Who's Who

Running to Places is led by a team of dedicated professionals who are passionate about youth development through theatre. In addition to the R2P leadership team, we depend on families members and community volunteers.
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Founder / Artistic Director / Resident Director

Joey grew up doing community theatre in a company that was surely the spiritual ancestor of Running to Places. He founded R2P in 2007 as a way to bring together the many passionate and talented young people of this area so they could create theatre, develop life skills, and make some of the best friendships of their lives – much as he did when he was young. He has been teaching, acting in, and directing theatre for young people throughout Tompkins County since 1993, and received his BFA in Acting from Ithaca College in 1996. Over the years, he has directed musicals and plays at Ithaca and Dryden High Schools; Dryden, Boynton, and DeWitt Middle Schools; the Northern Lights Learning Center; and the Hangar Theatre’s Kiddstuff series. Joey has taught acting at Ithaca College, Cornell, SUNY Cortland, Hangar Theatre’s Next Generation program, and the Ithaca Youth Bureau. As an actor, he has appeared in many productions with the Kitchen Theatre Company, most recently in Peter and the Starcatcher as Mrs. Bumbrake, Teacher, and Mutey.
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Resident Music Director
Jeremy studied vocal performance and music education at Ithaca College. A proud alumnus of R2P, he performed and worked backstage in many past shows. Most recently he played “Lockstock” in Urinetown. Jeremy also recently performed with the Cornell Savoyards, Ithaca College Opera, and the Ithaca College Light Opera. He finds it such a privilege to be back (and better than ever) with R2P and to work with many people from the old days and many new faces, as well. “There is no other place where students get an opportunity to perform like this, and I hope R2P exists for a long time to make sure that happens.”
Resident Set Designer / Production Manager
Deb has been designing sets for student productions since 1999. She joined the R2P family in 2013 and currently sits on the R2P Board of Directors. Deb received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Roger Williams College in Bristol, RI. Deb is employed by LaBella Associates, an architectural and engineering firm based out of Rochester and works in their Ithaca office. She is involved in many school and commercial projects. Deb is currently spearheading and mentoring the students who want to learn the technical side of theatre as members of the R2P Theatre Company.
Resident Props Master
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Finance Manager

R2P Board of Directors

Deb Drew (President)
Jordan Fearon (Vice-President)
Martin Cross (Treasurer)
Jen Kaiser (Secretary)
Catherine Thrasher-Carroll
Heidi Goldstein
Janelle Alvstad-Mattson
Kayla Lyon
Lauren Loiacono
Matt Dobush
Peter Warner

Board member email addresses are: firstname@runningtoplaces.org

Jerry Dietz
Jack Goldstein
Linda Harris