East Valley Children’s Theatre Staff 2013-2014
Karen Rolston, Artistic Director and Main Stage Director
Karen is currently the Producing Artistic Director at East Valley Children’s Theatre. She has been involved in theatre in the Valley for the past 25 years as a director, music director, scenic designer, sound designer, an actor in numerous community and college productions; film and commercial work, voice over actor and has received numerous awards for her work. A graduate of ASU with degrees in music and theatre, Karen is a retired teacher from Mesa Public Schools and Chandler Gilbert Community College.
Nicole Gibson-Rice – Nicole holds a bachelor and masters degree in theatre, and has taught and worked professionally in theatre for the past 15 years.
Express Troupe Director
Gingi Cullipher – Gingi just recently returned to her passion – Theatre, after several years of working and raising her family. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from ASU in English and Theatre.
Literature Alive Troupe Director
InterGenerational Theatre Troupe Director
Ariana Ziskin – Ari is a recent graduate of Idaho University with a Bachelors Degree in Musical Theatre. In addition to her work at EVCT she currently teaches at several charter schools.
EVCT Bravo Director
Emily Mulligan - Emily has a degree in Musical Theatre Performance, performs regularly in the Phoenix area and teaches at Mesa Arts Academy.
Main Stage Director
Yolanda Dwyer – Yolanda is currently a performing artist/teacher with Childsplay in Tempe and performs with a variety of theatres in the valley.
On the Spot Improv Troupe Director.
Emily Kupitz – Emily is currently working on a PHD at Arizona State University and works with a variety of theatres in the valley.
Joel Cranson - With a degree in theatre from Grand Canyon University, Joel is active in film in the valley, acting, directing and producin
Main Stage Director
Lauran Stanis - Lauran just moved here from New York City where she was a working Equity actress, choreographer, and teaching artist. She received B.F.A in Musical Theatre from Millikin University.