Staff Bios

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati Staff

Angela Powell Walker (Producing Artistic Director)

Angela Powell Walker Angela is known throughout the Washington D.C. area as a respected teacher, performer and director. She has dedicated her career to the nurturing and mentoring of many young artists, teaching vocal performance to students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Suitland High School Visual and Performing Arts program, Washington Bible College, Maryland University and in her own private company, As You Wish Productions. Being a highly acclaimed performer, Angela has had the opportunity to direct several community productions and work first hand with directors from the stages of the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Metropolitan Opera Company, Music Center at Strathmore and the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Center. She has been critically acclaimed throughout the United States and Europe for her “quintessential lyric soprano voice.” Angela has appeared in numerous operatic roles in Rome, Prague, and Vienna. She also performed with the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati in the Humperdinck opera, Hansel and Gretel as the witch and in two Menotti operas; Help, Help the Globolinks and Amahl and the Night Visitors. In addition to her performing credits, Angela is a teacher. She has taught at all grade levels including master classes in voice, has an extensive list of students studying privately, and has judged many competitions and festivals. Angela is a native of Cincinnati and a 1986 graduate of the School for Creative and Performing Arts. Her undergraduate degree is from Oberlin College and her Master’s Degree is from the University of Maryland. She moved from Washington, D.C. to Blue Ash with her husband and three boys. She directed The Magical Adventures of Merlin and Santa's Toy Factory  as well as the hit production of Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale in the 2011-2012 season.

Kim Deaton (Managing Director)

Kim Deaton Kim is a native Cincinnatian and graduate of the Cincinnati Country Day School (’87).  Kim left Cincinnati to attend Vanderbilt University (’91) where she received a Bachelor of Science in Education, and then quickly returned to Cincinnati which she and her family continue to call home. Kim assumed the role of Managing Director of the Children’s Theatre in September of 2013.  Kim’s expertise spans non-profit management, fund raising, strategic planning, market media development, public relations, special events, grant acquisition and major gift acquisition. Prior to joining The Children’s Theatre Kim worked as the President of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National MS Society, as the Director of Major Gifts for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and prior to that as the Director of Market Development for Local 12 WKRC-TV and Clear Channel Broadcasting. She served as the Executive Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and spent time operating her own consulting company, advising both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in the area of special events, board building, marketing, corporate sponsorship, public relations, fundraising and promotions. Kim was raised in the nonprofit world as her mother served as the Executive Director for a local nonprofit for 24 years.  Kim resides in Mariemont with her three wonderful children Merrell, Kealy and Bryson and has watched her daughter Kealy flourish as a vocal and drama major at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts.

David A. Centers (Company Scenic Designer)

David A. Centers David is a native of Cincinnati, a freelance designer, a member of United Scenic Artists Local #829, and serves as resident designer for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati where he has designed dozens of productions, including last season's award-winning Disney’s My Son Pinocchio JR. and Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale. David also served as Head of Design at Kansas State University’s Department of Theatre where he designed numerous productions, one of which, Uncle Vanya, won him an “Outstanding Scenic Design” award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Other recent work includes The Cincinnati Opera's productions of The Flowering Tree, 90th Anniversary Gala Concert, and We Rise for Freedom - The John P. Parker Story, designs at the Cincinnati Playhouse In the Park, and more than two dozen productions at Dayton’s Human Race Theatre including Batboy, Macbeth, Noises Off, Angels In America – Parts I and II, Painting Churches, Wait Until Dark, and Jitney, which is featured in the textbook Scene Design and Stage Lighting. David’s designs were used for Mitch Miller’s Voices in Harmony for a national television broadcast on PBS, and he also served as Assistant Art Director for three other PBS national broadcasts called The Cincinnati Pops – Love is Here to Stay, Thanksgiving Pops, and Patriotic Broadway. His designs have also been seen at the Seattle Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, CCM’s Hot Summer Nights, the Phoenix Theatre Company in Indianapolis, and at the Sakai Opera Company in Osaka, Japan, where he designed their production of La Traviata. David is a graduate of Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts, the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music (B.F.A. in Scenic Design), and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (M.F.A. in Scenic Design).

Jay Goodlett (Associate Artistic Director for Learning the Craft)

Jay Goodlett Born at Dayton’s Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Jay Goodlett attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) in Cincinnati for nine years majoring in dance, drama, and musical theatre. By the age of 18, Jay joined the Cincinnati Ballet and rose quickly to the rank of Senior Soloist by 2002. Jay enjoyed 17 seasons with Cincinnati Ballet retiring in 2008. In 1991, Jay began his choreographic career. Since then he has choreographed for the Cincinnati Ballet, The Saint Louis Opera and the Cincinnati Opera. He has choreographed and directed for numerous high schools and community theater groups as well as Purdue University and Miami (Ohio) University. He is currently adjunct faculty at Northern Kentucky University and teaches for the International Cecchetti Council of America. Jay directed Jack and the Beanstalk for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati during the 2009-10 season, and Disney's Cinderella KIDS in the 2012-2013 season. He is also the Director of the Learning the Craft Program. Jay and his wife Jenny (former CBC dancer) are blessed to have three wonderful children Megan, Nathan and Amelia. Jay

Roderick Justice (Associate Artistic Director for MainStage)

Roderick Justice Roderick is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance. Select directing, choreography, and costuming credits include: Seussical JR.Holiday Follies 2011, Disney’s High School Musical On Stage!, Disney’s High School Musical 2 On Stage!, A. Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale, Music Man, Fantastic Toy Shoppe- tour, A Christmas Carol- tour, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR., Disney’s Mulan JR., I Love a Piano, Church Girls, Forever Plaid, Taffetas, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Roderick choreographed for the national concert tour of the music group, Midnight Star. He is the director for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati's STAR Program, which is an intense four-week summer musical theatre training camp for kids ranging from age 9 to 17. He has worked and trained in cities across the United Stated as an actor, choreographer, and director in places like New York City, Orlando, Las Vegas, Maui, Chicago, and right here in Cincinnati, where he proudly calls home.

Jim Lipscomb (Business Touring Manager)

Jim Lipscomb Jim Lipscomb, Jr. was born and raised in Hamilton, OH. He graduated from Miami University with Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. Jim used to be an actor for the Hamilton Campus Players at Miami’s regional branch in Hamilton, OH. He has been a drummer/percussionist for 29 years. Jim previously worked at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Hamilton, OH as their Membership Coordinator and at Madcap Productions in Cincinnati as their Booking Manager.

Tina Marshall (Director of Educational Sales)

Tina Marshall

Tina joined TCTC as Director of Educational Sales in the fall of 2012. A career working for a non-profit serving children has been a long-time goal realized. A lifetime resident of Cincinnati, Tina, along with her husband Dan and three children, resides in Oakley.  Her children attend Cincinnati Public Schools (Kilgour Elementary and Walnut Hills). Having been to many TCTC shows on school field trips, Tina came to us already very familiar with all we have to offer.   She brings years of experience in customer service as well as business and brand development from her corporate life working on world brands such as GAP, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime and more.  Tina has managed on all levels of retail as well as in corporate settings.  She also brings experience as a Technology Specialist working with website content management systems, email marketing, social networking and search engine optimization.  Tina looks forward to utilizing her experience working with her own children's PTA and schools to help bring more children to the theater.

Deondra Kamau Means (Teaching Artist)

Deondra Kamau Means Deondra is a proud husband and father of two who has performed for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati for the past 18 seasons.  He’s happy to be performing on stage and on the staff of The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati as a teaching artist. Past productions include Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS, Holiday Follies and Holiday Follies 2 (Jimmy), Charlotte’s Web (Templeton), Disney’s Mulan, JR. (Mushu), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mr. Salt), Robin Hood (Alan-A-Dale), Seussical, JR. (Mr. Mayor), The Rockin’ Adventures of Peter Rabbit (Benjamin Bunny), Noah’s Ark (Ham), The Wizard of Oz (The Lion), Little Red Riding Hood (The Big Bad Wolf), The Piano Lesson (Lymon), The Crucible (Cheever), Snow White (The Apprentice), and Man of La Mancha (Dr. Carasco) which was performed at the Sibui Festival in Sibui, Romania.

Mike Muething (Master Carpenter)

Mike Muething

​Mike studied art and music at Northern Kentucky University.  During that time he taught percussion to students at McNicholas High School.  He moved to Orlando, FL after college and worked at Walt Disney World where he did audio production for such groups as The Anacomical Players and Fossekallen.  He then moved into the position of laser technician and pyrotechnics with Illuminations at EPCOT Center.  After moving back to Cincinnati, he worked with a major regional home building company for several years.   He decided he wanted to get back into the arts and took his knowledge of building “real” houses and turned it into a career building “fake” houses for the stage.

Jennifer M. Picone (Company Production Manager/Stage Manager)

Jennifer M. Picone Jenn has been with The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati since 2003. She graduated from Miami University with a B.F.A. in Theatre Production and Design. When she’s not in production with The Children’s Theatre, Jenn can be found at Music Hall stage managing with the Cincinnati Opera. Other previous stage management engagements include Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Miami University Opera, Dayton Opera and the Village Playhouse in Oxford, OH.

Krista Katona Pille (Marketing and Public Relations Director)

Krista Katona Pille Krista has worked for The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati since 2001. Before The Children’s Theatre, she worked for the Cincinnati Division of Time Warner Cable as the Manager of Public Relations. Prior to that, Krista worked for LOCAL 12, as the Public Service/Creative Projects Coordinator. While there, she garnered three Regional Emmy Awards for producing, and her work was selected as a finalist in the 1999 National Emmy Awards. Krista graduated from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Electronic Media and a Writing Certificate in Journalism. While in school, she had internships at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, and in New York, on the set of the daytime drama, As the World Turns. Krista’s husband, Rodger, has performed in many Children’s Theatre productions. Her son, Charlie, is a Children’s Theatre fan and future performer.

Chris Stewart (Associate Artistic Director for ArtReach)

Chris Stewart Chris Stewart, actor-director-playwright-teaching-artist for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, has taught drama/acting classes for Learning the Craft since the program began. Recently, he directed Aesop’s Fables and The Ugly Duckling for the ArtReach tour. Playwrighting credits include Holiday Follies 2 & 2011, Jack & the Beanstalk, Huck Finn, and The Fantastic Toy Shoppe; he wrote a new version of The Sword in the Stone for ArtReach this fall. Chris played the title roles in The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s productions Disney’s Peter Pan JR. and Tom Sawyer, and was featured in all of the MainStage shows of the 2011-12 season. He teaches for the STAR Program and WorkShops, and has directed drama programs for young performers all over the Cincinnati area, including the Covedale Young People’s Theatre Prep. Chris was in the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals 2006-07 as an actor and press/marketing officer, and has performed in local shows at the Showboat, Commonwealth Theatre Company, and the Carnegie. His classes specialize in improvisation, classical and contemporary material, characterizations, and stagecraft. A graduate of Hillsdale College (B.A., Theatre; B.A., English) and alum of the Huron Playhouse, Chris is shifting his focus to education.

Caitlin Wood (Director of Development)

Caitlin Wood Caitlin has spent the last sixteen years working with nonprofit organizations, primarily those dedicated to the performing arts, to increase their income base and strengthen their position in the communities they serve. Whether developing fundraising strategies and implementation plans, leading board development and strategic planning initiatives, or crafting organizational messaging, Caitlin brings passion, energy and dedication to the organizations with whom she works while offering practical advice, effective materials and concrete strategies. Caitlin has been fortunate enough to work with the Arden Theatre Company, 1812 Productions, Theatre Horizon, the Capital Fringe Festival and the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, among others. Caitlin holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin where she was a James Michener Fellow and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Chicago. She is the very proud mother of a spit fire and theater lover, Orly Caroline.

Pamela M. Young (Bookkeeper/School & Volunteer Coordinator)

Pamela M. Young Pam started working for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati in 2007 as a part time bookkeeper. She soon became full time, adding MainStage School Coordinator and Office Manager to her resume. She lives in Madisonville with four of her five children. Spare time is spent with family and friends or volunteering at school or church. Pam says one of the best things about The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is sitting in a theater full of school-aged children and watching the amazement on their faces.