About / Staff


Thank you for your interest in Carolina Performing Arts. Below is the full staff listing (includes full- and part-time staff). To contact an individual department, click here.

Emil J. Kang, Executive and Artistic Director

Mike Johnson, Associate Director
Mary Dahlsten, Business Manager
Annette Strom, Associate Business Manager
Dani Callahan, Business Operations Assistant
Haley Smyser, Executive Assistant
Hannah Ford, Post-Graduate Leadership Fellow
Kathryn Stewart Wagner, Associate Director, Arts Everywhere

Susin Seow, Director of Development
Ketura Parker, Associate Director of Development
Betsy Busald, Assistant Director of Development
Laura Pinto-Coelho, Development Manager
Tatjana Zimbelius-Klem, Development Assistant

Marketing & Communications
Jana Jackson, Director of Marketing and Communications
Christina Rodriguez, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

Venue Operations
Angela Brickley, Production Manager
Brad Munda, Production Manager
Louis Costanzo, Assistant Production Manager – Lighting
Aaron Pickett, Assistant Production Manager – Carpentry/Rigging
Mark Steffen, Events Manager
Rebecca Black, Audience Services Manager
Ashli York, Ticket Services Manager
Idalis Payne, Patron Services Coordinator

Programming, Artistic, and Engagement Services
Amy Russell, Director of Programming
Amanda Graham, Associate Director of Engagement
Chris Pendergrass, Artistic Planning Manager
Megan Whitaker, Artist Services Manager
Alexandra Ripp, Mellon DisTIL Post Doctoral Fellow
Caitlin Coons, Artistic Coordinator
Riva Mains, Artistic Coordinator
Ellie Pate, Artistic Coordinator

Carolina Performing Arts Student Staff
Carolina Performing Arts is grateful for the more than 100 students who work on our Ticket Services, Administrative, Artistic, Development, House, and Production staffs, including Audience Services Coordinators Alana Kathryn Atkins, Sara Edwards, Bri Small, and Trevor Scanlon, and Ticket Services Coordinators Dakota Evans and Julia Slawek. It is their hard work and dedication that make every performance a success.