A message to our patrons regarding COVID-19


MARYA SEA KAMINSKI (Artistic Director) is honored to co-lead Pittsburgh Public Theater with Managing Director Lou Castelli. She came to Pittsburgh after four years as the Associate Artistic Director at Seattle Repertory Theatre. One of the highlights of her tenure there was spearheading a collaboration with New York’s Public Theater and Dallas Theatre Center to create Public Works Seattle. This initiative was based on long-term, authentic partnerships between regional theaters and local non-profits and designed to make theater of, by, and for the people. Earlier in her career, Marya co-founded the Washington Ensemble Theatre and served as Co-Artistic Director there for five years, leading season planning and new play development. She has worked as a director, writer, producer and actor and is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Actors’ Equity Association, and the Society of Authors and Dramatic Composers. Marya has taught and lectured on Theater at Hollins University, the University of Washington, and at Cornish College of the Arts, where she was awarded the Drama Department’s Award for Teaching Excellence. She has also been honored with the Genius Award in Theater from the Seattle newsweekly, The Stranger, and has been recognized as an Artist of the Year by Seattle Magazine. Marya holds a BA in English and Theatre Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the University of Washington’s School of Drama.

LOU CASTELLI (Managing Director) is thrilled to co-lead Pittsburgh Public Theater with Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski. He was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area in a large extended family and graduated from Central Catholic High School in Oakland and Allegheny College in Meadville with a degree in Communication Arts. After a short time living in Los Angeles, Lou returned to Pittsburgh to join the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s marketing department, where he stayed for 10 years. His next move was across the river to Pittsburgh Public Theater in its first home, the Hazlett Theater on the North Side, where he became the Marketing Director. In that role Lou helped facilitate the company’s transition to the O’Reilly Theater in 1999 and to new leadership when Ted Pappas became Artistic Director in 2000. In 2003, Lou was promoted to Director of External Affairs. In that position he was in charge of marketing, front of house, and box office with the theater’s earned income as his primary responsibility. Passionate about technology, Lou has kept the organization up to date with everything from ticketing software to web site design and social media. He is a member of the Stonewall Sports League and owns a home in Bloomfield.

Brian Pope, Casting & Literary Director
Justin Emeka, Resident Director
Sherrice Mojgani, Resident Designer
Mark Clayton Southers, Playwright-in-Residence
Demeatria Boccella, Artist-in-Residence

Resident Writers

Mora V. Harris
Brian Pope
Tammy Ryan
Alec Silberblatt
TJ Young

Administration & Finance

Stewart Urist, Director of Finance & Administration
Fred Noel, Systems Coordinator
Pamela Hilliard, Accounts Receivable Coordinator
Fatima Bunafoor, Shared Talent & Equity Director
Meleana Felton, Executive and Equity Coordinator


Jan Fleisher, Director of Development
Ryan Ferrebee, Director of Institutional Support
Devan Mercurio, Manager of Donor Relations
Lucy Jaffar, Donor Relations Associate
Maureen Keane, Board Liason and Executive Assistant for Development


Parag S. Gohel, Director of Education & Engagement

House Management

Trent Wolfred, House Manager
Shawn Israel, Assistant House Manager


Roya Kousari, Director of Marketing
Carina Iannarelli, Marketing & Design Coordinator
Jacob Punturi, Sales & Audience Engagement Manager


Monica Bowin,Director of Production & Operations
Gabby Colwell, Production & Operations Associate
Jenn Sharon, Company Manager/COVID Safety Manager
Celeste Parrendo, Charge Scenic Artist
Gay Kahkonen, Properties Supervisor
Kelly Yann, Properties Coordinator
Venise St. Pierre, Draper
Erin Baker, Costume Coordinator
Joshua Beumer, Head Electrician
Zach Moore, Sound Engineer
Eliot Mohrmann, Wardrobe Supervisor
Victor Janflone, Production Keyman
Mikey Abate, Production Keyman

Box Office

Fred Frances, Box Officer Manager
Ali Mohammed Srour, Box Office Lead Associate
Milton Melendez, Box Office Lead Associate
Shawn Klocek, Box Office Associate
Vivienne Fairfax, Box Office Associate
Benjamin Michael, Box Office Associate
Anna King Skeels, Box Office Associate
Mike Zolovich, Box Office Associate