Jennifer is a theatre artist committed to empowering young people as performers, creators, leaders, and individuals. Jennifer has served as a director, choreographer, and teaching artist in a variety of theatres, high schools, and community service organizations across the south including the Springer Opera House, Rose of Athens Theatre, Dramatic English: Hong Kong, Arts Works, ArtsBridge America, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Kluge Community Learning Center, and First Stage. Jennifer has developed and led playwriting and devising ensembles, teaching artist training programs, student leadership programs, and theatre curriculum development. Jennifer piloted and managed the First Stage Next Steps program designed for students on the autism spectrum, which was the recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2013 Eureka Award for innovation in arts based programming. Jennifer holds an MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Central Florida.
Before joining the staff at Orlando REP, Chris had a busy career all over the United States. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UCF in 2005 and immediately after was accepted into the prestigious Yale School of Drama and graduated from Yale University with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Technical Design and Production. Throughout his schooling, Chris held positions at the Utah Shakespearean Festival and was the Production Supervisor for the New York Summer Play Festival. At Yale, Chris worked at the renowned Yale Repertory Theater on many productions and was schooled in everything from structural engineering and automation to production and theatre management. After Yale, Chris went to work for one of the largest Broadway Scene Shops, Hudson Scenic Studio, and worked in the Automation department. In 2009, Chris was a supervisor in the construction of the NYC Times Square Ball, which is the first ball to reside in Times Square year round. After all that, Chris has spent the last 7 years as the General and Production Manager at Orlando REP and still strongly believes that Orlando REP is the most fulfilling position he has held in his career.
Front of House Associate
Calli graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and a minor in Theatre. Prior to obtaining her degree, she joined the Orlando Repertory Theatre as an intern supporting front-of-house operations. Soon after, Calli advanced to the position of Front of House Assistant before advancing once again into her current role as a Front of House Associate, with a focus in coordinating the Orlando REP Volunteer Program.
Gene Columbus joined Orlando Repertory Theatre in 2008 as Executive Director after 38 years with the Walt Disney Company, having managed, produced, cast, and directed many of the shows and events in live production at Walt Disney World. Gene continuously has been involved with children’s programming, including producing the annual fundraising event for the Edgewood Children’s Ranch the past 35 years. He also produced the annual UCP Gala at the Buena Vista Palace for over 20 years, which focuses on special needs children. In Gene’s final years at Disney, he was as the Manager of Entertainment Staffing, guiding and assisting others with their careers as well as being a UCF Adjunct Instructor for more than a decade including the Rosen College of Hospitality Management. He is the author of “The Complete Guide To Careers in Special Events” which has become a textbook in colleges and universities. Gene is a popular speaker and guest lecturer on a wide range of topics including non-profit management. Early on, Gene had a ten-year performing career working in motion pictures and television, but what he loved most was being “live” on stage in musical theatre. In Hollywood, California he appeared on such television shows as The Hollywood Palace, The Lucy Show, The Carol Burnett Show, The Danny Kaye Show, and numerous others. His film credits include Funny Girl, Dr. Doolittle, and Clambake, as well as many stage productions. He later transitioned into stage management and was quickly promoted into more senior roles which he jokingly said it was all part of the training program to prepare him for Orlando REP. Gene has been married to dance instructor, Miss Becky, for over 37 years and has two sons who both are involved in the performing arts. Robert Columbus is a musician and recording engineer in Hollywood, California, and John Columbus is a cast member currently performing on the Disney Cruise line’s Fantasy. Gene has had an exciting career and a very blessed life, which has lead him to this magical place called Orlando Repertory Theatre.
An Orlando-native, Olivia was raised in the theatre community of Central Florida. A classically-trained dancer with School of Performing Arts and Southern Ballet Theatre (now Orlando Ballet), Olivia majored in Musical Theatre at Rollins College. She later achieved her Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins. Olivia has worked in arts marketing since 2004 where she got her start with the Bach Festival Society. Since then, she has worked with the Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins for nearly a decade as both staff and teaching adjunct, and was on the grand opening team of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. She built and staffed all Front of House operations for DPC before transitioning into Show Marketing Manager, where she interacted with all incoming touring companies, including Broadway Across America, Live Nation, and AEG Live. Olivia is still an active performer in Central Florida and has worked with companies such as Ice House Theatre, Baystreet Players, Orlando Fringe Festival, Beth Marshall Productions, Mad Cow Theatre, and more. Olivia is thrilled to have found a home at Orlando REP – a place near and dear to her heart.
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Lighting & Sound Director
Samuel is happy to be back at Orlando REP for his second complete season! His past REP productions include The Music Man Jr., State Fair, The Boxcar Children, Lyle the Crocodile, Pinkalicious: The Musical, and others. His work has also been seen at Daytona State College, Athens Theatre, and the Orlando International Fringe Festival. Samuel is grateful for his faith and his family (Heather, Hailey, and Gracie).
Front of House Manager
Benjamin holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Kent State University where he studied Marketing and Public Communication. Prior to graduation, Benjamin was first introduced to the Central Florida community while working for the Walt Disney World® Resort as part of the Disney College Program. Benjamin joined the Orlando Repertory Theatre in the spring of 2017 after serving as the Customer Service Manager for the Ohio Shakespeare Festival located in Akron, Ohio. In addition to the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, he worked as an Associate Manager for the American Diabetes Association, supporting the coordination and marketing of signature fundraising events. Having performed in school productions, community theater, and professional venues since childhood, Benjamin is driven by the power performing arts has to bring people together and transform the world in which we live.
Community Engagement Director
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Tara earned her MFA at UCF in 2015, where her research was focused on Directing and Sound Design. She holds a BA in Theatre from the UNC Greensboro, and is a member of AEA and SDC. Her work has taken her to venues including Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando REP, Orlando International Fringe Festival, Seaside Music Theater, and the Hippodrome (Florida), Steppenwolf, Congo Square, Chicago Shakes (Chicago, IL), New York Stage and Film, Potsdam Music Theatre, and the Hangar (New York). Tara recently made her directorial debut with Orlando REP with The Giver, which played for over 10,000 students in Orange and Osceola Counties last fall. www.tarakromer.webs.com
Front of House Associate
John graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. He has been involved in numerous productions both off and on stage and has a huge passion for Theatre. After graduation, he moved to Orlando and worked for Walt Disney World before joining the REP Family. He is thrilled to be a part of such a great theatre company
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Vicki Hahl Landon
Vicki holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Central Florida Theatre program in Theatre History, Criticism, and Literature, where she graduated Cum Laude. In addition to her work at Orlando REP, Vicki serves the Central Florida arts and culture community by guest lecturing about nonprofit management, participating in community-wide advocacy efforts, teaching grant writing workshops, writing grants for small and mid-size organizations, and serving numerous grant panels (including the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs General Program Support, Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Cultural Facilities, and United Arts of Central Florida General Operating Support.) Before joining the staff at Orlando REP, Vicki previously served as Director of Development for the Orlando Opera Company, where she excelled in donor growth, donor retention, and special event planning. Vicki is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Associate Education Director
Stacie became part of the Orlando REP family over 10 years ago! During this time, she has managed and developed the Field Trip program, as well as the Education Department’s Youth Academy. She is excited to use her Master’s in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in the Orlando REP’s new EyePlay program, which focuses on arts integration in dual language classrooms across Central Florida. Stacie’s passion has always been to work with children and young people using the arts to help develop and facilitate language learning, and she is very thankful that Orlando REP has embraced this new literacy initiative.
Jeffrey M. Revels
Jeff has directed many productions at Orlando REP with the most recent including Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook; Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt; The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical; Rock The Presidents; Harry Connick Jr.’s The Happy Elf, and Orphie and the Book of Heroes. He directed Florida tours of The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (And Her Dog!) and Katie Couric’s The Brand New Kid. Jeff is currently writing a show for a nationally known theme park. He wrote/co-directed large-scale stage spectaculars for the city of Manaus, Brazil and wrote/directed digital films seen daily at Okada Resort in Manila, Philippines. Jeff received the Alumni Professional Achievement Award from Winthrop University and was spotlighted by the Orlando Sentinel as one of Central Florida’s Most Fascinating People. He also received a Distinguished Career award from Florida Theatre Conference. He serves on many arts committees and panels including for the National Endowment for the Arts. Jeff is pleased to serve on the Advisory Board of UCF’s Rosen College Entertainment Management Program. He currently serves as Executive Producer for the Orlando Citrus Parade and as writer for the Nashville Christmas Spectacular, both nationally syndicated. Jeff is the founder of Conway Cares, an initiative that provides food for 150+ schoolchildren each week that are struggling with food insecurity. In 2015, the City of Orlando proclaimed “Jeff Revels Day” to honor his work.
Accounting & HR Manager
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Drew has been doing accounting work for non-profits for over ten years. In high school, he was part of concert choir and was cast in Fiddler on the Roof. Drew received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with an emphasis in Finance. It was during that time that he took part in the Disney College Program in 2005. He worked as the Office Manager of the North/Eastside Senior Coalition in Madison for almost eight years, and earned a Masters Degree in Business Management from Edgewood College. He lived in Sarasota for two years, then moved to Orlando. He also became a Certified Managerial Accountant in 2017. He loves movies, theater, music, karaoke, and entertainment, and is happy to be working in the industry with the REP.
Carrie Kasten Smith
Carrie has spent the past decade playing with Orlando REP as a stage manager, assistant production manager, and coordinator for Orlando REP’s internship program and Sensory-Friendly Series. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a BFA degree in Theatre with a concentration in Stage Management. Many of Carrie’s previous summers were spent stage managing Youth Academy actors, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to spend her third summer working with the Design & Tech Academy students as they explore the offstage roles in theatre.
Field Trip Manager
Cerise Sweezey, Field Trip Manager for Orlando Repertory Theatre, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, with a specialization in Event Management. She graduated Cum Laude and also holds a Minor in Vocal Performance. Before joining the staff at Orlando REP, Cerise served in multiple roles at Loews Hotels in Universal Orlando, excelling in customer service, customer retention, VIP services, and training at the Front Desk and Executive Offices. Cerise joined the Orlando REP family in 2015 as a Box Office Assistant and transitioned into her current role in 2016. Cerise has a passion for maintaining the Arts in Education, and plans to continue creating moments that matter for students, teachers, and families in Central Florida for many years!
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Costume Shop Manager
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Kyle holds a BA in Technical Theatre from Harding University. In addition to his work in Stage Carpentry, he has also worked for several years as a freelance lighting and sound designer and technician for various theatres, universities, and concerts. Aside from the theatre, Kyle also enjoys playing the trumpet and the guitar
Assistant Technical Director
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