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.  He now works as the Production Manager for CCBC's Performing Arts Department across all three of their campuses. Brad has directed and fight choreographed several productions in the Chicago and Baltimore areas.  While working with Alice Stanley on a new adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II at Spotlighter’s Theater, the idea to create Cohesion Theatre Company was formed. Brad directed 13 Dead Husbands, Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, and Sally McCoy for Cohesion so far, as well as working as Fight Choreographer, Scenic Designer, and more for many Cohesion productions.


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Betse Lyons

ARTISTIC PRODUCER - Betse@cohesiontheatre.org

Betse Lyons is an actor and director in the Baltimore area. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts (focus on acting and directing) from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in English Language and Literature (focus on Victorian fiction) from Pennsylvania State University. Previous acting credits include: Sally McCoy (Cap Hatfield), 10x10x10 (Hologram, Jan, Hermes), TheTempest (Antonio, Iris), The 39 Steps (Pamela, Margaret, Mr. Memory), The Mousetrap (Mollie), Twelve Angry Men (Three), Enchanted April (Rose), A Lie of the Mind (Sallie), and Curious Savage (Lily Belle). Previous directing credits include The Diary of Anne Frank, They're Playing Our Songand Play On!  Betse has served in many production roles at multiple theatres in both Pennsylvania and Maryland. She also spent time teaching English at the University of Pittsburgh, working in honors admissions at the college level, managing events for a science non-profit, and editing a non-profit news website.  As Cohesion's new Artistic Producer, Betse knows darn well not to try the fill the co-founder shoes left behind. But that's okay; she hopes you'll think her own shoes are pretty cool. 


Caitlin Carbone

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

Caitlin Carbone is an actor, director, and administrator in Baltimore City and a resident of Highlandtown. She received her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, where she focused on Shakespeare Studies and performed improv with Coalition Theatre. Caitlin serves as Production Manager for all of Cohesion's main stage shows. She was the Performance Manager for ParityFest Baltimore 2015 and Assistant Director for 13 Dead Husbands. She directed the Trans* Voices Workshop Production of Aphorisms on Gender, by Alice Stanley and the Playwrights' Fellowship production of Porn: A Love Story, by Jen Diamond. Caitlin's professional acting credits include: Hamlet (Hamlet), Dauphin (Henry V), Seneca (Men on Boats) at Cohesion; Portia/Octavia (Julius Caesar), Quintus (Titus Andronicus), and Lord Dumaine (All's Well That Ends Well) at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company; Viola (Twelfth Night), Hotspur (Henry IV.1), Dromio of Ephesus (Comedy of Errors), and Catesby (Richard III) at Baltimore Shakespeare Factory; and Juliet (Romeo & Juliet) at Spotlighters Theatre.


Jess Rassp

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR - Jess@cohesiontheatre.org 

Jess Rassp is a Theatre Artist whose background in painting and sculpture fuel her work in puppetry, scenery, props, and costume design. Jess received her B.A. in English Literature and minor in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University.  She also recently studied with Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Bali, Indonesia learning traditional dance and wooden mask carving. Before moving to Baltimore, Jess worked with Company One and The Hub Theatre Company of Boston, and was a Theatre Teaching Fellow at Noble and Greenough School.  Now, she is a freelance designer, scenic artist, and performer in the Baltimore area. You may see her scrambling around Charm City designing for Cohesion Theatre Company (Sally McCoy, Men on Boats, Schoolgirl Figure), Submersive Productions (H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum), Single Carrot Theatre (Savage/Love, Midlife, Year of the Rooster), and Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (Othello).    


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Zoë DiGiorgio

MARKETING DIRECTOR - Zoe@cohesiontheatre.org

Zoë DiGiorgio is a writer, marketer, and librarian from the Baltimore area. She graduated in 2015 from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a degree in English Language and Literature with a concentration in drama. In 2013, she studied Shakespeare's text and theatrecraft at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London as part ofFulbright UK Summer Institute. She has performed in minor roles in theaters in Baltimore and the surrounding area since spring 2016, including Cohesion's second season production of Neverwhere. When not seeing or working on a show, she can be found reading, walking her dogs, and yelling at her sewing machine.