Staff and Board

Genevieve Perrier (The 39 Steps, 2014)
Photo by Matthew J. Photography

Theatre Horizon

401 DeKalb Street
Norristown, PA 19401


610-283-2230 x711

Team Members


Sarah Braun
Production Coordinator | x711

Dawn Loveland Navarro
Director of Education Outreach | x704

Alix Rosenfeld
Manager of Individual Giving | x717

Kirsten Sughrue
Marketing & Development Coordinator | x709

Gilberto Vega
Director of External Relations | x703

Board of Directors

Kristin Midha

Gail Fishman

Robert Vogel, Treasurer
Ruth Rosenblatt, Secretary
Nell Bang-Jensen
Olivia Brady                                                                           Kate Casey
Matthew Decker                                                             Hakim Jones                                                                         Linda Lipscomb
Zandra Maffett
Amanda Morton
Laura Pratt                                                                              Diane Reilly                                                                            Lee Reilly                                                                                  Jeff Smith
Andrea Wikerd

Nell Bang-Jensen (Artistic Director) has been making theater in Philadelphia for the past ten years. She has created four full-scale original works, in addition to producing and directing for many of Philadelphia’s major theater institutions including FringeArts, Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Wilma, Pig Iron, and the Painted Bride. Nell has served as Associate Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company and on the artistic staff of the Wilma Theater. Her passion for making art outside of the usual theatrical circles guides much of her original work. The Caregivers premiered at Pig Iron last year and was made with Philadelphians who work as home health aides and hospice workers. Her upcoming Boy Project, a play made with 12-15 year old boys about masculinity, is being produced by FringeArts and was awarded a 2019 National MAP Fund grant. Nell is the recipient of a Next Stage Director’s Fellowship from the Drama League (2019), a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship (2011-2012), and was a participant in Theatre Communication Group’s Leadership U: One-on-One program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications group; a national fellowship given to eight individuals who TCG believes are the core and future of theater. In October 2018, American Theatre magazine named her as one of six “theatre workers to know” across the nation. Nell is also a Co-Founder of HATCH, an arts residency in Harrisville, New Hampshire that provides female-identifying and non-binary artists with time and space to create new theater. A graduate of Swarthmore College, Nell is also passionate about Education and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts as well as a Visiting Faculty Member at Carleton College. Email Nell at

Cara Frisina (Managing Director) is originally from upstate New York, where she earned degrees in Theatre Arts Management and Communications from Ithaca College. She has worked for various summer theater festivals including The Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College, Bard College’s SummerScape, and Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. An apprenticeship at the Walnut Street Theatre brought her to Philadelphia—which she is now happy to call a permanent home. During her time at Theatre Horizon, she has served as Production Manager, General Manager, and now Managing Director. Email Cara at

Bryan Buttler (Public Relations) specializes in bringing unique public relations and marketing solutions to a variety of arts and entertainment organizations. Some of his current and past clients include PlayPenn, LiveConnections, Theater with a View, Juniper Productions, The Committee of Seventy’s Voices of Voting, plus the world premiere productions of Amanda Palmer’s JIB and In My Body. Bryan is also a former journalist whose work has appeared in Philadelphia MagazineOUTNewNowNextBilly Penn, and more. Bryan has taught mass communication and writing courses for over ten years at a number of regional colleges, and lives in Philadelphia. Find out more at bryanbuttlermediarelations.comEmail Bryan at

Dawn Loveland Navarro (Director of Education Outreach) moved to the Philadelphia area from Connecticut, where she was the Director of Education at Playhouse on Park. She created, oversaw, and taught programs that served approximately 4,000 students per year. In addition to being a theatre educator, Dawn is also a director and a stage manager. Recent Playhouse on Park directing credits include ProofOleannaThe Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, and Red Light Winter; plus shows for young audiences including BusytownGoodnight MoonGo, Dog. Go!, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Dawn has stage managed over 30 productions at regional theatres. She was a directing assistant at Berkshire Theatre Festival and traveled to Florida Studio Theatre for theatre education professional development. Dawn is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email Dawn at

Steven P. Nemphos (Webmaster & IT Director) has worked with Disney, SeaWorld, Yosemite National Park and many of the region’s professional theaters; both on and off the stage; and, in all major mediums including television, radio and film. Steven lives in Los Angeles where he is pursing an acting career. Broadway: The Big Knife (Assistant Director) at Roundabout Theatre Company under Tony-Award Winner Doug Hughes. BFA, NYU. Email Steven at

Shelby North (Producing Director) is a passionate theatre practitioner originally from Atlanta, GA. She works to facilitate dreams coming to life onstage and believes in the power of theatre to change hearts and minds. Previously, she worked as an Equity Stage Manager for theatres including The Alliance Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, Delaware Theatre Company, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Quintessence Theatre Group, and The Yale Repertory Theatre. Shelby received her undergraduate degree from College of Charleston and her Master of Fine Arts from Yale School of Drama. Email Shelby at

Erin Reilly (Founder), a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Erin co-founded Theatre Horizon with Matthew Decker, recently leading a $1 million campaign to build and open a new venue for the company on Arts Hill in Norristown. Erin has directed over 15 productions, working with both professional actors and students. As an equity actress she has performed on numerous area stages including the Walnut Street Theatre and Wilma Theater. Theatre Horizon’s Education Department is near to her heart, and she draws on her experience teaching for education programs at the Wilma Theater, Lantern Theater, and Mum Puppettheatre, among many others. She serves on Creative MontCo and the Board of Theatre Philadelphia, and was named one of Philadelphia’s 76 Creative Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia. Email Erin at

Mydera Taliah Robinson (Education Director) is a writer, visual artist, educator, and TEDx speaker. As the founder of SpeakMeFree Productions, Mydera Taliah has curated events and programming for a wide range of audiences.

A sought after talent, Mydera has shared the stage with many great artists, speakers, and performers.

Her passion and commitment to excellence has in turn allowed her to become a major presence in the regional arts community. Acting as an educator, consultant, and board member for diverse list of schools, universities, organizations, and associations: Mydera Taliah is recognized as a leader in her industry.

Mydera Taliah has made it her mission to help others find confidence in their being through the freedom of expression. Email Mydera at

Marisol Rosa-Shapiro (Community Coordinator) is a theater artist, educator, community builder, clown, mail art maker, and creator of original works of theater. She has recently appeared onstage in the Up Close Festival at the New Ohio Theatre and in several Spellbound Theatre productions in NYC and Miami. Marisol is a teaching artist at The New Victory Theater, and has served in a similar capacity for at least a dozen theaters and arts organizations across the country. She was Shakespeare in Clark Park’s Director of Community Engagement for the 2019-2020 season, and is part of the steering committee for TYA/USA’s new BIPOC affinity group for artists and administrators creating theater for young audiences. Marisol is a new board member for Clowns Without Borders USA, and has been a proud volunteer artist on three projects with CWB, all concerning the U.S./Mexico border. Keep up with her most recent work at marisolmakes.comEmail Marisol at

Alix Rosenfeld (she/her/hers, Manager of Individual Giving) is an arts journalist and multi-hyphenate theatre artist specializing in dramaturgy, playwriting, and performance. Originally from Jackson, MI, Alix has been living and making art in Philadelphia for five years, and has worked nationally and internationally at such companies as the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. Recent dramaturgy credits include: Shakespeare In Love (People’s Light) and Box Clever, (Inis Nua Theatre Company), and The Merchant of Venice (Delaware Shakespeare). In 2016, Alix was the national award-winner for the Kennedy Center’s Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy and a critic fellow at the National Critics Institute. She is a contributing writer to American TheatreHuffPostHowlRoundThe Flashpaper, and Broad Street Review. Alix serves as the Philadelphia Metro Regional VP for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and she is a Senior Lecturer in Dramaturgy for the University of the Arts. Alix holds a BA from Vassar College and an MA in Theatre from Villanova University. Email Alix at

Kirsten Sughrue (she/her, Marketing and Development Coordinator) is a multi-hyphenate theatre artist and arts
administrator who is particularly interested in playwriting and theatrical marketing. Originally from South Jersey, she has
worked primarily as a director, stage manager, and teaching artist, spending many years working at the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company.

She served as the Villanova Theatre Marketing and Public Relations Assistant while pursuing her MA in Theatre at Villanova University. Most recently she worked as the Development and Marketing Manager for the Radnor Memorial Library.

Email Kirsten at

Gilberto Vega (Director of External Relations) is a Costa Rican-American creator, educator, and administrator for music and theatre. Most recently, he served as dramaturg for Theatre Horizon’s production of The Agitators.

Originally hailing from Lancaster, PA, Gilberto was the Education and Community Engagement Director for The Philly POPS and an Arden Professional Apprentice. His recent theatre credits include: Asst. Director for The Wiz (Theatre in the X), Playwright for Miley Vs. Mozart: An Epic Poperatic Smackdown as part of The Vs. Series (Theatre Contra), and Audio Describer at Arden Theatre Company (12 productions!).

Gilberto was a Micro-Resident Artist at the Painted Bride Arts Center and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a recipient of the Wallace Award through Platt Performing Arts House. Email Gilberto at

Sheridan Merrick (Education Coordinator) is a writer, composer, filmmaker, and theatre artist & educator based in Philadelphia whose work seeks to both reflect our current society, and inspire possibilities for a better one. She is currently acting as Assistant Director and Dramaturge for the animated film Jawbone, and as Story Editor for the documentary film project 23: The Tale of an Exoneree. Red & Black, the musical she co-conceived with Nick Hatcher, was produced in the 2020 Polyphone Festival of New Musicals, and was a finalist for The Civilians’ 2020-2021 R&D Group. Sheridan has been seen as a performer at The Painted Bride Art Center, REV Theatre Company, and in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and is a recipient of the Corzo Center Impact Grant alongside Nick Hatcher. She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of the Arts, where she was a recipient of the THEA Award, and acted as administrative assistant to the Head of the Theatre Department at the University of the Arts’ Summer Pre-College Institute. Having spent many years working with children, Sheridan is especially passionate about theatre’s ability to empower young people, emboldening the next generation to tell their own stories and question the ones around them. Email Sheridan at

Sarah Braun (she/her, Production Coordinator) is a entertainment professional with a life long passion for theater that has lead to a diverse career in the Philadelphia entertainment community including stage and film acting, production coordination, and AV. A graduate of Temple University, her credits include lead actor and producer for the award winning short, Vessel by Cinevore Studios. She has performed in many FringeArts productions as well as web-series such as, Nerd vs. Geek and Super Plumber Brothers. Other credits include local and international shows as a member of High Drama sketch comedy troupe and various regional theaters. Another facet of her entertainment experience has been working back stage and behind the scenes in wide range of positions as a freelance production professional. Email Sarah at