Silhouette Stages started life as Shadow Block Productions in May 2003 with a production of Quilters, an unconventional, vignette-based musical about frontier women. The name “Shadow Block” referred to the blocks individually sewn into the quilts. At that time, the goal of Shadow Block was to produce rarely seen, small-cast musicals - the “hidden gems” of Broadway. Over the next five years, Shadow Block entertained and enlightened Howard County audiences and the small group developed a loyal following. In 2008, a change of venue provided the opportunity to re-examine the group’s mission statement and reach out to a broader population. Having relocated to Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Center of Columbia, MD, the group formed a new Board of Directors, incorporated, became a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and officially re-named themselves “Silhouette Stages”.
To the amazement of the founders of Shadow Block Productions, Silhouette Stages has now become Howard County's premiere community Theater and a favorite among local audiences. In 2015, Silhouette Stages was named one of the Top 5 Community Theaters in Maryland by MD Theatre Guide, and earned 11 "Best Of" honors from DC Metro Theater Arts. Our Spring 2016 production of Next To Normal won the Ruby Griffith Award for Best Achievement in a Musical. In 2016, Silhouette Stages won the MD Theatre Guide Readers' Choice Award for Best Community Theater in Greater Baltimore and earned 14 "Best Of" honors from DC Metro Theater Arts: two for Best Musical, two for Best Director, two for Best Musical Director, and eight for Best Performance.
Silhouette Stages touches an ever-expanding community of actors, musicians, production and technical crew, and creative staff in its mission to bring audiences the joys of the theatre experience.
Board of Directors
Jeremy Goldman, President
Jeremy is a native of Howard County, MD and has been performing all his life. He graduated from Centennial High School in 1996, where he performed in six productions under the direction of Mo Dutterer, a founder and past-president of Silhouette Stages. Jeremy attended the University of Maryland earning a degree in Theater Performance in 2000. Jeremy went on to earn a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law (2009) and now works full time for a government contractor. Since reconnecting with his love of theater, Jeremy has performed in several Silhouette Stages' productions, including as Frederick Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein (Fall 2016), Dan in Next To Normal (Spring 2016), Patsy in Spamalot (Winter 2015), and as the King in Big River (Fall 2014). Jeremy lives in Ellicott City with his wife, Allison, and his two children.
Alex Porter, Vice President
Alex photo and bio coming soon.
Conni Ross, Treasurer
An original member of Shadowblock Productions when it was organized in 2002, Conni is a native Hoosier. A graduate of Indiana University where she studied voice and theatre, she has performed in over 100 shows on the west coast, in the midwest and the Baltimore-DC area. As a director for Silhouette Stages, Conni's recent productions include Spamalot, Noises Off, Forum, Drowsy Chaperone and Chicago. Conni is a management consultant with clients throughout the United States and Europe.
Richard Greenslit, Secretary
Rich Greenslit is a graduate of Centennial High School ('86) and the University of Maryland, College Park ('91), where he graduated with degrees in Italian and music. Rich joined the Air Force and saw the world, including tours in England; Italy; and South Korea, with side excursions to Iraq and Turkey. He retired from the Air Force in 2012 and returned to the area, starting a second career as a government civilian. With this increased stability, Rich decided to try theater again, and rediscovered what he loved about it--the people. He has appeared in productions with Silhouette Stages, Laurel Mill Playhouse, and Heritage Players.
Board Members At Large
Mo Dutterer, Founder and Board Member Emeritus