Know Theatre of Cincinnati

People Who Work Here

Who we are

Know Theatre is a tribe made up of everyone who has ever worked on or attended a show, everyone who has been in our underground bar, everyone who has experienced the mad and beautiful community that is the Cincy Fringe.

Actors and audiences, playwrights and props masters, directors and designers, bartenders and bands: if you’ve ever been a part of the Know, you’ll always be a part of the Know.

That’s who Know Theatre is.

People Who Work Here

Andrew Hungerford

Producing Artistic Director
Resident Scenic & Lighting Designer
contact: andrewh@knowtheatre.com

Andrew is in his eighth season as Producing Artistic Director of Know Theatre and fifteenth season as resident designer. Some of Andrew’s favorite designs from his 80+ shows with the Know include: The Absentee, Ada & the Engine, Adding Machine, Heavier Than…, Hundred Days, Kill Move Paradise, Mercury, When the Rain Stops Falling, and Whisper House. Other local design work includes: Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Playhouse, and the Children’s Theatre. Designs elsewhere include: New York Theatre Workshop, La Jolla Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Portland Stage Company, The Flea, Under the Radar Festival, Boston Court Pasadena, Stanford Summer Theatre, Performance Network, Boarshead Theatre, Need Theatre, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. Andrew holds degrees in theatre and astrophysics from Michigan State University, earned his MFA in lighting design from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. Andrew is delighted to have Cincinnati as his artistic home and so grateful to be a part of this playground. 

Tamara Winters

Associate Artistic Director

Tamara is a director, dramaturg, arts advocate, and occasional performer with an eclectic aesthetic shaped by the BFA Acting program at Ohio University and the interdisciplinary MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College. Now in her eighth season in a leadership position at the Know, her work has previously been seen at New York Madness, Fringe NYC, Dixon Place, Cherry Lane Theatre, The Tank, The New Ohio, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Ovation Theatre, Ohio Valley Summer Theatre, and ARTS/West. She is a passionate arts advocate who works to ensure that the Know is a welcoming place for all and a playful place to take artistic risks.

Douglas Borntrager

Resident Sound & Projection Designer

Douglas has retired as Operations Director at Know Theatre of Cincinnati to become a stay at home dad, but is happy to return as Resident Sound Designer at both Know Theatre and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Doug has received numerous accolades for his designs, including two Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Outstanding Lighting, Sound, or Special Effects for Hamlet and Eurydice, a LCT award for Sound Design for When the Rain Stops Falling, and a LCT award for Video Design for Gruesome Playground Injuries. Previously, Doug has worked with such theatres as the Oak Park Shakespeare Festival, CATCO, and The Vineyard Theatre. Douglas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Liz Carman

Liz Carman

Marketing and Communications Manager

Liz grew up in Cleveland, and she understands if you want to make fun of her for it. She still can’t believe how lucky she is to work this job at the Know, where she actually gets to use her undergraduate studies (English Lit and Arts Management) from when she picked up that degree at Miami University. She also has a degree in pastry from New York City’s International Culinary Center, because life is a journey. Her performing skills have been engaged by various local companies, including the Carnegie, InBocca Productions, Queen Mab’s Players, the Froghammer Shakespeare Hour, and the Know’s own SERIALS! This season is her second as the Know’s Marketing and Communications Manager, but her fourth on staff at the Know.

Katie Hartman

Fringe Producer

Katie is a New York-based theatre maker and multi-instrumentalist whose work has been seen Off-Broadway and on stages across the United States and Canada. She is co-artistic director of the Coldharts, an internationally touring theatre company that creates ensemble-devised, new music theatre inspired by the American Gothic. Since 2012, the Coldharts have created and toured four original musicals spanning the genres of folk, pop, punk and rock, with over 300 performances on the neo-vaudevillian circuit. In addition to composing for the Coldharts’ work, Katie has created music for NYC theatre companies Animal Engine (Darlings, Rabbit, Henrietta Solway) andBread Arts Collective (Candide.)Recent New York credits include Henrietta Solway, a new work inspired by the life and stories of Willa Cather (commissioned by the Willa Cather Foundation,) The Unrepentant Necrophile at HERE Arts Center, and Edgar Allan at Soho Playhouse. Katie received her B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and is a founding producer of the Twin Cities Horror Festival.

Ri Moodie

Operations and Company Manager

Ri is a half-Jamaican half-British theatre artist and administrator whose love for the art came early on in life. She got her BFA in Stage Management and minor in Business Administration from Ohio University in 2020, she then went on to complete her Masters in Arts Administration in OU’s inaugural cohort in 2021. Ri is a founding member of Vibrancy Theater Company and served as an Executive Producer and Production Manager for the organization. Along with her work at the Know Theatre, Ri is an Administrative Associate for Theatre Washington, the D.C. based theatre advocacy organization known for the Helen Hayes Awards. She began her work with Theatre Washington as an intern during the summer of 2021 in which she wrote her graduate thesis on the Restructuring of a Predominantly White Institution. Ri is a proud dog parent to her German Shepherd, Bino and Australian Shepherd, Nala with her supportive theatre-spouse, Russell. In her free time, she is an avid lover of the MCU, comics, and all things nerdy.

Jim Stark

Interim Production Manager

Jim joins The Know after eight years as a Production Coordinator in college theatre. He has been Technical Director for the Lean Ensemble Theatre (SC), the Shuler Theatre (NM), and Shawnee Summer Theatre (IN). Jim worked in various production departments for Actors Theatre of Louisville, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Illinois Summer Rep, Station Theatre, South Carolina Repertory Company, and the Illinois Kabuki Theatre, and has designed and built temporary theatres in storefronts, lodge halls, and schools. He produced the award-winning short films Note to Self, Revolution and Who Art in Heaven and built scenery for Keeper. He has two grown children and a neurotic dog.

Noelle Wedig-Johnston

Resident Costume Designer

As a native Cincinnatian, Noelle is honored to join the production team at Know Theatre for an twelfth season. Noelle’s background is in textiles and fabric art & design (BFA Fibers, College of Mount St. Joseph), (MFA Textile Design, Savannah College of Art & Design). Locally, Noelle has also worked with The Cincinnati Ballet, The Cincinnati Opera, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, The Human Race Theater, ArtWorks, Madcap Productions, Cedar Fair’s Kings Island, LF Creative Group, The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Riverbend, U.S. Bank Arena, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, The Cincinnati Wardrobe Union (Local 864) and The Costume Designers Guild (CDG Local 892)

Kayla Williams

Design & Production Associate

Kayla  is thrilled to be in her third season with the Know Theatre’s production team and to continue making Cincinnati her home. She is a graduate of Boston University College of Fine Arts with a BFA in Scenic Design and a minor in Architectural Art History. Some of her design credits include the new play Winter People at Boston Playwright’s Theater and BU Opera Institute’s La Traviata. During her summers, she has worked as a scenic artist at Utah Shakespeare Festival and interned at Williamstown Theater Festival and Berkshire Theater Group. Outside of theater Kayla is an avid photographer, hiker, and museum goer. She is proud to be part of a theater company that values accessibility, diversity, and meaningful storytelling.

Our Board of Directors

TJ Avery

Mark Bendure

Kathryn Hoffman

Jay Kalagayan

Melanie Lazor
Secretary

Michael Meyer
Vice Chair

Ryan Boggs
Treasurer

Laura Berkemeier

Brandon Robert Martin

Thomas McLaughlin
Chair

Christopher Owens

Hannah Taphorn