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WHO WE ARE
Avenue Arts sets out to inspire, engage and challenge artists and audience members with thought-provoking and unfiltered theatrical experiences for every walk of life...
Producing Artistic Director
David Lee has served as the Producing Artistic Director at Avenue Arts since the conception of the theatre company in 2017. He has had the pleasure of working with a diverse group of actors including youngsters as the Director of the Young Actors’ Workshop each Fall and Spring. Some of his favorite directorial endeavors include “August: Osage County”, “Cry It Out”, “Next to Normal”, as well as many Young Actors’ Workshop productions, including “Shrek Jr.”, “Willy Wonka, Jr.”, “Annie, Jr.”, and “Seussical, Jr.” David also understands the importance in the development of new works and has formed a company of actors called “Underground” that performs staged readings of new works. David is a Canton native and attended Malone University where he was trained in the Michael Chekhov Technique of acting and received a B.A. in Communication, Visual and Performing Arts.
Jared Sparks has been involved in the Northeast Ohio theatre community in an array of capacities since he was a young child. Jared has performed in over 50 stage productions throughout five different counties as well as worked behind the scenes in Stage Management, Properties Design, Lighting Design, Directing and Musical Directing. Some of Jared’s favorite stage credits include Flowers For Algernon (Charlie Gordon), Hairspray (IQ), Leading Ladies (Butch Myers), and Two By Two (Japheth). Jared has also been privileged enough to direct copious amounts of talented artists in productions such as “The Laramie Project”, “The Last Five Years”, “Bent” and “The Rocky Horror Show”. Jared would like to thank everyone for the continued support of growing the arts in the community.
Technical Director/Scenic Designer
Linda Alexander-Radak has been serving as Avenue Arts’ Technical Director since shortly after the conception of the theatre company in 2017. Although, Linda’s set-building and design projects date back to the days when the Kathleen Howland Theatre was housed in Second April Galleries. Linda is an extraordinary artist with an array of talents that do not go unnoticed through her dedication and persistence to keep the arts alive through Avenue Arts. Linda considers herself a “chickenista” - having over 40 egg-laying chickens. She would like to thank her husband, George, who supports every hair-brained idea that she comes up with and even helps make them happen.
Avenue Arts sets out to inspire, engage and challenge artists and audience members with thought-provoking and unfiltered theatrical experiences for every walk of life; we welcome artists and theatre-goers alike to experience eye-opening stories and promote diversity and inclusion in the Northeast Ohio community; we strive to provide a voice to the voiceless and create a safe space for individuals to celebrate their creative outlet.
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Mark Dillard (President)
Manuel Halkias (V. President)
Cheryl Foutz (Treasurer)
Alison Matas Smith(Secretary)