Tim Tavcar, Artistic Director
Tim began his professional Theatrical/Musical career on the stage of the Tabor Opera House in Leadville, Colorado. Since then his work as an actor, director and lecturer has been seen on or in stages, churches, colleges, libraries and concert halls in Cleveland, Akron, Chicago, Houston, Williamsburg, VA, Newport, RI, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, NYC’s Carnegie Recital Hall and, over a 15 year residency, in Montpelier, Vergennes, Burlington and Brattleboro VT.
As an Arts Administrator he has served as The Managing/Artistic Director of the Vergennes Opera House, Executive Director of the Monteverdi Music School, Community Outreach Coordinator of the Onion River Cable Access Television Network, PR/Marketing Director of the T.W. Wood Gallery & Arts Center, Box Office Manager for The Cleveland Playhouse, Audience Services Coordinator for the Houston Performing Arts Consortium, and Jack-of -all trades in the early years of Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Center under the visionaries Ray Shepardson and Joseph J.Garry. He is an Artistic Associate for Montpelier VT’s professional theater company – Lost Nation Theater – where he served as a resident actor, director and dramaturg, as well as being involved with Public Relations and Marketing and creating special programs and events. He returns to Montpelier for a few months each year to continue to work with this award-winning company.
After a variety of iterations, he formally founded WordStage in 2007 in Vermont, where he was honored to receive a Creation Grant from the Vermont State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to creating and directing WordStage performances in Ohio and Vermont, since returning to his native Cleveland, he has been honored to act and/or direct at The Beck Center, The Blank Canvas Theatre, The Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland State University, Dobama Theatre and The Ensemble Theatre.
Since retiring in 2013 from the Ohio Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, where he served as an academic teacher and Hostage Negotiator, Skip’s worked onstage, in commercials, films, and printwork. Skip appeared in early Cleveland Public Theatre’s Shakespeare at the Zoo as Malvolio, Prospero, and Polonius/Gravedigger. Favorite roles include blacklisted actor Benny Silverman in Jeffrey Sweet’s The Value of Names, Cap’n Dan in Karamu’s The Great White Hope, Sigmund Freud in Freud’s Last Session, and Thomas Edison in Camping with Henry and Tom. He’s also appeared in Ensemble’s The Iceman Cometh, Tri-C’s The Exonerated, and Trouble in Mind and A Soldier’s Play with Project 1Voice. On the lighter side, Skip appeared as Canon Pennefather in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile at Gretna Theatre, Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady at Carousel, and in Mack and Mabel and See Rock City and Other Destinations with NYC’s B-Side Productions, and countless Readers’ Theatre presentations with WordStage and others.
Jeff has appeared at most of the area’s professional theaters. Recent productions include “Boeing, Boeing” (Reg), “Botanic Garden” (Jake), “The Normal Heart” (Ben), “The Winning Streak” (Omar), and “The Life of Galileo” (Philosopher). He appeared as David Boies in separate staged readings of “8” at Premiere Stages and The Cleveland Play House. Recent film includes “Take Shelter,” “Compliance,” “The Kings of Summer,” “Speechless,” “Made in Cleveland,” “Underdogs” and “A Cleveland in the Rye.”
He continues to work as Executive Producer for “Both Sides of the Family,” a play conceived by Jacqi Loewy and written by Maryann Elder Goldstein built on themes related to interfaith marriage. (www.bothsidesofthefamily.com). He performs the male role in the play, which has been seen in several cities throughout the United States since it premiered in late 2006. He has also produced plays focused on eating disorders, prescription drug abuse, equal marriage rights and rape/sexual behavior.
He is represented in Cleveland/Pittsburgh by The Talent Group, and is a member of SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity. www.jeffreygrover.com
Agnes Herrmann is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She began her career in dinner theater, and appeared in various summer stock and off-off broadway theater venues. She found steady voiceover work in New York. Her credits run the gamut from national commercials (Thompson’s Water Seal) to industrials (Bristol Myers Squibb), broadcast TV (60 Minutes), radio drama (Ring Lardner Playhouse), cartoons (Yu-Gi-Oh), and many audio books.
Since living in Cleveland she has performed at Ensemble Theater, Public Theater, Dobama, and has been active in film (Archer’s woman in “The Road,” with Viggo Mortensen) and many other films in Ohio and Pennsylvania. She is married to Paul Slimak, and they have a son, Erich, who studies at Kenyon College.
Mary Beth Ions
For over twenty-five years violinist Mary Beth Ions has been one of Cleveland’s most active musicians. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music and did graduate studies at Pennsylvania State University. She plays in the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Trinity Cathedral Chamber Orchestra, and Playhouse Square productions of touring Broadway shows.
Ms. Ions is the founding member of Amethyst, the popular string ensemble which adds elegance to parties, weddings, churches, synagogues, and high profile social events throughout the year in Northeastern Ohio. Amethyst is dedicated to the power of beautiful string music. The high quality of musicianship within Amethyst allows this versatile ensemble to function beautifully as a quartet, a trio, or a duo, depending on the situation.
Ms. Ions has also created an exciting one-woman program, Violin: Up Close and Personal, just right for schools, retirement homes and parties. In this program her audiences travel on a journey through the ages from Bach to Gershwin, Porter, Berlin and Broadway, from country fiddle tunes to fiery Gypsy music, even the use of the violin in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and for American Idols! Her passion for performing and compelling story-telling inspires awe of the violin, its history, and how this queen of instruments has developed through the centuries into the shining star it is today.
Ms. Ions enjoys life as a violin soloist in a variety of venues. When not on stage, she loves the intimate elegance of ‘strolling’ through private homes or gardens doing what she does best, entertaining, inspiring, uplifting and bringing peace through the music of the violin. She has performed for many diverse venues from Giant Eagle grand openings to a Nestle event where she played and discussed music for inspiration, teamwork and motivation in the corporate world. She has joined the team of artists at Cleveland Clinic’s Arts and Medicine Institute dedicated to the mission of inspiring and healing through the power of music.
Michael L. Mauldin
Michael L. Mauldin is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Cleveland State University. He has been with CSU since July of 2006 and brings with him a long and diverse background in performance, directing, and academia. Spending nearly 20 years in New York City as a professional actor and director, he appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, numerous regional theatres across the country, and in several national commercials.
At CSU he has taught classes in Theatre History and Literature, Directing, and Shakespearean Acting, as well as directing The Laramie Project, She Stoops to Conquer, The Alchemist, The Fantasticks and Everyman. In the summer of 2007, he founded CSU’s Summer Stages, a professional summer repertory company combining theatre majors with professional actors and directors from New York, Los Angeles, and Cleveland. For Summer Stages he directed The Robber Bridegroom, Return to the Forbidden Planet and Curtains, and appeared in Booth and Rough Crossing. In other local theatres he appeared as Duke Vincentio in Cleveland Public Theatre’s M4M, and Capt. Hook/Mr. Darling in the Beck Center for the Arts’ Peter Pan. He has performed his solo play An Evening With Mark Twain since 1976 in over 40 states, and airings on PBS and a one-hour ABC special called Mark Twain: Sketches From Life.
In 2009, Dr. Mauldin was named a “leadership fellow” by the International Conference of Fine Arts Deans. He received his B. A in Theatre Arts from the University of West Florida , his M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University and his Ph.D. in Theatre History, Criticism, and Literature from the Ohio State University. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, the American Society for Theatre Research, and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
Marci Paolucci has been performing since 1984 in over 90 productions for both professional and community theatres in the Northeastern Ohio area. The venues include Actors’ Summit in Akron, Magical Theatre in Barberton, Cesear’s Forum at Kennedy’s Down Under, Queen Bee Productions, Coach House Theatre, Weathervane Community Playhouse, Stow Players, University of Akron, KSU Stark Theatre, Stan Hywet, Cuyahoga Valley National Parks Association, Theatre 8:15, Players Guild of Canton, and Wordstage.
Favorite roles include Daisy Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, Woman A in Three Tall Women, Joan in The Guys, and Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter (Best Production/Best Actress, Coach House Theatre 2001-02 Season.
In his work in Stage, Theater, TV and Film, Paul Slimak has played Priests (“Cookie”, with Lionel Stander; “At the Seminary”), pedophiles (“America’s Most Wanted”; “Oz”), Nazis (“The Deputy”; “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”; “Erich von Pauli on Beaver Street”), snooty butlers (“XXL”, with Gerard Depardieu), purple monsters (“The Monster in The Closet”), drunks (“The Iceman Cometh”; “Tomorrow You’re Gone”, with Stephen Dorf) and other assorted lowlifes, weirdos, psychos, slimeballs and scumbags (“Jacob’s Ladder”, with Tim Robbins; “In a Pig’s Eye”, with David Canary and Marian Seldes; “Working Girls”; “Guiding Light”; “Law & Order”; “The Equalizer”).
He sends eternal love to his wife, Agnes and son, Erich.
Jan C. Snow
Jan C. Snow has played hammered dulcimer at dances, concerts and music festivals throughout the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley areas.
Ms. Snow and Mr. Tavcar have collaborated on numerous musical and theatrical productions. She is Composer-in-Residence with Windsong, Cleveland’s Feminist Chorus.
Paul Stranahan is a percussionist (drums, gongs, marimba), composer, and music teacher. Paul has also been a band leader since 1999 when he decided he wanted to focus on the kind of creative music that is his passion. He has released a double CD “Gong and Singing Bowl Improvisations” on the Infinite Number of Sounds label. He has three Cds of modern jazz by the Paul Stranahan Trio and two Cds of the progressive fusion group PSI—Paul Stranahan’s Insomnia. He played drums and wrote several songs on the avant/metal band Red Side Visible’s “Enter Entropy” album. He recorded two Cds with the experimental band Broadview Collective. He is also plays drums, gongs and singing bowls with Night Terrors and is on their soon to be released recording of all improvised pieces.
Abstract Logix, a progressive instrumental magazine, said of PSI , “ As a drummer leading an ensemble with self-penned compositions Paul is occupying a mantle that few can approach.” A career highlight for Paul was when in 2010 his Trio and Red Side Visible were 2 of the 4 American bands out of hundreds of applicants that were selected to perform in Belfort, France at FIMU (Festival International de Musique Universitaire).
Paul graduated from the Conservatory of Music at Capital University. His main drumming influences are Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, John Bonham, Bill Bruford and Tomas Haake.
Over the past 20 years, Peter’s acted on all sides of Cleveland — At Clague: “Lucky Stiff” as the gambler (OK, and the Nun). “Gazebo” as the supposed-murderer! “My Three Angels” as the con-man-convict! Then, finally on the right side of the law: “Cliffhanger” as the cop and the Commerce Dept. agent in “Radio Gals” !
Peter’s also worked at Huntington in “Peter Pan”, “1776”, “Mystery of Edwin Drood”, and “Sound of Music”. And especially enjoyed playing that irrepressible Hawkeye in “M*A*S*H” at Brecksville.
Lately, he’s helped launch several new works:
Cleveland Public Theatre: “Cowboy Poet” as a Philanthropist and Do-Gooder! Plus “Horse Latitudes” as the Narrator. And at Ensemble Theater: originated the role of John in “Oh! Beautiful Ohio”.
Regional broadcast includes “650-Gold” and “Injury Lawyer Connection”.
Patrick Wickliffe holds a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he
studied with Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Mr. Wickliffe has received merit scholarships from all
institutions with which he has been associated and has been accepted to reputed programs and festivals of music throughout the past twelve years. At Oberlin Conservatory Mr. Wickliffe studied with Robert Shannon and Peter Takács. Mr. Wickliffe has often collaborated in the promotion of new music as well.
Recent engagements include collaborating in various recitals as well as developing a working knowledge of opera at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory from 2007 to 2010 and Malone University in 2012, collaborating in various vocal and instrumental recitals at Cleveland State University from 2007 to 2009, and collaborative and solo recitals at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Spring 2006 and 2007 featuring music of the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries. Mr. Wickliffe has performed two recitals at Oberlin Conservatory in 2004 and 2005 featuring a portion of Olivier Messiaen’s Catalogue d’Oiseaux.
Mr. Wickliffe currently serves as Director of Music at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Chagrin Falls. His church career has spanned eight years and has included assistantships, internships, and staff positions at area churches including St. Angela Merici Catholic Church, First United Methodist Church of Macedonia, and Plymouth Church, UCC, of Shaker Heights, where he studied music ministry and organ with Jim Riggs and Todd Wilson. Mr. Wickliffe maintains active membership in
the AGO as well as the National Pastoral Musician’s Association (NPM), and has been a past member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and the College Music Society (CMS).