About Us

What are we?

We are a new Live Community Theater in Columbus Ohio.

Our goal is to create quality live theater and contribute to the overall landscape of Performing Arts in Columbus! 

By using the best local talent we can find, we hope to offer a wide range of genres! Comedies, Dramas, Thrillers, and eventually, Musicals! From older classics to contemporary works! 

Who are we?

We are a group of local artists who have discovered a common love and passion for live theater.  Some of us have known and worked with each other for over 30 years. 

We came together on some recent productions and discovered that our ideals, talents, and styles complimented each other in such a way that we decided to branch out on our own!

We bring a wide variety of talents to the table, both on and off stage. 

Our Founders

Artistic Director - Douglas C Shaffer

 

(Director/Actor) 

Doug arrives with over 30 years experience as a director and an actor. He has directed for community, regional, and semiprofessional theater in Columbus and Nashville, TN. In Columbus, he spent the majority of his time with Little Theater Off Broadway and Worthington Community Theatre. At WCT, some of the shows he directed were Blithe Spirit, Tribute, Arsenic and Old Lace, and I Hate Hamlet, which went to Regional OCTA and won an ensemble award and was chosen as regional alternate. At LTOB, some of his shows were Carousel, Agnes of God, Deathtrap, Hello Dolly, Wait Until Dark, As Is, Pippin, and many more.

While in Nashville, he directed The King and I and The Rocky Horror Show. In other venues, he has directed Godspell, Into the Woods, Ten Little Indians, and more. 

After a 10 year hiatus, Doug returned to the local theater scene in 2017 by directing Jesus Christ Superstar, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Reefer Madness for Imagine Productions. 

As an actor, some of his previous roles include Harold Hill in The Music Man, Rooster in Annie, Fagin in Oliver, Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Bobbie in A Chorus Line, Barnett Lloyd in Crimes of the Heart, Ellard Simms in The Foreigner, and others.

During the day he works as a Workforce Management Business Partner for Conduent, Inc.

Doug divides his time throughout the year between Dublin, Ohio, and Bucharest, Romania.

Managing Director - Beth Nuzum Cronenweth

 

(Actor/Music Director/Conductor)

Beth is a veteran performer, with more than 30 years experience as an actor, music director, and conductor for productions in Columbus, Pittsburgh, PA and Charlotte, NC. She returned to the theatre after a 14 year hiatus in 2014 and has remained active since. 

After years as an actor, she used her musical training as the music director for Jesus Christ Superstar, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and Reefer Madness for Imagine Productions. Favorite roles include Mary Flynn in Merrily We Roll Along, Cordelia in Falsettos, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, Grace Farrell in Annie, and many more. 

Beth has a degree in Finance from the Ohio State University, where she was a member of The Best Damn Band in the Land. By day she works in Treasury Management for a major financial institution. 

By night, in addition to spending time at the theatre, Beth is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the local rock cover band, MegaBeth, and sings acoustic and jazz around town.

Technical Director - Scott A Jones

 

(Director/Choreographer/Set Designer)

Scott is Director of Operations at the Northland Performing Arts Center in Columbus by day, and theater junky by night. He has worked in almost all aspects and disciplines of theater including; actor, singer, dancer, director, choreographer, costume designer, set designer, technical director and administrator. 

He’s worked on many business theater trade shows and events in the Columbus area and around the country in production and performance. 

Scott is Assistant Marching Band Director at Jonathan Alder High School as well as choreographer and technical director for the fall plays, spring musicals and show choir. He’s also worked on stage productions at Dublin Scioto High School as well as Hilliard Davidson and Darby High Schools and Kenton Ridge in Springfield. 

Scott holds a degree in architecture and practices as a professional residential designer specializing in custom luxury homes, remodels and additions in what spare time he is afforded. 

Many thanks and Love to my family and friends for putting up with “I can’t, I have rehearsal”.