Carol Baish (ADMINISTRATIVE)
Carol has been an associate director of CITD since its founding. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Juniata College in 1960 and her master’s degree in English and American literature at the University of Maryland College Park in 1968. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, an instructor in literature and composition, and as managing editor of The American Scholar.
She joined the staff of the Baltimore Theatre Project in 1974, and served as managing director there until 1990. Her editorial and organizational abilities now help serve the work of CITD, and most recently, she has taken a key role in organizing and cataloguing Philip Arnoult’s theater archives now at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Yury Urnov (ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR)
is a director, translator with the Specialist and the MFA Diplomas from the Russian Academy of Theater Art (GITIS). He has directed about 40 productions in Russia, Europe, Africa, and the US. He has translated into Russian plays of E. Albee, M. Mc Donagh, and S. Ruhl, as well as plays by Y. Klavdiev, P. Priazhko, and Presnyakov brothers into English.
He has worked with Philip Arnoult’s Center for International Theatre Development over the past two decades on three continents. In 2009/11, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Towson University. Yury is currently an Artist in Residence with both Towson University and the Woolly Mammoth Theater in DC.
Jarod Hanson (2018-2020 FELLOW)
Jarod is a multidisciplinary artist dedicated to original, actor-centered theatre. He is a longtime member of the award-winning MB ADAPTORS Company, and has toured internationally as an original cast member and co-deviser of several new works, including SLEEPWALKERS, THE HUMAN SHOW, CYCLOPEDIA, PULLING STRINGS and HEADSHOT!. His work seeks to reclaim theatre’s primal, ritualistic roots and inspire audiences through imagistic, visceral, ensemble-driven story. Jarod is passionate about empowering artists through actor training. He is a Certified Margolis Method teacher and has served as Lead Faculty at the Margolis Method Center Int’l in upstate New York. In addition, he has taught workshops and residencies throughout the country and at the Margolis Method Center Barcelona, Spain. Jarod has contributed to the development of Margolis Method Online, an innovative web-based platform for actor training. He is proud to be joining Towson’s MFA Program to learn, share, and create.
Susan Stroupe (PROJECT COORDINATOR)
Susan is a theater maker, primarily working as a director, who specializes in interdisciplinary and devised works of theater often performed in non-traditional spaces. Throughout her career, Stroupe has also worked as a performer, writer, puppeteer, teacher, and collaborator in professional and community-based projects, with actors and nonactors of many ages and many abilities and disabilities. Focus and passion lies in theater in nontraditional spaces or arrangements, collaboratively devising pieces or working with scripts that challenge norms of race, gender, and genre.
Lindsey Griffith (ARCHIVIST / PROJECT ASSISTANT)
Lindsey is a writer, performer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. Her performance work blends systems of text and movement with sculptural props and costumes to tell stories that are absurd, funny, and strange. Currently based in Baltimore, she was born and raised in Southern Kansas and incubated in the warm wet belly of Kansas City’s weird collaborative art community, where she lived and worked for 10 years.
Her practice ranges from community-based experimental productions and interactive art to solo performance, incorporating elements of theatre, performance art, social practice, and sculpture. Lindsey holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Rockhurst University in Kansas City MO, and an MFA in Experimental Theater from Towson University in Baltimore MD. She currently teaches in the Theatre department at Towson University. She joined CITD in 2016.
OVER THE YEARS
One of the founding principles and values CITD has sought to emulate is purposeful de-institutionalization, in order to focus on the organization's mission and not on maintaining a large administrative and funding operation. Founder Philip Arnoult believes this distracts from the work of many otherwise valuable nonprofit arts organizations. Therefore, a small office staff has worked directly with CITD over the years, with these individuals moving onwards to influence other sectors of the theatre. These include:
Zenko Bogdan (Founder, Universal Pleasure Factory, Budapest/Bucharest)
Rebecca Eastman (Costume Designer and Professor, Baltimore)
Shannon Finnell (MFA candidate, Parsons School of Design, NYC)
Kelsey Jenkins (Production Manager at Kensington Arts Theatre, DC)
Barbara Lanciers (Director, Trust for Mutual Understanding, NYC; Director: Kaddish: The Play)
Hannah Lewis (Actor, Savannah, GA)
Sarah Lloyd (Performer, Designer, Educator, Administrator & Theatre Instructor at Riverstone School, Hamilton, MT)
Philip Rogers (Musician and actor, Austin)
Julia Rubens (Director and producer, Washington D.C.)
Gabriel Stelian-Shanks (Executive Artistic Director of The Drama League, NYC)