Craig Kolkebeck holds a B.A. in music from St. Lawrence University and an M.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Texas. He is the former Artistic Director for Teatro Los Pobres and the Southwest Repertory Organization. He is a SAG/AFTRA/AEA member professional actor and has been a professional director for some 30 years. His productions have ranged from the smallest of warehouse stages to multi-million dollar venues in the theme park live action stunt show arena here in the U.S., as well as Holland, Germany, Japan and Russia.
He has also directed numerous award nominated productions at Catawba College as well as C.A.S.T., Uwharrie Players, Children’s Theatre Charlotte, The Warehouse and Lee Street Theatre. Since coming to Salisbury from L.A., he has discovered a love for teaching, and teaches Beginning Acting for Majors, Audition Techniques, and Acting for the Camera at Catawba and has served as Fight Coordinator for numerous productions.
As Artistic Director of Lee Street Theatre, he hopes to develop an integrated program with the Department of Theatre Arts that will provide more opportunities for theatre students as performers, designers, and theatre practitioners.
Caitlin Billings, Marketing Director
Caitlin Billings recently graduated from Catawba College with a B.A. in Theatre Education and completed a second internship with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in Holland, Michigan as season Publicist and Assistant Photographer. She has dabbled in every theatrical field such as costumes, performance, stage management, and directing though she has found that her heart is in promotion and marketing. When she is not in the theater, Caitlin freelances as a photographer. She picked up her first camera at fourteen and never put it down. She also is an avid writer of fiction and is currently the co-author of a young adult novel she is writing with her long time friend.
MEET the STAFF
Rod Oden, Technical Director
Whether for the audiences on a professional stage or teaching students in a technical workshop, Rod Oden is proud to have over fifteen years experience in a variety of venues, genres and audiences. Rod has designed on stages from Los Angeles to New Orleans, and in virtually every type of venue. He enjoys working alongside community members, volunteers and students to help grow and create professional experiences in the theatre.
Some of his favorite work includes Tuck Everlasting (New Orleans Regional Premiere), Chicago, August: Osage County, The 39 Steps, The Mousetrap, Spamalot, How I learned to Drive,Shrek, and Lombardi (WV Premiere). Rod was previously the Production Manager & Technical Director of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society in New Orleans, LA and the Technical Director of the Actors Guild of Parkersburg in Parkersburg, WV. He has worked with countless community theaters, educational organizations and professional troupes to produce quality, high-end productions audiences have enjoyed watching. Rod is blessed and thankful for his beautiful wife Raquel and his four precious boys Tristan, Lucas, Jamie and Sylar. He also enjoys spending time with his two lovely daughters Ariel and Isabelle.
David Carmichael, Business Manager
David holds a BFA in theatre from the University of Georgia with a primary interest in scene design. Instead of working in the theatre he went on to work in the corporate world spending most of his time over the past thirty-four years in commercial real estate working with Food Lion for over 25 years, as well as spending time with Shoe Show and 7-Eleven. David is delighted to once again be associated with the theatre and especially happy to be a part of the staff at Lee Street theatre. He has been married to Karen for nearly 27 years, and have one son Spencer who was just married in the summer of 2017.
Shannon Harris is a senior at Catawba College and is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Dance. You may have seen her most recently as Purity in Catawba's production of Anything Goes, where she also served as Dance Captain. Over the summer, she enjoyed volunteering at her local YMCA's summer dance camp as well as choreographing The Fantasticks at Lee Street Theatre in Salisbury. She is super excited to be working with such an incredible group of people!
Taylor Kroop is a senior at Catawba College pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre with a minor in Music. This past summer she toured the country working for Missoula Children’s Theatre. Some of her past credits include Chief: Head of the Leprechauns (Princess and the Pea), Evangeline Harcourt (Anything Goes), and Olive Ostrovsky (25th...Spelling Bee). Taylor also has been the Service and Outreach Chair for Catawba’s Blue Masque for three years. She thanks her family for their continuous support.
Emily Owens is a senior BFA Musical Theatre major at Catawba College from Reidsville, NC. She is currently represented by Beverly Brock Agency and was be previously seen in Birth of the Daywalker, a Lima Films short film, Calm Before, a movie by 4Pies Production, and in the ensemble of Anything Goes at Catawba. Other favorite theatre credits include:25th...Spelling Bee (Marcy Parks), Assassin’s (Ensemble), and in Catawba’s staged reading of Sister of the Stars (Williamina Flemming). Most recently, she has spent the summer in New York studying with the Atlantic Theatre Company in their summer intensive ensemble where she collaborated with artists from Australia, New Zealand, and the US. She hopes to move to New York permanently to pursue a professional performance career post-grad.
Claire Raimist is a junior BFA Musical Theatre major and Communications minor Honors Program student from Woodsboro, MD. She was most recently seen at Catawba as Marcy in Dog Sees God. In addition to performing, she loves being backstage and has been the Assistant Stage Manager for 2 mainstage Catawba productions. Claire also serves as Vice President of Catawba’s chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.
Savannah Shaver is a Catawba College senior pursuing a BFA degree in Musical Theatre. Savannah has enjoyed performing in previous Catawba productions such as the musical Reefer Madness, Anything Goes, and The Children's Hour. She is excited to explore marketing and publicity as part of this internship! More importantly, she is super stoked to finally be working on her acting chops with Lee Street’s Craig Kolkebeck!
Caitlin Billings, Marketing Director
Caitlin Billings recently graduated from Catawba College with a B.A. in Theatre Education and completed a second internship with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in Holland, Michigan as season Publicist
and Assistant Photographer. She has dabbled in every theatrical field such as costumes, performance, stage management, and directing though she has found that her heart is in promotion and marketing. When she is not in the theater, Caitlin freelances as a photographer. She picked up her first camera at fourteen and never put it down. She also is an avid writer of fiction and is currently the co-author of a young adult novel she is writing with her long time friend.