Steven C. Anderson

Steven C. Anderson

Producing Director

sanderson@catco.org

   
Steven C. Anderson (Director) is the Producing Director of CATCO is Theatre. His directing credits include Candide and Hair (OSU); Love! Valour! Compassion! and The Taste of Sunrise (CATCO); Big River and Pippin (Actors’ Theatre); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (New Harmony Theatre); and Greater Tuna, Little Shop of Horrors, and Assassins (Players Theatre Columbus). Since taking the helm at CATCO is Theatre, the breadth of his directorial work has run from the comedy and mayhem of The 39 Steps, the sold out and revived musical Avenue Q, the American premiere of The Rubenstein Kiss, and the regional premiere of My Name is Asher Lev. He is the recipient of the Ohio Theatre Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award, the  Southside Settlement Arts Freedom Award, and a Certificate of Achievement from the Community Center for the Deaf. His work has been nominated six times for the prestigious Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Excellence in the Arts Award, most recently for the 2015 production of Herb Brown’s The Final Table.
   
   

Joe Bishara

Associate Producing Director

jbishara@catco.org

   

Joe Bishara has worked on over 200 theatrical productions at regional theatres across the United States as an award-winning Actor, Artist Educator, Director, and Producer. He is the Associate Producing Director for CATCO and CATCO is Kids, coordinator for the Greater Columbus Arts Council playwriting fellowship program and a frequent guest instructor/lecturer/clinician at educational institutes across Ohio. Joe is a proud graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, a member of AEA and an associate member of SDC.

Website: Joe-Bishara.com

   
   

Joe Wolfle Jr.

Technical Director

jwolfle@catco.org

   
After attending The University of Cincinnati for technical direction, Joe Wolfle set off for some grand adventures in New England. While in the Green Mountains of Vermont, he spent a summer working with the Bread and Puppet Theater. The following winter Joe was captured by the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he ran a team of Oxen, doing forestry work atop a foot of snow. Cheap living expenses and family ties brought him back to Ohio where he has been working as a local stagehand and continuing his growing work with theater. Joe is actively involved in organic farming and the local food movement. He is also a member of the Awarehouse artist collective and the Righteous Mothers bicycle club, both based in the Weinland Park neighborhood where he and his partner are currently renovating an old vacant house. He is excited about joining the CATCO staff to produce high quality theater with a great group of artists.
 
 

Kirsten Upchurch

Production Stage Manager

kupchurch@catco.org

   

Kirsten is excited to be joining the CATCO staff for the 2017-18 season. After earning her MFA from Florida Atlantic University Kirsten worked in venues such as Parker Playhouse, Aventura Arts and Culture Center, as well as Palm Beach Drama Works and The Women's Theatre Project. For the past 10 years Kirsten has spent her summers with Weathervane Playhouse in Newark, OH in the capacities as Production Manager, Stage Manager, General Manager, Theatre Education Director and Actress. Originally from Newark, Ohio Kirsten has worked across the country as a Production Stage manager for the Broadway National Tours of Jekyll & Hyde 2014-15, and Flashdance 2015-16. Kirsten's fondest theatre memories include working with Mandy Patinkin on Let Go in 2012, and having opportunity to work with Herb Brown and Steven Anderson on CATCO's production of Henry Ford's Model E.

 
 

Andrew Protopapas

Artist Educator

aprotopapas@catco.org

   
A Columbus native, Andrew Protopapas is proud to be a member of the CATCO staff. He is an alumnus of Capital University as well as CATCO's acting apprenticeship program. He holds bachelor's degrees in English literature, creative writing, and theatre studies. As an Artist Educator, Andrew has facilitated and planned workshops, classes, and residency programs in schools both inside and outside of Columbus. Apart from providing education through theatre, Andrew enjoys acting, directing, and writing for the stage.
 
 
 
 

Christina "C.J." Pierce

CPAC Coordinator

cjpierce@catco.org

   
CJ Pierce is a graduate of Cleveland State University’s theatre program with a focus in Technical Theatre and Design. She has light designed and stage managed many productions through-out north east and central Ohio, and has recently transplanted to the Columbus theatre scene from sunny Cleveland, Ohio. She enjoys organizing and help facilitate theatre performances and is very fortunate to have found a home with CATCO is Theatre and CATCO is Kids. Lux Sit!”
 
 

Johanna Breiding

Production Technician

jbreiding@catco.org

   
Johanna Breiding is proud to be working in technical theatre in Columbus and even more proud to be a member of the CATCO family. She has worked in numerous theatres around town since moving to Columbus from Akron, Ohio and attending Columbus State Community College. Johanna was the Technical Apprentice for CATCO's 2014–2015 season after finishing the CATCO internship program the previous season.
 
 

Sarah Mills Bacha

Press Representative

smbacha@earthlink.net

   
Sarah Mills Bacha is a professional writer and communications/marketing consultant. As president of her own firm, SMB Communications Ltd., which she founded in 1994, she has assisted numerous national and central Ohio companies and organizations with their marketing and communications needs. Before becoming a consultant, she worked as a journalist at daily newspapers. Previous positions include business reporter at The Columbus Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio, comment page editor at The Journal-Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind., and stringer for Reuters.
 
 

Chase Holt

Shop Foreman

cholt@catco.org

   
A native of Columbus, Charles Holt grew up in the world of Rock and Roll, starting his career in live entertainment at the age of 16 with RCS and Thorn Apple Sound based out of Cleveland. Between this, wrenching on hot rods and working for his father as a roofer, his love for building things with his hands had no limits. In 2008, he was offered a position at Bartha as a scenic carpenter. Although carpentry at this point was only a dream of his, this gave him the opportunity to learn in a fast-paced environment. Over the years he helped launch their soft goods department as well as traveled all over the country as head carpenter overseeing the set-up of massive builds for national and international clients. Also, being a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 12 Stage Hand Union for the better part of 10 years his heart is really in the industry. With all of his hard work, and help from Opera Columbus, he has found himself in a position at CATCO that feels like home.
 
 

Jacqueline Bates

House Manager

   
Jacqueline Bates (House Mgr.) most recently appeared as Katherine in CATCO is Theatre's production of Mothers and Sons. Past credits include Steel Magnolias, 'Night, Mother, Collected Stories, and The Grapes of Wrath. She has also appeared in The Trees of the Dancing Goats and as Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle for Phoenix Theatre. Jackie currently serves as House Manager for CATCO.
   
 
 

Candice Kight

Artist Education Apprentice

   
Kight, a Columbus native, studied classical voice at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. She has performed in area premiers, new works and classics with theatre companies throughout the state.
   
 
 

Nolan Thomaswick

Artist Education Apprentice

   
Thomaswick, a Toledo native, studied theatre at the University of Toledo, where he focused on acting and its ability to develop empathy and a human-connection between individuals.
   
 
 

Sara Matthiesen

Carpentry Apprentice

   
Sara is proud to be a part of the CATCO family and is excited to learn about the behind the scenes world of theater. Sara studied jewelry and metalsmithing at Kent State University and glassblowing at The Ohio State University. This will be her first foray into the world of theater.