Board of Trustees
Kelley Weisenbacher, Chair
Craig Nordstrom, First Vice Chair
Mike Strayer, Second Vice Chair
Tim Gleason, Secretary
Kathleen Erny, Treasurer
Lisa received her M.F.A .from the Actors Studio Drama School in NYC. After being selected for Life Membership to the Actors Studio in 2000, she became a core faculty member within the graduate program. She has taught privately in Chicago and New York, along with international workshops in England and Venezuela. She currently teaches at Columbia College-Chicago. Lisa appeared in Chicago Street's production of Doubt (NIETF Best Actress Award), The Goat or Who is Sylvia? The Beauty Queen of Leenane and, most recently, The Rose Tattoo. She has directed The Tempest, Comedy of Errors,Snow Angel, The Less Than Human Club, Red Licorice, What the Butler Saw, Frost/Nixon, Pinocchio, Ascension Day, How to Eat Like A Child, and The Red Shoes.
Sheri Nash-Braun began as a volunteer with CST more than 40 seasons ago as a young girl. She is no stranger to the CST box office where she was the volunteer manager for many years and helped us make the transition to a computerized system more than a decade ago! Also an accomplished artist, Sheri has appeared on the CST stage many times and worked behind-the-scenes as an award-winning director. She is married to sound guru/computer nerd, Paul, and they share their Valparaiso home with a menagerie of cats and turtles.
Kari-Anne Innes, Instructor
Kari-Anne is a lecturer at Valparaiso University with a passion for directing young actors in adaptations of literature, especially Shakespeare. At CST, she has directed several youth productions including Fifteen Minute Hamlet and, most recently, The World's Worst Fairy Godmother. Last summer, she adapted the script for CST's Shakespeare Workshop production of Comedy of Errors. She previously directed with the Young Actors Shakespeare Workshop at Valparaiso University for eleven years. As an undergraduate, she performed with Soul Purpose, Valparaiso University's liturgical drama troupe and has since participated in Bibliodrama workshops at Luther Seminary and Interplay workshops at Siena Retreat Center. She has written and performed the liturgical dramas The First Witnesses, co-written with Dr. John Steven Paul, and Widows, Brides, and Bridegrooms, as well as the solo performances Performing Lydias and An Evening with Pilate's Wi[ves].