MEET THE ENSEMBLE THEATRE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Scott Esposito, President/Chair
Scott joined the Ensemble Board in 2013. Scott is Assistant General Counsel for University Hospitals Health System, Inc. with a practice that focuses on a wide variety of corporate and regulatory issues. In addition to practicing law, Scott is an actor who has performed in a variety of venues around Cleveland, including Ensemble Theatre. He also serves as an officer for the nonprofit corporation Dare2Care, which focuses on anti-bullying efforts and educational and leadership opportunities for local high school students. He is married to the love of his life, his fantastic husband, Vince.
Benoy Joseph, PhD, Vice President/ Vice-Chair
Benoy joined the Ensemble Board in 2013. Following 35 years on the faculty of Cleveland State University, Benoy Joseph retired recently as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Marketing from CSU’s Monte Ahuja College of Business. He has degrees from the University of Dayton and Ohio State University. At Cleveland State, his responsibilities included teaching graduate business courses and directing the College’s baccalaureate and master’s programs, directing the College’s ongoing professional accreditation efforts, and advancing the College’s education, scholarship, and outreach mission. Benoy specializes in services and not-for-profit marketing, business-to-business marketing, consumer behavior, and business ethics. His research has appeared in a variety of national and international scholarly journals. Before entering academics, he worked in the marketing division of NCR Corporation. A consultant to various business and nonprofit organizations, Benoy has conducted strategic market planning seminars for nonprofit and professional service organizations and numerous customer satisfaction studies and public opinion polls for business and public sector organizations. He is a board member and past board chair of Kendal at Home, a not-for-profit provider of services for retirees.
Jessica Colombi, Secretary
Jessica is the Executive Director of Career Services at Cleveland State University. She has worked with the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland, the Mandel JCC, and The Western Reserve Historical Society. She is a graduate of John Carroll University and has recently returned to Cleveland. She received an MA in Psychology, and Diversity Management from CSU. She is very active with Ensemble Board Development. Jessica is a great appreciator of all performing arts, and has been been particularly excited about watching Ensemble evolve over the last two years. Ms. Colombi is without shy-ness when it comes to asking for support of this great entity, so don't be surprised if she shows up next to you, making the pitch! She believes in her core that Ensemble Theatre is a driver of economic advancement for the Coventry neighborhood, and is grateful to be a part of it.
Ian Hinz, Treasurer
Ian is a graduate of Ohio University, Ian has worked professionally as a producer, director, designer, director of operations and theater educator for over sixteen years in Ohio and New York. Prior to joining Tantrum Theater and returning home to central Ohio, Ian helped lead the resurgence of Ensemble Theatre in Cleveland as Producer and Co-Artistic Director. He is co-founder of the Ensemble Stage-Wrights’ workshop, two-time winner of the Cleveland Critics’ Circle Best Director award and served as Artistic Director and Operations Manager for the city of Cleveland Heights’ historic Cain Park Amphitheater. He has worked in operations for The Ohio State University Jerome Schottenstein Center and the Cleveland State University Department of Music as a stage production specialist. He has produced off-off-broadway at the Gene Frankel Theater and worked in business development in the tech startup industry in New York City.
Cynthia (Cindy) Dettelbach
Cindy has been an Ensemble devotee in many settings. For years she and her husband John attended Ensemble productions at the former Cleveland Play House and at the Civic. Then, as now, she loved the choice of plays and the excellent quality of the productions. In or around 2007 a small notice in a Cleveland Heights Public Library flyer announcing an Ensemble playwriting workshop being held at the library caught her eye… and, soon after, her heart. Thus began her new “career” as a playwright. The timing was perfect. She had recently retired from her longtime position as editor of the Cleveland Jewish News and was casting about for an opportunity to continue writing within a collaborative, caring and like-minded community. StageWrights, as the group came to be called, proved just the ticket! As she worked at honing her craft while she also marveled at the company’s “sweat equity” transformation of the desolate Coventry School into two exciting Ensemble Theater spaces. In addition to her ongoing roles as audience member and Stagewrights participant, Cindy looks forward to her newest role as Ensemble board member.
Keith has been with Ensemble’s Board for a little over two years. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University. He also has an MA in Psychology and Diversity Management from CSU. He is currently Director of Community Services for The City of South Euclid.
Joined the Board in 2013 after finding himself frequently with a paintbrush or hammer in hand as Ensmeble has transformed former educational spaces into two theatre spaces. Andrew grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He spent his time on stage initially in high school with a trombone in hand and later in vocal performance and show choir. In college he was a member of the Indianapolis Arts Chorale and Encore Vocal Arts. He relocated to Cleveland to pursue a medical degree at the Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Andrew is grateful to be involved in on the Board and to support local arts and to play a new role to help to shape the future of this organization. However, his favorite role at Ensemble is occasional chauffeur to actress and Artistic Associate Katie Nabors, his wonderfully talented wife.
He is a Cleveland native working professionally and academically as a Lighting Designer. He is on the Faculty and is the Lighting Designer and Production Manager at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI while also freelancing as much as he can. His BA in theatre is from Ashland University, and his MFA in Lighting design is from Wayne State University. Recently Michael has designed for Wayne State University, Lansing Community College, Lansing Children's Ballet Theatre, Flint Youth Theatre, and he is a member of the Board of Directors for Ensemble Theatre in Cleveland, OH. He also works with a number of touring rock and roll bands when he is able to, and most recently assisted the design of the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, MI. From 2007-2009 he was the Resident Lighting Designer for Michigan Shakespeare Festival. In 2009, his design for "Glass Menagerie" at the Boarshead theatre earned a "Thespie Award" from the Lansing State Journal. Some notable theatre credits include: Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), Theatre By The Sea (Matunuk, RI), The Performance Network (Ann Arbor, MI), Michigan Shakespeare Festival (Jackson, MI), Boarshead Theatre (Lansing, MI), Jewish Ensemble Theatre (Detroit, MI), Hilberry Repertory Theatre (Detroit, MI), Cain Park (Cleveland, OH), Goodspeed Opera House (East Haddam, CT), The Ensemble Theatre (Cleveland, OH), and The Attic Theatre (Appleton, WI). He has a fond place in his heart for the Ensemble Family, and is more than pleased to be a part of the team!
Rannigan has been interested in theater most of her life, acting in high school plays and participating in competitive speech tournaments as well. After graduating from the University of Dayton (BS/ED.) she worked part-time as an advertising model, securing roles in TV commercials and print work, while still working full-time as a Cleveland Schools elementary school teacher. A master’s degree from Kent State University enabled her to focus on another interest: children with reading difficulties, which led to positions managing two diagnostic reading clinics, one at Lakewood High School, and the other at John Hay High School in Cleveland. After moving to California, where she worked in the Oakland Public Schools, she then migrated into the business world of corporate sales. More than twenty-five years were spent in the contract sales division of Office Depot, managing large customer accounts, negotiating contracts and developing long-term relationships with many of her customers. Since retiring three years ago, she is still working part-time in the office supply industry as a manufacturer’s rep. Since the Fall of 2012, Rannigan has attended the Stagewrights Workshop at Ensemble Theatre, learning the craft of playwriting and was fortunate to have one of her plays produced in the Colombi New Plays Festival in 2016. Ed and Rannigan Walsh live in Orange Village focusing much of their time attending and writing plays, and sometimes visiting their blended family of five children and fifteen grandchildren who are all over the U.S. Other hobbies/passions have included contemplative photography, swimming, bird-watching and traveling.
Jack Valancy has been in the theatre since P.S. 251 (Brooklyn, NY). He apprenticed at Millbrook Playhouse (Mill Hall, PA) summer stock in 1963 and 1964. He last performed (poorly) in the Cleveland JCC’s 1965 youth production of The Pajama Game. In addition to being audience, Jack and his wife Blanche support Cleveland theatre companies. Their son Zev is a theatre artist in Chicago. Jack is mostly retired from his health care management consulting and teaching practice. He looks forward to working with Ensemble’s board and artists to help the theatre grow and thrive.
Advisory Board Members
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