Kelly Schaffer Florian and Lisa Ortenzi will jointly lead the company’s expansive education programming
Great Lakes Theater (Cleveland’s professional classic theater has announced the appointment of longtime GTL department staff members Kelly Scahffer Florian and Lisa Ortenzi at the company’s Directors of Education. In their new capacities Florian will serve as GLT’s Director of Educational Services and Ortenzi will act as Director of Educational Programming.
“We are proud to promote two longtime company members into leadership roles within our organization,” said Charles Fee, GLT’s Producing Artistic Director. “Together, they bring a tremendous breadth of knowledge to our education department…forged by their extensive experience with our company - Lisa from an artistic and programming perspective having guided our School Residency Program and Kelly from an administrative and customer relations background as the steward of our Student Matinee Series. Their complementary skill sets, collaborative spirits and keen visions make Kelly and Lisa an ideal fit for this new management structure within our organization. We’re thrilled for them to be leading this important facet of our company.”
Kelly joined GLT’s education department in 2000 after serving as Education Coordinator for the SFX Broadway Series in Cincinnati, Ohio after serving in the subscription, group sales and ticketing departments prior to her appointment. Kelly holds a B.A.C. in theater from Bowling Green University and has collaborated with regional arts organizations and theaters including Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theatre (Cincinnati), the Human Race Theatre, Porthouse Theatre and Weathervane Playhouse.
Lisa returned to GLT in 2001 as Supervisor of the company’s School Residency Program. Prior to that she was an Actor Teacher from 1993-1997. Before her tenure with GLT she performed and directed for Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. Lisa will also be serving as an adjunct faculty member of Baldwin Wallace University as well as Artistic Director of BW’s Triple Threat Music Theater Program for Conservatory Outreach.
Lisa has also worked with a collection of regional arts organizations including Cleveland Youth Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival and a variety of local community theaters and high school drama programs such as the Ohio Education Theater Association. Lisa holds a B.A.C. in Theater and Radio/TV/Film from Bowling Green State University and a M.A. in Directing from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts.
“We’re excited to empower two talented members of our team,” said Bob Taylor, GLT’s Executive Director. “I am confident that Kelly and Lisa will able to continue to advance our commitment to community and education in significant ways as they have for over a decade with our company.”