Staff Bios

The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati Staff

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 (Interim Artistic Director for ArtReach & 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 career as choreographer and has worked with 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 The Carnegie Center, William Peace University, Purdue University and Miami (Ohio) University. He is currently a guest lecturer at Northern Kentucky University, teaches for the International Cecchetti Council of America and judges for Ohio Dance Masters. Jay directed The Snow Queen (2014-15), Ronald Dahl’s Willy Wonka JR. (2013-14), Disney’s Cinderella KIDS (2012-13) and Jack and the Beanstalk (2009-10) for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, and is the Associate Artistic Director of the Learning the Craft Program with TCTC. Jay and his wife Jenny (former CBC dancer) are blessed to have a performing family that includes their children Megan, Nathan and Amelia.

Roderick Justice (Interim 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.

Melissa Knueven (ArtReach Coordinator)

Melissa Knueven

Melissa is excited to be joining The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati as the ArtReach Coordinator.  A native to Cincinnati, Melissa was thrilled to return home after spending a year in Columbus, Ohio as a corporate customer relations specialist.  Melissa attended Ohio University, and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication and minor in English Language and Literature.  She has served as the Public Relations Assistant at the Kennedy Museum of Art in Athens, Ohio, and the PR and Marketing Assistant at the Taft Museum of Art here in Cincinnati. A lover of theater, Melissa hopes to dedicate her career to making art more accessible in the Cincinnati community through outreach and awareness.

Tina Marshall (Sales Director)

Tina Marshall Tina joined TCTC as Sales Director 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 (Production 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.

Chad Stewart (Director of Finance)

Chad Stewart

​Chad Stewart comes to The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati with several years of nonprofit arts finance and accounting experience. Having worked for such institutions as the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center, and the Arizona Theatre Company, Chad enjoys interacting with creative and dynamic individuals.  In addition to numbers, Chad also has an affinity for words. Chad received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky and is currently a graduate student in English/Creative Writing at Northern Kentucky University.  In addition to being a voracious reader of English (and French) literature, Chad’s interests include travel, art, and spending most weekends puttering around in his cottage garden with his wife Laura. Last, but certainly not least, Chad is a cat person.

Jennifer M. Rhodus (Scenic Charge Artist)

Jennifer M. Rhodus

​Jennifer has been with The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati since 2012, and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she earned her B.F.A. in Theatre Design & Production. During the summer season, she is the Scenic Charge Artist for the Cincinnati Opera and has designed sets for their Outbound Touring Program. As a freelance Assistant Designer, she has worked with David A. Centers on numerous shows at Dayton’s Human Race Theatre and the Cincinnati Opera; interned twice with NYC-Designer David Gallo at Playhouse in the Park; and has designed props for 19 productions at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Noelle Wedig (Costume Designer)

Noelle Wedig

​As a native Cincinnatian, Noelle is honored to have the opportunity to join The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati production team. Noelle’s background is creating mascot characters, puppet making, and fabric art & design (BFA Fibers, College of Mount St. Joseph ), (MFA Textile Design, Savannah College of Art & Design), which enabled her to meet the challenges of costume designing. Locally, Noelle has also worked with Know Theatre of Cincinnati, ArtWorks, Madcap Puppets, Kings Island, and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

Mary Wright (Development Manager)

Mary Wright Mary is an Army Brat who was born in Nuremburg, Germany and is one of five daughters.  She resides in Mason, Ohio.  Mary came to The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National MS Society  where she was in charge of Development events such as the Women on the Move Luncheon and Dinner of Champions, as well as donor relations, IT and office management.  Mary also worked at Hospice of Cincinnati as the Volunteer Coordinator for seven years and has worked in residential and commercial building in Greater Cincinnati.  Mary was on the Board of Trustees for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Volunteer Coordinator for the Duramed Futures Tour of the LPGA, Standard Bearer Chair for the Kroger Classic of the Champions Tour of the PGA, where she was the National Volunteer of the Year.

Alicia Wylie (Carpenter/Scenic Artist)

Alicia Wylie

​Alicia was born and raised in Texas, but soon moved to New Orleans where she lived for five years doing freelance carpentry and working in a fabrication shop making floats, walking heads and props.  During this time, she obtained her Fine Arts degree from the University of New Orleans.  Her next adventure brought her to the Cincinnati area to live with her wonderful partner, Rachel, and work for The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati as a carpenter. Alicia enjoys riding motorcycles, working on cars and playing video games.

Pamela M. Young (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.