Staff Members

Alison Garrigan - Executive Artistic Director

Ali is a long-time professional in the theatre who has worked locally, regionally, and nationally as an actress, director, designer, puppet-maker, and teacher. She became dedicated to creative, intelligent and playful Children's Theatre in her late teens, and has returned to work with children and students frequently throughout her career. Her professional work in the Cleveland area has been seen and produced at such venues as Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland Institute of Music's Opera Stage, Beck Center for the Arts, Dobama Theatre, and Great Lakes Theatre Festival, to name a few. No stranger to starting up a new company, she was one of the original members/board of the critically acclaimed Bad Epitaph Theatre Company. Alison has always felt that Children's Theatre needs to be intelligent, creative, playful, and educational, and should engage every aspect of its audience, and its artists — minds, eyes, ears, hearts, imaginations… and energy.

Katelyn Cornelius — Director of Education and Outreach

Katelyn is a proud graduate of the Cleveland State University Theater program, and passionate about supporting arts in and around Cleveland. For the past four years, Katelyn has traveled North East Ohio as an Actor-Teacher for Great Lakes Theater, where she worked with grades K through 12, bringing literature to life ranging from classic children's stories to Shakespeare. Prior to GLT, Katelyn taught for the East Cleveland Adult Activities Center and directed quarterly performances with the residents. Katelyn is also an actor, and has been seen onstage at such venues as Cleveland Public Theater, Theater Ninjas, Karamu House, Ensemble Theater, The Bang and the Clatter, and of course, Talespinner Children's Theater. (Red Beard in TCT's Aesop's Pirate Adventure will forever be a favorite role.) She is also a Movement Specialist - recent work includes TCTs Loki & Lucy.

Devon Turchan - Director of Marketing

Devon Turchan earned his B.S. from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism in 2011. While at School, he had the opportunity to work for radio and television news outlets in Athens and complete internships at WEWS in Cleveland as well as Channel One News and NBC’s Today Show in New York City. After school, Devon worked as a staff writer at The News-Herald, then as a marketing associate at The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. His passions are rooted in exploration in the form of traveling, tasting coffee, making visual art and, yes, performing! Devon couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the performing company at TCT as well as working to spread the word about the enormous impact this theatre makes on his life as well as the young (and young at heart) of Cleveland.

Charles Hargrave - Technical Director

Charles started with TCT as Technical Director and a member of the acting company in TCT's inaugural season. Since then, he has helped to shape the face of TCT, both backstage, and in front of audiences in the company. Audiences here may remember him in such roles as Menastatos in The Magic Flute, Artem in The Tinderbox, Ivan in Prince Ivan and the Firebird, and Prince Setna in The Mummies and the Magic Prince. Charles also became a member of TCT's first touring company with his portrayal of Ostrich in the remount of The Tale of the Name of the Tree. He is a Cleveland State University graduate, with a BA in performance. During his tenure with TCT, Charles has also performed with Ohio City Theatre Project, Clague Playhouse, Mamai Theatre Co., Ensemble Theatre, and several years of Ingenuity Festival. Among his other achievements, Charles was one of the founding members of the World Without Windows theatre company. Lastly, he has sound designed for multiple productions around Cleveland, at theaters such as Clague Playhouse, Con-con Theatre, and Dobama, among others.

Josh Brown — Web Design

As a theater artist, Josh has performed, written, choreographed, designed and assisted all over the Cleveland/Northeast Ohio scene. As a multimedia designer his video work has been featured in “Kill Will” (co-written by Josh and his wife Kelly, and directed by Ali Garrigan), “I Hate This/And Then You Die” (also directed by Ali Garrigan), and “Fever/Dream” - all of which appeared at Cleveland Public Theatre. Josh studied acting at Case Western Reserve University and graphic design and multimedia at Virginia Marti College of Art and Design. He is currently the Lead Front End Developer for He is father to identical twin girls Clara Jane and Ruby Kate, husband to Kelly Elliott, and he looks fantastic in a kilt.

Aligorey - Graphics and Design

Sean Garrigan - IT Manager