Monthly Archives: January 2022

Human Race Passes the Artistic Leadership Baton to Emily N. Wells

HRTC_Emily N WellsThe Human Race Theatre Company Board of Trustees, the Artistic Director Search Committee and Executive Director, Kappy Kilburn, are pleased to announce the appointment of Emily N. Wells as The Human Race’s next Artistic Director. The Search Committee, comprised of artists, community leaders, Board members and Human Race staff voted unanimously to appoint Wells after a thorough nationwide search that began last summer.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are so excited that Emily N. Wells will be leading The Human Race as the next Artistic Director,” said Board Chair Jaresha Moore Smith. “Emily is an extraordinary artist, an advocate for inclusiveness and community engagement, and has a strong vision for The Human Race’s future while embracing the success of the past. We are excited to see the innovation, the artistry, and excellence she will bring to The Human Race both on stage and off.”

Emily N. Wells is an award-winning theatre director, creative producer and educator with over 25 years experience including a significant emphasis on new plays and musicals. Joining Human Race Theatre Company as the new Artistic Director realizes a dream come true for Emily, as the company’s mission echoes her own: to open the doors of art and creativity to all people through stories that reflect our shared humanity.

While a senior producer for Houston Grand Opera, Emily focused on community building through new work development of pieces with significance to the 3rd largest Metro in the US. Her role at HGO encompassed producing a vast scale of works, including the Telly Award-winning Starcross’d opera web series. Emily will direct the 2023 HGO world premiere of Another City, a new opera that tells the true stories of un-housed Houstonians and those who aid them. She also served as guest director and adjunct faculty at Houston’s prestigious Rice University, and led several fundraising efforts for congenital heart disease.

Prior to living in Houston, Emily’s other directing credits include Gulfshore Playhouse, Circuit Playhouse, Theatreworks/USA among others. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Memphis, a BA in Theatre from Washington University in St. Louis, and is an SDC and AEA Member. In her early career, Emily stage managed on and off Broadway, regionally and on national tours – including a week for The Human Race’s production of Green Gables while in development in East Hampton during the summer of 2004.

Wells will join The Human Race staff remotely in January while she finishes some projects. After spending the last 5 ½ years in Houston, she looks forward to enjoying all four changing seasons in Dayton with her husband and daughter. She plans to be full-time by the beginning of March, when she and Kevin Moore, founding member and retiring Artistic Director, will spend time together making a seamless transition into the “next act” while finalizing the 2022-2023 Loft Theatre season.

Emily Wells will be the fourth Artistic Director in the company’s 35 years, following founding Artistic Director Suzy Bassani in 1986, who passed the torch to founding member Marsha Hanna in 1993. After Marsha’s untimely passing in 2011, founding Executive Director Kevin Moore became Artistic Director. Moore will officially leave the company in June, 2022.

The company is working on plans for several community introductions and engagement events with Emily and Kevin. Stay tuned.

The Human Race acknowledges its gratitude for the public and private support which makes these productions possible: Loft Season support: The Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation of The Dayton Foundation; Additional Season support: Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts; Organizational support: Culture Works, Montgomery County, Ohio Arts Council, The Shubert Foundation, Erma R. Catterton Trust Fund, The Virginia W. Kettering Foundation; Sustainability support: Anne F. Johnson, Steve and Lou Mason and Morris Home.



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2022-2023 Season Announced by Beechmont Players Inc.

BPI_logoBeechmont Players, Inc is pleased to announce their 2022-2023 season!

Directed by Karen Wiebe
August 5-13, 2022

Directed by Greg Hatfield
October 7-15, 2022

Directed by Dianna Davis
February 10-17, 2023

Directed by Jeff Carter
May 5-12, 2023

Season ticket information coming soon!

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Asian-American Actress Sought for HISTORY IN BLOOM

MISC_Casting call2HISTORY IN BLOOM, an afternoon of historical re-enactments, returns to Spring Grove Cemetery on April 24th.

We would like to portray Kataro Shirayamadani (Shirayamadani Kitarō 白山谷 喜太郎; 1865 – 1948), who was a Japanese ceramics painter who worked for Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, Ohio from 1887 until 1948.

We supply costume, short script and a small stiped. If you are interested, please contact M. Hunley at

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MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS Runs Feb. 3-13

CU_Meet Me in St Louis logoMEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
Cedarville University
Feb. 3-13
DeVines Theatre 

It is the summer of 1903, and the Smith family eagerly anticipates the opening of the 1904 World’s Fair. Memorable musical numbers include “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” and “Whenever I’m with You.” A delightful show for all ages!

  • Thu, Feb. 3 at 7:30pm
  • Fri-Sat, Feb. 4-5 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Thu, Feb. 10 at 10am
  • Fri, Feb. 11 at 7:30pm
  • Sat, Feb. 12 at 2pm & 7:30pm
  • Sun, Feb. 13 at 3pm

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Cast Announced for FALSETTOS at Cincinnati Music Theatre

CMT_Studio Series logo2CMT is so excited to announce the cast of our upcoming Studio Series production of FALSETTOS:

  • MARVIN: Zac Huffman
  • WHIZZER: Robb Russ
  • TRINA: Ryan Deshyla Jordan
  • MENDEL: Jon Scheiding
  • JASON: Leland Parker McGuire
  • DR. CHARLOTTE: Madelaine Wilkerson
  • CORDELIA: Faith Gingrich-Goetz
  • CAROLINE: Clare Hingsbergen
  • Clare Hingsbergen
  • Paul Hahn
  • Madelaine Wilkerson
FALSETTOS opens June 10, 2022 and runs through June 18, 2022, at the Fifth Third Bank Theatre at the Aronoff Center of the Arts.
Buy your tickets at:
Tickets can also be purchased by visiting, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], or at the Aronoff Center Ticket Office.
FALSETTOS is produced by Amanda Emmons Shumate and Aubrey E. Wilson.
Directed by Amanda Marasch.
Music direction by Jim Swartwout.
Vocal direction by Chelsea Harris.
Stage Managed by Steven Ducker.
Book by William Finn and James Lapine.
Music and Lyrics by William Finn.
FALSETTOS is presented by special arrangement with Concord Theatricals


A seamless pairing of March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, two acclaimed Off-Broadway musicals written nearly a decade apart, revolves around the life of a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man name Marvin, his wife, his lover, his about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. It’s a hilarious and achingly poignant look at the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family… and a beautiful reminder that in this game we call life, love can tell a million stories.

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