CINCINNATI: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) has announced new leadership team members, including Kate Bindus, production manager; Candice Handy, director of education; Crystian Wiltshire, associate artistic director; and Maddie Regan, who joins the executive leadership team as managing director. This team expansion comes in preparation for the return of CSC’s mainstage season this fall.
“We are thrilled to be building our team in this way and to welcome these new leaders to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company,” said producing artistic director Brian Isaac Phillips in a statement.
The incoming teams join the current CSC staff, which includes director of development Sarah Clark; Brian Isaac Phillips, producing artistic director; general manager Lettie Van Hemert; and Jeanna Vella, director of marketing and data analytics. The leadership team is divided between artistic and business circles.
“This structural reframing will intentionally define and grow the artistic and business decision-making tables, encouraging diversification of perspectives in both,” said Maddie Regan in a statement. “By creating these circles, we recognize that the ‘business’ and the ‘art’ are essential to one another.”
Kate Bindus previously served as the associate production manager and stage management intern at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Prior to her tenure at CSC, Bindus worked at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Goodman Theatre, and the Cleveland Public Theatre. Bindus is from Cleveland and attended Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio, where she majored in theatre design and technology with a focus on stage management.
Candice has been a resident ensemble member at CSC for four seasons. She has been a teaching artist and theatre educator for the past eight years, including workshops and classes for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, where she completed the Bruce E. Coyle acting internship. Before accepting her new position at CSC, Handy founded the Cincinnati Black Theatre Artist Collective, where she is artistic director. A native of Birmingham, Ala., she received her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Alabama State University and her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance, with a focus in the African American theatre experience from the University of Louisville.
Maddie Regan previously served as the production manager and director of operations and production for CSC. During this time, Regan facilitated the design, commissioning, and grand opening of the Otto M. Budig Theater, CSC’s artistic home. Prior to her tenure at CSC, Maddie was the director of operations for one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the United States, served as an associate producer for an internationally touring musical, and traveled the world as a production manager for Royal Caribbean International. Regan is a 2021 recipient of the Over the Rhine Chamber of Commerce Employee of the Year Made Award, a graduate of Cincinnati USA Region Chamber C-Change Class 15, an elected Precinct Executive in Hamilton County, the inaugural recipient of the Golden Quill Award with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and a regular participant of multiple community organizations in Norwood, Ohio. She regularly serves as a guest lecturer for the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, and Miami University. Regan is from Falls Church, Va., and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, with concentrations in Production Technology and Management.
Crystian Wiltshire previously served as museum theatre director at Historic Locust Grove, where he helped begin their Museum Theatre Program, which emphasizes stories of the enslaved peoples of Kentucky. He has worked for several years as a teaching artist, performed as a resident ensemble member, and recently directed with the CSC. While performing for Actors Theatre of Louisville, he directed multiple productions of their Professional Training Company’s Solo Mio Project. Wiltshire is from Brooklyn and graduated from the University of Louisville, majoring in English with a minor in theatre.
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