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 non-majors, and Acting for the Camera at Catawba and has served as Fight Coordinator for numerous productions.
With his new position 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 graduated from Catawba College with a B.A. in Theatre Education and spent two summers with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in Holland, Michigan most recently 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 longtime friend.
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.
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Chris Speer, Technical Director
Chris Speer studied Technical Theatre at Catawba College from 2008-2012. While at Catawba, Chris worked in the scene shop for 3 years, the costume shop for 1 year, and worked with the Catawba’s Conferences and Events staff for his last 2 years. He has worked as TD at The Arundel Barn Playhouse, ATD at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, and TD & Scenic Designer for Center for Faith & the Arts - St. Thomas Players. Speer has now been a part of over 200 theatrical productions, over 20 concerts, and currently serves as the Director of The Polar Express Train Ride at the North Carolina Transportation Museum with a cast of over 100 actors. Chris’ journey to Lee Street started in 2010 when he performed with STP as Jason from “Rabbit Hole”. The following summer Chris was one of five St. Thomas Players interns for the second consecutive year of its internship program funded by Catawba College’s Lily Center Summer Internship Program. As construction neared an end, Speer joined the LST team on September 5th,
2013 as the Technical Director apprentice. Speer has made LST and Salisbury home to him and his 3 furry kids, Leo, Madeline, and Stella.
“Experience the Feeling, I have and now, I’m hooked.”
Morgan L. Summers, Education Coordinator
Morgan L. Summers is taking on the exciting new position of Educational Development Coordinator for Lee Street Theatre. Along with creating this School Tour, which is planned to expose students to the elaborate world of Devised Theatre, she will also be working as the Production Manager for our 5th Annual Scrooge’s Christmas Trolley. This Jersey girl moved to North Carolina in 2008, where she began her work in theatre at Charlotte Catholic High School. From there, Catawba College welcomed Morgan into a new home that brought her closer with both the community of Salisbury and Lee Street Theatre. Morgan graduated from Catawba in 2016 with a degree in Theatre Education, leading her into her first job out of school as a Touring Actor/Director with Missoula Children’s Theatre; an experience that took her across the North West working with schools and students from all walks of life. Though only here until the end of the Holidays, Morgan hopes to build a strong relationship between Lee Street Theatre and the local Schools of our community in a way that welcomes their expression in, in order to get their words out and heard. In her spare time she also works at the U.S. National Whitewater Center where she specializes as a Team Development Facilitator, while also serving as a Land Sports Guide throughout their various Zip Line, Rock Climbing, and other Ropes courses.
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.