Leadership

mebby brown

Board President

MARILYN (MEBBY) BROWN

Mebby’s record as a community leader is distinguished. A native of Shaker Heights, she has been involved in many civic and community volunteer organizations and Boards including the Musical Arts Association of the Cleveland Orchestra, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Chisholm Halle Costume Wing to name a few.

“It is wonderful to be at the helm of this illustrious group,” said Mebby. “Musical theater is one of my passions, and despite the challenges we face in our society, I feel that TMTP, through Bill Rudman’s careful guidance, is ready to forge ahead in new ways. With help and counsel from our many participants, I promise to give 100% of my energy to this unique and nationally respected organization.”

For founder and artistic director Bill Rudman, Mebby’s election provides a special pleasure: “I’ve been a friend of hers for many years—long before Mebby joined us as a trustee. TMTP is about people coming together, enjoying each other’s company, and working together to support an excellent cause: honoring the classic American musical. “And the fact is that all of us at The Musical Theater Project feel honored to have Mebby.”

bill rudman

Founding Artistic Director

BILL RUDMAN

Bill is an educator, broadcaster, producer and founder of The Musical Theater Project. As TMTP’s Artistic Director, he has created more than 100 concerts and cabarets that celebrate and share musical theater as a uniquely American art form. His radio programs, “Footlight Parade” and “On the Aisle,” are heard across the country on public radio stations, Public Radio Exchange (prx.org) and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. In 1983, he and New York author Ken Bloom co-founded Harbinger Records, a label that has won critical praise for albums devoted to the American musical and the Great American Songbook; the label is now a division of TMTP. In 2000 he became the first recipient of the Robert Bergman Award for his work in arts education and community outreach.

Phone: 216.860.1518, ext. 706
Email: Bill@MusicalTheaterProject.org

nancy maier

Associate Artistic Director

NANCY MAIER

Nancy is a music director, vocal coach and accompanist who spent years in New York City honing her skills in these areas while doing nightclub work as a singer/pianist. Nancy served as the former music director/coach of the acclaimed music theater program at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music under the direction of Victoria Bussert. She has also music directed for Cain Park, Great Lakes Theater, Porthouse Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Beck Center and Karamu House.

barbara vitcosky

Director of Marketing and Development

BARBARA VITCOSKY

Prior to joining The Musical Theater Project, Barbara served for nine years as director of development for The Wilderness Center, a nonprofit nature center located in Wilmot, OH. She has more than twenty-five years of fund development and marketing communications experience at institutions such as the American Red Cross Santa Clara Valley Chapter, Humane Society Silicon Valley, and Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Barbara has a BA in Communications from King’s College (PA).  She has been involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals throughout her career and served on the board of the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter.

Barbara was born and raised in northeast Pennsylvania and lived in the California Bay Area but has lived most recently in Wooster, Ohio for more than 10 years.  She brings with her a lifelong appreciation of the arts and is especially delighted to be rekindling her love of musical theater.

Phone: 216.860.1518, ext. 709
Email: Barbara@MusicalTheaterProject.org

Financial Director

CAMILLE BARON

Camille founded Baron Financial in 1999 and has had a successful career boasting 30-plus years of bookkeeping and accounting experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton as well as an M.B.A. from Cleveland State University. Baron Financial performs comprehensive bookkeeping and accounting services for small businesses on the QuickBooks platform and has held many certifications from Intuit. Camille spends her spare time at her camper in Catawba, riding her bike or tending to various woodworking projects.

Email: camille@musicaltheaterproject.org

Production Manager/Lighting Designer

JEREMY K. BENJAMIN

Jeremy spent the last 37 years designing lighting for drama, opera, musical theater, dance, cabaret and theme parks. He has designed for Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Department, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Dancing Wheels, Great Lakes Theater, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Oberlin Opera Theatre and Department of Theatre and Dance, Ohio Dance Theatre, Opera Cleveland, Pointe of Departure, Stages Repertory Theatre and Verb Ballets. Jeremy currently serves as director of theater/production manager/technical director at Lorain County Community College.

Media Supervision

MARK LOGIES 

Mark, the technical supervisor for TMTP’s radio programs, Footlight Parade and On the Aisle, has been a recording engineer for more than 45 years. Among his projects: national blues artists Travis Haddix and Jimmy Landers, jazz performers Bill Gidney and Ed Michaels, and flamenco guitarist (and Juno Award winner) Robert Michaels. He has designed electronic products used in places as diverse as chocolate maker Philadelphia Candies and the space program at NASA. Mark is also a jazz musician.

ashley bernett

Administrative Associate

ASHLEY BERNETT

Before joining The Musical Theater Project, Ashley worked for four years at the Girl Scouts of North East Ohio in the membership recruitment department where she developed her skills of event planning, marketing and sales. Her true passion has always been the arts ever since she began acting in musicals at the Fairmount Center for the Arts in Novelty, OH. She continued to participate both on and behind the stage from childhood to college in shows like Mary Poppins, Sweet Charity, and Peter Pan.She is thrilled to combine her love of theater and working in a non-profit.

Ashley has a BA in Communications and Theatre Arts with a minor in Creative Writing from John Caroll University.

Phone: 216.860.1518, ext. 701
Email: Ashley@MusicalTheaterProject.org

Trustees: Marilyn K. Brown, President. Lin Bartel, Ted Chapin, Robert Conrad, Hedy Milgrom, Treva Offutt, Michael Peterman, Bill Rudman.

Emeritus: Kathy Coleman, Janet Kramer, Alec Pendleton, Janice Robinson, John Schubert, Steven Schultz, Dean Slejko, Jane Steger, Linda Striefsky, Lorry Szabo, Dan Treadwell, Paul Vincent, Margie Wheeler, Sylvia Yankey.