Angela is the founder of Curtain 440 and has been active in the theater community for over 20 years through teaching, acting, directing, stage managing, set design, props, costumes, and more. She has been directing youth programs since 2005 and mainstage teen and adult productions since 2011. Her work with students has been recognized by the Ohio Community Theater Association as "outstanding." Some of her favorite directing credits with 440 include Pride and Prejudice, Into the Woods, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Favorite directing credits elsewhere include Beauty and the Beast, In the Heights, School of Rock, and Peter and the Starcatcher. Angela also runs the Curtain 440 Rep Company, comprised of students who perform 6 shows a year and travel to different schools and locations for performances.
She is also the author of The Star on My Heart, a play written with Holocaust survivor, author, and world speaker Inge Auerbacher, about Inge's experiences and survival. The show premiered in 2015 in Ohio and has since been performed multiple times throughout the state and across the country. The Star on My Heart is available for licensing by contacting Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angela believes that theater and the arts are crucial to the development of all ages and strives to teach tolerance, acceptance, and outside the box thinking through her shows. She also believes that theater is an excellent way to learn from history and can help open the doors for actors and audiences alike to learn from and respect other ways of life.
Logan is currently a student at Lake Erie College studying education. She has been working with Curtain 440 since its first summer where she took part in all 3 shows both onstage and behind the scenes. She has been involved in the theater world for over 10 years and wouldn't want to work so closely with any other theater company! Some of her favorite music directing credits include Frozen Jr.; Beauty and the Beast Jr.; and Seussical Jr.. She can also be recognized for some different onstage roles including Mary Poppins (Jane Banks); Into the Woods (Little Red); Beauty and the Beast Jr (the Beast); and The Star On My Heart (Inge Auerbacher). She has loved being a part of such a family focused theater company and always looks forward to seeing new faces walk through the door!
Erica has loved being a part of the Curtain 440 team as a resident choreographer (when she's not onstage) since day 1! Erica graduated from Hiram College with a degree in theatre arts and business management and is currently living her dream working at the Cleveland Play House. Her love of theatre began over 10 years ago and she has been either on or off stage ever since. As an actor, some of her favorite roles have been Urinetown the Musical (Little Becky Two-Shoes); Measure for Measure (Mariana); Into the Woods (Jack's Mother); and Stepping Out (Mavis Turner). Erica's favorite shows she has choreographed with Curtain 440 have been Seussical Jr. and Frozen Jr.! Whether on stage or over Zoom, Erica loves every moment working with the wonderful casts and classes!
Kelly has recently completed her masters degree in bioarchaeology and returned to her hometown of Chardon, Ohio where she has been doing theater for 15 years. She has been working with Angela for just as long, and is thrilled to be part of the Curtain 440 team. While Kelly has worked in every aspect of the theater, her favorite jobs are acting, stage managing, and all things technical. While offstage, Kelly enjoys drawing, traveling, and pursuing her academic passion for archaeology.