Steven C. Anderson

Steven C. Anderson

Producing Director

Steven C. Anderson has created plays for and with Central Ohio children for the past twenty-nine years, first at the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center, then at Players Theatre Columbus and most recently at the Phoenix Theatre for Children which he founded twenty years ago. He is the recipient of the Ohio Theatre Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award, the Southside Settlement Arts Freedom Award, a Certificate of Achievement from the Community Center for the Deaf, and a Central Ohio Critics Circle Award for “a decade of respectful and exhilarating theatrical adaptations of works of literature from around the world and for using a diverse array of theatrical styles to challenge and delight children.” His work has been nominated five times for the prestigious Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Excellence in the Arts Award. His work as a director includes Candide and Hair at the Ohio State University Theatre Department; Love! Valour! Compassion! and The Taste of Sunrise at CATCO, Big River and Pippin for Actors Theatre; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at New Harmony Theatre; and Greater Tuna; Little Shop of Horrors; and Assassins for the former Players Theatre Columbus where he served as Associate Producing Director. He is particularly proud of the 2006 collaboration with BalletMet of Alice in Wonderland, the 2007 collaboration with CAPA, and OperaColumbus of The Secret Garden that paired deaf and hearing actors on stage together, and the 2009 Phoenix production of The Miracle Worker that incorporated the talents of deaf and blind actors.

Joe Bishara

Associate Producing Director


Joe Bishara has worked on over 200 theatrical productions at regional theatres across the United States as an award-winning Actor, Artist Educator, Director, and Producer. He is the Associate Producing Director for CATCO and CATCO is Kids, coordinator for the Greater Columbus Arts Council playwriting fellowship program and the Immediate Past-President of Theatre Roundtable, a consortium of Central Ohio theatres working to strengthen theatre throughout the state of Ohio. Joe is a proud graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, a member of AEA and an associate member of SDC.



Keya Myers-Alkire

Master Electrician/Sound Engineer

Keya Myers-Alkire has begun her 19th season as CATCO's Master Electrician & Sound Engineer with the start of our 2015–16 Season and is grateful for all the wonderful theater in which she has been able to participate in as well as for all of the terrific theatre artists with whom she has been able to work. She has loved providing the sound designs for most of CATCO's shows since 1997. There are really too many favorite sound designs to mention here, but the list includes Asher Lev, Steel Magnolias, The 39 Steps, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Compleat Works of Wllm. Shakespeare (abridged), A Tuna Christmas, and The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine. She would like to thank her wonderfully supportive & understanding family; her husband, David, and her son, Dean.

Joe Wolfle Jr.

Technical Director

After attending The University of Cincinnati for technical direction, Joe Wolfle set off for some grand adventures in New England. While in the Green Mountains of Vermont, he spent a summer working with the Bread and Puppet Theater. The following winter Joe was captured by the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he ran a team of Oxen, doing forestry work atop a foot of snow. Cheap living expenses and family ties brought him back to Ohio where he has been working as a local stagehand and continuing his growing work with theater. Joe is actively involved in organic farming and the local food movement. He is also a member of the Awarehouse artist collective and the Righteous Mothers bicycle club, both based in the Weinland Park neighborhood where he and his partner are currently renovating an old vacant house. He is excited about joining the CATCO staff to produce high quality theater with a great group of artists.

Marcia Hain

Costume Shop Manager

Marci has been a costumer in the Columbus area for over 30 years. She ran the costume shop for Otterbein University for 22 years and designed over 20 productions. She also taught costume construction and wardrobe. Marci is now pleased to be with CATCO and is enjoying the challenges of professional theatre. Favorite designs include "Phantom"(associate design), "Hello Dolly", and "The Drowsy Chaperone" for Otterbein and "Jungle Book" and "Peter and the Starcatcher" for CATCO. She has also done freelance work for various local theatres and high schools. Marci is a graduate of Ohio State University.

Andrew Protopapas

Artist Educator

A Columbus native, Andrew Protopapas is proud to be a member of the CATCO staff. He is an alumnus of Capital University as well as CATCO's acting apprenticeship program. He holds bachelor's degrees in English literature, creative writing, and theatre studies. As an Artist Educator, Andrew has facilitated and planned workshops, classes, and residency programs in schools both inside and outside of Columbus. Apart from providing education through theatre, Andrew enjoys acting, directing, and writing for the stage.

Joshua Brown

Production Assistant

Joshua graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Tech and Design. Throughout his college career and after, Josh worked for Porthouse Theatre in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio as a Stage Manager where he worked on shows such as Violet and Starmites, and as an Assistant Stage Manager on shows such as Fiddler on the Roof, My Fair Lady, and Hairspray. He then moved to Florida for a short time to work as an Assistant Stage Manager at Florida Repertory Theatre in Fort Myers where he worked on shows such as Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, One Slight Hitch, and a new play called Split In Three.

Christina "C.J." Pierce

CPAC Coordinator

CJ Pierce is a graduate of Cleveland State University’s theatre program with a focus in Technical Theatre and Design. She has light designed and stage managed many productions through-out north east and central Ohio, and has recently transplanted to the Columbus theatre scene from sunny Cleveland, Ohio. She enjoys organizing and help facilitate theatre performances and is very fortunate to have found a home with CATCO is Theatre and CATCO is Kids. Lux Sit!”

Johanna Breiding

Production Technician

Johanna Breiding is proud to be working in technical theatre in Columbus and even more proud to be a member of the CATCO family. She has worked in numerous theatres around town since moving to Columbus from Akron, Ohio and attending Columbus State Community College. Johanna was the Technical Apprentice for CATCO's 2014–2015 season after finishing the CATCO internship program the previous season.

Sarah Mills Bacha

Press Representative

Sarah Mills Bacha is a professional writer and communications/marketing consultant. As president of her own firm, SMB Communications Ltd., which she founded in 1994, she has assisted numerous national and central Ohio companies and organizations with their marketing and communications needs. Before becoming a consultant, she worked as a journalist at daily newspapers. Previous positions include business reporter at The Columbus Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio, comment page editor at The Journal-Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind., and stringer for Reuters.

Steve Puhl Jr.

Shop Foreman

Steve is thoroughly enjoying his introduction to the behind the scenes of the theater world. Having an extensive background in carpentry ranging from custom home building, to home remodeling, to teaching carpentry at the high school and college level for the past ten years Steve is bringing all of his skills to the stage with set engineering and construction. When he's not working on sets he works with YayBikes! running valet bike corrals at events around Columbus.

Jacqueline Bates

House Manager

Jacqueline Bates (House Mgr.) most recently appeared as Katherine in CATCO is Theatre's production of Mothers and Sons. Past credits include Steel Magnolias, 'Night, Mother, Collected Stories, and The Grapes of Wrath. She has also appeared in The Trees of the Dancing Goats and as Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle for Phoenix Theatre. Jackie currently serves as House Manager for CATCO.

Abigail Worden

Acting Apprentice


Abigail Worden recently graduated Capital University with a degree in Theatre Studies/Communication, and a minor in Public Relations. An unbridled enthusiasm for theatre has inspired her varied work in stage management (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), proporteries (The Addams Family, Speed Dating Tonight), directing (Cabaret), and performance (Metamorphoses, A Flea in Her Ear). She is grateful for this opportunity to cultivate and share her many passions through CATCO.


Ben Tracy

Acting Apprentice


Ben Tracy recently graduated from Wright State's BFA Acting program, where he appeared in The Great Gatsby (Nick Carraway), and The Music Man (Charlie Cowell), among other shows. A proud native of Minneapolis, he has worked with CLIMB Theatre and the historic Old Log Theatre. As a writer, his short play One Cow Mooing will premiere with Theatre Oxford in Mississippi this October. He is thrilled to start this journey with CATCO.


Matthew Sierra

Artist Education Apprentice


Matthew Sierra is incredibly grateful to be working with CATCO as an Artist Education Apprentice and is looking forward to an exciting year! Recent credit include Skylight with Columbus Civic Theatre, The Kabuki Sleeping Beauty with CATCO is Kids!, and POZ with Evolution Theatre Company. Matt would like to thank his family for their undying support in all his endeavors, Joe Bishara for kicking his butt as a mentor, and Eli Brickey (girlfriend) whose love and support made this possible! Matt is excited to be part of the CATCO family!


Nick Murphy

Lighting/Sound Apprentice


Nick Murphy is a recent graduate of Wesletan University (2016 B.A. Government and Environmental Studies), where he spent four years as a theatre technician with Wesletan's Center for the Arts, working for both University productions and touring theatre and dance companies. Recent onstage roles include Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing. He plans to attend graduate school for environmental law and policy.


Janin Rosas

Costume Apprentice


Janin Rosas recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Theatre Arts. A few technical theatre credits in wardrobe include: Guys and Dolls, American Idiot, and Julius Caesar in Egypt. Costume Designer credits include: Mary Poppins, Seussical the Musical, and Agamemnon. She was also a student stitcher in the costume shop and was the women's dresser for Porthouse Theatre this past summer. She is excited to work with CATCO this season!


Geoffrey Nelson

Artistic Director Emeritus

Geoffrey Nelson founded CATCO in 1984 and led the company as its Artistic Director for 26 years. Among the shows he has directed are The Mystery of Irma Vep; The Grapes of Wrath; Blackbird; Almost, Maine; The Importance of Being Earnest; Of Mice and Men; A Tuna Christmas; The Homecoming; The Exonerated and A Christmas Memory. Under his leadership, CATCO has developed into Central Ohio's professional resident theatre company, renowned for its acting and adventurous play choices. CATCO has also taken an active role in producing new works, including the bi-annual Shorts Festival, and -- most recently -- the world premieres of You're My Boy and Pierce to the Soul. Under his leadership, CATCO offered touring productions and performance classes for many years. In 1997 CATCO won the Governor's Award for Arts Outreach. Nelson has also been the recipient of the Ohio Theatre Alliance "Encore" Award, an Ohioana Citation for Theatre, a Huntington Foundation Award for Arts Leadership, a Theatre Roundtable "Harold" Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Central Ohio Critics Circle. Nelson is also an actor and a member of Actors Equity.