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.
Jeffrey M. Revels
Jeff has directed many productions including Harry Connick, Jr.’s The Happy Elf; Rock The Presidents; Orphie and the Book of Heroes; Fancy Nancy The Musical; Civil War Voices; Click, Clack, BOO! A Tricky Treat; Freckleface Strawberry The Musical; Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical; Junior Claus; Lyle The Crocodile; Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!; Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type; The Berenstain Bears Onstage: A Bear Country Musical; Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business; How I Became A Pirate; The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood; Blue’s Clues Live; The Emperor’s New Clothes; All Shook Up; Bunnicula; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. He directed Florida tours of The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (and Her Dog!) and Katie Couric’s The Brand New Kid. Jeff wrote and co-directed several large-scale Christmas stage spectacular for the city of Manaus, Brazil that was globally televised to millions, and his work is also seen in Manila, Philippines. In 2014, 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. Jeff received the “Distinguished Career in Theatre for Youth” award from the Florida Theatre Conference and has been recognized by United Arts as “Arts Educator of the Year” numerous times. He serves on many arts committees and adjudicates performances regionally and nationally. Jeff is pleased to serve on the Advisory Board of UCF’s Rosen College Entertainment Management Program. Jeff is the founder of Conway Cares, an initiative that provides weekend food for 150+ schoolchildren per week and a member of Theatre for Young Audiences/USA, Americans for the Arts, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, First Presbyterian Church Orlando, and a graduate of Leadership Orlando. In 2015, the City of Orlando proclaimed “Jeff Revels Day” to honor his work. His favorite roles are husband to Karen and patriarch to Kate, Carson, and Chancellor.
General & Production Manager
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.
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
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.
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.
Community Engagement Director
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Ashley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising & Public Relations, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She has served as a marketing professional in the Orlando performing arts community for ten years, the past six of which she has happily spent at Orlando REP. As a freelance graphic designer, her work has been seen throughout Central Florida for organizations such as Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Red Fish Theatre, CFCArts (Broadway Concert Series), Orlando Ballet, Mad Cow, Theatre Downtown, Theatre at St. Luke’s UMC, and at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. Onstage, she has appeared in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Shrek The Musical, Into The Woods, and The Drowsy Chaperone with various theatres. Offstage production credits include Joseph… Dreamcoat (Assistant Director & Visual Designer), Guys and Dolls (Assistant Director & Visual Designer), The Music Man (Assistant Director), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Assistant Director), and Grease (Choreographer). In 2014, Ashley produced the Central Florida premiere of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which won Patron’s Pick and Critic’s Choice awards for Best Musical at Orlando Fringe. Ashley loves creativity, reading, sharks, and Starbucks.
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Accounting & HR 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
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
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).
Costume Shop Manager
Megan is pleased to be a part of the Orlando REP team as Costume Shop Manager. She earned her BFA degree in Theatre Production/Design from Miami University. Her resume includes experience in all areas of costuming: construction, design, wardrobe, and wigs. She has worked professionally at various regional theaters nationwide and abroad, including the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and the Cleveland Playhouse. Megan also served as Wig Supervisor for the national tour of Annie and Costume Technician for Disney Cruise Line. Central Florida design credits include Costume Design for Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Orlando REP) and Wig Design for Bonnie & Clyde (Garden Theatre).
Costume Shop Assistant
Katie is a Knoxville, TN native and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She has always had a love for theatre, but discovered her love for costuming in college. Previous costume work experience includes Middle Tennessee State University, Nashville Repertory Theatre, and various freelance projects in Nashville, TN.
Assistant Production Manager & Internship Coordinator
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Carrie Kasten Smith
Assistant Production Manager & Internship Coordinator
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.
Sarah graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communications and Public Relations from The University of South Florida. She began her career in the community relations field with the Tampa Bay Rays, and switched gears to the non-profit world in 2016 when she interned with the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. In addition to her non-profit background, Sarah also has ample experience in the public relations arena, interning with both a PR firm and the Tampa Police Department while attending USF. Sarah is excited to be a part of the Orlando REP family!
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.
Field Trip Manager
Cerise 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 in Central Florida for many years!
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.
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