Lakota West Theatre Staff
Kim Eldridge (Artistic Director)
• Paula Dolloff (Business Manager)
• Cindy Gregory (Technical Director)
• Christy Munafo (Musical Choreographer)
• Anthony Nims (Vocal Director)
• Andrew Carr (Music Director)
• Bob Tansy (Master Carpenter)
Kim Eldridge (Artistic Director) Ms. Eldridge founded the Lakota West Theatre Program in 1997. She has directed two to three productions a year since that time. Her favorite projects have been Little Women, The Diviners, Miracle Worker, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Anything Goes. This season, Ms. Eldridge will direct Noises Off and Godspell. She teaches five sections of theatre at Lakota West, including Acting I, Acting II, and Acting III and Musical Theatre Revue. Ms. Eldridge has held a variety of performance jobs such as a radio disc jockey, model, actress, director and teacher. She holds a BA in English Education with an emphasis in Theatre and an MA in Directing from the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University.
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Paula Dolloff (Business Manager) Ms. Dolloff is in her thirteenth season with West Theatre, where directing credits include A Christmas Carol, The Diary of Anne Frank, Dearly Departed, The Taming of the Shrew and Play On! This season, Ms. Dolloff will direct The Glass Menagerie. Additionally, she is in charge of all business aspects of West Theatre. A teacher of 16 years, Ms. Dolloff works full time in the English Department at Lakota West High School. She has performed as both a singer and actor with various theatre groups in the tri-state area and is currently studying voice with Lincoln Chapman of the Musical Arts Center. Ms. Dolloff holds a BS in Education from Miami University and an M Ed from the University of Cincinnati.
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Cindy Gregory (Set Designer/Technical Director) Mrs. Gregory is honored to be entering her twelfth year with West Theater. She has worked hard to win over audiences with her innovative set designs and decors, working with the current (and some past) theater students to teach them the skills and vision from set design to construction.
Her favorites include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Anything Goes, Beauty and the Beast and The Diary of Anne Frank. Mrs. Gregory's other skills include scenic painting and set and prop construction as well. Before working here at West she was a scenic artist at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for several years and has freelanced throughout the Cincinnati area. She has also designed sets for Loveland
Stage Company, Loveland High School, private parties and for groups in her home state of Maine. She has won several Orchid Awards from ACT Cincinnati for her set designs. Along with designing for West, she also developed and currently instructs Theater Arts classes at West. She currently resides on the coast of Maine with her husband Nick and her brown lab Payton, but journeys to West Chester to teach and to design and build the main stage shows. She is often a guest teacher in West's advanced acting classes. She is very grateful to all her students and peers at Lakota for giving her the opportunity to work with them.
Christy Munafo (Choreographer) Ms. Munafo is only in her fourth season at Lakota West Theatre, but is no stranger to this wonderful program. As a graduate of Lakota West's class of 2000, she was involved in theatre during her high school career. She has been on crew as well as performed on stage. Ms. Munafo was a student director, dance captain, and a D-honoree. She has been trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and modern dance for over twelve years by AllThatJazz Dance Center, West Chester. Her choreography credits include Disney's Beauty and the Beast and co-choreography for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Ms. Munafo was the Lakota West Dance Team Coach for three years and is now pursing a Masters Degree in Education. She holds a B.S. in Education from Miami University. She is in her fourth year teaching fifth grade at Fairfield Intermediate School and is very excited for this upcoming season of Lakota West Theatre.
Anthony Nims (Vocal Director) Mr. Nims is in his fourth season with West Theatre. As the choral director at Lakota West and formerly at Anderson High School, Mr. Nims has conducted choirs which have consistently earned superior ratings at District and State Adjudicated Events and have performed with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. While at Anderson High School, Mr. Nims served as vocal coach for the musicals Les Miserables and Carousel. He was also assistant conductor for Ohio Wesleyan University's production of Sweeney Todd. Additional stage experience includes appearances in Don Giovanni and La Bella Dormente at the American Spoleto Festival as well as in Ohio Wesleyan productions of The Gondoliers, Little Mary Sunshine, Orpheus in the Underworld, The Medium, The Magic Flute, and Gianni Schicchi. Mr. Nims holds the Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College. His Bachelor of Music degree is from Ohio Wesleyan. Mr. Nims' conducting teachers have included Joseph Flummerfelt, James Jordan, Andrew Megill, and Tim Brown. He has sung under such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, Neeme Jarvi, Lorin Maazel, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Helmuth Rilling, Joseph Flummerfelt, and Anton Armstrong.