STAFF

MARYA SEA KAMINSKI (Artistic Director) is honored to co-lead Pittsburgh Public Theater with Managing Director Lou Castelli. She came to Pittsburgh after four years as the Associate Artistic Director at Seattle Repertory Theatre. One of the highlights of her tenure there was spearheading a collaboration with New York’s Public Theater and Dallas Theatre Center to create Public Works Seattle. This initiative was based on long-term, authentic partnerships between regional theaters and local non-profits and designed to make theater of, by, and for the people. Earlier in her career, Marya co-founded the Washington Ensemble Theatre and served as Co-Artistic Director there for five years, leading season planning and new play development. She has worked as a director, writer, producer and actor and is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Actors’ Equity Association, and the Society of Authors and Dramatic Composers. Marya has taught and lectured on Theater at Hollins University, the University of Washington, and at Cornish College of the Arts, where she was awarded the Drama Department’s Award for Teaching Excellence. She has also been honored with the Genius Award in Theater from the Seattle newsweekly, The Stranger, and has been recognized as an Artist of the Year by Seattle Magazine. Marya holds a BA in English and Theatre Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the University of Washington’s School of Drama.

LOU CASTELLI (Managing Director) is thrilled to co-lead Pittsburgh Public Theater with Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski. He was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area in a large extended family and graduated from Central Catholic High School in Oakland and Allegheny College in Meadville with a degree in Communication Arts. After a short time living in Los Angeles, Lou returned to Pittsburgh to join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s marketing department, where he stayed for 10 years. His next move was across the river to Pittsburgh Public Theater in its first home, the Hazlett Theater on the North Side, where he became the Marketing Director. In that role Lou helped facilitate the company’s transition to the O’Reilly Theater in 1999 and to new leadership when Ted Pappas became Artistic Director in 2000. In 2003, Lou was promoted to Director of External Affairs. In that position he was in charge of marketing, front of house, and box office with the theater’s earned income as his primary responsibility. Passionate about technology, Lou has kept the organization up to date with everything from ticketing software to web site design and social media. He is a member of the Stonewall Sports League and owns a home in Bloomfield.

Brian Pope, Executive Assistant to the Artistic & Managing Directors

Administration & Finance

Catherine Bogats, Director of Finance & Administration
Dana Larson, Accounts Payable
Pam Hillard, Accounts Receivable Coordinator
Patty Kyle, Payroll and Benefits Coordinator

Development

Jan Fleisher, Director of Development
Robert Neu, Director of Foundation & Government Relations
Lauren Saunders, Director of Individual Giving
Emily McCoy, Manager of Donor Relations
Maureen Keane, Board Liaison and Development Executive Assistant

Education & Outreach

Shaun Hall, Director of Education & Community Engagement

House Management

Trent Wolfred, House Manager 
Shawn Israel, Assistant House Manager

Marketing

Aja Jones, Director of Marketing
Margie Romero, Communications Manager
Katina White, Group Sales Manager
Carina Iannarelli, Marketing and Graphic Design Assistant

Production

Monica Bowin, Director of Production & Operations
Jenn Sharon, Company Manager
Valerie M. Webster, Costume Shop Director
Eliot Mohrmann, Wardrobe Supervisor
Venise St. Pierre, Draper
Phil Lapic, Scene Shop Foreman
Tim McCoy, Keyman Shop
Naomi Miller, Keyman Shop
Celeste Parrendo, Scenic Charge
Mark Desch, Stage Carpenter
Victor Janflone, Production Keyman
Gay Kahkonen, Properties Master
Kelly Yann, Properties Coordinator
Zach Moore, Sound Engineer
Joshua Beumer, Master Electrician

Box Office

Marty Savolskis, Box Office Manager
Shawn Klocek, Lead Assistant/Shift Manager
Benjamin Koontz, Lead Assistant/Shift Manager