Staff

JARROD KOPP (Executive DirectorJarrod has been directing for Theatre Tulsa for several years, most recently this season’s Peter and the Starcatcher. Last season Jarrod directed Don’t Dress for Dinner and Miss Saigon. Other previous credits include: The 39 Steps, A Few Good Men, Mere Mortals and Others, Inspecting Carol, and Reverse Psychology and assistant directing Les Misérables. Jarrod has won 4 TATE (Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence) for four years in a row. Jarrod has also been a longtime performer with Theatre Tulsa, appearing in TT’s productions of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Complete History of America (Abridged), Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Pitmen Painters, and Boeing-Boeing.

SARA PHOENIX (Artistic Director) Sara serves as Executive Artistic Director for Theatre Tulsa. She holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Oklahoma and has been involved in theatre across the country as an actress, teacher, director, and choreographer. Most recently for TT, Sara directed and/or choreographed Cats, Les Misérables, The Sound of Music, Legally Blonde and Oliver! She has performed in and directed productions nationally and has traveled as a director and actress in Europe. She serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Theatre and is Chairman of their Education Committee. This summer Sara organized and facilitated the National Youth Theatre Summit and she looks forward to serving as a facilitator for the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association’s Artistic/ Managing Directors Conference this fall. She is also a certified theatre adjudicator for theatre festivals all over the country. Sara is an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

LAURA DOSSETT HOLTON (Education Director)  Laura is committed to education outreach of the program and her work as a teaching artist. Laura previously directed Elf, Jr., Cinderella, and Treasure Island has also stage managed seven other education productions for Theatre Tulsa.  She recently completed a tour of Puss in Boots and Other Cat Tails as part of the Harwelden Institute of the Arts. Laura received her BFA in theatre from Emporia State University in Kansas.  There she was the artistic director and coordinator of the Educational Theatre Company, a small non-profit organization that performed touring shows written, directed, and performed by members of the company. Laura has been involved in over 40 productions in just the past six years doing a little bit of everything – stage management, directing, writing, costuming, and construction and performing.

MELISSA SPARKS (Production Manager) Melissa is from Biloxi, Mississippi where she started performing in community theatre and worked on productions in college while studying broadcasting and coaching the equestrian team. Melissa earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from Mississippi State University. After college, she worked at Stagedoor Manor and on Carnival Cruise Lines and moved to Tulsa in 2011. Since moving to Tulsa, Melissa has worked with Theatre Tulsa, Clark Youth Theatre, Heller Theatre Co., Midwestern Theatre Troupe, and Odeum Theatre Company. She now works full time as the Production Manager for Theatre Tulsa and as the General Manager of Clark Youth Theatre.

MANDY GROSS
(Resident Costume Designer) Mandy’s recent costuming credits include Amadeus, Ragtime, Cabaret, Richard III, and Jesus Christ Superstar. She started her costuming career with Theatre Tulsa in 2015 and has continued to learn and grow with the help of her best friend and costuming partner, Lisa Hunter, and their mentors, Crista Patrick and Deborah Belford. She would also like to thank her husband, Fletcher Gross, for his constant support and her Theatre Tulsa family for being so welcoming and supportive. She is very excited to continue her costuming journey with Theatre Tulsa and their 95th season.

LISA HUNTER
 (Resident Costume Designer) Lisa graduated from Stephen F Austin State University with a BA in Theatre in 2008. Her recent costuming credits include Amadeus, Ragtime, Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, Elf Jr., and Cabaret.  She also did hair and makeup for Fiddler on the Roof.  Her acting credits include Molly in Peter and the Starcatcher, Celia in As You Like It and Ensemble for Will Rogers Follies, Cabaret, and Richard III. She would like to thank all her friends and family for all their support and her costuming partner Mandy for pushing her to be more and more creative with each production they work on together.

Directors, Musicians, and Choreographers:

JENNIFER ALDEN (Choreographer)  Before arriving in Tulsa, Jennifer danced with several contemporary dance companies including BodyVox and Polaris in Portland. While there she also studied with Oregon Ballet Theatre. Jennifer danced and performed with Kinetic Images Dance Company as a principal member and was a soloist in several featured contemporary roles. Prior to this, Jennifer studied at the University of Oregon and Eugene Ballet. In addition, Jennifer studied at Danskervelt School of Dance in Copenhagen, Denmark learning the Bournonville style of ballet. Jennifer is now Co-Artistic Director, Choreographer and Company Manager of Portico Dans Theatre and was bestowed the honor of being the first Chairman of the newly formed, Living Arts Contemporary Dance Committee. Jennifer is an Executive Board Member with Living Arts, serves on the Barre committee of the Tulsa Ballet and is an active member of the urbanist group of TYPRO’s.

ASHLEE ELMORE (Youth Music Director) Ashlee currently runs her own company, Tulsa Youth Cabaret a chorus of the area’s youngest and most talented vocalists. Previously she served as the Artistic Director of the Tulsa Children’s Chorus from 2012 to 2015. She completed her Bachelor’s of Vocal Music Education Degree in Tulsa in 2001, at which point she went on to teach public school in Washington County. In addition to teaching public school, Ms. Elmore has owned her own academy of private music instruction.  Ms. Elmore is nationally certified in Kodaly, a method of music instruction, and completed her master’s degree in music education in 2010 at the University of Oklahoma, under the direction of International Kodaly Mogul, Dr. Joy Nelson.  Ms. Elmore helped found the Bartlesville Children’s Choir in 2007.

MARK FRIE (Director) Mark has performed throughout North America in musicals, operas, and concerts. He made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006 with the New England Philharmonic and has enjoyed performing with symphonies across the country. He has performed and directed shows in such venues as Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, North Shore Music Theatre (Boston), Music Theatre Wichita, Casa Manana Theatre in Ft. Worth, Arvada Center for the Arts (Denver), Bass Hall (Ft. Worth), and Fair Park Music Hall (Dallas). Directing credits include Oklahoma!, Forever Plaid, Anything Goes, Cinderella, Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Greater Tuna (with original stars Joe Sears and Jaston Williams), Rent, Cabaret, and Seussical the Musical.   Favorite roles include Val Jean in Les Miserables, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Jud in Oklahoma, Smudge in Forever Plaid, Papageno in The Magic Flute. Currently, Mark serves as the Executive Director of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center and is also the president and CEO of the BA PAC Foundation.

CHRISTINA JENKINS (Choreographer) Christina received her BA in Communication Arts/Drama and her Masters in Education from Oral Roberts University. She taught the advanced theatre and stagecraft classes at Union’s 9th and 10th Grade Center for 5½ years and choreographed Union High School’s musicals the past nine years. Christina has also choreographed for Clark Youth Theatre, American Theatre Company, an animated movie, several high schools, and show choirs. Her  Theatre Tulsa choreography credits include Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Elf, Jr. and Cats. Christina has also directed several plays including Bye Bye Birdie, The Miracle Worker, Rumors, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Crucible.

CODY MCCOY (Assistant Director) Cody started his theatrical career in 2006 and has since trained under a variety of professional actors and directors, performing in a wide array of shows, including musicals, plays, improv, and dinner theaters. Cody recently assisted in direction of Aladdin Kids at Cascia Hall as well as The Lion King,  Ragtime, and Peter and the Starcatcher with TT. As a performer, McCoy’s favorite roles include Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,Laurie in Little Women the Musical, Gabe in Next to Normal, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, Will Parker in Oklahoma!, Tobias in Sweeney Todd, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar and most of all, Emcee in Cabaret. He is constantly looking to expand his knowledge of theatre and storytelling and continues to fight to produce the art that he so deeply loves.

ERIN SCARBERRY (Director) Erin Scarberry is an actor, director, designer, and teacher based in Tulsa. She has spent the last eight years as a staff member at Heller & Clark Theatres. Erin’s productions have garnered seven Tulsa Area Theatre Excellence (TATE) Awards, the most recent being The God of Carnage for Odeum Theatre Company and for Heller Theatre’s production of The School For Lies.

TONY SHANKS  (Next Stage Director) Tony has started two independent theatre companies and worked in both New York City Off-Broadway and Los Angeles at the Fringe Festival. For Theatre Tulsa he has directed critically-acclaimed productions of Glengarry Glen Ross and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Other credits as director include suburbia, Hair, Bodies, Rest & Motion, The Bomb, Naked Theatre, The Drinking Game and numerous shorts.

LAURA SKOCH (Director) Laura recently directed Cabaret and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for Theatre Tulsa. She is an actor, director, and educator, currently teaching in the Theatre Department at the University of Tulsa. Previous roles with Theatre Tulsa include Sonya in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike and all the ladies in The 39 Steps.  Other directing credits include A Doll’s House and Seascape at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, New York, where she also played Sonia in Uncle Vanya and Viola in Twelfth Night. Laura was a New York Innovative Theatre Awards nominee for Best Actress for her performance of Ouisa in Six Degrees of Separation.

KARA STAIGER (Choreographer) Kara received her BFA from Oklahoma City University in Musical Theatre and MA in Education from ORU. For Theatre Tulsa she as choreographed Cinderella and Will Rogers Follies. Favorite choreography shows include Urinetown (Playhouse Tulsa), Rocky Horror Show (ATC), Nanyehi (Cherokee Nation), Young Frankenstein (TCC), …Forum (TCC), Zombies from the Beyond (ATC).

BRENNAN PETERS (Director, Choreographer) Brennan ‘Pete’ Peters is a Tulsa native who has always had a passion for sharing his passions. Growing up, Pete was a competitive trampolinist, power tumbler, and cheerleader. As a teenager, he began coaching younger athletes and quickly gained notoriety as a talented choreographer, winning the National Cheerleaders Association’s Innovative Choreography Award at the age of 19. After earning a BA in Musical Theatre from the University of Tulsa, he enjoyed a 3-year career performing aboard the world’s largest cruise ships as an Acrobat, Aerialist, and Singer/Dancer. During his time with Royal Caribbean, Brennan was appointed to several supervisor positions, including Acrobat Captain, Aerial Coordinator, and Dance Captain. Afterward, Pete began teaching dance, theatre, and tumbling to children of various age groups at the acclaimed Front & Center for Performing Arts in Springfield, New Jersey. He then was hired as a ‘swing’ for the Broadway National Tour of Bring It On: The Musical. Immediately following, Pete continued his tenure as a swing for the International and National Tours of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” during which he was selected as Fight Captain and Assistant Dance Captain, respectively. Since returning to Tulsa he has enjoyed choreographing and/or directing multiple shows including Into the Woods, In the Heights and Cabaret.

KARLENA RIGGS (Music Director) Karlena is a teacher and performer based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Booker T. Washington High School and the University of Tulsa, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre. She also studied Musical Theatre Performance at the Boston Conservatory for one year. She has been performing in the Tulsa community for nearly 20 years, and some of her favorite roles include Paulette in Legally Blonde, Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, and Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret. Outside of the theatre, Karlena has taught special education for four years and looks forward to attending OU-Tulsa in the fall to work on a Master’s degree in Public Administration and non-profit management.

VERN STEFANIC  (Director) Vern is a journalist, magazine editor (AAPG Explorer), college scriptwriting instructor, theatrical director and nationally recognized playwright. As a theatrical director, he has staged over 100 productions for a variety of theatrical companies, including award-winning productions of Clybourne Park and Boeing Boeing.  Other directing projects have included A Few Doors Down, The Pitmen Painters, The Last Five Years, The Laramie Project, The Real Thing, Noises Off, Closer, Karaoke: The Brand New Unoriginal Musical, Nickel and Dimed, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Listen to My Heart: The Songs of David Friedman, Company, Pippin, A Streetcar Named Desire and I Love You, You¹re Perfect, Now Change. Writing credits include all works for the Tulsa Signature Symphony’s “Composer’s Alive” series, Jasna Cries, Sherry’s Turn and two musicals of note written with colleague Doug Smith: Tom Sawyer: A Musical Adventure and Miracle on 34th Street: A Musical Adaptation, which has enjoyed a national tour.

JEREMY STEVENS (Music Director) Jeremy has been a dedicated music teacher for many years, and he is dedicated to nurturing children into being creative thinkers and passionate artists. Jeremy is currently the Middle School Choir Director for Union Public Schools’ 8th Grade Center. He is excited to be working with such talented people in this great city. Jeremy has been in and directed several great productions around the Tulsa area, including Cats, 9 to 5, Les Misérables, 13, The Sound Of Music; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; and Legally Blonde for Theatre Tulsa, as well as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeThe Immigrant and A Christmas Carol for American Theatre Company.

CATHERINE RATLIFF (Music Director) Catherine is blessed to operate a full voice and piano studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she shares her passion for music with students of all ages, levels, and genres. Catherine holds credentials from the University of Oklahoma, the University of Kansas and the New England Conservatory. Catherine has served as music director for Theater Tulsa’s productions of Oliver, Legally Blonde, The Little Mermaid, Bye Bye Birdie, Next to Normal, Cabaret, and Jesus Christ Superstar Catherine made her onstage debut with Theater Tulsa in the role of Madame Thenardier in the 2014 production of Les Misérables. Catherine can also be found onstage singing with Tulsa Opera.

NORAH SWEENEY (Bard in the Brady Chair and Director) Norah is a board member of Theatre Tulsa and the chair of Bard in the Brady in which she has directed Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and Ricard III. Norah eturned to Tulsa after working as an actress around the country. She was last seen as Suzy in Wait Until Dark with American Theatre Company and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire with Playhouse Tulsa. Norah also teaches theatre to college students. MFA: FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Here favorite production is, “my daughter Rosario.

Designers and Stage Managers: 

KAYLEE BARNES (Makeup)

GRANT GOODNER (Sound) Grant has done more than 20 productions with Theatre Tulsa. He recently won two outstanding designer certificates at the 2017 TATE (Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence) awards for his sound designs of Peter and the Starcatcher and Glengarry Glen Ross. A few previous TT credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, Cabaret, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He is a graduate of the University of Tulsa’s Department of Film Studies and has produced multiple short films in the area. As a theatre minor at TU, he created sound designs for productions like As Bees In Honey Drown, Waiting For The Parade, and Tartuffe. Grant wishes to thank everyone at Theatre Tulsa for the continued opportunity to work with a talented group of actors and technicians.

RICH GOSS (Scenery) Rich has operated his own theatrical design and puppetry company, Silverwolf Productions, for the last 20 years. He has worked with every local theatre company in town at least once and several area high schools including Bishop Kelly, where he serves as their technical director and teacher. Rich also regularly takes his pirate ship, The Silverwolf, to local fundraisers and medieval fairs. A few of hisfavoritee Theatre Tulsa designs (out of over twenty) include Aladdin, Jr., Treasure Island, and Cats. 

ERIN HALL (Hair and Wigs)

ISAAC HOLTON (Lights) Isaac is a stagehand and lighting designer who has worked on over 30 productions since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Tulsa’s Department of Film Studies and has produced multiple short films in the area. Designing lights for Theatre Tulsa’s Next to Normal and Cabaret have been his favorite work to date. Other notable works include Fiddler on the Roof, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Jesus Christ Superstar. He has served as lighting designer for more than two dozen shows across four local theater companies. Isaac is also a member of the stagehand union, IATSE, and is the Television Studio Manager in Kendall Hall and the Assistant Technical Director at Lorton Performing Arts Center on The University of Tulsa campus.

ANN KNODE (Stage Manager) Ann graduated from St. Gregory’s University with a B.A. in Technical Theatre. Her most recent credits include Stage Manager for Evita, Ragtime, and Cabaret and Assistant Stage Manager for Jesus Christ Superstar and Will Rogers Follies and run crew for Fiddler on the Roof. She would like to thank her family for all of their support.

KELLY LEAKE (Stage Manager) Since returning to Tulsa, Kelly Leake has stage managed American Idiot and performed three productions at the Nightingale Theatre: Cowboy (actress), Magic Kingdom (actress) and Fuddy Meers (stage manager/costume designer).  Recently she appeared in Michael Wright’s Doors of Perception at the Tulsa Artist Coalition Gallery. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Northeastern State University and can’t wait to further develop her love for theatre on and around the Tulsa stage.

MATT MORTON (Scenery) Matt holds a Masters Degree in Scenic Design. His previous credits for Theatre Tulsa include the scenic design of Les Miserables, Ragtime, Chicago, Oklahoma and Will Rogers Follies, as well as many others. As a member of the local IATSE chapter Matt has also worked alongside the touring production in the Chapman Theatre, the Tulsa Ballet, and the Tulsa Opera. Before Matt lived in Tulsa, he worked with the Santa Fe Opera and various theatres in Chicago. 

TOM POSS (Lights) Tom recently retired from a life-long career in theatre. Tom has served the Tulsa theatre scene as a teacher, technical director, scenic and lighting designer, IATSE journeyman, and more through decades of dedication to dozens of professional, community, and educational theatres as well as working for the Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, and Celebrity Attractions. It is for this reason Tom was awarded the Mary Kay Place Legacy Award at the 2017 TATE awards. Recent lighting designs for Theatre Tulsa include Ragtime, Will Rogers Follies, Oklahoma, A Chorus Line, and Miss Saigon.

EVAN TANSEY (Stage Manager) After living in Las Vegas for 13 years, Evan returned to Oklahoma and earned a B.A. in Theatre from Oklahoma Baptist University. His recent credits include Amadeus, Ragtime, Jesus Christ Superstar, Peter and the Starcatcher, Cabaret, Oklahoma!, As You Like It, Don’t Dress for Dinner, and Miss Saigon.

CLAIRE WEWERS (Stage Manager)