"Set your life On Fire.
Seek those who fan your Flames." -rumi
Spark Theatre Company strives to work with the area's leading performing artists. Spark Theatre Company employs a non-traditional casting policy. We aim to increase artistic options by expanding casting opportunities for women, actors of color, seniors and actors with disabilities in roles where race, gender identity, age, or the presence or absence of a disabililty are not germane. To that end, we encourage all actors/artists to audition and apply.
Andrea Belser (Actor/Teaching Artist) is a Performing and Teaching Artist from Cleveland with a BA in Theater Studies emphasizing in Dance and Applied Voice from Wright State University. Currently, she teaches various dance and theater acting to all ages with theaters and companies around Northeastern Ohio. She has also worked behind the scenes as a choreographer, stage manager, and dresser. You may have last seen her in Freaky Friday at Lakeland Civic Theater, Little Shop of Horrors at French Creek Theater, or The Casual Tree Ward at Convergence-Continuum. Andrea's awards include 2008 Best Actress in Cleveland and a nomination for the same in 2012.
Vanessa Cook (Set Designer/Teaching Artist) completed her Bachelor of Music at Baldwin-Wallace with a degree in Music Therapy. A graduate of Regent University, Ms. Cook holds a Master of Arts in Theater. She has over 20 years of experience in all facets of theater production and performance, working extensively in costume, set and prop design at the college, community and professional levels. Vanessa is the former Technical Director of Gundlach theater and served as adjunct professor for the University's School of Music and Theater. Ms Cook taught stagecraft, makeup and music therapy classes and designed both costumes and sets/props for several main stage productions. She has taught at the University level and in the primary public/private school setting. She has provided presentations on technical theater for several organizations.
Erin E. Dolan (Actor/Teaching Artist) is an Early Childhood Educator, Actor, Playwright and Poet. Having studied theatre at Kent State University and Lorain County Community College, where she first became involved in theatre for youth, she discovered her great love of including children in the creative process. Her path then led her to Houston, and later Columbus and then the Akron area, where she focused solely on her work in Early Childhood Education for several years. Ms. Dolan recently returned to Northeast Ohio to rejoin the exciting arts community here. As the co-founder of Awesome Possum Theatre Company, Ms. Dolan has adapted children’s literature for the stage as well as created original works for youth theatre. She has also been commissioned to adapt children’s classics for The Illusion Factory in Akron.
Rachael Endrizzi (Director/Teaching Artist) was born and raised in Elyria and is proud to be an alumnus of Elyria High School, LCCC and Oberlin MAD Factory before continuing on to graduate from the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City. She has worked as a professional actor, director and teaching artist throughout the Eastern US for nearly 15 years on over 250 productions. A highlight of her career is serving for seven seasons as the Director of Education with Florida Repertory Theatre, hailed as “One of America’s Top Repertory Theatres” by the Wall Street Journal. She then moved to Metro Atlanta, becoming the Artistic Director of Curtain Call Youth Players, a non-profit Children’s Theatre and a Teaching Artist/Youth Players Director for the Tony Award-Winning Alliance Theatre. Rachael is also proud to have been a 2-time nominee for Angel of the Arts: Arts Teacher of the Year Award, secretary and board member of Lee County Sheriff's Youth Activities League, student board member of Elyria Summer Theatre and published in American Theatre Magazine for her work with students on the Autism Spectrum. She is passionate about arts education and loves to see her students succeed.
Abbie Garrison (Stage Manager) is the stage manager for Posters & Flip Flops and has also stage managed Spark's recent productions of The Imaginators and The Odyssey Experience. Additionally, Abbie played Mother in Spark's inaugural production, The New Kid. Her recent credits include; Wardrobe Supervisor for Cleveland playhouse's Getting Near To Baby, Stage Manager for Ohio Shakespeare Festival's Rocky Horror Show, Crew Member for Ohio Shakespeare Festival's She Kills Monsters, Production Stage Manager for Camp Ballibay and Assistant Stage Manager for Stages' Little Shop of Horrors. Abbie is always excited to work with Spark because she loves bringing theatre to schools and loves how impactful Spark is to their students.
Jailyn Sherrell Harris (Actor/Teaching Artist) completed her Bachelors in Theatre at Bowling Green State University. Jailyn performed in Spark's The Fisherman & his Wife as well as many other shows for young audiences including Day of Absence at Karamu House, Suds at American Repertory Theatre, The Lives of Tiresias at The New School in New York, and A Midsummer Night's Dream with Great Lakes Theatre Festival. Other professional credits include Leading Player in Pippin (Rubber City Theatre), Freaky Friday (Lakeland Civic Theatre), Merry Widow (Bowling Green Opera), Parade (French Creek Theatre), and Sister Act (Karamu House). She has studied many styles of dance and is a current member of The Actor's Project in NYC.
Gideon Lorete (Actor/Teaching Artist) is honored and excited to be sharing his artist spark with Spark Theater's future magic makers and dream chasers. Along with his much recent experiences and success within the film, stage and live entertainment scene here in Cleveland, Gideon had recently graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 2016 with studies and work within the performing arts, multimedia entertainment, and entrepreneurship fields. As a live entertainer, he can be found across Ohio as a Polynesian dancer and fire dancer either through his own Polynesian dance company, Mana Firenesia, or in collaboration with numerous other Polynesian dance groups in Ohio. Gideon can also be found within various characters including Peter Pan, Spiderman, and Ninja Turtle Mikey, to name just a few favorites, through Cleveland's Spectacular Party Entertainment, Columbus's Mascot Organization, the Ohio Ninja Turtle Company, and the Sesame Street Workshop. His many IMDb principal acting film credits include My Summer in Ohio, Rescate, and The Agents. Amongst many, Gideon's stage credits include Spark Theater's recent The Odyssey Experience and their upcoming Imaginators. When Gideon is not in the spotlight, however, Gideon wakes up and goes to bed to China online where he teaches English to Chinese students through VIPKids. As an ESL teacher, Gideon is proud to hold his TESOL and TEFL Certification. Gideon is grateful for Spark Theater's love and support to allow him to share his heart and soul for the set and the stage especially during a time when we all need it. After all, "growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous." (Stella Adler).
Ken Quiricone (Actor/Teaching Artist) is originally from Connecticut and a graduate of Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. He has performed with theatre companies across the country including Off-Broadway, Regional Theatre, and Theme Park productions. Ken has toured multiple times with Chamber Theatre Productions of Boston, bringing theatre to young audiences nationally. He spends his summers in the beautiful badlands of North Dakota, singing country music and kickin’ up his heels outdoors every night in The Medora Musical. Other credits include The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged), Lend Me a Tenor, Christmas My Way with The Legacy Theatre in Georgia, Don't Dress for Dinner, Christmas Carol: a Live Radio Play, and Weekend Comedy with Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Florida and several roles at Dollywood in Tennessee. Ken is blessed to travel this amazing country performing and to be a part of Spark Theatre 4 Youth.
Stephanie Wilbert (Director/Teaching Artist) is an Actor, Director, and Adjunct Faculty Theater Instructor at Lorain County Community College. She received her MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where she primarily focused on ensemble-based performance and devised theater techniques. Naropa University performance credits include: Sirens Fury Playlist, Now! (For Something Completely Different (Directed by Stephen Wangh), and 7/21 (Directed by member of The Tectonic Theater Project, Greg Pierotti). Stephanie is an Actors Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) and received her BA in Theater Arts from Cleveland State University. In Northeastern Ohio, Stephanie worked as the Interim Artistic Director for The Illusion Factory and has performed with The Ohio City Theatre Project, Ensemble Theatre, Talespinner Children’s Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, The Cleveland Ingenuity Festival, Stratosphere, and Ohio Capoeira Brasil.