FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Ian Gallanar is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in Baltimore, Maryland and is the President of the Shakespeare Theatre Association, the international organization for professional Shakespeare theaters.
Ian is a Distinguished Alumni of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Telly Award Winner, a Howie Award Winner – Howard County, Maryland’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Artist and a Helen Hayes Tribute Award winner. In 2015, he was invited to become a member of the prestigious National Theatre Conference. Ian is also a member of the Dramatists Guild and is the host of CSC’s podcast Planet Shakespeare, a series of interviews and conversations with Shakespeare practitioners from around the globe.
PRODUCING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lesley Malin is a founder of The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company and has served as its Managing Director since 2003, supervising its growth into one of the largest theatres in Maryland and the fifteenth largest Shakespeare theater in the U.S., all without ever taking a single accounting or management class.
She managed CSC’s 2012-2014 building renovation of an 1886 bank into its award-winning modern Shakespeare playhouse as well as the associated $6.7 million capital campaign. She also oversaw the 2017 expansion of the CSC campus to the neighboring building, creating the educational space, The CSC Studio. A pedestrian bridge between the two buildings was built and opened in 2019.
She produced CSC’s productions of Measure for Measure (2020), The Winter’s Tale (2018), Anne of the Thousand Days (2016), Pride and Prejudice (2012), The Country Wife (2009), and Dog in the Manger (2007). Her acting credits at CSC include Lady Macbeth, Paulina in The Winter’s Tale, Lady Bracknell, Mrs. Fezziwig, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing Mrs. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, Anne Frank’s mother, the Queens in Richard III and Cymbeline, Titania, and Mrs. Hardcastle in She Stoops To Conquer; previously, she performed in New York.
She has, for twenty years, been the vice president of the board of trustees of The Lark, a new play development center in New York City, where she previously served as Managing Director. She served on the Executive Committee of the international Shakespeare Theatre Association for five years and organized its 2017 conference that was held in Baltimore.
She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, NYU’s Arts Management program, The LEADERship Baltimore (2018), and Leadership Howard County (2009).
Michael Lonegro, Director of Operations and Finance
Kendrick Weingast, Executive Assistant
Sarah Curnoles, Production Manager
Dawn Thomas Reidy, Production Associate
Dan O’Brien, Technical Director & Facilities Manager
Chester Stacy, Assistant Technical Director & Facilities Associate
Kristina Lambdin, Resident Costume Designer
Brian D. Lyles, Director of Development
Catharine Helmers, Grants & Institutional Giving Manager
Troy Jennings, Education Manager
Molly Horton Booth, Interim Education Coordinator
Brandon W. Vernon, Director of Marketing & Resident Graphic Designer
Jalen Lee, Communications Manager
Miranda Solomon, Development & Marketing Associate
BOX OFFICE/FRONT OF HOUSE TEAM
Mandy Benedix, Box Office Manager
Mickaelle “Emme” Gudino, Box Office Assistant
Pamela Forton, Senior House Manager
Emily Rockefeller, President
Robin Hough, Vice President
Bill Henry, Treasurer
Lesley Malin, Secretary
Kevin G. Burke
Joseph Ferlise, JD
Earle W. Pratt, III
Alexis E. Davis
Brendan Edward Kennedy
Dawn Thomas Reidy
Company members who have served the organization for many years with particular dedication and loyalty.
Ashly Ruth Fishell
|Russell Laury †
Frank Moorman †
Scott Alan Small
Erin Bone Steele
Michael P. Sullivan
Gerrad Alex Taylor
George Michael Harris
Isaiah Mason Harvey
Gerrad Alex Taylor
Gerrad Alex Taylor
OLIVE BRANCH LAUREL CROWN
CSC Veterans Ensemble