Our Team

Staff

Norma Alrutz, President, Executive Director
412.621.6150 ex. 201
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Kay Burkot, Bookkeeper  
412.621.6150 ex. 203

Davida van Mook, Graphic Design and Database Administrator

Rachel Smith, Production Manager
412.621.6150 ex.205
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Board of Directors

Amber Fantini, Chair

Kay Burkot
Sally Getty
Susan Huckestein
Loan Hutton
Laura Penrod Kronk
Leah McCord
Kelly Morgano
Kim Murphy
Audra Redick
Jennifer Tepe
Kathy Woll

Nancy Traina, Emeritus

Board of Advisors

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

Actors

Maddie Kocur

Maddie Kocur

Actor Educator

About Maddie

Where are you from?

Oakmont, PA

What college did you graduate from?
Seton Hill University with a BFA in Musical Theater.

What is your favorite place to eat?
First Watch

What is your favorite past time?
Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Nintendo Switch and True Crime

Do you have siblings? Pets?
A younger sister and a sweet cockapoo named Cody.

What do you like to do with your friends
Just spend quality time together, hang out, talk, and share laughter, too.

Why did you want to work for Saltworks?
I went to a Saltworks camp when I was a child and it had a great impact on me. I would like to make the same type of positive impact on someone else.

What is your greatest expectation of your time with Saltworks?

That I will be able to successfully spread the joy of art and theatre out into the Pittsburgh community.

Devin Marshall

Devin Marshall

Actor Educator

About Devin

Where are you from?
Born and raised in Enola, Pennsylvania

What college did you graduate from? 
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, BA in Theater

What is your favorite place to eat?
I don’t have a favorite place to eat, but my favorite thing to eat us spinach and feta pizza.

What is your favorite past time?
I love watching new movies and listening to new music.

Do you have siblings? Pets?
I have one younger sister and two Yorkie puppies.

What do you like to do with your friends?
Exploring the city, going to museums, going on hikes, having game nights!

Why did you want to work for Saltworks?
Being able to perform while also making a difference in students’ lives has inspired me to come back to the tour.

What is your greatest expectation of your time with Saltworks?
Meeting new people, touring the state, and making people laugh.

Cole Rygalski

Cole Rygalski

Actor Educator

About Cole

Where are you from?

I’m from the Greenfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

What college did you graduate from?

I graduated from IUP with a BA in Theater and a certificate in Applied Theater. 

What is your favorite place to eat?
At home because I enjoy cooking and exploring different cuisines. My favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh is Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille, but I’m currently into Yue Bai Wei in Squirrel Hill.

What is your favorite past time?
I enjoy cooking, video games, and playing board games, especially backgammon. 

Do you have siblings? Pets?
I’m an only child. Sadly, no pets at the present time. 

What do you like to do with your friends?
Hang out, talk, and play games. We like to dance and go to art events.

Why did you want to work for Saltworks?
I believe theater can impact and change peoples’ lives. Growing up with a mother who was an elementary school teacher, I know that performances from Saltworks get students thinking and talking about important topics.

What is your greatest expectation of your time with Saltworks?

I hope to use the skills I learned in my studies to excite audiences and get them thinking. During my time with Saltworks, I want to influence children in a positive way and impact the communities that they live and learn in. 

Damon Oliver Jr.

Damon Oliver Jr.

Actor Educator

About Damon

Where are you from? 

Bensalem, PA.

What college did you graduate from?  

IUP with a BA in Musical Theater. 

What is your favorite place to eat?
Cheesecake Factory

What is your favorite past time?
Singing!

Do you have siblings? Pets?
Yes, six! And a cat named Sol.

What do you like to do with your friends?
Nothing beats a good movie night!

Why did you want to work for Saltworks?
To make a positive impact on the next generation by providing challenging and progressive dialogue.

What is your greatest expectation of your time with Saltworks?

To simply have EVERY kid in the audience fully engaged. 

Kalee George

Kalee George

Actor Educator

About Kalee

Where are you from?
Pittsburgh, PA

What college did you graduate from? Degree?
Niagara University; Theater Performance, with minors in Design Technology and English

What is your favorite place to eat?
Ham ‘N Eggers

What is your favorite past time?
Playing the trumpet

Do you have siblings? Pets?
1 brother and five cacti

What do you like to do with your friends?
Play board games

Why did you want to work for Saltworks?
I love performing theater with something to say!

What is your greatest expectation of your time with Saltworks?
That I will improve my acting skills while making friends and making a difference in the world!