend the rest of her life calling the theatre her home away from home. Now that she has graduated from both The Actor’s Workshop of Ithaca (AWI) Sanford Meisner Technique Program and Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications, Marissa is beyond thrilled to marry her two areas of expertise and continue her artistic endeavors right here in Ithaca! Production, marketing and teaching credits include: Production Manager and Teaching Assistant for AWI, Assistant Company Manager and Marketing Director for Hope on Stage at The Hangar Theatre, Marketing Consultant for Ithaca Fringe, along with various freelance film production projects. Upcoming acting credits include feature film, Stationed at Home and short film, The End of A Thing. Equally as important, Marissa LOVES Hershey chocolate bars. A lot.

Email: marissa@kitchentheatre.org

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Brendan Komala

(He/Him)

Technical Director

Brendan has been building sets (and other things) for KTC ever since the transition to the "new" building, building every set but one in the last 9 years. A transplant from the midwest where he worked primarily for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company (and a variety of smaller Chicago area groups), he worked for Cornell on arriving in Ithaca and now enjoys the KTC family and looks forward to our new adventures for this season.

 


Email: brendan@kitchentheatre.org

Stiller Zusman

(She/Her)

Scenic Artist

Stiller began her scenic work in theater, designing and building sets for Buffalo Ensemble Theatre.  At that time she was finishing an MFA in Sculpture at the University of Buffalo.  Thirty years later, after several full careers in fine arts, teaching and clinical art therapy,  she has been recruited back to theater. Her exhibitions  include shows at Albright Knox Gallery, where she received the Partners Press Award for Sculpture,  Everson Museum, Hall Walls Gallery, Adrianne Adrian Fine Arts and more. Her work appears in private and public collections, including a permanent installation at the University of Wyoming. She has designed many studio workshops for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, taught sculpture at SUNY Cortland and Ithaca College.  Her own gallery and teaching studio, Abovoagogo was on Seneca St, around the corner from the theater  for many years. 

“Painting all of the productions in the last season has been a fine adventure! I am delighted to continue my work in this vibrant community of artists.”

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Hannah Avery

(She/Her)

Marketing & Creative Content Associate

/Fellowship Coordinator

Hannah Avery (She/Her) is a theatre practitioner from Suwanee, GA. She has won several awards for her work as an actor, playwright, and director, and in October of 2019, she earned the highest female score at Georgia’s statewide theatre conference (SETC Screening Auditions). Hannah unexpectedly began her marketing career in high school when her favorite community theatre was struggling and has since then completed internships with Jacob’s Pillow and Lee Street Theatre, and served as the Marketing Director for her undergraduate institution’s theatre department. She is extremely passionate about producing ethical, high quality theatre... hence the reason she loves working with Kitchen Theatre Company!

Email: hannah@kitchentheatre.org

Helen Kuhar

(They/Them)

Associate Production Manager/ Company Manager

Helen is a theatre-maker and musician from Seattle, WA which stands on the land of the Coastal Salish and Duwamish people. Helen’s credits include ASM for Hurricane Diane (KTC), Fade (KTC), The Chinese Lady (KTC), as well as This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing (Emerson Stage), Good Breeding (Emerson Stage), and Our Daughters, Like Pillars (Huntington Theatre Company). Helen graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Stage and Production Management. 

Email: helen@kitchentheatre.org

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Nicole-Bethany Onwuka

(She/Her)

Audience Services & Community Engagement Associate

Nicole-Bethany Onwuka is excited to be joining the Kitchen Theatre this season as the Audience Services and Community Engagement Associate. She's an Actress, Singer, Writer and Filmmaker originally from NYC and creates work with a mission in mind; to shift the way Theatre, TV and film portray the humanity and lives of folks within the African Diaspora and across the Global Majority. A recent graduate of Ithaca College's BFA Acting program (class of '22), she is excited to continue her endeavors and continue growing as an artist here in Ithaca. Nicole-Bethany is also a teaching Artist partnered with non-profit, CUMEP (Community Unity Education Program) engaging with Black youth and college students in Ithaca, leading and building revolutionary youth theatre programming for kids in the community. Her passion to make theatre accessible for everyone, especially Black and Brown people, stem from desiring more access to Theatre as a child, herself. Nicole-Bethany is delighted to blend her passion for Theatre, Community, Education and Social justice together at KTC!

Email: nicolebethany@kitchentheatre.org

Batya Reich

(She/Her)

Development Fellow

Batya (she/her) is a theatre-maker originally from Cheltenham, PA. She grew up immersed in the Philadelphia theatre scene; attending Yes! And… Collaborative Arts as a camper, and later returning as a staff member and teacher. In 2021, she graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Theatre & Performance Studies and Child Development. While attending Tufts, Batya served as the Media Archivist for 3Ps, the student theatre board. During this time, Batya also worked as the Education intern at New Rep Theater (Watertown, MA) and the Volunteer Manager for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare on the Common (Boston, MA). Following graduation, Batya moved to Brooklyn, NY where she has worked in a variety of roles with many theaters and creative venues, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Center, New Victory Theater, and Ensemble Studio Theater. Now Batya is very excited to be joining the Kitchen Theatre staff and to begin exploring Ithaca.

Email: batya@kitchentheatre.org

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Miranda Thompson

Stage & Production Management

Fellow

(She/Her)

Miranda Thompson is thrilled and proud to be the '22/'23 Stage and Production Management Fellow. Before joining the family, Miranda worked as a stagehand for various theatre companies. There's Always The Hudson written by Paola Lazaro at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. (Props Run Crew 2022). My Life On A Diet written by Renee Taylor at Delaware Theatre Company. (Wardrobe Run Crew 2022). In the fall of 2021 she directed two monologues: The Itraveler written by Amara Ali and Day/Month/ Year written by Sophia Kaiserman for the Philadelphia Young Playwrights Virtual Theatre Festival. In the fall of 2020 Mrs. Thompson had the pleasure of directing the virtual reading of Cupid's Corner written by Parade Stone, a part of the Occupy the Stage Women's Theatre Festival. Before Covid Miranda worked for Celebrity Cruise Line and continues to work for Venice Island Performance Arts Center in the Greater Philadelphia area. "What a blessing it is to embark on something new!" "I am truly grateful."

Email: miranda@kitchentheatre.org

BOARD DIRECTORS 2022-2023

Executive Committee

Matt Carcella, President 
Michelle Benedict, Treasurer

Susan J. Kaplan, Co-Vice President

Karl Gregory, Co-Vice President

Justin Karr, Co-Secretary

Michelle Mitrani, Co-Secretary

Membership

Sherron Brown

Gina Giambattista

Sally McConnell-Ginet

Cynthia Henderson

Howard Steven Klein

Laurie Nunziata

Thomas Smith

Honoring Percy Browning Board Member Emerita

Important Conversations Happen in The Kitchen