Live Arts Staff and Board

Our Staff:

Barbara KesslerBarbara Kessler
Interim Executive Director

Barbara has been a dedicated member of the Live Arts community for many years and has experience with nonprofit board leadership, human resources management and workforce development programs at PVCC, SNL Financial and UVA.

Jeremy Duncan PapeJeremy Duncan Pape
Interim Artistic Director

Jeremy has years of experience in theaters in Cville, Philadelphia, and NYC, and he is here to help you make art. In addition to practical experience, he earned his BFA from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and his MFA from The New School. Come find him in the office or shop if you want to chat about theater or hear stories about his daughter.

Marian BrownMarian Brown
Volunteer Coordinator 

Marian fell in love with theatre onstage in musicals and soon discovered the joys of calling mic cues to the sound engineer. That morphed into years of production management and volunteer coordination for the 350-member Pensacola Children’s Chorus in Florida. She then received her B.A. in public relations in 2012. She’s eager to meet you and find out how you’d like to be involved in our creative, community-minded theater. She deeply appreciates volunteers, and she’s ready to help you find your next role at Live Arts.

Shelby Marie EdwardsShelby Marie Edwards
Development Coordinator
Shelby (she/her/hers) has worn many hats at Live Arts having been everything from a camper to an educator. She is excited to now be the head of all fundraising and developmental efforts for Live Arts. Shelby received her B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, her M.A. from the University of Chicago and is a graduate of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s professional leadership program.

Chris KellyChris Kelly
Data Specialist and Rentals Manager

Contact Chris Kelly to rent one of our theaters, rehearsal rooms, or even the 4th-floor terrace.  He’ll hook you up with the perfect location for your celebration, retreat, or meeting! He’s also a stage manager — so he knows how to make events work!

Ray NedzelRay Nedzel
Fringe Director

Ray (he/him/his) is always doing three things at once. But stop by and make it four. He likes podcasts, art, web and graphic design, nature, funny stories, and coffee. Each summer, he leads a team of theatre technicians to support 500+ high school students performing in the world’s largest performing arts festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Darryl SmithDarryl Smith
Box Office Manager

Live Arts’ five-star maitre d’, he’ll get you the best seats and tell you what’s happening.  Darryl may call you to volunteer for front-of-house ushering or concessions or fundraiser parties.  He’s been taking care of us all at Live Arts for eons, so if you need anything in the world, he’s the man to ask.

Miller Murray SusenMiller Murray Susen
Education Director

Miller manages all the educational programming at Live Arts: Year-round classes for ages 4 to 104, youth mainstage workshop productions, the Mentor/Apprentice program for teen techies, youth theater festivals, community partnerships to bring theater education into schools, audience talkbacks, and summer camps galore. Learn more (ha!) by emailing, calling, or stopping by!

Annie TemminkAnnie Temmink
Interim Technical Director

Annie works closely with Jeremy and our wonderful design teams to continue the excellence in design that has filled our stages —  assisting on the completion of sets, then taking the tech lead in future productions. As an artist, her work has been exhibited all over the world, from San Francisco to Moscow to New Zealand to Charlottesville.

Linda ZubyLinda Zuby

Zuby is our numbers cruncher.  With more institutional knowledge than she’d care to admit, Zuby has been wearing various Live Arts hats since 1994. Stop by if you have a question about reimbursements or to give her a hug.  She’s very huggy.

Leo AricoLeo Arico

Leo is our main man for keeping our buildings clean.  You’ll see him here if you’re up at sunrise!


Liz HowardLiz Howard
Interim Technical Assistant




Katie Rogers
Interim Marketing Coordinator


Kim Beard
Database Coordinator

Live Arts Board of Directors:

  • Cameron Mowat, President
  • Ernest Chambers, Vice President
  • Bill LeSueur, Secretary
  • Ed Stockwell, Treasurer
  • Beverly Colwell Adams
  • Deborah Arenstein
  • Molly Bloom
  • Johannah Castleman
  • Abby Cook
  • Shilpa S. Davé
  • Lisa Duval
  • Aimee Fagan
  • Bryan Garey
  • Cristan Keighley
  • Karina A. Monroy
  • Shannon Montague
  • Ckalib S. Nelson
  • Larissa Sneathern
  • Matt Yohe
  • Counsel: James F. Neale, McGuireWoods LLP

Live Arts is supported in part by grants from The Virginia Commission for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts.

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