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

Bridget Leak

Producing Artistic Director

Bridget Leak is a Cincinnati-based freelance theatre director where her theatre company, Queen City Flash is currently an Artist in Residence at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Recent directing credits include; Playhouse in the Park (A Christmas Carol, Actually andOff-the-Hill Series), Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati(Maytag VirginQueen), Know Theatre (Andy’s House of [blank], 10-time Fringe participant), and teaching and directing at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and Xavier University. She was featured in American Theatre Magazine and had her work highlighted in Teaching Theatre magazine, a publication of EdTA. Previous honors include; People’s Liberty Grant Recipient, Cincinnati Art Ambassador Fellowship, SDC Denham Fellow, Lincoln Center Directors Lab alum, Artist in Residence at Robert Wilson’s The Watermill Center, Directing Fellow at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, a Sir Gielgud Fellowship finalist and a SDCF Observer (Cleveland Play House and Round House Theatre). Queen City Flash produces two podcasts Zoinks! and Have Monster Will Travel, available wherever you listenBridget has her M.F.A. in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University and is a member of SDC. She calls East Price Hill home with her husband, playwright-composer Trey Tatum, small human Wilder, puppies “Pocket” & “Lint”, and her bees.

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 third as the Know’s Marketing and Communications Manager, but her fifth 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.

Danielle Robison

Design & Production Associate

Danielle recently relocated to Cincinnati from Indiana and is excited to join the team at the Know Theatre for her first season. She graduated from Indiana University with a BFA in Painting and a BA in Theatre, focusing on scenic design. While at IU she worked on Barbeque as a projections assistant and By The Bog of Cats as a light and sound board operator, and as an assistant dramaturg. In her free time, Danielle enjoys reading, movies, and rock climbing.  Danielle is excited to be able to work somewhere so fitting for her study fields, and with a team that is so welcoming and friendly. 

Noelle Wedig-Johnston

Resident Costume Designer

As a native Cincinnatian, Noelle is honored to join the production team at Know Theatre for a fourteenth 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)

Grace Wohlschlegel

Resident Stage Manager

Grace is excited to be the new Resident Stage Manger for the Know. She has a BA in Theatre with a technical & design emphasis from Oklahoma Baptist University and an MA in Theatre from Texas Tech University with thesis work on new work production. She has worked several summers for Tent Theatre as a carpenter, properties assistant, and Technical Director. Grace is an avid reader, painter, and cereal eater.

Know Theatre Board

TJ Avery

Kathryn Hoffman

Jay Kalagayan

Thomas McLaughlin

Maggie Perrino

Joshua Wallace

Brandon Robert Martin
Development Committee Chair

Melanie Lazor

Michael Meyer
Vice Chair

Jeff Syroney