As the saying goes, “many hands make light work”. We value our Board members for their time, dedication, and effort to further BCT’s impact on our youth! Our Board was hand-selected to offer a variety of backgrounds and talents, which creates a perfect blend of business, education, and life experience to offer our BCT children the very best.

BCT Executive Board:

 

BCT Trustees:

 

BCT Staff:

 

Amanda ZiskAmanda Clements Zisk

Resident Artistic Director/ Curriculum Development Director

Amanda is a Medina native, graduating from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree in Acting and Directing. Post- bachelor’s, she appeared with numerous theatre companies and utilized both her acting and costuming proficiencies before being hired by BCT in 2010. Amanda currently tours as an Actor/Teacher with The Illusion Factory, an Akron-based theater for youth, and is a founding company member of Enigma Entertainment, Ltd. She recently guest directed for the Fred Hargrove Young Artists program in Medina in a groundbreaking performance of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. Amanda’s favorite part of working with BCT are the children, many of whom have never been in any prior production; watching them grow to love theatre (and pursue it after graduation) is an extreme source of pride for her.

 

Andrew Nemec

Resident Stage Manager

 Raised by talented parents Michael and Dottie, Andrew has been involved in fine arts since childhood, but has found a home stage managing with Buckeye Community Theatre. His favorites at BCT include Once Upon a Mattress and Beauty and the Beast, Jr. (in collaboration with Fred Hargrove Young Artists).  Since his first SM gig in high school (Into the Woods), Andrew has been fortunate enough to work with many talented directors including Ansley Valentine, Amanda Clements Zisk, and Bill Roudebush. Andrew has experience playing the violin and acting, but his true talent lies in supporting the performers. In his free time, Andrew enjoys walking his dog Woodrow, winning money off his friends in fantasy football, and trying new beers from around the world.

 

MatthewWilks_BCTMatthew J. Wilks

Instructor

Graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City who divides his career between theatre and film. Stage highlights include: “Toga Party Terror” at Hilarities Comedy Club in Cleveland. “Gods Favorite” for which he was awarded a Merit in Acting Award from the Ohio Community Theatre Association, and 5 seasons with The Illusion Factory, a professional children’s theatre touring company. Film highlights include: Technically Marvin (Cleveland Film Festival), Draft Day, Cleveland Abduction, and the soon to be released Netflix film Little Evil. In addition to performing he is also a Director and Acting Teacher at several theatres throughout Northeast Ohio.

 

SaraHuffstetler_BCTSarah Huffstetler

Instructor

Recent alumna from Malone University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing along with a minor in Outdoor Leadership. For five years, Sara has been invested in tending to the creative endeavors of up-and-coming outdoors enthusiasts and writers ranging anywhere from elementary school to college aged participants. During her time as a student, Sara had the privilege of being a judge for Power of the Pen, wilderness counselor at Ligonier Camp and Conference Center, three-time winner of the Writer’s Prize in poetry and non-fiction, and has released two chapbooks in poetry. Sara is excited about bringing the experiential learning techniques she has obtained to the Buckeye Community Theater as she teaches Creative Writing.