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. He is grateful to his beautiful fiancé Uniit for all of her love, patience, and support, and would like to give a special shout-out to his crazy and wonderful boys, Aram and Kii.
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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.”
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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.
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Resident Costume Designer
Liz has enjoyed costumes and visual confectionery for as long as she can remember. After many years of practice on herself, her friends and children, she converted her fondness for dress-up things into Fine Character, a shop where she creates historical and imaginative costumes and bespoke clothing. She also teaches group and individual lessons in sewing, patternmaking and clothing design. Liz began costuming for the stage in 2012 has designed and constructed costumes for Savoyards Musical Theater, South Hill Elementary School, Boynton Middle School, Ithaca High School, the Ithaca Shakespeare Company and Running to Places. She is so happy to work with the delightful team and performers at R2P, and looks forward to many more storytelling opportunities.
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Resident Set Construction Engineer
Jim has enjoyed being with the R2P family the last 2 seasons. Jim also contributes as a Board of Directors member. Jim is the Work Environment Health and Safety Coordinator for TST BOCES. Jim is a Registered Architect and runs his home-based business, “The Architects Drew” with his wife Deborah in Dryden, NY. Jim helps keep the sets easy to construct, which keeps the actors and crew safe and also translates to easy and painless strikes as we “run to places”. He was instrumental in obtaining a construction studio for R2P to help us continue our mission of great accessible youth theatre in Tompkins County!
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Resident Props Master
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Finance Manager

R2P Board of Directors

Jim Drew (President)

Dick Furnas (Vice President/Treasurer)

Deborah Drew (Secretary)

Heidi Goldstein

Kati Torello

Lilly Westbrook

Jerry Dietz
Jack Goldstein
Linda Harris