Shadowbox Live is a non-profit 501C3 performance troupe that self-produces a wide range of shows, as well as runs the company on a day-to-day basis.  The top managers of the company make up the Board of Trustees and operate as the primary creators, producers, and performers for the shows.

For over 20 years this creative force has produced world-class productions, including original rock operas, traditional musicals, fine art exhibits, contemporary dance, and video / television.  An ensemble company of dedicated performers, Shadowbox Live is a healthy, vibrant, self-sustaining arts organization.

Our Staff

Ahern, Joseph
Aldridge, Scott
Allen, Terry
Anderson, Brandon
Ankrom, Andy
Barrow, Jamie
Bickel, Jason
Boord, Stacie
Bowes, Lindsey
Brown, Daryn
Brown, Sermontee
Brown, Will
Buchwalter, Matt
Cardinal, Tom
Cheaney, Chyna
Cook, Brant
Cooper, Sarah
Crisafulli, Buzz
Crisafulli, Katie
Dahnke, Mark
Daniels, Michelle
Davis, Doug
DePetro, Bill
Dodds, Eric
Ebright, Cassi
Eyler, Samantha
Fagin, Nikki
Foreman, Mina
Fridenmaker, Kat
Frye, Donathin
Grandison, Noelle
Guyer, Gabriel
Guyer, Stev
Hahn, Matt
Haviland, Leah
Jemmott, Guillermo
Kao, Brian
Keska, Devon
Klein, Julie
Kozicki, Brian
Lambert, Brent
Lay, Amy
Linton, Melissa
Logan, Ayana
Lopez, Antonio
Lucido, Elaina
Machado, Marcy
Mak, Jimmy
McDonald, Carrie Lynn
McFarren, Anita
Mehic, Jamie
Moore, Kaycee
Mullin, Linda
Nance, Robbie
Neely, Erik
Parker, Edelyn
Paul, Jaimie
Pearce, Ashley
Pelzek, Aaron
Penn, Maurin
Phillips, Pauline
Psenicka, Katy
Rau, Brian
Rivera, Jonathan
Shortt, Betsy
Shull, Stephanie
Singleton, Joseph
Smith, Brandon
Sweeney, Kevin
Tarantelli, Zach
Tomasacci, Lukas
Walker, JT
Whitaker, Chad
Whitehouse, David
Will, Tyler
Williams, Sally
Wilson, Nick
Winkelman, Nickey
Wolfe, Harley
Woodruff, Brian

Shadowbox Live Advisory Board

Shadowbox Live’s Creative Team looks to its Advisory Board for advice on all matters from expansion to business opportunities to self-promotion to fundraising.  The Advisory Board is made up of Columbus professionals in a wide variety of fields.

Terry Anderson
Communications Specialist, Columbus City Schools

Sally Blue
Fundraising and Event Consultant

Jim Bruner
Project Manager, PAST Foundation

Ann Bryson
Fundraising Consultant

Bredan Buckley
Vice President, Case Columbus Arena Sports & Entertainment

Trent Coffman
Vice President, Branch Manager, PNC

Jim Coleman
Business Development, Ruscilli Construction

Tanya Curtin
Director of Customer Experience, PNC

John DeSando
Film Critic, WCBE 90.5FM

Shoshanah Goldberg-Miller
Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University

Ralph Greco
Director – Analytics Initiative, The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business

Betty Hill
Unified Arts Coordinator, Columbus City Schools

Patty Huston-Holm
Education Consultant

Cameron James
Co-Founder, Mills James

Laura MacGregor-Comek
Partner, Laura M. Comek Law LLC

Marcy Machado
Assistant to the Director of Community Relations/Education, Shadowbox Live

Carol McGuire
President, CAM Associates, LLC

Bob McWilliams
Manager of Human Resources, Mills James

Xenia Palus
Director of Communications, Franklin County Clerk of Courts

Rhett Ricart
President & CEO, Ricart Automotive

Richard Rosen
Founder, Indigo Strategies LLC

Sheli Smith
Director of Programs, The PAST Foundation

Jen Walker
Marketing Director, Diamond Cellar

Neal Weill
Attorney at Law, LLC

Dave Whinham
President / CEO, The Team Sports, Entertainment & Media

Diana Wolterman
Accounts Manager, The PAST Foundation

Our History

The Shadowbox Live companies were born in 1988 when their first rock opera, The Dawn of Infinite Dreams, was produced in Columbus, Ohio.  The small cast participated in local productions of this show as well as monthly black box theatrical productions performed in The Shadowbox Theater, their converted rehearsal space in Columbus’ historic Buggyworks Building.

The small but dedicated troupe continuously altered the format of each new Shadowbox Live show and slowly but surely a small core of fans began to show their support, making suggestions and donations to the all-volunteer ensemble.

Recognizing the growth trend they were experiencing, the Shadowbox Live ensemble relocated to a raw warehouse space on Spring Street in October 1994.  Kitchen, bar, and seating expansions complimented the troupes commitment to producing a mix of theater, sketch comedy, and live music.

The years spent on the Spring Street saw exponential growth.  Performance schedules were increased to accommodate the growing patron base, and, as income would permit, performer/administrators were added to the company’s payroll.

Shadowbox Live was becoming a very unique commodity in Columbus and developer Yaromir Steiner saw the potential, courting the troupe for his Easton Town Center project.  A state-of-the-art facility was created for the troupe, who had plans to manage both the Easton “main stage” Shadowbox Live and the Spring Street theater; which was to be a training ground for its rookie performers. But on March 1, 1999, the Spring Street theater was destroyed by fire, rendering the space useless and the troupe homeless until construction was completed at the Easton Town Center in June.

Despite the devastating loss incurred by the fire not a single employee was laid off and not a single paycheck was missed.

In June of 1999, Shadowbox Live was up and running at the Easton Town Center, and once again production schedules were altered to accommodate audience demand.  Anxious to maintain a downtown presence, 2Co’s Cabaret, a more theatrical arm of the company was opened just 8 months later in Columbus’ trendy Short North district, where it remained until February 2006.

Equally anxious to prove that they had created a successful format that could survive outside its hometown, the company opened a satellite location in Greater Cincinnati in October 2001, giving performances until July 2011, when it closed in preparation for Shadowbox Live’s highly anticipated move back to Downtown Columbus.

In August 2011, Shadowbox Live relocated again.  This marked the culmination of a dream several years in the making.  Not only did the troupe return to what it considers its true home, downtown Columbus, but the theater now has enough space to accommodate both the ever-increasing audience demand and projected growth as Shadowbox Live looks towards the future.

Today Shadowbox Live is in a constant state of performance/production.  Audience demand is barely being met as the popularity of the troupe’s productions soars, necessitating a 52-week per year performance schedule.

As the company continues to grow and mature, Shadowbox Live is constantly looking for opportunities that will not only meet the needs of the talented staff and the growing audiences but allow the troupe to reach out to schools, work with local arts organizations and musicians, and offer convenient meeting space for local business and community organizations.

This latest endeavor follows a history of expansion and aggressive self-promotion and is indicative of the company’s founding ideals, now embodied by the 60-plus member troupe. As a goal-oriented organization the ensemble has earned its success and thrives on the challenges that lay ahead.

The company remains an utterly unique and completely performer-operated organization, where strong-willed, talented individuals shape their future through wily business sense, edgy entertainment, and a drive to never settle for what is, but to strive for what could be.

The Homecoming Donor Board

“…one of Central Ohio’s own great success stories… Shadowbox [Live] is one of the hottest commodities on the Columbus theater scene, performing its mix of quick comedy sketches and rock ‘n’ roll music to sellout crowds…”

Eric Lyttle, Columbus Monthly

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