Faculty & Staff
Eastern Campus Theatre Faculty and Staff
Brad Bunn, Technical Director of Simon and Rose Mandel Theatre: Brad has served as Technical Director and Scenic Designer for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Wisdom Bridge Theater, Remains Theater, and Black Ensemble Theater and many other professional theater companies in Chicago Illinois. Brad was Project Manager at LaBrosse Ltd., one of the leading scenic studios in the U.S, for five years prior to moving back to Ohio. He was Director of Operations at Erie Street Scenic in Cleveland and a Project Manager at Kengraphics in Medina before starting his own renovation company. He served as the Associate Technical Director at the Western Campus since 2009. Brad studied Music and Theater at Wilmington College where he received a B.A., and Technical Direction and Scenic Design at Ohio University where he received an M.F.A. Tri-C scene design projects include “Project Gilgamesh Songbook Unbound II” and “Two Trains Running” at the Metro Campus, “Praying Mantis”, “Taming of the Shrew”, “Almost Maine”, “Three Generations of Imbeciles”, “Twelfth Night”, “Rent”, and the World Premier of “Well Beings” at the Western Campus.
Astrid Jobe, Lead Theatre Technician: Prior to coming to Tri-C, Astrid was the Production Manager, Technical Coordinator, and a Lecturer in Theatre and Dance at Oberlin College for 12 years. She has also worked professionally as a stage manager with Cleveland area dance companies such as VERB Ballets, Ohio Dance Theater, and Dancing Wheels. Astrid holds a B.S. in Speech and Theatre Education from Georgia Southern University and an M.A. in Theatre Production and Design from the University of Pittsburgh, where she also served as Assistant Technical Director.
Terrii Wachala, Lead Theatre Technician: A graduate of Kent State University, Terrii received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatrical Design and Technology. Following college, she moved to the Greater Cleveland area and began working as a Freelance Lighting Designer and Stagehand in several venues around town. She began working for Tri-C seven years ago on a part time basis where she was shared primarily between the Eastern and Western Campuses but would occasionally go to the Metro campus when an extra hand was needed. She is now full time at the Simon Rose Mandel Theatre.
Metropolitan Campus Theatre Faculty and Staff
Frederick Perry, Ph.D. Professor of Theatre Arts and Television Metro and Western Campuses / Theatre Coordinator at the Metropolitan & Eastern Campuses / College-Wide Faculty Counterparts Chair: - Dr Perry has a Doctorate from the University of Colorado in Stage Directing Analysis, his Master of Arts degree is from the University of Arizona in Playwriting, and his BA degree is from the University of California in Dramatic Criticism. As a playwright he has been produced at The Source Theatre in Washington DC, the University of Colorado, The Invisible Theatre in Tucson, Arizona, Actor's Ensemble Theatre Company in Boulder, Colorado, and with The American Theatre Association in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the recipient of the Christina Crawford Playwriting Award (Who Is He This Time), the Panowski Playwriting Award (Tip and Rosey O'Connor's Home) and has received state playwrighting awards from Colorado and Arizona. His stage-directing credits include The Lake Effect, Hamlet, The Tooth Of Crime, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Nerd, Fences, Medea, Sylvia, The Hoochy-Choochy Dancer, Suicide in Bflat, and Greater Tuna. He was the recipient of the University of Colorado’s Teacher Excellence Award for his acting classes. He has appeared in The Little House on the Prairie and Father Murphy television shows, and a number of feature-length movies.
Jeffrey Donnelly, Metro Campus Technical Director: Jeff has been Technical Director of the theatres of Metro campus for six years and has overseen the renovation of 80 seat studio theatre, the 360 seat main stage theatre and 800 seat auditorium as well as the outfitting and opening of the new 2400 sf Black Box space in the Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for the Creative Arts. He is also Adjunct Faculty in the Theatre, Media Arts and Photography Departments. He has designed and produced several productions for Tri-C campus including “The Colored Museum” and “Lysistrata”. Jeff has a Masters of Theatre Education from Emerson College, A Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Design from San Francisco State University and an Associate of Arts from Grossmont Community College in La Mesa, California. Jeff has worked as a professional producer, designer, actor, technician and educator in varying degrees for over 28 years. His professional technician credits include Beach Blanket Babylon in San Francisco and WGBH television in Boston. He was awarded a fourth grade perfect attendance certificate from the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Indio, California.
Josh Caraballo, Lead Theatre Technician
Thomas Jeffries, Lead Theatre Technician
Tim Kennedy, Lead Theatre Technician
Western Campus Theatre Faculty and Staff
Robert Ellis, Western Campus Theatre Coordinator: Bob is the TriC West Theater Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Theater for the last 22 years. His directing credits include; the world premiere of Three Generations of Imbeciles, (which was invited to be performed at The American College Theater Festival in Michigan) The Art of Dining, Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, The Crucible, Lone Star/Laundry & Bourbon, American Hero, Crazyface, Macbeth, Fuddy Meers, Blood Wedding and many others. He holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Florida, an MA in Theater History & Criticism from Kent State University and a BA in English and Theater from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Bob is also an accomplished professional actor. He is represented by the Docherty Talent Agency, is a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, and has performed in numerous television, film, commercial and industrial projects in addition to his stage credits. Local AEA credits include; The Little Foxes, A Carol for Cleveland, Galileo and A Soldier’s Tale at The Cleveland Playhouse, Stone Cold Dead Serious at Cleveland Public Theater, Circle, Mirror, Transformation, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Norwegians & The Late Henry Moss at Dobama Theater, God of Carnage at None Too Fragile, and Annie Get Your Gun, The Foreigner, and Inherit the Wind at Porthouse Theater. Professor Ellis also served as the Ohio State Coordinator for Region 3 of the American College Theater Festival and served on the Region 3 Festival Selection Committee.
Charles Smith, Western Campus Technical Director: Charles comes to Tri-C from Denver, where he was Assistant Technical Director at the University of Colorado at Denver. Previously he was at Denver Center Theatre Company in the scene shop. During his tenure there, he worked on over 100 plays including the ten hour epic, Tantalus, directed by Sir Peter Hall. Charles was proud to be part of the DCTC team when they were awarded the 1998 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. Charles received his Masters Degree in Technical Direction from Texas Woman’s University. There he met his wife, Julie, who has been the highlight of his life.
Kristen Gressock, Lead Theatre Technician: Kristen has been involved with Tri-C since the Fall of 2002 when she enrolled as a student. After finding the theatre department in Fall of 2003, she began her career path in theatre. Working as a student assistant she fell in love with the craft. After completing her B.A. in Theatre Studies from Kent State University, she returned to Tri-C to work part-time. She is now thrilled to have joined the staff as a full-time employee. Credits include: four season with Porthouse Theatre, two seasons with The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Company, three seasons with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and four seasons with Great Lakes Theater. Kristen has also worked with Cleveland Public Theatre, Ballet in Cleveland, VERB Ballet, and Convergence-Continuum. She wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without the love and support of those closest to her.
Rob Wachala, Lead Theatre Technician: has been a freelance lighting technician in and around the Cleveland area working in a variety of roles in Entertainment. Recent credits include Lighting Designer for Art of Dining, Well Beings by Greg Vovos and Video designer for Skin of Our Teeth with Tri-C West. He has been resident lighting designer with Near west theatre for the past 7 seasons including design for the following productions: Assassins, Showboat, The Snow Queen, Hair, Shrek the Musical, and Jesus Christ Superstar, and many more. He is grateful for the opportunity to move from Part-time to Full-time employment with Tri-C.