Jonathan Bohun Brady – President
Jonathan Bohun Brady is the Founding Artistic Director of Durham’s Bartlett Theater. His credits include, Triad Stage: Director: Reverse Psychology, The Santaland Diaries (2011 and 2012) and For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls. Paper Lantern Theatre Company: Director: The Aliens and Next Fall; Producer: Times Stands Still, Kimberly Akimbo, Next Fall, Souvenir and This Wide Night. UNCG: Director: Measure for Measure, Bus Stop and Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending. Some of Jonathan’s favorite acting credits include Holy Ghosts, Love’s Fire, and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Education: UNCG, MFA in Directing.
Beth Ritson – Vice President
Beth Ritson is a Founding Member of Paper Lantern Theatre. She has performed several times at Triad Stage and performed in PLT’s inaugural production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone. She currently works at Bennett College in the Theatre Department and holds a BFA and MFA in acting.
Bryan Conger – Secretary
Bryan Conger is in his fourth season as Artistic Associate at Triad Stage. Triad Stage directing credits include: Dirty Blonde, Pump Boys and Dinettes; A Christmas Carol; My Fair Lady; tick, tick . . . BOOM!; The Mystery of Irma Vep; Billy Bishop Goes to War; Associate Director for New Music Trilogy; Assistant Director for Around the World in 80 Days and Ghosts. Local directing credits include: Souvenir (Paper Lantern Theatre Company); Sister Mary Ignatius . . . (THTR 232); Oklahoma!; Balm in Gilead and Blind Date (University of North Carolina at Greensboro). Other directing credits include Gypsy; Kiss Me Kate; Always Patsy Cline; Little Shop of Horrors; Burial at Thebes; and Fashion; Or Life in New York. Bryan earned his MFA in directing at the University of North Carolina—Greensboro and has served as an adjunct faculty member there since 2011. He has also taught at Greensboro College and Elon University.
Eileen Coffey – Treasurer
Eileen Coffey, a Technical Sales Leader for IBM, with a life-long love of theater, serves as Bartlett Theater’s Treasurer. Eileen recently relocated to North Carolina from New York and is thrilled to find a thriving arts community in the region. She studied Theater Design Technology at SUNY Purchase and holds a BFA in Arts Management from CW Post University.
Jody Kaizen – Member
Jody Kaizen teaches Theatre and Arts Management at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) since 2000. She also serves the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance as Program Director for the Arts Administration major and minor. Ms. Kaizen holds a Masters degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Arts Administration and a BFA in Performance from Northern Kentucky University. Prior to her appointment at UNCG, Ms. Kaizen worked in marketing and management at HartfordStage, Centerstage in Baltimore, The Barn Dinner Theatre, The National Theatre of the Deaf and The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. At UNCG, Jody manages the marketing campaign for UNCG Theatre, the North Carolina Theatre for Young People, and Theatre 232, the collaborative summer theatre venue at Triad Stage. She is the recipient of a Building Entrepreneurship through Lifelong Learning (BELL) grant–awarded to travel and visit theatre companies and research/interview for written case study analysis. Ms. Kaizen is an active arts consultant and has served as moderator and participant in such conferences as The Association of Arts Administration Educators, Wake Forest University Creativity Conference, The UNCG Bryan School of Business’s Entrepreneurship in the Arts forum, The Art of Public Memory Conference, Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), and the Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts annual conference. In her spare time, she balances the lives of her busy family– complete with one awesome soccer player, a budding dancer, an avid video gamer, a theatre director spouse and two very sleepy dogs!
Annika Pfaender – Member
Annika grew up in Chapel Hill and graduated (as a lifer!) from Durham Academy in 1996. She graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in Drama in English in 2000 and earned an MFA in Theater for Youth from UNCG in 2009. She completed certification in Non-Profit Management through Duke University in 2011. Annika has taught drama to a wide range of ages for a variety of organizations: Chatham Hall; Act One, Act Now Community Theater for Young People; The Seattle Children’s Theatre; The ArtsCenter; Raleigh Little Theater; The Vineyard Playhouse; Arts Together; Applause! Cary Youth Theatre; Greensboro Children’s Museum; and others. She has also designed costumes for several productions at Deep Dish Theater.
While serving at the Office Manager at Arts Together, a community school for the arts in Raleigh, NC, Annika had the fortune to be immersed on the administrative side of an arts organization. She played a customer service role, an accounting role, a planning and marketing role, as well as an educational role. It was a lot of hats to wear, but that’s the kind of work that Annika loves. She currently lives in Greensboro, NC with her husband Joshua Purvis, who runs the Theater Education program at UNCG. She volunteers at her sons’ schools, teaching drama for preschoolers and tutoring and reading to elementary school students. She currently works as a freelance data miner and analyst for public health consultants. In her spare time, Annika reads, bakes, crochets, and dreams of some day running a non-profit organization.