Our Team

Staff

Norma Alrutz, President, Executive Director
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Kay Burkot, Bookkeeper and Webmaster
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Davida van Mook, Graphic Design and Database Administrator
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Rachel Smith, Production Manager
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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

Lydia Gibson

Lydia Gibson

Actor Educator

Send an email to Lydia.

About Lydia

Where are you from?
St. Mary’s, PA

What college did you graduate from? Degree?
Indiana University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in Theater

What is your favorite place to eat?
Meat & Potatoes. They have the best caesar salads.

What is your favorite past time?
Going to the movies; Hiking & Hammocking; Yoga; Learning new recipes.

Do you have siblings? Pets?
3 siblings – 1 older brother, 2 older sisters
1 pet – cat named Socks

What do you like to do with your friends
Riding bikes; seeing live theater; playing games; having meals together

Why did you want to work for Saltworks?
I appreciate the way that Saltworks approaches educating and entertaining children: with a positive, constructive, and fun attitude. I wanted to be a part of reaching and helping others in this way.

What is your greatest expectation of your time with Saltworks?
Working with a great team to help kids see they are not alone and there are ways to talk about and work through difficult things.

Devin Marshall

Devin Marshall

Actor Educator

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About Devin

Where are you from?
Enola, Pennsylvania

What college did you graduate from? Degree?
Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Theater

What is your favorite place to eat?
Wendy’s will always be my go to.

What is your favorite past time?
I love writing in my free time – specifically play writing, but I’m always down for an adventure.

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

What do you like to do with your friends?
Relax and watch movies

Why did you want to work for Saltworks?
Theater always inspired me while I was growing up, so I hope to inspire kids with Saltworks’ plays that cover relevant and important topics.

What is your greatest expectation of your time with Saltworks?
I have very little children’s theater experience with no touring experience, so I hope Saltworks can give me a greater appreciation for performing for younger audiences while providing me more understanding of what it’s like being a touring actor.

Kurt Stridinger

Kurt Stridinger

Actor Educator

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About Kurt

Where are you from?
Pittsburgh, PA

What college did you graduate from? Degree?
IUP, BA in theater

What is your favorite place to eat?
Outback Steakhouse

What is your favorite past time?
Comedy & video games

Do you have siblings? Pets?
No siblings but I have 2 cats

What do you like to do with your friends?
Go on walks, play board games, cook

Why did you want to work for Saltworks?
To help teach kids good lessons while doing something I love

What is your greatest expectation of your time with Saltworks?
I’d like to learn just as much as I help teach.

Jared Lewis

Jared Lewis

Actor Educator

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About Jared

Where are you from?
Plum, PA

What college did you graduate from? Degree?
Slippery Rock University; BA in Theatre-Acting

What is your favorite place to eat?
Saga Steakhouse

What is your favorite past time?
Video games

Do you have siblings? Pets?
Older brother, older sister, 1 dog

What do you like to do with your friends?
Hang out and catch up on life

Why did you want to work for Saltworks?
I love working with children.

What is your greatest expectation of your time with Saltworks?
To make a difference in one kid’s life

Kalee George

Kalee George

Actor Educator

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About Kalee

Where are you from?
Baldwin

What college did you graduate from? Degree?
Niagara University; Theater Performance, minors Theater Design/Tech and English

What is your favorite place to eat?
Rowdy BBQ or Burgatory

What is your favorite past time?
Playing music either on my trumpet, guitar, or singing

Do you have siblings? Pets?
1 brother, 2 fuzzy white cats

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

Why did you want to work for Saltworks?
I believe theater is a great way to inspire, entertain, and educate, and Saltworks knows how to do that well!!

What is your greatest expectation of your time with Saltworks?
Making a difference in the community