Brad Norris

CO-FOUNDER, ARTISTIC PRODUCER - Brad@cohesiontheatre.org

Brad holds a BA in Theatre with a focus in Directing from Columbia College in Chicago, IL. He worked as a freelance Director, Actor, Lighting Designer, and Technician in the Chicago Theatre and Dance Community for nearly a decade for companies such as Victory Gardens Theater, The Mercury Theater, The Dance Chicago Festival, Links Hall Studio, Redmoon Theater, and Light Opera Works.  In 2006 he became the Operations Manager for Jam Theatricals, and oversaw daily operations of the touring Broadway productions in Jam Theatricals’ 35 subscription markets across the country.  In 2009 Brad moved from Chicago to Baltimore to marry the woman he loves. Then in 2012 he became the Events Manager at Center Stage, where he worked closely with the Development and Marketing Departments to oversee all events and rentals throughout the building.  Brad has directed several productions in the Chicago and Baltimore areas.  He worked with Alice Stanley on a new adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II at Spotlighter’s Theater; it was during this production that the idea to create Cohesion Theatre Company was formed. Brad directed 13 Dead Husbands in Cohesion's inaugural season and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere in Season 2.

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Alice Stanley

CO-FOUNDER, ARTISTIC PRODUCER - Alice@cohesiontheatre.org

Alice Stanley has worked as an actor, director, and house manager at various companies in Baltimore. Most recently, they were the Festival Director for ParityFest Baltimore 2015, a six-week city-wide festival of staged readings of un- and under-produced works by female and transgender playwrights. They are also the recipient of the Mayor's Individual Artist Award for the Trans* Voices Workshop Series, which will be presented at Cohesion in Season 2. They are the winner of the Bad Oracle's B.U.L.S.H.I.T. Award for Best Director, along with Brad Norris, for Edward II at Spotlighter's Theater, which also won Best Play and Best Lighting. They directed Cohesion's inaugural production of Coriolanus, which won the B.U.L.S.H.I.T. Award for Most Intriguing Stage, and in Season 2 they directed A Little Bit Not Normal and Hamlet, and wrote The Complete Deaths of William Shakespeare. As a playwright, their work has been featured in the Variations Project, The Trans* Voices Workshop Series, Heavy Hor d'oeuvres 2, and The 10x10 Play Festival. They have a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts from St. John's College, where they directed Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus.

Caitlin Carbone

DIRECTOR OF ARTISTIC AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT - Caitlin@cohesiontheatre.org

Caitlin Carbone is an actor, director, and theatre educator living and working in Baltimore. She received her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, where she focused on Shakespeare Studies and performed improv with Coalition Theatre. As an actor in Baltimore, Caitlin has worked with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s Under 30 Company, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, and Spotlighter’s Theatre. She received nominations for Best Actress from Baltimore Broadway World and The Bad Oracle for her work as Juliet at Spotlighter’s in 2014. As an educator, Caitlin teaches in-school residencies with Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, directs Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s Touchstone Players program, and teaches private acting lessons to middle- and high-school aged students. Caitlin was Performance Manager for ParityFest Baltimore 2015 and Assistant Director of Cohesion’s production of 13 Dead Husbands this past season. She played Hamlet in Cohesion's production in Season 2 and directed Aphorisms on Gender as part of the Trans* Voices Workshop Series.

Kris Messer

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, RESIDENT DRAMATURG - Kris@cohesiontheatre.org 

Kris Messer holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Theatre History and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is interested in community-based and socially engaged performance, and she is really excited to be working with Cohesion non-stop. Kris teaches performance, writing, and humanistic studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and enjoys working collaboratively with students in MICA's Rivals of the West performance group.