Staff and Board

We’re great as individuals, but together we thrive.

Meet the people behind the scenes.


  • Kenn McLaughlin

    Artistic Director

  • David Schmitz

    Interim Managing Director

The 2022-2023 season marks Kenn McLaughlin’s seventeenth season as Stages’ artistic leader, following five successful years as the theater’s Managing Director. Kenn has produced more than 100 productions, including record-breaking hits like The Marvelous Wonderettes and Late Nite Catechism series; The Great American Trailer Park Musical and revivals of the theater’s landmark original musical Always…Patsy Cline; as well as pivotal world and U.S. premieres such as De Kus, Black Pearl Sings, An American Brat, Miss Teen, nine original Pantomime productions, and The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical. He has directed over 30 shows for Stages. Highlights include: Auntie Mame, Road Show, Grey Gardens, Full Gallop, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, Mack and Mabel, Speech and Debate, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Stupid Fucking Bird, The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead and the world premiere of Miss Teen. He has also written the book for two of Stages’ hit musicals: Panto Mother Goose and A Midnight Clear both with music by composer David Nehls. Beyond Houston, Kenn’s musical, I’ll Be Home for Christmas (also written with David Nehls) received its World Premiere production at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in Denver and was nominated for a Henry Award for Best New Play/Musical. Outside of Houston, Kenn directed The Threepenny Opera for The Santa Fe University of Art and Design and Sexy Laundry for the renowned Peterborough Players. Prior to his arrival at Stages, Kenn spent eleven years at Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland. At Great Lakes, Kenn helped to build the largest theater-based education program for a performing arts institution in the state of Ohio. He directed the company’s award-winning School Residency Program and commissioned several new theater works including Brother Can You Spare a Dime: The Social Conscience of the American Musical, The Way You Look Tonight, Straight on ‘til Morning, and a new adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s To Be Young, Gifted and Black. Kenn also co-founded The Wallpaper Project, an annual oral history performance program in rural Ohio. Kenn has taught workshops for the Center for Literature and Medicine and has twice presented workshops at the National Council of Teachers of English. In 2018 Kenn was guest speaker to the Academic Sympoisum of the Texas Educational Theatre Association. In Houston, Kenn has taught classes in creativity at Rice University and in directing at Sam Houston State University, as well as teaching diversity awareness to cadets at the Houston Police Academy and serving as a guest lecturer for Harris County’s Department of Education CASE program. He has served as chair of the capital campaign and of the stewardship committee of First Congregational Church of Houston where he has also served on the long-range planning and education committees. Kenn completed the Executive Non-Profit Leaders program through the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and holds a BFA in acting from The Theatre School, DePaul University.

David Schmitz is thrilled to be working with Stages during this year of transition, helping the board, staff and community create a bridge between the organization today and where it is going through a purposeful, transformational, methodical and profound process. Schmitz is the lead advisor for Amplify Leadership Advisors, a consulting firm focused on creating success stories for arts organizations by providing interim Executive Director services, management coaching/thought partnership, and project execution that strategically evolves arts organizations in changing times. Prior to founding Amplify Leadership Advisors, David served as the Executive Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF), where he partnered with Artistic Director Nataki Garrett towards ushering the 86-year-old organization through the COVID pandemic and the Almeda wildfire. Prior to joining OSF, David worked at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago for 15 years, serving in the role of Director of Finance and Administration, General Manager, Managing Director and for the last five years as Executive Director. His work ensured the world-famous ensemble had the resources and institutional support to achieve their creative ambitions in the present and the future. David has also served as the General Manager at Lookingglass Theatre Company, Associate Artistic Director of Stage Left Theatre and Business Manager at the entertainment agency Adair Performance. He serves as a board member of the Oregon Cultural Advocacy Coalition, is the former Vice President of the Board for The House Theatre of Chicago and has served on the boards of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Ashland and Lincoln Park Chambers of Commerce, Arts Alliance Illinois, and the League of Chicago Theatres. Schmitz was a founding member of the Professional Nonprofit Theatre Coalition and Enrich Chicago, a cohort of arts organizations working to end racism in Chicago arts. He holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado, an MFA from the Theatre Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University, a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Roosevelt University, and completed the Chicago Management Institute, an executive education program through the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.


Eboni Bell Darcy

Associate Artistic Director: Inclusion, Engagement and Training

Joel Burkholder

Technical Director

Mitchell Greco

Associate Artistic Director: Company and Literary Management

Yara Guest

Interim Development Director

Laura Hagen

Marketing Director

Todd Molesky

Operations Director

Debra Yeang

Finance and Administration Director


Joseph Blanchard

Lead Carpenter

Jodi Bobrovsky

Props Shop Supervisor

Sage Cantu

Production Mentee

Ashley Ginn

Resident Stage Manager

David Jezek

Costume Shop Associate

Elizabeth A. M. Keel

Community Engagement Manager

Tre'von Lewis

Production Mentee

Kasi Love

Production Manager

Javier Moreno-Bothwell

Lead Electrician

Corey Nance

Scenic Artist and Prop Shop Assistant

Coda Pariselli

Audio Video Technician

James Ponder

Assistant Technical Director

Gisell Rubio

Wardrobe Supervisor

J. Salazar

Audio Visual Lead Technician

Destiny Smith

Lighting Technician and Programmer

Leah Smith

Costume Shop Manager

Regine Gwyneth Templonuevo

Production Mentor


Ryan Bentsen

Administrative Coordinator

Irma M. Carrillo

Patron Systems and Benefits Manager

Dino Hall

Facilites Operator

Jack Ivy

Marketing Manager

César Jáquez

Building and Events Coordinator

Jade Mpeye

Front of House Manager

Camryn Nunley

Front of House Manager

Brenda Requena

Human Resources Generalist

René P. Rodriguez

Finance and Administration Associate

Rachel Steidley

Institutional Giving Manager

Christian Tannous

Front of House Manager

Jarred Tettey

Donor Concierge

Tevyn Washington

Patron Experience Manager


Ciara Anderson

Patron Experience Associate

Edmundo Cardona

Patron Services Lead

David Greiss

Patron Services Associate

Judith Igwilo

Patron Services Associate

Mark Ivy

Patron Services Associate

Charity Sells

Patron Services Associate


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Community Leader

Omar Al-Aidroos
Treasurer & Chair, Finance


Kalinda Campbell
Chair, Nominating

Community Leader

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Chair, Development

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Chair, Governance

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Chair, Strategic Planning

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Chair, Audit

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Ralph Burch

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Myrtle Jones

Senior Vice President, Tax


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    Community Leader

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    Executive Director
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  • Emeritus Council

  • Ted Swindley

    Founding Artistic Director

  • Dominic Cellitti

  • Gary Chiles

  • Jim Cowan

  • Sally Edmundson

  • Ray Messer

  • Mary Moore

  • Amy Moss

  • Mauri Oliver

  • Tom Paul

  • Tara Simon

  • Randy Young