"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.
Angela Katherine Baker (Actor- Miss Courageous) is a wife and mother of six children ages 16 to 3 years old and loves performing for children. She graduated with a B.S. in Theatre, English, and Speech Education from BYU-Idaho and with a Masters in Theatre Critical Studies at BYU with an emphasis in Dramaturgy. Angela teaches the Meisner technique at Houde School of Acting. She currently works as a professional voice actor and actor around the Cleveland and Columbus area in commercials, short films, and feature films. Angela also performs with Dinner Detective, the largest nationwide murder mystery dinner theater company as well as with Spectacular Performances and Events. Angela is so excited to join Spark Theatre 4 Youth production of Miss Courageous! Find your dream and live it!
Andrea Belser (Actor/Teaching Artist/Costumer) 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/Director/Playwright/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 and wrote Hansel & Gretel for Spark!
Elizabeth Domer (Teaching Artist) is an actor, director, and educator based in Northeast Ohio. She just completed a year on the road as a Touring Actor/Director with Missoula Children's Theatre! Elizabeth is passionate about using the performing arts to inspire change, challenge minds, promote growth, and teach life skills. She is a graduate of the University of Mount Union in Alliance, OH with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Theatre Performance. She has worked throughout Northeast Ohio on productions such as Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), Twelfth Night (Maria), and Quilters (Jody). Elizabeth enjoys time offstage on the golf course and with her cat, Bean.
Diesel Donlow (Teaching Artist) Actor, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and model, DieselDonlow is a successful Entrepreneur known for his inspirational content, successful businesses, and entertainment. Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Donlow was a basketball player and began pursuing his art around the age of 22. He moved to Chicago, appearing on Empire, Chicago PD, Canal Street, and more! During that time he created his own Production/Brand called DieselDonlow which is a platform he created for inspirational content. Donlow created Dominate, Change The Game, and Musetell to inspire people to be great in life and his music is to encourage people to be positive and inspire people to be great! Donlow is pursuing his Doctorate Degree and obtained his Master Degree in Exercise Science and his Bachelors Degree in Business Management and minor in Entrepreneurship. Donlow has multiple fitness and wellness certifications, also a foundation called Diesel Nomads to help inspire people to follow their dreams, and help uneducated become educated, and provide access to creating inspirational stories through their testimonies.
Rachael Endrizzi (Producing Artistic 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 and created Spark in 2017 with Claire Simpson and Jessica Franklin. 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.
Mike Frye (Actor/Tour Stage Manager) is an actor from Oberlin, OH and has performed at theaters all over Lorain county and Cleveland, including Workshop Players, Olde Town Hall, Blank Canvas, Talespinner, Dobama, and the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. Most recently he appeared in Insurrection at convergence-continuum, Nightfall at French Creek Theater, the Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwrighting Festival, and performed his own written work Web of Deceit at Borderlight Fringe Festival. This is his fifth show with Spark, which he considers his most fun job.
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.
Eileen Lorene (Actor- Miss Courageous) was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. At the tender age of seven, she found her love of performance arts. She started out performing in school, church and local plays. Eileen has starred in stage plays like When the Lights Go Out!, Mama,Why Me?, Black Is, Jada's Journey, and Karamu House’s Black Woman in the Car. She has used her talent of performance art as a way to become an activist in her community. All of her theatrical roles have touched on serious topics. Such as child sexual abuse, domestic violence, gun violence, and racial discrimination to name a few. In 2015, she was awarded for her activist efforts by the city of Cleveland and in 2018 she was an Ohio Entertainment Awards Honoree. You can see Eileen Lorene in the feature films such as Trapped, The Assassin’s Game, and Workout Partners now streaming on Tubi.
Chrissy Margevicius (Teaching Artist) is a Cleveland-based actor, musician, and teaching artist. She is a graduate of the Molloy College/CAP21 Conservatory BFA program in NYC. Recent credits include The Girl in Once at Kent State Stark, The Taming of the Shrew, Cinderella and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Ohio Shakespeare Festival, and The Kid from Kittlerumpit at Talespinner Children’s Theatre. She’s also been seen in various projects at The Madison Theatre in New York, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Missoula Children’s Theatre. Chrissy is also a Music/Drama teacher at St. Paschal Baylon School, Cleveland Play House, and now Spark Theatre 4 Youth! She can't wait to meet her new students and create magic together!
Truth Alice Taylor (Actor/Tour Stage Manager) is a proud citizen of Lorain, Ohio who has been performing since she could speak. She's a singer, poet, musician, actress and dancer. Truth is happy to work with Spark Theater again as the stage manager for Miss Courageous, but she's nervous because she's never been a stage manager! However, she's gonna use her courage to learn something new!! She wants everyone to enjoy the show and feel inspired by this experience.
Caroline Turner (Actor) is thrilled to be back for her third tour with Spark! She graduated with a BFA in Acting from Baldwin Wallace University in 2021 and is currently based in Cleveland. Recent credits include Hansel and Gretel (Gretel) and My Robot (Ophelia) with Spark, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania/Theseus) and As You Like It (Celia/Amiens/William) with Chagrin Arts, and Men On Boats (Goodman) at BWU. When she isn't performing, Caroline can be found playing board games with friends or cuddling with her two adorable kitties, Zelda and Percy.
Ken Quiricone (Actor/Set Designer) 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/Camp Director) 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.