All About Us
Artistic Advisor/Associate Sarah May
is thrilled to come "home" to Ensemble Theatre to support Lucia Colombi's talented daughter Celeste as Artistic Director. In the past Sarah served as Education Director for Ensemble and directed such memorable productions as Dividing the Estate, Having Our Say, The Delany Sister's First 100 Years; Athol Fugard's Valley Song; Paul Robeson (featuring Tony Sias); Little Tommy Parker's Celebrated Minstrel Show, and Anton in Show Business!
Sarah is a well known director whose work has been seen on most area stages. Most recently she directed the critically acclaimed Wings at Beck Center starring Dorothy Silver, as well as Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The History Boys, The Diary of Anne Frank, and A Piece of My Heart (Winner of the Northern Ohio Live Award.)
Sara has also recently directed the Dobama/Karamu collaboration of Tony Kushner's Caroline or Change, Tuck Everlasting for The Cleveland Play House, and Things of Dry Hours at CPT.
Sarah spent 10 years in New York City performing, directing, and developing educational programs for Playwrights Horizons, Henry Street Settlement, and The Roundabout Theatre. She returned to Cleveland to serve as Director of Education for Great Lakes Theatre Festival, where she developed their Shakespeare School Residency Program, and as Director of Karamu Theatre from 1990 to 1997. She has taught acting for The Cleveland Play House and Tri-C Metro and been a guest artist at Baldwin-Wallace College.
TYLER WHIDDEN (Playwright/Director-"Dancing with N.E.D") is a Cleveland-born playwright, actor, and director. After receiving his BFA in Playwriting from Ohio University, he traveled the country as a stand-up comedian before moving to Chicago. While in the Windy City, Tyler worked with Victory Gardens and The Neo-Futurists theaters, honing his craft. He recently earned his MFA from Goddard College and lives in Cleveland. He would like to thank Claudia (whereever you are), Katy Z (for the inspiration), Darrah C and Neil L (for the guidance), and his Goddard and PIB families (for the love and support). Most importantly, he would like to thank his smoking-hot wife, Angie. For everything."