Rob Weinert-Kendt is editor-in-chief of American Theatre. He was the founding editor-in-chief of Back Stage West and cofounder of StageGrade, and he writes about theatre for The New York Times, America magazine, and his blog The Wicked Stage. He studied film at USC and is a composer member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop.
FIRST THEATRE MEMORY: A community theatre production in Phoenix, Ariz., of Oliver! It obviously had a big impact: I played the London cast album at home till it wore out, became a rabid Anglophile (I’m mostly over that, but the residue lingers), and my first son got the name.
Russell M. Dembin is the managing editor of American Theatre. He is a former associate editor of The Sondheim Review, and his writing has appeared in The Austin Chronicle, Musical Theatre Review, Theatre Journal, and the Journal of Beckett Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in theatre history and criticism from Brooklyn College. He is a freelance dramaturg and a steering committee member of the American Theatre Archive Project. Follow him on Twitter @Dramaturgs.
FIRST THEATRE MEMORY: A family production of The Emperor’s New Clothes. When the title character appeared in white boxers with red hearts on them, I and the other children in the audience howled with laughter.
Allison Considine is the senior editor of American Theatre. She studied literature and cultural studies and theatre arts at Pace University. Follow her on instagram @allyooper and read more of her work at allisonconsidine.com
FIRST THEATRE MEMORY: I saw a production of Winnie the Pooh when I was 3. I couldn’t participate in the community theatre until I was 7, so I woke up on my 7th birthday excited to be old enough to perform. I haven’t left the stage since!
Jerald Raymond Pierce is the associate editor of American Theatre. He studied acting at Ohio University and received his M.A. in arts journalism from Syracuse University. A member of the American Theatre Critics Association, he is also a freelance reviewer for the Chicago Tribune. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @TheJRPierce.
FIRST THEATRE MEMORY: I learned and memorized not only my lines but the lines of everyone I was onstage with for every play I was in as a young child. Yes, I did correct them when they made mistakes. Yes, I am sorry. Please forgive me.
Jim O’Quinn is the founding editor-in-chief of American Theatre. His articles and reviews have also appeared in Stagebill, Theatre Heute, Tatler, High Performance, Encyclopedia Britannica, and other publications, and he was a regular theatre reviewer for the now-defunct Manhattan weekly 7 Days. He also edited The Journal, a quarterly publication of the SDC Foundation, for six years, and created the Downtown Arts section of The Villager newspaper in downtown Manhattan. Prior to joining Theatre Communications Group in 1982, where he collaborated on the creation of American Theatre and became its founding editor, O’Quinn was managing editor of the journal TDR: The Drama Review, published by New York University; a city-desk reporter for The New Orleans Times-Picayune; and publisher for two years of an award-winning weekly newspaper in southwest Louisiana. His work at American Theatre has been recognized with two National Magazine Awards for Editorial Excellence (2001, 2002) and an Excellence in Editing Award for Sustained Achievement from the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (2010).
WHEN I’M NOT AT AMERICAN THEATRE: I’m currently collaborating with my enterprising niece, Eva Kaplan, on a book about the longest-lived urban commune in America, the Marengo Street Commune of New Orleans, where I lived for much of the 1970s.
Kitty Suen Spennato joined TCG as its art director in 1998. Under her direction, American Theatre was cited for excellence in design by the magazine industry, winning an “Eddie” Award in 2002. She has previously worked for Stagebill at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. In addition to her professional career as a graphic designer, she is a painter who has exhibited works in several downtown New York shows.
ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTOR
Kathy Sova is playscript director for American Theatre magazine and has managed the editorial and production work for TCG Books since 1995. She has edited plays and theatre reference books by Anne Bogart, Eric Bogosian, Athol Fugard, André Gregory, Adrienne Kennedy, Lisa Kron, Tony Kushner, Donald Margulies, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sarah Ruhl, Wallace Shawn, Paula Vogel, the Thornton Wilder estate and August Wilson, among others.. Ms. Sova has a B.A. in theatre from Hofstra University.
Terence Nemeth has led TCG’s publications department since 1982. Before joining TCG, he spent 14 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he co-founded Mudra, a literary publishing house, and was one of the original employee-owners of Bookpeople, which was the most prominent distributor for independent publishers in the country. He also directed its book imprint, Wingbow Press, publishers of Edward Dorn, Diane di Prima, Michael Ondaatje, Colin Wilson, Jayne Anne Phillips and Peter Blue Cloud among others. Mr. Nemeth has served as a lecturer and panelist on small-press publishing and distribution for organizations such as the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Massachusetts State Council for the Arts and the American Association of Publishers and was the chair of the New York State Council for the Arts Literature Panel. He was awarded an Obie in 2004 for play publishing.
DIRECTOR OF ADVERTISING
Carol Van Keuren has been active in the professional theatre since 1983. Prior to joining the TCG staff in 1996, Ms. Van Keuren worked at Pennsylvania Stage Co., Williamstown Theatre Festival, Jewish Repertory Theatre, American Place Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Circle in the Square, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. While working with Jeffrey Richards, she served as the press representative for the Broadway production of The Kentucky Cycle, and, through Springer Associates, the National Actors Theatre’s Broadway production of Inherit the Wind. As Director of Advertising at TCG, Ms. Van Keuren is responsible for display and classified advertising in American Theatre magazine, web ads for AmericanTheatre.org and tcg.org, and ARTSEARCH.
WHAT GOT ME INTO THEATRE: A production of Antigone by Sophocles. I wanted to share the passion of the Greek tragedies with the world.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Erica Lauren Ortiz is a digital media expert and creative producer, with more than 20 years of experience in theatre. An award-winning actor and playwright, she has performed in more than 50 theatre and film productions, including at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Rep Stage, the Amoralists, and the T. Schreiber Studio (New York), among others. As an entertainment marketing executive, Ortiz has become known for technology-driven innovation. Previous roles include: senior director of digital marketing and business development at Odyssey Media, connecting influential multicultural women around the world in partnership with more than 30 of the nation’s leading Fortune 500 companies; founding TKTS patron services coordinator for Theatre Development Fund, launching the discount ticket seller’s app and customer service representative program; and founder of The Brandprint, a creative digital marketing consultancy recently featured on Bravo’s Project Runway. An advocate for diversity and inclusion, Ortiz is a former member of the national board of directors of the NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization.
Carissa Cordes earned their BFA in Acting from NYU. Since then they have acted and worked in numerous positions at various regional theatres, independent NYC theatres, and arts organizations. They came to TCG after serving as staff accountant at the League of American Orchestras, the first production coordinator for NYU’s New School, and the ticketing associate at New York Theatre Workshop.
WHAT I DO WHEN I’M NOT AT WORK: See theatre, participate in theatre, learn and occasionally perform aerials, and learn about Chinese Medicine.
Teresa Eyring is executive director of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre and publisher of American Theatre. Prior to arriving at TCG in March 2007, Eyring spent more than twenty years as an executive in theatres around the U.S. Positions included managing director of the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis from 1999 to 2007; managing director of the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia from 1994 to 1999; and assistant executive director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis from 1989 to 1993. She began her theatre career as director of development for the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. She holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University and an MFA in Theatre Administration from Yale School of Drama. She is a member of the boards of the Performing Arts Alliance, and The Actors Fund. Under her leadership, TCG adopted a new strategic plan with a major focus on diversity and inclusion, as well as audience and community engagement. With this plan, TCG has articulated a new, unifying vision statement. In summary it is: “A better world for theatre. A better world because of theatre.”
DEPUTY DIRECTOR AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Adrian Budhu is the deputy director of TCG. Prior to joining the organization in 2016, Budhu spent five years as managing director of Boston’s Theater Offensive. During his tenure, the organization’s debt was overcome, and its revenue grew from $500,000 in 2011 to $1.3 million in 2016. Budhu has also worked at the GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project, XAMOnline.com, Metro Boston Newspaper, and John Hancock Financial. Budhu has served on TCG’s board of directors, from which he has recently resigned. Other prior affiliations include the Boston Cultural Change Network, Boston Creates Leadership Council, and Point Foundation’s National Board of Directors. He is an avid runner and has completed numerous marathons, raising more than $200,000 to benefit LGBTQ youth, people with disabilities, people living with HIV/AIDS, homeless people, survivors of Hurricane Katrina, and victims of domestic abuse.