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.
Bryce Evan Lewis - Director of Development
Bryce Evan Lewis received her education at Baldwin Wallace University and is excited to support TCT in their mission to provide exceptional, inclusive and affordable theatre and educational programming to Cleveland-area children and families. Bryce joined TCT as a volunteer in 2016 and has become more and more involved ever since, working as an ASM, in the box office in 2017, through Marketing and Development internships, and most recently as part of the acting company. She has interned at Hawken School, where she is an alum, in the Development office and at SPACES Gallery, among others. Other work experience includes administrative assistance in the Career Services Department as part of the Career Leadership Corps and the Conservatory Office of Events at Baldwin Wallace. Bryce was drawn to TCT because as a child she was lucky to be able to travel internationally with her family and the shows TCT produces instill the same appreciation of different cultures. Bryce is also a performer and has recently been seen on stage at Near West Theatre, Dobama, and Blank Canvas Theatre. She hopes that her work with TCT will show how a trip to Gordon Square can provide a child with a trip around the world.
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.