Emily Ristine Holloway, Artistic Director
Emily is a founding member of Summer Stock Stage. As the artistic director she has directed nearly all of the productions of the first decade. Working in Indianapolis as an Equity actress for almost 15 years, Emily has acted in productions at Beef & Boards, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, American Cabaret Theatre, The Phoenix Theatre, and Indiana Repertory Theatre. Her favorite roles include: Diana in Next to Normal, Kate Monster in Avenue Q, Phoebe in As You Like It, Kay Banks (the bride) in Father of the Bride, Shelley in Bat Boy!; the Musical and Hope in Urinetown. While attending DePauw University, Emily took a contract with Walt Disney World where she performed in more than 500 shows. In addition to theater, Emily works as a studio singer recording for Music Theater International, directs school theater, teaches acting at Butler University, and does film and commercial work. She and her husband Ben have two daughters, Tess and Violet.
Jeanne DeVos Bowling, Assistant Artistic Director/Musical Director
Jeanne is assistant director of choirs and teaches voice at Park Tudor School. At Marian University, she served as director of Women’s Chorus and Voice Instructor. Jeanne has a Bachelor’s of Music in voice performance from DePauw University and Master’s work in music technology. Jeanne has taught singers of all levels for 15 years. She is the Kightlinger and Gray 2003 Outstanding Arts Educator for her work in secondary vocal teaching. Jeanne, a founding member of Summer Stock Stage, has been musical director for all of Summer Stock Stage productions as well as local productions of 42nd Street, Anything Goes and West Side Story and choral and ensemble performing groups. She has worked in diverse production capacities at the Phoenix Theatre, Starlight Musicals, Warren Central High School and Park Tudor School. In addition to her teaching, Jeanne maintains an active professional career in the Indianapolis area in liturgical and concert music and musical theater. Performing roles include: The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Anna Maurrant in Street Scene, Fiona in Brigadoon and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. She has performed with Indianapolis Opera, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Civic Theatre, Red Barn Summer Theatre, Buck Creek Players, WTHR-NBC, and in local commercial and industrial film.
Kyle Ragsdale, Art Director
Kyle is the art director at Summer Stock Stage. He has designed sets for Phoenix Theatre and Intimate Opera at the Indy Fringe Festival. He is primarily a painter and is the curator of the Harrison Gallery in downtown Indianapolis. Recent honors include first prize at Masterpiece in a Day, final round at Art v. Art, a fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, posters for Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s 25th anniversary Symphony on the Prairie summer series, poster for the 2006 Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, and Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellow. While Kyle’s work continues to vary in focus, inevitably most pieces relate back to history, memory, relationships, and community. Visit Kyle’s work on the web: www.kyleragsdale.com.
Cherri Jaffee, Choreographer
Cherri is the founder of the professional component of Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana’s premier contemporary dance company. Under her artistic direction, DK was a nationally recognized repertory dance company employing choreographers from around the world. Cherri received numerous awards for her leadership and innovative programs, including the inaugural Indianapolis Arts Council TRACI award. Prior to her 14 years with DK, she toured the Midwest with celebrities like Carol Lawrence in Funny Girl and Ann Miller in Anything Goes, performing at the Muny Opera in St. Louis and at Starlight Musicals in both Indianapolis and Kansas City. Locally, her favorite roles were Charity in Anything Goes, Sheila in A Chorus Line and Anita in West Side Story. She serves as a dance panelist for the Indiana Arts Commission. Cherri received her BA and MA from Butler University in dance performance and is the Director of the Pilates program at the Jewish Community Center where she teaches dance classes as well. She is delighted to be working with Summer Stock Stage.
Charles Goad, Director
Charles is a professional actor/director/teacher with over 35 years of experience. A member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA, he is a founding member of the Phoenix Theatre where he has acted in over 40 productions as well as serving as a director and teacher at various times in the theatre’s history. He has also worked extensively at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Other Indiana credits include: Shadowape, Cardinal Stage, Beef & Boards, Brown County Playhouse and Actors’ Theatre of Indiana. Regional credits include Missouri Repertory, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Syracuse Stage and The Depot Theatre. In New York he has worked at LaMaMa, CenterStage/NY and the Emelin Theatre and in Chicago with The Next Theatre, Stage Left, Lifeline and the Remains Theatre.
Michael Moffatt, Lighting Designer
Michael is the theater department chair and technical director at Cathedral High School. He teaches technical theater, lighting design and set design at the school and serves as the technical director for all productions. He also manages the stage crew team which builds, lights, sound designs and executes, manages props and costumes for more than six productions a year. In the community, he freelances as a lighting designer for several theaters and university theater programs in the Indianapolis and surrounding area
Mariel Greenlee, Choreographer
Originally from Vestal, NY, Mariel received her BA in Dance from Point Park University. She studied in New York City at The Martha Graham Center for Dance, Dance Space (DNA), STEPs, the Paul Taylor School, the Joffrey Ballet School and the David Parsons Workshop. She also has worked previously with Robert Battle, Margo Sappington, Doug Bentz, Beth Corning, Jana Hicks, Keisha Lalama, Susan Stowe and others. Mariel received the Individual Artist grant from the IAC in 2007, and she was a 2010 creative renewal fellow with the Indiana Arts Council. Mariel also teaches ballet and modern dance locally. Her choreography can be seen at places such as the Phoenix Theatre, IRT, Summer Stock Stage, The University of Indianapolis, as well as local music videos, competitions, and Galas.