Kyle Barber is an Academic Advisor for the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance where he works with Theatre, Art and Art History students. He is entering his second year as an advisor for Advising First at Florida State University. He earned his Bachelors degree in Finance and Marketing from FSU in 2008 and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration. Kyle is a native Floridian who lived in Orlando before moving to Tallahassee.
Michele Belson came to the School of Theatre as a volunteer before joining the staff full-time in 2004. Belson first began costuming with over-the-top Halloween costumes for her two daughters, school plays and ballet companies. Her work is now seen in theatre and sporting events throughout the Tallahassee community and elsewhere. Besides costuming, Michele is a hand weaver and Master Dyer who regularly contributes to various hand weaving publications. She teaches hand weaving, dyeing, patternmaking and construction at Fiber Arts conferences nation-wide. Michele did her undergraduate work at Kansas University and the Colorado State University.
Community Engagement Manager
Brad Brock is the Community Engagement Manager for the School of Theatre. He holds a Masters degree in Higher Education from Florida State University. Brad is a native of Tallahassee and earned his Bachelor degree from the University of Florida. Prior to joining the School, Brad worked with the Dean of Students Office and Advising First at Florida State University.
Assistant Scene Shop Manager
Colin Campbell is the Assistant Scene Shop Manager for the School of Theatre. He is a graduate of the carpentry program at the North Bennett Street School in Boston MA and a proud alumnus of FSU, from which he received his undergraduate degree. Colin has worked locally as a theatrical technician at Tallahassee Community College, where he contributed to the development of their program, and also in the New England area for the Centennial Theatre Festival and SBL Lighting Design.
Zach Cramer joined the staff of the School of Theatre in November of 2009 as their Sound Designer. Although he was born in Wooster, Ohio, he considers himself a native of Tallahassee. Prior to joining the School of Theatre, Zach worked as a multi-media specialist for over eight years. His experience includes multimedia production and budgeting for graphic, audio, and video design. He has been involved with theatre since his sophomore year in high school and has since designed over 50 productions. Zach has also worked as a media consultant and has collaborated with other sound and video system professionals designing and installing systems for auditoriums, non-for-profits, sporting venues and businesses.
Director of Academic and Student Services
Michele has been with Florida State University since 1991 and in her current position at the School of Theatre since 2004. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre and a Master’s degree in Arts Administration from FSU and has been a resident of Tallahassee long enough to have adopted "ya'll" into her vocabulary permanently. She has been involved in theatre since she was very young and is thankful to the students for reminding her of its importance on a daily basis.
Staff Services Associate
Sarah Fernald joined FSU in May 2012 as an Apprentice for the UBA. In September 2012 she started as the Staff Services Associate at the School of Theatre. She helps complete the HR and Financial tasks for the School of Theatre. Sarah is a native of Tallahassee and graduated from FSU in 2012 with majors in Finance and Management. She has a huge love for Florida State and was also involved in a local drama studio for many years, so she is very excited to be with the School of Theatre!
Director of Fine Arts Ticket Office
Sarah Goodson holds a Bachelors degree in Music, majoring in Music Business and Vocal Performance, from Loyola University in New Orleans. Previously, Sarah worked for over 5 years with Broadway Across America, initially in Houston as the Operations Manager for National Group Sales and finally in Atlanta as the Ticketing Manager for Atlanta, Birmingham, and Jacksonville.
Erin Kehr joined FSU in 2006 as Property Manager and began teaching Stage Makeup in 2007. Erin graduated from DePaul University’s School of Theatre with a BFA in Scenic Design in 1998. He has designed scenery for over 30 productions including Romeo and Juliet for Central Minnesota Children’s Theatre and Boxcar for Theatrovision. Erin previously served as the Prop Master for Theatreworks in Menlo Park California and has filled many roles in during his career in theatrical production.
Finance and Operations Manager, UBA
Hilary Passo joined the School of Theatre in 2011 as the Front Office Manager and was promoted to Finance & Operations Manager in 2012. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Commercial Music from the College of Music at FSU in 2009. Previous to working for the School of Theatre, Hilary held positions in software development and emergency management. Hilary joins us as part of the University Business Administrators (UBA) and combines her passion for the arts with an equal love of spreadsheets. Originally from Georgia via Oklahoma backgrounds, Hilary has been surrounded by the arts all her life.
Director of Production Services
Ombra Sandifer joined FSU in December of 2000 in the new position as Production Manager for the School of Theatre. Ombra received a BIS in Theatre and Speech Communication from the University of South Carolina, Aiken, and an MA in Drama from the University of Arkansas. Her academic background is rooted in theatre history and directing.
UBA Office Administrator
Lauren Snyder joined Florida State University in October 2010 as an Administrative Assistant for the University Business Administrators Program. In April 2012, she advanced to the School of Theatre as the UBA Office Administrator where she works closely with the F&A Operations Manager and the Executive Director to complete the Financial and HR tasks for the School of Theatre. Lauren graduated in 2008 from Florida State University with a Bachelors degree in Merchandising and a Minor in Business. After graduating, Lauren worked in retail management for 3 years and then found her way back to her Garnet and Gold roots.
Paint Shop Manager
Jason Strom is the Paint Shop Manager and Scenic Artist for the School of Theatre. He earned an Arts Diploma in Scenic Art at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under the tutelage of Howard Jones and Franco Colavecchia. His past professional experiences include painting scenery for The McCarter Theatre, Maine State Music Theatre, John Creech Design and Production, LIV Design, Inc., Carnegie‐Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, and for productions both on and off-Broadway
Student Services Assistant Manager
Barbara Geathers-Thomas joined the Florida State University in May 1988. Barbara began her career at FSU with the College of Business where she worked in the Marketing Department for twelve years before joining the School of Theatre in 2000. Barbara now works as the Academic Support Assistant for Theatre coordinating admissions and registration while maintaining student enrollment, registration, course schedules, grades and waivers to meet all university standards.
Scott Vandenberg joined the School of Theater in July 2002, after serving six years at Ruby Diamond Auditorium for the College of Music at FSU. He received his BA in Theatre Arts from SUNY at Stony Brook in 1994, and has worked as a technician in various venues in New York and Florida.
Costume Shop Manager
Claire Walker joined the FSU team in 1993 as a costumer for the School of Theatre. Advancing to the role of Costume Shop Manager in 1994, she now oversees the operation of the costume shop and production of costumes for seven to ten shows annually. Claire has worked as a costume and theatre technician with several theatrical companies in Atlanta and Tallahassee, including the FSU Opera, Tallahassee Little Theatre, and Ballet Rotaru.
Scenic Studio Manager
Joshua earned his Masters of Fine Arts in Technical Production from the school of Theatre prior to joining the staff here as the Scenic Studio Manager in July, 2012. Prior to earning his MFA, Joshua worked at Syracuse Stage for nine years, most of them as the Assistant Technical Director. He also had the opportunity to teach technical theatre classes at Syracuse University during that time. Joshua has also spent time working for Hartford Stage and Glimmerglass opera. Joshua earned his BA in theatre from S.U.N.Y. Oswego in 1999.