Steven C. Anderson

Steven C. Anderson

Producing Director

Steven C. Anderson (Director) is the Producing Director of CATCO is Theatre. His directing credits include Candide and Hair (OSU); Love! Valour! Compassion! and The Taste of Sunrise (CATCO): Big River and Pippin (Actors’ Theatre); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (New Harmony Theatre); and Greater Tuna, Little Shop of Horrors, and Assassins (Players Theatre Columbus). Since taking the helm at CATCO is Theatre, the breadth of his directorial work has run from the comedy and mayhem of The 39 Steps; the sold out and revived musical Avenue Q, the American premiere of The Rubenstein Kiss, and the regional premiere of My Name is Asher Lev. He is the recipient of the Ohio Theatre Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award, the Southside Settlement Arts Freedom Award, and a Certificate of Achievement from the Community Center for the Deaf. His work has been nominated six times for the prestigious Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Excellence in the Arts Award, most recently for the 2015 production of Herb Brown’s The Final Table.

Joe Bishara

Associate Producing Director


Joe Bishara has worked on over 200 theatrical productions at regional theatres across the United States as an award-winning Actor, Artist Educator, Director, and Producer. He is the Associate Producing Director for CATCO and CATCO is Kids, coordinator for the Greater Columbus Arts Council playwriting fellowship program and a frequent guest instructor/lecturer/clinician at educational institutes across Ohio. Joe is a proud graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, a member of AEA and an associate member of SDC.



Joe Wolfle Jr.

Technical Director

After attending The University of Cincinnati for technical direction, Joe Wolfle set off for some grand adventures in New England. While in the Green Mountains of Vermont, he spent a summer working with the Bread and Puppet Theater. The following winter Joe was captured by the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he ran a team of Oxen, doing forestry work atop a foot of snow. Cheap living expenses and family ties brought him back to Ohio where he has been working as a local stagehand and continuing his growing work with theater. Joe is actively involved in organic farming and the local food movement. He is also a member of the Awarehouse artist collective and the Righteous Mothers bicycle club, both based in the Weinland Park neighborhood where he and his partner are currently renovating an old vacant house. He is excited about joining the CATCO staff to produce high quality theater with a great group of artists.

Kirsten Upchurch

Production Stage Manager


Kirsten is excited to be joining the CATCO staff for the 2017-18 season. After earning her MFA from Florida Atlantic University Kirsten worked in venues such as Parker Playhouse, Aventura Arts and Culture Center, as well as Palm Beach Drama Works and The Women's Theatre Project. For the past 10 years Kirsten has spent her summers with Weathervane Playhouse in Newark, OH in the capacities as Production Manager, Stage Manager, General Manager, Theatre Education Director and Actress. Originally from Newark, Ohio Kirsten has worked across the country as a Production Stage manager for the Broadway National Tours of Jekyll & Hyde 2014-15, and Flashdance 2015-16. Kirsten's fondest theatre memories include working with Mandy Patinkin on Let Go in 2012, and having opportunity to work with Herb Brown and Steven Anderson on CATCO's production of Henry Ford's Model E.


Marcia Hain

Costume Shop Manager

Marci has been a costumer in the Columbus area for over 30 years. She ran the costume shop for Otterbein University for 22 years and designed over 20 productions. She also taught costume construction and wardrobe. Marci is now pleased to be with CATCO and is enjoying the challenges of professional theatre. Favorite designs include "Phantom"(associate design), "Hello Dolly", and "The Drowsy Chaperone" for Otterbein and "Jungle Book" and "Peter and the Starcatcher" for CATCO. She has also done freelance work for various local theatres and high schools. Marci is a graduate of Ohio State University.

Andrew Protopapas

Artist Educator

A Columbus native, Andrew Protopapas is proud to be a member of the CATCO staff. He is an alumnus of Capital University as well as CATCO's acting apprenticeship program. He holds bachelor's degrees in English literature, creative writing, and theatre studies. As an Artist Educator, Andrew has facilitated and planned workshops, classes, and residency programs in schools both inside and outside of Columbus. Apart from providing education through theatre, Andrew enjoys acting, directing, and writing for the stage.

Christina "C.J." Pierce

CPAC Coordinator

CJ Pierce is a graduate of Cleveland State University’s theatre program with a focus in Technical Theatre and Design. She has light designed and stage managed many productions through-out north east and central Ohio, and has recently transplanted to the Columbus theatre scene from sunny Cleveland, Ohio. She enjoys organizing and help facilitate theatre performances and is very fortunate to have found a home with CATCO is Theatre and CATCO is Kids. Lux Sit!”

Johanna Breiding

Production Technician

Johanna Breiding is proud to be working in technical theatre in Columbus and even more proud to be a member of the CATCO family. She has worked in numerous theatres around town since moving to Columbus from Akron, Ohio and attending Columbus State Community College. Johanna was the Technical Apprentice for CATCO's 2014–2015 season after finishing the CATCO internship program the previous season.

Sarah Mills Bacha

Press Representative

Sarah Mills Bacha is a professional writer and communications/marketing consultant. As president of her own firm, SMB Communications Ltd., which she founded in 1994, she has assisted numerous national and central Ohio companies and organizations with their marketing and communications needs. Before becoming a consultant, she worked as a journalist at daily newspapers. Previous positions include business reporter at The Columbus Dispatch in Columbus, Ohio, comment page editor at The Journal-Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind., and stringer for Reuters.

Steve Puhl Jr.

Shop Foreman

Steve is thoroughly enjoying his introduction to the behind the scenes of the theater world. Having an extensive background in carpentry ranging from custom home building, to home remodeling, to teaching carpentry at the high school and college level for the past ten years Steve is bringing all of his skills to the stage with set engineering and construction. When he's not working on sets he works with YayBikes! running valet bike corrals at events around Columbus.

Jacqueline Bates

House Manager

Jacqueline Bates (House Mgr.) most recently appeared as Katherine in CATCO is Theatre's production of Mothers and Sons. Past credits include Steel Magnolias, 'Night, Mother, Collected Stories, and The Grapes of Wrath. She has also appeared in The Trees of the Dancing Goats and as Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle for Phoenix Theatre. Jackie currently serves as House Manager for CATCO.

Candice Kight

Artist Education Apprentice

Kight, a Columbus native, studied classical voice at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. She has performed in area premiers, new works and classics with theatre companies throughout the state.

Nolan Thomaswick

Artist Education Apprentice

Thomaswick, a Toledo native, studied theatre at the University of Toledo, where he focused on acting and its ability to develop empathy and a human-connection between individuals.

Emory Noakes

Stage Management Apprentice

Noakes received a master's degree in Shakespeare Studies from King's College, London, and a bachelor's degree in English literature and creative writing from The Ohio State University. She has worked with numerous theatres, including Dobama Theater, Arcola Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe.

Sara Matthiesen

Carpentry Apprentice

Sara is proud to be a part of the CATCO family and is excited to learn about the behind the scenes world of theater. Sara studied jewelry and metalsmithing at Kent State University and glassblowing at The Ohio State University. This will be her first foray into the world of theater.