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JOODIE ARCHER

Joodi has performed locally in commercials, films, industrials and voiceover roles.  She obtained both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Theatre from the University of Cincinnati.  She performs locally on stage with the Beechmont and Whodunit Players.  Among Joodi’s favorite roles are Jessica Logan in Jitters, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Queen Aggravaine in Once Upon a Mattress, Miss Hannigan in Annie and Gloria Swansong in Lights, Camera Murder.

She is 20+ year adjunct faculty member at NKU and UC Clermont.  By day, she is the Development and Media Director and Program Manager for Matthew 25: Ministries.  

LYNNE ARONSON

Lynne, an adjudicator for ACT Cincinnati, has been very active in theatre both in Cincinnati and Chicago where she and her husband were a part of the original company of Grease. Some of the shows she has appeared in are Oklahoma, The King and I, Cemetery Club, Black Coffee, Fiddler on the Roof, Harvey, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Human Comedy and many others. She has directed a number of shows as well. Some of these include Arsenic and Old Lace, Once Upon A Mattress, On Golden Pond, The Man Who Came To Dinner and for the summer of 2015 she is directing The Trials of Robin Hood and for the 2015-16 season she is directing Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. She is professional singer, taught high school music and theatre in Chicago and Cincinnati and was the State Director of Kentucky Thespians for 11 years. These days, after teaching for many years, she is the owner/baker for Flour Power Baking Co. 

JEFF BLEVINS

Jeffrey Layne Blevins is the mild-mannered head of the University of Cincinnati Journalism Department, and community theatre super-fan.  He has served as an ACT-Cincinnati adjudicator since 2013.  Prior to moving to Cincinnati in 2012, Jeff was on the Board of Directors at ACTORS, Inc. in Ames, Iowa where he helped oversee product quality and promotional activities for each ACTORS production.  Jeff served on the play selection committee, and worked on communications and promotions for ACTORS, including writing and performing radio and television advertisements; creating press releases and newsletters; and making appearances on local media, as well as organizing and participating in other promotional activities.  As an actor, he has appeared on stage in several community theatre, college and high school productions..

ARLENE BOROCK-BALCZO

Arlene has been a Language Arts and Performing Arts teacher at Mason High School since 1989 with a degree in Telecommunications from Indiana University, a degree in Education from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s degree in Education Language Arts from Miami University.  Over the last 27 years she’s directed over 50 plays and musicals as well as choreographed, produced and acted in shows, in fact, directing Mary Poppins for Cincinnati Music Theater this year will mark her 60th show she has directed.  She developed then led the drama program at Mason High School for 13 years; helped to start the young performers’ group, Acting Up and co-founded Brieabi Productions as well as served as their 1st Vice President for 4 years. Arlene currently serves as a Judging Assistant for ACT Cincinnati, is on their Long Range Judging Committee, is their current 2nd Vice President in charge of judging, served 2 terms as 1st Vice President in charge of the OCTAFest Convention, served as Secretary for ACT Cincinnati for three years and has been an Adjudicator for ACT Cincinnati since 1991.  Besides theater Arlene loves running and being a Philadelphia Flyers Fanatic.

CLINT BRAMKAMP

Clint Bramkamp is a long-time adjudicator. He is currently a board member and Secretary of The Drama Workshop, and was formerly president of The Wyoming Players (now Center Stage). Clint has acted and directed for several ACT member groups, and appeared at Playhouse in the Park, The Showboat Majestic, and The Human Race Theater in Dayton. He works for the Radiology Department at UCHealth.

DOUG BRUENING

Doug has been involved in the Greater Cincinnati community theater scene since 2009 and has been an ACT adjudicator since 2014.  He has worked on stage and backstage for several theater companies in the area, including CMT, Village Players, Sunset Players, Eastside Players and Union Community Theatre.  He produces and designs sets for shows at his kid's school and directs the creative arts team at his church.  A computer programmer by trade, Doug is a devoted husband, doting father and lover of all things theatrical.

LAUREEN CATLIN

Laureen began her love of dance at age 5. Dance led to her involvement with theatre in high school and she has continued to remain associated with the stage since then. She minored in theatre at Thiel College and began to choreograph during those years. Since then she has produced, directed, choreographed, technical directed, stage managed and/or designed for more than 50 productions. She has also performed and served on a variety of crews in many, many others. She has been associated with theatre on the elementary school, middle school, high school, college and community theatre levels. Mason Community Players, Inc. is her theatre family and she has been associated with ACT Cincinnati since 1984. During the 1980/90s she was a part of the Adjudication Team and after a hiatus has served again as an ACT Judge for the last eight years.

ROSE VANDEN EYNDEN

Rose has been involved in theatre for most of her life. She began acting at the age of 13 and continues to appear onstage in the Cincinnati area as often as she can. She holds a degree in theatre education from Wright State University, where she performed in plays such as TO GILLIAN ON HER 37th BIRTHDAY and HOLY GHOSTS. Rose has worked in various capacities, from acting to directing to stage management and backstage work, at many local theatre companies, including Falcon Theatre, Milford Theatre Guilde, Fairfield Footlighters, The Drama Workshop, and Stagecrafters. Favorite roles include Kate in THE MIRACLE WORKER, Dinah in THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB, Rebecca Nurse in THE CRUCIBLE, Joan in THE GUYS, and Heidi in THE HEIDI CHRONICLES. Rose is thrilled to give back to the theatre community that has given her so much by serving as an ACT Judge.

PATTI FRIEL

CHERYL HENKEL

Cheryl has served as an ACT judge since 2013.  She is a board member for Sunset Players where she is on the fundraising and play reading committees.     Cheryl is often the house manager for Sunset’s productions and chairs the Spring Fling Fundraiser for The Arts Center at Dunham.  She has had over 20 years of experience as a stage mom and continues to be the biggest fan of her daughter in her professional acting career.  While working at Anderson High School when her children were active in the drama department, Cheryl was the advisor and parent representative for the AHS Cappies critics.  She is a retired teacher and holds degrees in both English and Special Education.

MEGAN HUDSON

FRED HUNT

Fred is an IT Project Manager by day and a busy theater performer/director/fan by night.  He began serving as an ACT-Cincinnati adjudicator in 2014.  Fred has been involved with several community theaters in the Cincinnati area since 2003.  Fred currently serves as treasurer and board member for CenterStage Players and is also a member of the drama workshop.  Fred has been an actor, producer and director for several local organizations.  His love of theater began in middle school 35+ years ago.

CHUCK INGRAM

Chuck has been involved in community theatre since 1977...give and take a few years while his kids were growing up. Chuck even met his future wife on stage while at college and the two of them have have passed the "theatre tradition" on to their four children. Recently, while traveling to St. Louis to see their son in a show they decided to count the number of roles or technical positions the family has been involved in since Chuck and Liz met in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in college. That total is now over 200 and continues to grow. Chuck has had the pleasure of working with Cincinnati Music Theatre, Footlighters, Beechmont Players, Mariemont Players and Brieabi Productions.

DAN MALONEY

Dan is an actor, writer and director originally from Columbus, OH. He has performed in over 50 productions and in nearly a dozen states. A graduate of Xavier University, he served as President of Xavier Players and received the prestigious Otto Kvapil Award for Stage Performance in recognition of his work there. Currently, he serves on the boards of Mariemont Players, Village Players, the Ohio Community Theatre Association and the ACT-Cincinnati Executive Board. Dan has been an ACT judge and OCTA responder since 2013. He has also served as a judge for the AACT National Playwriting Competition. In addition, he is a founding member of OTRimprov, Know Theatre’s house improv comedy group. Acting credits include touring with Madcap Puppet Theatre; Chris Keller in All My Sons; Tony Kirby in You Can’t Take It With You; George Gibbs in Our Town; Mortimer in Arsenic and Old Lace; Jeff in Lobby Hero; Asher in Asher’s Command; Detective McPherson in Laura; Joel in The Blue Moon Dancing; Pete in In the Heat of the Night; Bill in Darkside; Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Roberto Miranda in Death and the Maiden; and Uncle Peck in How I Learned to Drive. Directing credits include 12 Angry Jurors; Almost, MaineThe Curious Savage; and his original one-act play Defining Hope.

CHERI MISLEH

Cheri literally grew up in the theatre. With an actress/HS drama teacher as a mother, Cheri was on stage at the Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, Cincinnati Children's Theater, as well as several community theater groups and appearing in TV commercials before ever graduating high school. Post-college, an acceptance into a master acting class at the PIP re-ignited a theatre passion. Since then, Cheri has acted, directed, produced, and costumed countless shows. Cheri taught Communications and Acting for the Camera at New View Management for 11 years and currently uses her acting experience as an SPI "playing a patient" for UC Medical Students. The job also involves giving constructive immediate feedback to med students as well as to registered physicians, a trained skill which has been very helpful in writing theatre critiques. Having won and "not won" her share of awards, Cheri is very aware of the importance of the process.

SUNNY MONNIG

Sunny has been working in theater for many years as an actor, director, producer.  She has a BFA in Broadcasting (media) and a Masters in Professional Writing.  Sunny took early retirement from University of Cincinnati in 1998 after years of teaching, moved to Las Vegas, taught at UNLV and opened up her own acting studio for children.  She is President of Honest to Goodness Productions, Inc., a 501(C)(3) corporation bringing children's shows to elementary schools and to retirement communities throughout Greater Cincinnati.

DAVE MYERS

Dave  has a BS degree in Chemistry. He is currently employed as a repairman of musical instruments at a business he owns.

He has been involved in live entertainment since the age of eighteen,  He first  performed as a soloist and with various acoustic groups in live performances.  Later he joined a rock group that performed locally for ten years, During that time he also did sound design and engineering for concerts, This eventually evolved into becoming the owner/operator of a small recording studio.

In about 1980 Dave became involved in Community Theater and has been involved continuously since then. He has performed virtually every task within that activity,  He has worked house,  done sound design and execution, light design and execution , Special effects design and execution., set design, set décor, master carpenter, costuming, stage manager, producer, director and actor.

He has received the Mario Pittocco award and numerous awards for set design. Sound design and special effect. He also received award at state level competition as well.

In addition Dave has a daughter who was involved in both dancing and gymnastics and he attended every rehearsal, competition and performance for both activities. Both involve Ballet and other dance forms.

Dave has a wife, Kim and two grown children, Trisha and Matthew. (both of whom have had involvement in community theater). 

RAY PERSING

Ray has been involved in community theatre since 1985, and has over 60 productions under his belt. He has practical experience in most phases of theatrical production, including producer, director, stage manager, set design, set construction, set decor, properties, lighting execution, sound execution, lobby display, program, and house manager, as well as performing on-stage. Since 2007, he has received over 30 Orchids in 9 different categories. He is currently President of The Drama Workshop, his home group. He was instrumental in the acquisition and renovation of The Glenmore Playhouse, TDW's production facility. His day job is with the United States Air Force, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.  He has adjudicated for ACT since 2008.

GARY ROGERS 

Gary has been involved in community theatre since 1977 when his neighbor, Elston Hurst asked him to audition for the show GODSPELL. As evidence that life is cyclical, he directed that same show in 2014, winning several awards at State Conference! Gary has worked on the ACT Cincinnati Board and staged managed our annual excerpt showcase for 20+ years! Not sure when he began judging, but he thinks he wrote some out by hand(before computers). Gary is now a teacher at Elder High School and directs their fall play in conjunction with Seton. Gary builds sets around town for the Covedale and several high schools, hoping to pass along lessons he learned from Mario Pitocco. He lives in Western Hills with his wife Becky (whom he met in a show in 1984) and their children. Gary has contributed graphic design, set, prop and audio visual work on nearly 200 productions in his nearly 40 year love affair with theatre.

LINDA ROLL

Linda Roll has been involved in theatre for as long as she can remember. After taking some time to raise a family, she became involved in community theatre and formed Milford Theatre Guilde. She has been an ACT judge for several years. She is a director, producer, costumer, has hung lights, painted sets, run the house, run sound/lights and just about anything else that has to be done.

AMANDA EMMONS SHUMATE

When Amanda isn’t prancing around her elementary classroom, you can usually find her near a stage.  Amanda has a degree from Northern Kentucky University in education and a Master’s degree in leadership with an emphasis on arts and humanities.  She has been involved as an actress, producer, choreographer and director at the collegiate, community and professional levels.  She is the co-founder of Union Community Theatre, in Union, KY where she also helps run their youth program.  In addition, she serves on the Board of Director’s for Footlighters, Inc. in Newport, KY and as their assistant treasurer, where she has been a member for over 10 years.  While theatre usually consumes most of her life outside of the classroom, Amanda also enjoys dancing, spending time with her friends and family, and traveling all over the world.  She believes strongly that arts education can empower the youth and provide experiences which promote artistic endeavors for years to come.

 JON VATER

Since bursting onto the community theatre scene in 1994, Mr. Vater has performed in dozens of comedies, musicals and dramatic plays. Lesser known, however, are his offstage forays into areas such as lobby displays, running crew, props, costumes, hair styling, directing and even program art. He also spent a decade writing two different theatre newsletters. His ACT adjudications are often the lengthiest and most detailed that a body will ever read, but that is due to his desire to see that every aspect of a production is adequately assessed. A shipment coordinator by day, he is a longtime film & TV historian and the webmaster since 2009 of a blog devoted to these subjects.

JIM WALDFOGLE

Jim has been an ACT judge since 2008 and has been involved in community and regional theatre in the Greater Cincinnati area since 1993.  He has worked with numerous groups as actor, director, dramaturg and board member.  Jim has been hooked on theatre since a high school field trip to see “Death of a Salesman” at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.  By day, Jim works for a Burke, Inc., a marketing research company.  He has been there for nearly thirty years, but as one of his co-workers has stated, “Jim only works here to support his habit.”

ROBERT WEIDLE

Robert has served as an ACT Adjudicator for 18 years.   He has also served as a State OCTA Adjudicator for the past 7 years and has been on the adjudication team for the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Overture Awards Competition for the past 10 years.  Robert has a BA in Theatre Performance from Wilmington College.  Robert has been performing since the age of 10 and he has never stopped.  He has been very active performing, Directing, and Producing for many ACT groups for the past 24 years. He has also served on the STATE OCTA Board of Directors and currently serves as a Southwest Regional Rep.  Robert currently serves on the Board of Directors for Footlighters Inc.  He has won many State OCTA and ACT Cincinnati Awards for Performance, Direction, Makeup Design and Producing.  

JOHN WESSELING

John Wesseling's involvement in theater starting in grade school, thru high school, college as well as in Community Theater.  He has been a member of the Sunset Players for over 35 years where he has performed every task necessary for mounting a successful production.  He has been an Actor, Director, Producer, Musician, Stage Manager, Set Designer, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, etc.  He has been on the board of The Sunset Players for over 30 years and on the board of ACT (in various roles) for over 25 years.  John was the first person to be awarded both the Art Rouse Award for dedication to Community Theater as well as The Mario Pittaco Award for dedication to Technical Theater.

KAREN WIEBE

Karen is a drama teacher at Camp Ernst Middle School where she teaches 6th - 8th graders and runs an afterschool drama program there and an afterschool drama program at Cooper High School.  Karen has been involved in and has won many awards for her involvement in over 150 shows onstage and backstage in the community and all over the country.  She has toured with the Birmingham Children's Theatre, Cincinnati Opera, and worked with the Barnstormers Theatre, a professional summer stock theatre in New Hampshire. Recently, she was Miss Bernstein and an ensemble member of Little Shop of Horrors with the Footlighters theatre.  She is a board member at Footlighters and on the Long Range Judging committee for ACT.  In her free time, Karen enjoys baking, singing with her church choir and onstage, and spending time with her family and friends.  Karen also runs the summer camp programs at both CEMS and Cooper and was honored to be named "Teacher of the Year" with the Florence Rotary for 2013-14.