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Our Staff

Courtney SaleArtistic Director

Courtney Sale joined SCT as AD in August 2016. Previously, she served three years as Associate AD at Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT). IRT directing credits include Jackie and Me, The Giver, And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, The Mousetrap, The Mountaintop, and two iterations of A Christmas Carol. As a director, Courtney has developed plays with New Plays for Young Audiences at NYU/Provincetown Playhouse, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Write Now, Dorset Theatre Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company’s New Play Summit, New Harmony Project, and the Orchard Project. Her playwright/director collaborations include the works of Steven Dietz, Allison Gregory, Sherry Kramer, MJ Kaufman, Kirk Lynn, Jason Gray Platt, and James Still. Select awards include Indianapolis 40 Under 40, Austin Critic’s Table Award and UT Austin Continuing Fellowship. Courtney has taught at IRT Summer Conservatory for Youth, Summer at Cornish, Temple College and University of Texas at Austin. BFA, Cornish College of the Arts. MFA, University of Texas at Austin.

Karen Sharp, Managing Director

Karen Sharp has been a member of the SCT staff since 1999. She honed her administrative skills teaching and coordinating arts education programs for over 20 years, including several years as a drama specialist in a public elementary school. In addition Karen has been an adjunct faculty member for the Seattle University MFA Arts Leadership program, Cornish College of the Arts, and serves as advisor to Bringing Theatre into the Classroom and is on faculty for Teaching Artist Training Lab. Karen has been a guest lecturer at many colleges and universities, and for over a decade was in the role of Seattle Children’s Theatre Education Director and helped to spearhead the educational vision for the theatre. She has presented at several local and national conferences including the 2011 and 2013 One Theatre World conferences, 2012 AATE Theatre in our Schools regional conference and the 2013 and 2015 AATE national conferences. Karen is the immediate past Board President of TYA/USA and the current Board President of The Winifred Ward Scholarship Foundation. 

Linda J. Hartzell, Artistic Director Emerita

Linda Hartzell served as artistic director of SCT and its Education Programs from 1984 until her retirement in 2016. She received her BA in Education from the University of Washington. She has directed 87 plays for SCT, 56 of which were world premieres, including Little Rock, Goodnight MoonHolesPink and SayStill Life with IrisThe OdysseyAfternoon of the Elves, and The Rememberer. She has also directed The Grapes of Wrath at Intiman Theatre and SCT’s production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at Syracuse Stage. Ms. Hartzell was formerly on the board of Theatre Communications Group, and she is a former vice president of the United States Center for the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ/USA). She has been honored with the prestigious Gregory Falls Sustained Achievement Award, the Mayor’s Arts Award, and the Governor’s Arts Award. She has also been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. She was a recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award from UW College of Arts and Sciences in 1994. In 2017 she was chosen as Theatre Practitioner of the Year by Theatre Communications Group. Linda is currently serving on the Executive Board and the Foundation Board of the Society of Directors and Choreographers.

Artistic & Production:

Tobias Cullins, ASL Interpreter

Elizabeth Friedrich, Properties Shop Manager

Alexis Garrigues, Company Manager

Rita Giomi, Artistic Associate

Sarah Gordon, Costume Shop Manager

Michael K. Hase, Technical Director

Eric Koch, ATD

Ellie Savidge, Sign Coach

JoAnna Smith, ASL Interpreter

Beth Ellen Spencer, Associate Production Manager

Chris R. Walker, Resident Sound Designer

Michael Wellborn, Production Manager

Education Programs:

Joanna Barnebey, Education Finance and Operations Manager

Meredith Berlin, Arts Based Learning Program Assistant

Hannah Kaye, Education Specialist

Laura KnoteEducation Program Manager

Scott KohArts Based Learning Program Manager

Tiffany Maltos, Education Outreach Manager

Carly MungovanEducation Administrative Manager

Madeline Napel, Education Administrative Intern

Gen ZoufalEducation Project Manager

Development & Marketing:

Jose "Jojo" Abaoag, Marketing Associate

Caitlin BellInstitutional Giving Officer

Heather Gautschi, Communications Specialist

Eron Huenefeld
, Annual Fund Manager

Cara Jacobson, Interim Director of Sales and Marketing

Shayla KeatingLead Graphic Designer

Deanne Liu, Events Manager

Cat Mason, Director of Development

Jadzia Parker, Graphic Designer

Kanani Reichlin, Sales & Database Manager

Rachel Whalen, Major Gifts Officer



Eric BischoffIT Administrator

Tammy Hase, Board Liaison/Volunteer Coordinator

Riley Kimsey, Business Office Associate

Sue McAllister, Accounting & HR Manager

Patrick Schroeder, Director of Finance & Administration


Patron Services:

Kathryn Bolling, Patron Services Associate

Stephanie Couturier, House Manager

Karissa Elliott, Patron Services Associate

Trick DannekerMember Services Coordinator

Aimee Filippi, Patron Services Associate

Elizabeth FreebairnPatron Services Associate

Tammy Hase, Board Liaison/Volunteer Coordinator

Fredrik Hedstrom, Patron Services Associate

Alyssa Mowrer, Patron Services Associate

Paul Richter, House Manager, School Show Coordinator

Sarahann Rickner, Patron Services Manager

Pin-An Shy, Patron Services Associate


Backstage Crew:

Craig Bradshaw, Master Electrician

Mariah Brougher, Lead Sound Engineer

Allysa Johns, Lead Electrician

Courtney Kessler-Jeffrey, Lead Dresser

Nick Koester, Lead Electrician

Nick Lauris, Master Stage Carpenter

Emily McLaughlin, Wardrobe Assistant

Elizabeth Mendenhall, Lead Dresser

Mylan Myers, Lead Sound Engineer

Haley Parks, Lead Dresser

Erin Perona, Wardrobe Master

Jackie Richter, Lead Stagehand

Joseph Swartz, Master Sound Engineer

Samantha Tapola, Lead Dresser

Kyle Thompson, Lead Sound Engineer

Alex Trewin, Lead Stagehand 



Properties Shop:

Daphne Maurides, Master Properties Artisan

Todd Peacock-Preston, Lead Properties Artisan


Puppetry Shop:

Annett Mateo, Master Puppet Artisan


Costume Shop:

Kim Dancy, Master Draper

Kelsey McCornack, Stitcher/Crafts Assistant

Sierra Reid, Stitcher/Crafts Assistant

Connie Rinchiuso, First Hand

Cheyenne Smith, Master Crafts Artisan


Scenic Shop:

Ashley Bailey, Assistant Charge Artist

David Baldwin, Scenic Carpenter

Jeffrey Cook, Charge Scenic Artist

Brian "Chili" Culver, Master Scenic Carpenter

Zach Danneker, Scenic Carpenter

Clark Sandford, Scenic Shop Foreman

Stage Management:

Julianna Brei-Crawley, Stage Manager

Michael John Egan, Stage Manager

Kiera Krieg, Production Assistant

Michael Paul, Stage Manager

Emma Pihl, Production Assistant

Cristine Anne Reynolds, Stage Manager

Elizabeth Stasio, Production Assistant

Shellie Stone, Stage Manager

Quy Ton, Production Assistant

Leigh Treat, Stage Management Intern

Alex Wommack, Production Assistant


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