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Nathan Motta, Artistic Director
Mr. Motta is is the 5th Artistic Director in the 54 year history of Dobama Theatre where he’s directed critically acclaimed mainstage productions of TIME STANDS STILL, THE ALIENS, A BRIGHT NEW BOISE and THE LYONS. He is a professional director, conductor, and composer/lyricist who has worked with Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, Cain Park, Opera Cleveland, Ohio Light Opera, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Mercury Opera Rochester (NY), and Civic Light Opera (Pittsburgh). Nathan is the Founding Artistic Director of the Dobama Emerging Actors Program where he’s directed productions of ANTIGONE, BLOOD WEDDING, OEDIPUS, and THE TEMPEST. He holds a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.M. from the Eastman School of Music.
Phone: 
(216) 932-6838
Email:
nmotta@dobama.org

 

Joel Hammer, Artistic Director Emeritus
Mr. Hammer was a Dobama board member for over 10 years and is a highly regarded actor and director in Northeast Ohio.  Mr. Hammer is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and holds a BFA in Theatre from Ohio State University.
Phone:  (216) 932-6838
Email: jhammer@dobama.org

 

Julie Friedman, Managing Director
Ms. Friedman has been with Dobama for eight years – first as Financial and Office Manager. In September of 2012, she became Associate Managing Director, and in July of 2013 moved to the Managing Director role.  She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon and an MFA in Dramaturgy and Theater Criticism from Brooklyn College CUNY.
Phone:  (216) 932-6838
Email:  jfriedman@dobama.org

Jonathan Wilhelm, Associate Managing Director
Jonathan Wilhelm has been involved in theatre since the age of seven.  He was a 2011 Heideman Award Finalist for his play “The Opponents”.  His play, “Miracle & Wonder”, will be performed at Ensemble Theatre in December 2012. He lives in Cleveland Heights with his partner Michael and cat Edgar.
Phone:  (216) 932-3396
Email: jwilhelm@dobama.org

Penelope Derethik, Development Director
A graduate of Marquette University with a degree in Communications, Ms. Derethik has over 20 years experience in marketing, communications and all phases of non-profit fundraising. Her areas of expertise include capital campaigns,  establishment of annual funds, securing corporate sponsorship and major gifts as well as strategic planning. She is an enthusiastic advocate of the arts and has a special love for live theater. Prior to joining the Dobama Theater team, she owned and operated a freelance consulting business.
A life-long Cleveland resident, her interests include travel, gardening, reading and learning something new each day.
Phone: (216) 932-6838
Email: pderethik@dobama.org

Mindi Bonde, House Manager and Administrative Assistant
Mindi is happy to be part of the Dobama family.  She has worked in many capacities at local professional and community theatre venues including Actors’ Summit, Beck, Cain Park, CCC-E, Great Lakes Theater, Halle, Kalliope, 14th Street Theatre.  Her positions include stage manager, ASM, production assistant, costumer, wardrobe supervisor, dresser, props supervisor, board operator, box office manager and assistant, company manager and house manager.  She was a tech dresser for the national tour of EVITA and is the proud mother of Melissa and C.J.
Phone: (216) 932-6838
Email: assistant@dobama.org

Deena Barrett, House Manager
Deena Barrett is a retired special education teacher who has always had a strong love for and involvement in theater.  She has been a volunteer usher at Cain Park for several seasons and has also ushered here at Dobama Theatre.  She is a member of the Western Reserve Chorale music group.  She is thrilled to be a part of the Dobama Theatre family in her second year as house manager.