Board and Staff

Board of Directors

Wendy Davis, Chair
Whiting Houston, Clerk
Andrew Myers, Treasurer 

Shelley Holzman 
Rhonda Steeg
Karen Schader 
Carol Seltzer
Charles Johnson 


DANIEL ELIHU KRAMER, Producing Artistic Director
(Sponsored for 2019 by Fred and Jessica Olefson)

Daniel Elihu Kramer became Producing Artistic Director of Chester Theatre Company in 2015, after four seasons as Associate Artistic Director. At CTC, he has directed shows such as The Aliens, Every Brilliant Thing, Sister Play, The Turn of the Screw, Tryst, The Amish Project, and Blink, and he wrote Pride@Prejudice and My Jane.

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ANGheadshotELA COMBEST, Marketing and Development Director

Angela Combest comes to CTC from Chicago, where she was Executive Director of River North Chicago Dance Company. Prior to that, she was with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She has held nearly every job one can hold in the performing arts, from set designer to grant writer to AEA stage manager. Angela is also a fiber artist, and she owned and operated a yarn dyeing business for several years.



TARA FRANKLIN, Associate Artistic Director / Director of Education

Tara Franklin, a Berkshire native, has enjoyed a professional career in the theatre for the past twenty years, working in New York, Chicago and regionally.  Locally, she has been seen in numerous productions with the Berkshire Theatre Group, where she also began her career as an educator, both as an artist-in-residence and the head of the apprenticeship program.  At CTC, Tara has performed in Sister Play, Bar Mitzvah Boy and White Rabbit, Red Rabbit. In New York, she spent two years at the McKittrick Hotel performing in Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More. An adjunct faculty member at Smith College, Tara teaches acting and had the opportunity to direct Men On Boats during last year’s mainstage season.  She holds a BFA from NYU Tisch and an MFA from UConn.


UntitledDAN LOMBARDO, Company Dramaturg

Dan’s career in theater began at the age of 15 when he joined Connecticut’s Open Stage Company as percussionist/composer. His work includes a 10-year stint at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater where he served as Artistic Director. He has been a research consultant for television, has appeared as a commentator in films on PBS and on BBC TV. Dan is the author of ten books, including Windmills of New England, and the new Cape Cod National Seashore: The First 50 Years.