DEBBIE SPELL, President
is a retired New Jersey teacher who specialized in English as a Second Language. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Urban Education with a concentration in ESL from the College of New Jersey. A Visual Artist in pen and ink, Ms. Spell has extensive involvement with curriculum planning and implementation for K – 12. She is a multi-site programming planning specialist with over 25 years working with international students.
GEORGE CRENSHAW, Vice President
is a retired theatre educator with credits from Berklee School of Music's Boston Conservatory. Crenshaw has been the Theatre Arts Coordinator at Education Alternatives in Elyria, Willoughby Hills, Strongsville, Bedford, and Cuyahoga Falls. He has extensive involvement with Center Theatre, Imagination Theater, and City Lit Theater Company in Chicago Illinois. Currently, he is the Acting Teacher at Beachwood Summer Theatre Camp. Favorite roles include Smee in Peter Pan, the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz, Rutledge in 1776, Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum in Threepenny Opera, and Snoopy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown. Crenshaw specializes in participatory theater and has been a theatre Artist-in-Resident in Illinois, Idaho, Indiana at St. Mary of the Woods College, and Kansas where he was named Educator of the Year by the Kansas State Department of Education.
ROBIN PEASE, Secretary
holds a B.A., Princeton University, English with certificates in Theatre, Spanish Language & Culture, and M.Ed. Harvard University in Arts in Education. Her professional theater credits include work with Dobama Theater, Cain Park, the Cleveland Play House, and the Contemporary Theater Company. At Princeton University. Sarah directed several original works including her own adaptation of Lorrie Moore’s short story How to be an Other Woman and Due Unto Others, a contemporary retelling of the Samson and Delilah story. Her thesis Learning the Route as (S)he goes: Director as Storyteller and Theatrical Adaptation received highest marks. Pease-Kerr originated Kulture Kids’ Improv Olympics and as an expert researcher and writer assisted on The Great Law of Peace, Last Fugitive Slave, In the Storm, A Classic(al) Dilemma, Ma'at Is Missing , has written The Secret is Out and other Kulture Kids scripts. Pease-Kerr served as a Princeton Public Interest Fellowship as an Educator for the Community Group in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
holds a M.S. in Communications from Ithaca College, and both a B.F.A. in Acting and a B.A. in Theatre/Dance, with a Music Minor, from Case Western Reserve University, including additional studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Gabrielle has been Artist/Educator/Trainer for the Western New York Institute for the Arts in Education, New York State Council on the Arts, and Minneapolis/St Paul’s Stepping Stone Theatre, Buffalo’s Opera Buffs, Hiram College, and Ithaca College. She has served as Director/Choreographer for Daemen College in NY, Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre Midwest tours, Events Unlimited Industrial Shows (Buffalo), Stage Door Theatre in Wisconsin, Clarence Central High School in NY, Case Western Reserve University’s Eldred Theatre, Fridley High School in Minneapolis, and for the dance film SCHISM. Her librettos for the operas Eleanor Roosevelt and George Sand…and Chopin? have been sung in New York with her new libretto Shot! about the assassination of President William McKinley to be performed by the Nickel City Opera.
holds a B.A., Northwestern University and an M.F.A. Yale School of Drama in Theatre Management. She served as Managing Director of Circle Repertory Company, New York City; Director of the Story Department, Chesler/Perlmutter Productions; Founding board member of the Ojai Playwrights Conference; Manager of Special Projects, Disney Theatrical Productions. Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Straus Institute Federation of Television and Radio Artists; Educational Theatre Association; Association for Theatre in Higher Education; Theatre Communications Group; International Thespian Society, Pepperdine University School of Law.
holda a B.A., Bellarmine University and M.F.A., Case Western Reserve University. Cornwell has a Master Teacher Certification, in Michael Chekhov Technique from Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, Kent State University . She is the Hathaway Brown School Director of Theater. Appearances on stage include Dobama Theater, Cleveland Play House, the Hanna Theatre, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Beck Center for the Arts, Eldred Theatre and others. A member of the following professional organizations: Actors Equity Association; American Federation of Television and Radio Artists; Educational Theatre Association; Association for Theatre in Higher Education; Theatre Communications Group; and the International Thespian Society.