Summer 2013 Creative Staff

Amy Flack (Exeuctive Director) re-joined the CPS team in February 2010 after serving as the Executive Director of the Clayton Opera House, where she helped oversee the renovation of the historic facility and lead the expansion of the organization to a year-round center for the performing arts.  She has held previous positions in arts administration at the Hangar Theater (Ithaca, NY), Etcetera Theater Club (London, England), Princess Grace Foundation, (New York, NY), American Ballet Theater (New York, NY), and served as the Assistant Executive Director for CPS from 2003-2006. Amy is a graduate of the Theatre Arts Management program at Ithaca College.

Jared T Carey (Production Manager)
returned to Potsdam, NY in April 2009 after 15 years in NYC studying theatre and working as a professional stage manager.  Professional Stage Management Credits - Broadway/NYC:  Proof, 75th Anniversary Radio City Christmas Spectacular in 2007.  First National/AEA Tours:  Thoroughly Modern Millie, BLAST!, Parade, Annie.  Off-Broadway: Uncle Vanya with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard (Classic Stage Company), Buffalo Gal (Primary Stages), House (Manhattan Theater Club), The World Over (Playwrights Horizons), Menopause The Musical and The Lion In Winter with Stockard Channing and Laurence Fishburne (Roundabout Theater Company).  Regional Credits:  Paper Mill Playhouse (Pirates!, She Loves Me, Carousel, The Student Prince, Rags, Crazy For You), North Carolina Theatre (Phantom), Westchester Broadway Theatre (Jekyll And Hyde), Children’s Theatre Company (The Magic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle), Northern Stage Company (Cats, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Dancing At Lughnasa, The Crucible, Guys And Dolls, Three Days of Rain). Ten months touring Japan with BLAST! and BLAST! II MIX between 2004 and 2006. Locally Jared has directed The Pajama Game, Seussical, Into The Woods, and The Man Who Came To Dinner for Canton Central High School. He is a graduate of Wagner College, class of ‘98. Currently Jared also serves as the Business Manager for the Orchestra of Northern New York.

Donna Drake (Director/Choreographer for Little Shop of Horrors; Director for Hairspray) Broadway: original production of A Chorus LineSophisticated Ladies, Woman of the Year, The Wind in the Willows,  5678-DanceIt’s so nice to be Civilized and the original production of  The 1940s Radio HourAwards: an Emmy nomination, 4 Drama Desk Nominations, A Mac Award Nomination, A Theatre World Award, and an Off Broadway Alliance Nomination. She choreographed Catherine Zeta Jones for the American Film Institute Awards, 2009 and The AFI 2011 honoring Morgan Freeman and starring Betty White. She directed a new children’s show; John Tartaglia’s Imaginocean -- Off Broadway, National & International tours. TV credits: The New Fangled Variety Show, Disney’s Johnny & the Sprites, AFI Awards 09,11, ABC TV’s Dear Alex & Annie,  One Life to Live  and The Edge of Night. Regional credits: The Wizard of Oz, starring Mickey Rooney & Eartha Kitt; Romance In The Dark, starring Jennifer Holliday; Nothing Like A Dame, BC/EFA 2004-06, All the world is a Stage at Carnegie Hall. A Chorus Line national tour, AIDA, Chicago, Hairspray, Rent, Tommy, Damn Yankees, NEWSicle, Annie, Love Always, Patsy Cline, Smokey Joes Café, Sweet Charity, Honk!, Lucky Guy, Beauty & the Beast, Chess. National tour & documentary film for Varla Jean Merman, BOOBS! The musical,   Christmas with the Crawfords, Snail Road, The Wiz, Monica’s Mixing Bowl and the New York 2012 production of The Medium, starring jeff Roberson, aka Varla Jean Merman. Donna is currently working on a new musical called NOTRE DAME. This musical was premiered at the 2011 NYMF Festival in New York City and is being developed for Broadway. She is also co-writer and director of a new show called WELL STRUNG.

Rhonda Miller (Choreographer for Hairspray; Associate Choreographer for Little Shop of Horrors), one of the original founders and co-owners of EDGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, L.A. DANCEFORCE CONVENTIONS and ENCORE PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE, has spent the last several years choreographing, staging, and directing in all areas of the entertainment industry. She is guest faculty for NYCDA and TREMAINE conventions, BROADWAY DANCE CENTER, and STEPS on Broadway.

Most recently she choreographed three productions of All Shook Up at Maine State Music Theatre, Carousel Dinner Theater, and Pace University as well as Kiss Me Kate and Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party at Schimmel Theater in New York City. ABC Daytime Salutes BCEFA starring Kimberly McCullough of General Hospital and Broadway Bares. She is honored to have choreographed the highly respected the "Nothing Like a Dame" show for Broadway Cares at the Marquis Theater; conceive, direct, and choreograph Cinematastic for Princess Cruise LInes, as well as the music video "I'm Beautiful," directed by Margaret Cho and continues to choreograph for the soaps “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless.”

Rhonda’s inventive use of props and choreography with children and adults has been featured in commercials, industrials, and videos as well as onstage for such Fortune 500 companies as Chrysler, Warner Brothers, Toys 'R Us, and Exxon Corporation. She is currently choreographing a new show, Broadway Nights, for Celebrity Cruise Line and creating an original dance piece for Las Vegas.

She is proud to have her BFA from the University of Utah in Ballet with Musical Theatre Emphasis and her MPA from Oklahoma City University where she was the first dance/choreographer to be inducted into the school’s “Hall of Honor.”

Presently, she is an Associate Professor and Director of the BFA Commercial Dance Program at PACE University in New York City.

Sara Simon-Shult (Music Director)
is excited to be participating in her 3rd CPS production. Her previous shows include King and I and Annie. Sara received her bachelor's degree in music and French from Vassar College and her Master's in Music Education and piano pedagogy from The Crane School of Music. She has acted as director, music director, accompanist, choreographer, and pit conductor for over 30 high school, community theatre, and regional theater company productions, as well as performing in such favorites as Evita, Nine, and Mame. She is married to her musical partner, Keith, and has 2 beautiful children, Keiran and Tristan.

Ken Goldstein (Scenic Designer)
is the Assistant Professor of Set Design at SUNY New Paltz.  Regional credits include:  Northern Stage, Capital Rep, Barrington Stage Company, Skylight OperaTheatre, Gulfshore and The Hangar.  Upcoming project at Baystreet Theatre. MFA in Set Design from Brandeis University, member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

Annmarie Duggan (Lighting Designer)
Ms. Duggan is excited to return to the North Country having designed more than 20 productions for Music Theatre North as a young designer.  Off-Broadway: Sphinx Winx (Theatre Row) Jolson & Co. (Century Center) Syria America (Greenwich Street Theatre), Clue The Musical (Players Theatre). Regional:  American Girl Place Theatre, Chicago, LA, and New York, Skylight Opera, Capital Repertory Theatre, Foothills Theatre, Northern Stage, Wachusett Theatre, Seaside Music Theatre, Cumberland County Playhouse, Utah Musical Theatre, Lycian Centre, Florida Rep., Seacoast Rep.   Dance:  Navidad Flamenca (NJPAC) and Mujeres y Hombres (New Victory Theatre).  Ms. Duggan was recently appointed to the Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh.

Alexis Foster (Costume Designer/Coordinator) obtained her MFA in Drama with a concentration in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Arkansas and her BFA from Kean University in Union, NJ. Alexis has worked both educationally and professionally designing and constructing costumes at various locations around the country. Currently she is the costume shop manager at SUNY Potsdam. Previous costumes designs include Pirates of Penzance, Endgame, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Marat/Sade and last year’s CPS Production of Beauty and the Beast.  She is a member of USITT.  Feel free to visit her website at www.alfosterdesigns.com

James Wildman (Sound Designer)
Internationally known in the fields of opera, ballet, and drama. Design credits include productions with:  Josh Brolin, Carol Burnett, Sandy Duncan, Gregory Peck, Leoni Rysenik (opera), Bobby Short, Marlo Thomas, Eli Wallach, Marius Weyers, Diane Wiest, John Williams (guitarist) and Joanne Woodward. His designs have appeared with the following companies in the USA:  The Berkshire Theatre Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Cleveland Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, the PlayMakers Repertory Theatre, the Manhattan Theatre Club, (earning him an Audelco Award Nomination), the GeVa theatre, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Actor’s Studio and the New Victory Theatre on Broadway. Additionally, his design work is included in the National Theatre Archive at Lincoln Center in New York. James lives in Canton, New York where he is a part of Larrance & Wildman, Technology and Design for the Performing Arts.

Tori Oakes (Technical Director) For numerous years, Tori worked as technical director for various companies throughout the southeast. More recently, she has worked as production manager for such companies Ibex Puppetry in FL, Northern Stage in VT, and Seaside Music Theatre in FL.  She is currently pursuing an MFA with a focus in Theatre for Young Audiences at the University of Central Florida.