Staff

With a collective 85-plus years of experience in theater for young audiences among them, our staff brings a remarkable depth of passion and artistry to every aspect of our work.

Julia Flood
Artistic Director
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Julia Flood has more than 30 years of experience in the professional theatre as producer, director, playwright, actor and teacher. Most recently, Julia served as Producing Artistic Director of Eckerd Theater Company (ETC), a professional theater for young audiences based at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL. In her 16 years at ETC, she commissioned, developed and produced many new works for young audiences including VOTE? by Eric Coble, and BATTLEDRUM by Doug Cooney with music by Lee Ahlin. A graduate of Northwestern University, Julia did post-graduate study with famed teachers Robert Lewis and Alvina Krause before spending 7 years as a resident member of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble in Pennsylvania. A native of New England, she traveled throughout the US as a free-lance theater artist before settling in Florida in 1996. Julia is the author of more than a dozen produced plays for youth and family audiences, including THE SNOW QUEEN, music by Lee Ahlin (Eldridge Press 2000) and THE GREAT ALPHABET ADVENTURE (Anchorage Press Plays 2010). Julia is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and Dramatists Guild and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of TYA-USA, the US chapter of the International Association of Theater for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ).

Joe Gfaller
Managing Director
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Joe Gfaller

Joe Gfaller joined Metro Theater Company as Managing Director in the summer of 2019. Prior to joining the Metro team, Joe served for 8+ years as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Opera Theater of Saint Louis, where he received national recognition for his work in building young, diverse, and national travel audiences for the company and in expanding OTSL’s civic footprint as producer of the company’s Opera Tastings initiative, through artist community tours, and through the creation and growth of the company’s Engagement + Inclusion Task Force and Young Friends Steering Committee. He has served in combined marketing and development roles for Atlanta’s 7 Stages Theater and in marketing roles at two Tony Award-winning regional theaters (Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre and Cambridge MA’s American Repertory Theatre). As a consultant, he has worked with the National Blues Museum, the documentary Flint: The Poisoning of an American City, and the Utah Symphony, among others. As a stage director, he has directed over two dozen professional or university productions, including regional premieres by Caryl Churchill, David Mamet, Peter Sinn Nachtreib, and Addae Moon. He serves as adjunct faculty at Webster University in their Arts Management and Leadership MFA program. He is a member of the Leadership St. Louis Class of 2013, the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2006, and graduated with honors from Harvard University.

Emily Grannemann
Director of Marketing
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Emily GrannemannEmily came to Metro Theater Company in 2018 from STAGES St. Louis, where she headed the Marketing department and was responsible for all external and internal communications, marketing, public relations, and community relations for both the Mainstage and Performing Arts Academy. Prior to STAGES St. Louis, Emily has worked with Circus Flora, the Saint Louis Zoo, and Jazz St. Louis as well as served on the Board for the Saint Louis Attractions Association. Emily has a strong fine arts background, earning a Master of Arts in Musicology from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance from Southeast Missouri State University. She is passionate about music and working to promote theater and the arts in St. Louis. Emily is a proficient bassoonist, pianist, oboist, and flutist.

Karen Weberman
Education Director
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Karen joined Metro Theater Company in 2011. She has over 10 years of experience in arts education and professional theatre. Karen is honored to serve the mission of MTC by collaborating with young people, educators and community members throughout the St. Louis region. Her creative and research interests focus on arts integration, theatre for social change, applied theatre with marginalized populations, and professional development for teaching artists and pre-service and in-service teachers. She holds an MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Central Florida and a BA in Theatre Arts from Michigan State University.

John Wolbers
Producing Associate
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John WolbersJohn joined Metro Theater Company in 2007 as an actor in Hana’s Suitcase, and became the full-time Resident Teaching Artist in 2012. Previously he served as the Youth Theatre Coordinator and Camp of the Arts Director for the St. Louis Jewish Community Center. Passionately dedicated to fostering equity, accessibility and support for the local arts community; John has worked for over a decade in the St. Louis region as a professional actor, director, producer, playwright and teaching artist. He is a St. Louis Theater Circle Award winner, and the author of The Playing Ground and Doctor Faustus: or the Modern Prometheus as well as several Shakespearean adaptations. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Southwestern University.

Erik Kuhn
Production Manager & Technical Director
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Erik Kuhn

Erik is a St. Louis-based actor, technician, and stage combatant. While working in the scene shop at Washington University in St Louis, he also began serving as a technical director for various student projects and developed an interest in working in technical theater, while continuing to study acting. After graduating with his degree in drama, he also began studying stage combat with the Society of American Fight Directors and Dueling Arts International, where he is currently certified as a DAI Associate Instructor.

As a freelance theater professional, he has served as a technical director, designer, carpenter, electrician, fight director, stage combat instructor, and actor on innumerable productions & workshops with educational institutions and professional companies across St. Louis.

Since first working with Metro in 2012, he continued to contract with the company in various capacities before joining the team full-time in 2017.

Gen Zoufal
Resident Teaching Artist
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Gen Zoufal Resident Teaching Artist

Gen Zoufal is delighted to return to Metro Theater Company, where she previously served as the Teaching Artist Fellow during the 2016-2017 season. Outside of her time at Metro Theater Company, Gen also worked at Seattle Children’s Theater in a number of capacities, including the education and development departments. Gen holds a BFA in Theater Arts, with a concentration in Theater for Young Audiences, and a double major in Psychology, with a concentration in Human Development from DePaul University. She is honored to have the opportunity to bring arts education that engages students and invites them to challenge the world around them to schools and communities across St. Louis with MTC.

David Blake
Resident Designer
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David Blake

David Blake’s past work with Metro includes lighting design for Unsorted. Other St. Louis scenic design credits include Stray Dog Theatre’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical (St. Louis Theatre Circle Nomination), Spring Awakening, Gypsy, and Little Shop of Horrors (St. Louis Theatre Circle Nomination), Winning Juliet (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis), Kosher Lutherans (HotCity), and Mary Shelley Monster Show (Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble). David is technical director for Clayton High School’s theater department.