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 at metroplays dot org
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 her16 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).
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matt at metroplays dot org
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 at metroplays dot org
Karen joined Metro Theater Company in 2011. Originally from Michigan, Karen delights in working with youth of all ages. She has taught with Northlight Theatre, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Emerald City Theatre Company, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, UCP of Central Florida and ArtsBridge America. Karen is also an adjunct professor in the School of Education at Maryville University. She combines her passions for arts education, community engagement and inclusive arts experiences to help realize the mission of Metro Theater Company. Her creative and research interests focus on arts integration, applied theatre with marginalized populations, theatre for social change, 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.
Resident Teaching Artist
john at metroplays dot org
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.
sarah at metroplays dot org
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.
davidb at metroplays dot org
Technical Director: 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 also technical director for Clayton High School’s theater department.
Marketing and Communications Director
ron at metroplays dot org
Ron James has more than 25 years experience as a communicator, marketer and arts administrator.
Ron headed the marketing department for the Innsbrook Corporation for more than 20 years where he was responsible for external and internal communications, marketing and public relations for the corporation and the Innsbrook Property Owners Association. Ron also cofounded and managed the Innsbrook Institute, an international Classical Music Festival and the Warren County Fine Arts Council. Ron also managed the Innsbrook Community life program which offered more than 100 events annually.
Ron graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where he earned Bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and in Philosophy. Ron is and Eagle Scout and is a graduate of the Focus St. Louis Leadership program. He has served in numerous volunteer positions including Marketing Chair for the Webster University Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts and as Committee Chair for the Community Music School of Webster University Strategic Plan Committee.
Teaching Artist Fellow
gen at metroplays dot org
Gen was born and raised in Chicago, where she recently graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University. She received a BFA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Theatre for Young Audiences and a double major in developmental psychology. Gen spent the 2015-2016 season working with Seattle Children’s Theatre as an education intern and apprentice, patron services associate and teaching artist. In addition to her time at SCT she has taught for Edge of the Wood Theatre and several other programs around Chicago. Gen is dedicated to exploring creative drama with young people of all ages, because it gives students agency to solve problems in the classroom and in the outside world. Gen is especially interested in exploring creative drama with children in hospital settings, as a means to ignite their imaginations and invite them to explore their identities. Gen is thrilled to be joining Metro Theater as the Teaching Artist Fellow. She is passionate about MTC’s mission to bring creative experiences to all people and to use theater to create conversations and community.
tracy at metroplays dot org
Tracy joined Metro Theater Company in January, 2016. Prior to her return to St. Louis, Tracy lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she was a Payroll Supervisor for Aegon USA and then a Product Manager in renewable energy for Alliant Energy. While in Cedar Rapids, she served on the board for Children’s Theater of Cedar Rapids. Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Mount Mercy University.
erik at metroplays dot org
Erik is a St. Louis-based actor, technician, and stage combatant. While working in the scene shop at Washington University in St Louis, he 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 recently earned a DAI Associate Instructor certification. As a freelance theater professional, he has worked as a technical director, carpenter, electrician, fight director, stage combat instructor, and actor on over two dozen productions, with educational institutions and professional companies. He has served as the Technical Director for St Louis Shakespeare’s 31st summer season and Upstream Theater in Seasons 11 & 12. He also serves as the Resident Lighting Designer with Equally Represented Arts (ERA) and as Technical Director as Visitation Academy. He has worked on and offstage with Metro Theater Company in the past and is thrilled to be serving as Technical Director on another magical MTC production!
Community Engagement Manager
alicen at metroplays dot org
Alicen is a St. Louis native, as well as an actress, improviser, and playwright. She recently graduated from Saint Louis University with degrees in English and Theatre. In addition to working for Metro Theater Company she currently serves as co-Artistic director of Poor Monsters, an experimental theater company dedicated to empowering women and gender minorities. Before arriving at Metro Theater Company, she served as the Education Production Assistant for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and taught summer classes for the Institute of Reading Development in Florissant, Fenton, and St. Peters.