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:
Director – Spring 2018 – Little Mermaid
Chris Simmons is a northeast Ohio native and has been active as a director, actor and properties designer for over a decade. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Theatre Arts and Education as well as a Master’s in Education from The University of Akron.
Onstage, some of his favorite credits include: Aida (Zoser), the Northeast Ohio Premiere of The Gospel According to Tammy Faye (Jerry Falwell), A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nick Bottom) and Big River, for which he earned an American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan nomination for his portrayal of The King. Behind the scenes, Chris has also designed properties for over 50 productions at several different theatres, including Weathervane Playhouse and Rubber City Theatre. Some of his favorite designs include: Joseph, Hairspray, Willy Wonka, A Christmas Carol, Aida, and Oklahoma! Chris currently serves as the Assistant Artistic Director at Rubber City Theatre and is in his fifth year as Director of Drama at Nordonia High School, his alma mater. During his time at Nordonia, he has received the Superintendent’s Award twice, an honor he truly considers to be the most meaningful of his career.
Chris is excited to go “Under the Sea” once again after directing Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Weathervane Playhouse this past summer. Other directing credits include productions of: Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, Little Shop of Horrors, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Wedding Singer, Almost, Maine and Les Misérables, which received two Playhouse Square Dazzle Award nominations this past May.
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.
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.
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.
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.