Our Team

Staff

Norma Alrutz, President, Executive Director
412.621.6150 ex. 201
nalrutz@saltworks.org

Kay Burkot, Bookkeeper and Webmaster
412.621.6150 ex. 203
kburkot@saltworks.org
Davida van Mook, Graphic Design and Database Administrator
dvanmook@saltworks.org

Rachel Smith, Production Manager
412.621.6150 ex.205
rsmith@saltworks.org

Board of Directors

Amber Fantini, Chair
Sally Getty
Susan Huckestein
Loan Hutton
Laura Penrod Kronk
Leah McCord
Kristine McGinley
Kelly Morgano
Kim Murphy
Jennifer Tepe
Nancy Traina
Kathy Woll
Board of Advisors

Dr. Gillette Elvgren
Tim Hartman
Robert Kaiser
William Roemer
Dr. Mark Stevenson
Cele Fichter-DeSando, Addiction Medicine Services, WPIC-UPMC

Actors

Natalie Nagel

Natalie Nagel

Actor, Educator

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About Natalie
Where are you from?
Allison Park, PA

What college did you graduate from? Degree?
Grove City College; Political Science, Theater, Sociology

What is your favorite place to eat?
The Iron Bridge

What is your favorite past time?
Singing and Dancing

Do you have siblings? Pets?
No

What do you like to do with your friends
Grab coffee and explore Pittsburgh!

Why did you want to work for Saltworks?
I’m passionate about theater and youth, so I’m very blessed to be able to work for a company that combines these elements.

What is your greatest expectation of your time with Saltworks?
I expect to grow both professionally and personally while having a great time!

Linda Kanyarusoke

Linda Kanyarusoke

Actor, Educator

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About Linda
Where are you from?
Indiana, PA

What college did you graduate from? Degree?

Point Park University; BA – Theater Arts

What is your favorite place to eat?
Just about any Italian place. Vallozzi’s and Piccolo Forno are some local favorites.

What is your favorite past time?

I love traveling! Meeting new people and exploring new places is thrilling and there’s nothing like it.

Do you have siblings? Pets?

One younger brother. No pets but I briefly had a hamster named Bijou growing up.

What do you like to do with your friends?

I’ve recently discovered escape rooms and they are so much fun! Such a fun and unique way to bond.

Why did you want to work for Saltworks?

I was thrilled by the idea of putting my skills to such good use. I wanted to use my talent for a purpose.

What is your greatest expectation of your time with Saltworks?

If I can help even one student realize that they (or a friend) need help, I will be pleased with my role with this important company.

Basil Ferguson

Basil Ferguson

Actor, Educator

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About Basil
Where are you from?
Collingdale, PA

What college did you graduate from? Degree?

Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Bachelors Degree in Theatre with a minor in Communications Media

What is your favorite place to eat?

Luke’s Lobster

What is your favorite past time?

Editing (video/pictures) and Video games

Do you have siblings? Pets?

I have one younger brother and a cat.

What do you like to do with your friends?

Have a good time no matter what we’re doing.

Why did you want to work for Saltworks?

It’s an opportunity to grow as an artist and help people.

What is your greatest expectation of your time with Saltworks?

To meet new and creative people and have many great experiences.
Greg Tomasino

Greg Tomasino

Actor, Educator

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About Greg
Where are you from?
Long Island, NY

What college did you graduate from? Degree?
Grove City College with a B.A. in Psychology

What is your favorite place to eat?
I enjoy eating at Tim Hortons.

What is your favorite past time?
Playing drums and making films

Do you have siblings? Pets?
I have an older brother and a younger sister. I own zero pets.

What do you like to do with your friends?
Hike, climb trees, play board games, make music

Why did you want to work for Saltworks?
I was drawn by the opportunity to use acting and performance to positively impact the lives of children.

What is your greatest expectation of your time with Saltworks?
I hope to uplift those who view our work, inspire children to healthily enjoy their youth, and continually grow in knowledge and ability to help these causes.

Jordon Phillips

Jordon Phillips

Actor, Educator

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About Jordon
Where are you from?
Columbus, OH

What college did you graduate from? Degree?

N/A

What is your favorite place to eat?
My mother’s house.

What is your favorite past time?

Read, play music, write

Do you have siblings? Pets?

One older brother, Jonathon. No pets.

What do you like to do with your friends?

Play music and travel.

Why did you want to work for Saltworks?

To further work with kids and help them experience live theater.

What is your greatest expectation of your time with Saltworks?

To connect and help others with their struggles and hopes.