Rick Fosbrink, Executive Director
M.F.A., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
B.M.Ed, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA
Fosbrink began his performing arts and teaching career nearly fifteen years ago in Pittsburgh, PA, upon graduating from Seton Hill University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He has served as both a high school music and theatre teacher and Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Central Catholic High School (Pittsburgh, PA). While at Central Catholic he was a driving force behind the $1.2 million restoration of The McGonigle Theatre, supervising the design and installation of the theatrical equipment and the restoration of the historic auditorium.
In a teaching and arts administration career spanning a decade, Fosbrink has produced and directed nearly twenty musical theatre productions garnering a dozen esteemed Gene Kelly Award nominations from the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. He is the Founder and former Executive Director of the South Hills Theatre Group, which Pittsburgh native and Tony-Award winning composer Stephen Flaherty served as Honorary Chairman of the Board. Fosbrink has previously served as the Company Manager for the Adirondack Theatre Festival (NY) and the Managing Director of the Hilberry and Bonstelle Theatres in Detroit. He also holds an M.F.A. in Arts Administration from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
Janine M. Pixley, Development & Marketing Director
M.F.A., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
B.S., Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT
Pixley is a proud member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and APRA-IL. She has previously worked in the development departments of Glimmerglass Opera (Cooperstown, NY) and The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival (New York, NY). She has also previously spent time at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR) working with the artistic office as a Producing Fellow.
In Detroit, Pixley worked with Arts Impact, an arts-focused entrepreneurship program. An amateur photographer, her work has been published in Theatre World and various regional publications.
email@example.com“>Julia Moriarty, Office Assistant
Doctoral candidate, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
M.A., Emerson College, Boston, MA
B.A., Drake University, Des Moines, IA
Moriarty is a doctoral candidate and adjunct professor at Wayne State University. Originally from Kansas, Moriarty holds BAs from Drake University in Psychology and Theatre and an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. An active theatre practitioner, Moriarty has directed professionally in Michigan, Missouri, and Kansas, and has worked as a dramaturg for Lyric Stage Company of Boston. She was also a teaching artist for such notable companies as The Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Coterie Theatre, The Huntington Theatre, and the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. She is also an editor-in-chief and co-founder of Etudes: An Online Theatre and Performance Studies Journal for Emerging Scholars.
Currently, Moriarty is working on her dissertation which focuses on depictions of motherhood in contemporary American drama by female playwrights.
Holly Berecz, Managing Editor, Marquee
B.A., The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
Berecz has been a freelance editor, contributing writer, and publicist for the past decade, following a successful career in public relations. She graduated from Penn State in 1997 with a major in Communications and a minor in American History. Following, she worked as a Public Relations Assistant for the Insurance Information Institute in both Washington, DC. and Los Angeles, CA. She then worked as Public Relations and Advertising Coordinator for the luxury Italian kitchen brand Snaidero. This experience was the cornerstone of a ten-year career in the kitchen and bath industry, which included the execution of successful promotional campaigns and projects for companies including SieMatic, Blanco America, Avonite Surfaces, The National Kitchen & Bath Association, Bath & Kitchen Buying Group, RSI Home Products, Eos Surfaces, International Surface Fabricators Association, and numerous kitchen and bath showrooms and interior designers across the U.S.
Today, in addition to serving as Managing Editor of Marquee™, Berecz contributes to a variety of print publications and online outlets including Kitchen + Bath Business Magazine and both WoodIQ.com and CountertopIQ.com building and construction trade websites. She authors a monthly “High Tech Home” column for Twin Cities Spaces magazine and blogs for a major natural stone wholesaler headquartered in Boston. Additionally, she serves as an account executive for Duehr & Associates, LLC, based in Carlsbad, CA.
Tom Strauman, Lead Copy Editor, Marquee
B.A., Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA
Instructional II Certification, Carlow College, Pittsburgh, PA
Strauman has been a professional educator since 1977. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Westminster College with a major in Speech and Theater and a minor in English. He also earned his Instructional I teaching certificate in Communication. At Central Catholic, Strauman moderated both the yearbook and newspaper while teaching world, American, and British literature. In 1992 he earned his elementary certification at Carlow College, and in 2005 began his career as an online teacher at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, where he currently teaches second grade. Tom’s instructional background includes development of research papers and introductory courses to college writing and journalism.
Strauman is also very active in theatre locally in Pittsburgh as an actor, director and assistant choreographer including work with South Park Theater, Acorn Productions and Stage 62.