Staff & Board
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Kate Galvin joined the Cardinal Stage team in November 2017 and her work has been seen in recent productions of Ordinary Days, Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, The Great Gatsby, The Glass Menagerie, The Christians and Fun Home. A Barrymore Award-winning director, her Philadelphia credits include Lizzie (11th Hour Theatre Company, 9 Barrymore nominations), A Moon for the Misbegotten (Walnut Street Theatre/National Tour), Midsummer – a play with songs (Inis Nua Theatre Company, Barrymore Awards – Outstanding Direction of a Musical, Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical) and Other Desert Cities (Walnut, Fulton). Regional credits include Creep (WaterTower Theatre, World Premiere), 4000 Days (Fulton Theatre, American Premiere), Buyer & Cellar (Portland Stage Company), and Wit (North Carolina Theatre). Kate assisted Barbara Gaines on Paul Gordon’s musical adaptation of Sense & Sensibility (Chicago Shakespeare Theater, World Premiere).
In addition to her work as a director, Kate was the Associate Producer at 11th Hour Theatre Company in Philadelphia. She was creator and leader of 11th Hour’s Musical Theatre Lab for local writers and composers. Previously she served as the Casting Director/Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director at the Walnut Street Theatre. During her seven seasons at the Walnut she cast over 70 shows with Philadelphia and New York talent. She has been a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre for over 15 years and has served on several committees, including the Festival Committee. She currently serves as a Vice President on NAMT’s board.
Kate is a summa cum laude graduate of NYU’s Steinhardt School, where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance (Musical Theatre). She holds a Master’s degree in Musical Theatre (Producing) from Goldsmiths – University of London. She is co-creator of the musical Austentatious, which has been produced in New York, London, Philadelphia, Calgary and elsewhere, and is published by Playscripts, Inc. www.kategalvin.com
Chad Rabinovitz: In addition to producing new works, Chad has directed more than 100 productions across the country, focusing primarily on new and contemporary plays and musicals. He has managed multiple new works companies and created the acclaimed Adirondack Film Festival.
While Producing Artistic Director of the Bloomington Playwrights Project (2009-2022), BPP underwent what Bloom Magazine called “a near miraculous renaissance.” Taking the helm of a theatre nearing six-figures in debt, Rabinovitz quintupled its subscribership, erased all debt, vastly expanded its education program, completed a full-building renovation (and purchased the building), doubled the operating budget, and sold out every single performance of every production for 5 straight years.
For his achievements, Rabinovitz was the recipient of Bloomington’s Manager of the Year Award, the Downtown Revitalization Award, Bloomington’s Attraction of the Year Award, Ivy Tech’s Community Partner Award, and was honored with being on the cover of Bloom Magazine where he’s referred to as “a visionary artistic director, savvy businessman, and inspirational leader.” He was named one of the 100 Reasons to Love Bloomington and was honored with Bloomington’s 10 Under 40 award as well as Glens Falls’ 20 Under 40 award in the same month. Chad is a candy lover, owner of The Candy Space (www.thecandyspace.com), and proud graduate of Advanced Adult Space Camp.
Gabe Gloden is a nonprofit management professional with over ten years of marketing, engagement, administration, financial management and development experience dedicated to the arts and cultural sector. Gloden served for seven years as Managing Director of the Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP), Indiana’s only professional theater devoted solely to new plays, and was recognized in 2010 as Manager of the Year by the Bloomington Tourism Bureau. Gloden has also served as the Development & Community Engagement Officer at Wayne State University Press, Detroit’s largest nonprofit publishing company, collaborating with a broad base of community organizations, businesses, and public agencies on strategic projects that educated, entertained and engaged new and diverse audiences for the publisher’s award-winning publications. Inspired by these community engagement initiatives, the Huffington Post named WSU Press one of the 17 most innovative University Presses in the nation. Gloden also served as Managing Director of Boise Contemporary Theater in Boise, Idaho, one of only three professional companies in the entire state. Gloden holds a Master in Public Affairs (MPA) from Indiana University’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) with a concentration in nonprofit management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Wayne State.
John Armstrong is an actor, producer, director, and coach with over 20 years of diverse experience in the entertainment industry. John is the co-founder of Pigasus Pictures, an Indiana-based, independent film company. At Pigasus, John produced several films including THE GOOD CATHOLIC (Danny Glover, John C. McGinley) and SO COLD THE RIVER, the film adaptation of Michael Koryta’s novel of the same name.
John’s acting credits include As You Like It (New York Classical Theatre), The Piper with Tony award nominees Christiane Noll and Bob Cuccioli (NYMF and Irish Repertory, NYC), Heartbreaker with Tony award nominee Christine Andreas (NYC), Seussical (National Tour), Macbeth (Indiana Repertory), Hamlet (title character, Freed PAC), and many more. John also performed locally in Santaland Diaries and Rounding Third for Cardinal Stage and Tuning In for BPP.
John has served as instructor and professor of acting, voice, movement, musical theatre, and Shakespeare studies at the New York Film Academy, Ohio Northern University, Indiana University, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, and Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. John began his training in vocal performance at the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in musical theatre, under the mentorship of esteemed professor emeritus George Pinney, and an MFA in acting in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance where he performed in more than 20 plays and musicals over 7 years. John is also a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, Bloomington Rotary, and the National Society of Arts & Letters.
Huner Emin is a Kurdish artist born and raised in south Kurdistan/northern Iraq. He studied western classical art during his bachelor’s degree in Iraq, where he learned to create art that resembles Western culture’s horizontal perspective and visual aesthetics. Meanwhile, his art practices developed during his MFA study in the United States, where he worked on subject matters that reflect his country of origin’s political and social issues.
Huner worked for five years as an art handler specialist in Washington, D.C., and one year as an assistant curator for the permanent art collection at Indiana State University. For more information, visit his website: www.huneremin.com
Cassie Hakken is a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, with a BS in Business Management, and College of Arts and Sciences, with a BA in Theatre & Drama. She served for five years as the Managing Director of the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington, Indiana’s only Jewish Theatre, coordinating all marketing, box office, and development efforts. She also acted as the Marketing Manager of Cardinal Stage, South Central Indiana’s Professional Theatre Company, for three years prior to Cardinal Stage’s merger in 2022. Throughout the merger process, Cassie coordinated all marketing, communication, and branding aspects of new company, Constellation Stage & Screen. Currently, she serves as the Marketing Director of Constellation.
Cassie has also worked extensively as a theatre artist and technician. During her time at IU, she was employed as a stagehand for IU Opera and Ballet, working on dozens of operas, musicals, and ballets including: “Dialogues of the Carmelites” (Lead Wall Operator) and “Giulio Cesare” (Rail Lead). She also Stage Managed productions for IU Theatre, Stages Bloomington, and the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington. During her senior year at IU, she produced and directed a night of short sci-fi plays for her senior capstone project.
Originally from Grand Rapids Michigan, Cassie now resides in Bloomington, IN with her husband Ben Jackson.
Steve Krahnke has enjoyed a long and varied career in theatre, television and film spanning over 40 years. He has designed and/or built well over 100 sets, including several for Bloomington High School North, Cardinal Stage, WTIU in Bloomington. Recently retired from Indiana University, Steve was awarded several honors for his teaching of film and television production and management, media law and criticism. But theatre was, and is, his first passion, and he is glad to be back in the shop with the vibrant, creative people who form Constellation Stage & Screen.
Jennifer Lloyd comes to Constellation Stage & Screen after serving as the General Manager for Cardinal Stage. Previously a practicing attorney and briefly a commercial baker, Jennifer has no formal background in theater but knows what she likes.
Eric Shelley is a native Hoosier and a graduate of Indiana University’s Theatre and Drama program and has had rewarding careers as both an actor and teacher. He is thrilled about his “Bloomerang” status.
After graduation, Eric worked as a New York City-based actor throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, and Europe. Most recently, Eric played the lead in Lost Letters, a new musical that premiered at Bloomington Playwrights Project. Eric also served as dialect coach on several equity productions and has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 2000.
As a Special Education teacher and Behavior Interventionist based out of Los Angeles, Eric co-founded STEM3 Academy, a project-based school catering to gifted students with Autism. Eric was also the sole operator of an after school program that provided academic support for at-risk students attending The Help Group, a non-profit, non-public school for students with special needs.
Previous to his role as Constellation’s Director of Education, Eric was the managing director of Bloomington Academy of Film & Theatre/Pigasus Institute, where he created and oversaw all educational programming. Currently, Eric serves as Executive Officer of Student Outreach for the Singing Hoosiers Alumni Council and as Secretary for Indiana University’s Theatre Circle Board.
Zachary Spicer is the co-founder and CEO of Pigasus Pictures LLC, an Indiana-based, independent film company recognized as “Cultural Visionaries in Film” by NUVO magazine for the work on their feature film The Good Catholic (starring Danny Glover and John C. McGinley). The second and third films from Pigasus, Ms. White Light (starring Judith Light and John Ortiz), and The Miseducation of Bindu (starring David Arquette) are set for release in 2019, and several more films are gearing up for production.
Zach grew up in small town Indiana, studied Archaeology & Literature at Indiana University before moving to New York to attend Circle in the Square Theatre School. BROADWAY: Macbeth (Park Ave Armory dir. Kenneth Branagh), Wit* TONY nom. (Manhattan Theatre Club dir. Lynne Meadow), OFF-BROADWAY: You Never Can Tell (Pearl Theatre), Man & Superman (Irish Rep Theatre), The Whipping Man (Manhattan Theatre Club), ANIMUS: Tennessee Williams Shorts (Theatre Row dir. Matthew Lillard), Dutch Heart of Man (Cherry Lane Theatre dir. Alan Langdon). TV: Antihero, Masters of None, Gotham, Blue Bloods, Louie, Law & Order SVU. FILM: The Good Catholic (dir. Paul Shoulberg) & upcoming Let it Go. Zachary is a company member at ANIMUS and has served as instructor of acting at the New York Film Academy and Circle on the Square Theatre School in NYC.
Jordan Stephens is a recent graduate of IU’s Arts Administration program through the O’Neill School. He/They interned in Development at the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis during the pandemic, maintaining donor relations and ensuring the theater’s relevancy, despite the challenges Covid caused. He/They has worked in customer service for 7 years, and is excited to put that knowledge towards Constellation’s bright horizon.
- Playbill Designer: Emily Bedwell (she/her) – email@example.com
- Front of House Manager: Laura Hammond (she/her)
- Education Outreach Coordinator: Jim Morrison (he/him)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
- Caroline Dowd-Higgins, Co-President
- Von Welch, Co-President
- Evan Martin, Co-VP
- Rob Shakespeare, Co-VP
- Tania Gardner, Treasurer
- David Roberts, Secretary
- Bob Arnove
- Ana Maria Brannan
- Sally Gaskill
- Philippa Guthrie
- Ray Hedin
- Amy Jackson
- Anna Jensen
- Angelo Pizzo
- Jean Robinson
- Stephanie Topolgus
- Alyce Zollman