With a collective 85 years of tenure with the Company among them, our staff brings a remarkable depth of passion to every aspect of our work.
Carol joined the Company in 1977 as an actor and succeeded founder Zaro Weil as the Company’s second artistic director in 1980. She has directed most of the Company’s acclaimed repertory works since that time. An adjunct instructor at Maryville University, Carol designed a nationally recognized professional development program for educators and has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Missouri Arts Council, and the Regional Arts Commission. Carol has been honored repeatedly both locally and nationally for her vision and her contributions to the field of theater for young audiences.
Matt joined the Company in 2009 with an eclectic background as an arts manager, administrator, consultant, teaching artist, director, and actor. A St. Louis native, Matt was first drawn to theater after seeing Metro Theater Company’s production of Beowulf. Prior to coming to the Company, Matt served as the assistant to the managing director at Hartford Stage (CT), where he worked closely with the board of directors, helped coordinate a capital campaign, organized its new work festival, and developed an improvisational training program. Matt is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts in New York University, and a graduate of the Field’s Artist-Manager Partnerships Program.
Karen joined the Company in 2011. Originally from Michigan, Karen delights in teaching youth of all ages. Prior to joining Metro Theater Company, she served as Outreach Manager at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, where she designed and facilitated arts-based residencies and workshops in schools and community organizations throughout Chicago and the Northwest suburbs. She has taught with Northlight Theatre, Emerald City Theatre Company, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, UCP of Central Florida, and ArtsBridge America. Her creative and research interests focus on creative community engagement, devising theatre with youth, and professional development for teachers. With a strong commitment to accessibility and the arts, she remains passionate about exploring drama and theatre with persons with disabilities. She earned her M.F.A. in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Central Florida in sunny Orlando, and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Michigan State University.
Resident Teaching Artist
John joined the Company in 2012 after working with Metro Theater Company in various capacities onstage, backstage and as a freelance teaching artist. Previously he served for four years as the Youth Theatre Coordinator and Camp of the Arts Director for the St. Louis Jewish Community Center. In addition, John has worked in the St. Louis region as a teaching artist, actor, director and playwright. A transplant from the Lone Star State, he earned his B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
Resident Artist / Technical Director
Nick joined the Company in 1977. He has directed, designed, or performed in every production the Company has mounted in the past 33 years. Nick wrote the Company’s acclaimed adaptation of Beowulf (1990), A Short Hike on a Long Trail (1998), Iceman (2000), and Stix & Stonz (2005). A versatile theater artist with backgrounds in music, movement and design, he also has been a teaching artist for ArtsINTERsection, Young Artists’ Theater Lab, and Reaching All the Learners Through the Arts. Nick holds an M.A. in Dramatic Theory, Literature and Criticism from Michigan State University and a B.A. from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University.
Sarah joined Metro Theater Company in 2004. Originally from Pennsylvania, Sarah completed her B.F.A. in Music Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia. After graduation, Sarah had a year-long stage management internship at Lexington Children’s Theatre in Kentucky. Prior to starting her duties at Metro Theater Company, Sarah served as Production Stage manager for two seasons at Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre.
Audience Development Director
Nancy joined the Company in 2007 with a background in marketing, advertising, sales, and management. For more than 20 years, she worked for Bradburn School Supply, serving the educational community of St. Louis and the surrounding region. During that time, she become the director of advertising and then went on to work with a number of regional and national advertising agencies, as well as Fortune 500 companies. Nancy earned her B.A. in Art and Education from William Woods University. Her work with schools, young people, and the arts has continued to be her passion and inspiration.
David joined Metro Theater Company in 2008. His background includes education, communications, marketing and sales, and fundraising. David served for almost a decade on the staff of the Catholic Health Association of the United States, where he managed the website, developed communications and marketing for the annual meeting, and directed the corporate fundraising program. David has also taught writing and literature at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, served on the development team for computer-based education in data modeling at agpw, inc., and managed proposal development at Towers Perrin. David received his B.A. in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Maria I Straub
Maria joined Metro Theater Company in 2012. She has been working in the St. Louis region as a Stage Manager, Choreographer and Box Office Manager since 2006. She was the resident Stage Manager for the Orange Girls for two seasons (2008-2009) and was part of the inaugural year for the St. Louis Actor’s Studio (2007-2008). Before joining Metro Theater Company, she was Arts and Education Council for three years in a variety of jobs, including Operations and Development. She is Co-Chair of the Arts Round Table (alongside Susan Donahue Yates) and proudly serves at the company secretary for the Tin Ceiling, where she produces their annual Seven/24 Playwriting Festival over Memorial Day Weekend.