Board of Directors
History of Silhouette Stages
Brian Best Award
Board of Directors
Jeremy Goldman, President
Jeremy is a native of Howard County, MD and and has served as President of Silhouette Stages since 2015. Jeremy graduated from Centennial High School in 1996 where he was Drama Student of the Year and performed in six productions under the direction of Mo Dutterer, a founder and the past-president of Silhouette Stages. Jeremy attended the University of Maryland as a Creative and Performing Arts Scholar earning a degree in Theater Performance (2000) and then performed in several productions at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., including a national tour. After a minor career change to earn a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law (2009), Jeremy reconnected with his love of theater by performing in several Silhouette Stages' productions, including as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein in "Young Frankenstein" (Fall 2016; DC Metro Theater Arts Best Performance in a Musical), Dan in "Next To Normal" (Spring 2016; DC Metro Theater Arts Best Performance in a Musical), Patsy in "Spamalot" (Winter 2015; DC Metro Theater Arts Best Featured Actor in a Musical), and as the King in "Big River" (Fall 2014). He also performed in Heritage Players productions of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" as Gus Esmond (Winter 2020) and in "James and the Giant Peach" as Grasshopper (Summer 2018), and in Baltimore Theatre Company's production of "Hairspray" as Corny Collins (Summer 2015). Jeremy lives in Ellicott City with his wife, Allison, and his two children.
Alex Porter, Vice President
Photo and bio coming soon.
Conni Ross, Treasurer
Conni is a co-founding member of Shadowblock Productions (Silhouette Stages) which was organized in 2002. She is a native Hoosier who served in the U.S. Army. A graduate of Indiana University where she studied voice and theatre, Conni has performed in over 100 shows on the west coast, midwest, and the Baltimore/DC area. An award winning director, recent productions she has directed for Silhouette Stages include Calendar Girls, Anything Goes, Forum, Lucky Stiff, Noises Off, Spamalot, Chicago, Company and The Full Monty. Conni is a management consultant/coach with clients throughout the United States and Europe.
Julie Press, Secretary
Julie was born and raised in Louisiana with a passion for theatre, almost from birth. She sang in choirs, took numerous dance classes, and happily took the stage at every opportunity afforded her. Following graduation from Louisiana State University with a degree in Computer Science, Julie accepted a job that brought her to Columbia, Maryland. Julie never lost her love of theatre, but it wasn’t until 2007 with Mo Dutterer and September Song that she returned to the stage in Anything Goes. Since then, Julie has performed in multiple shows for Silhouette Stages including: Sugar, The Producers, Noises Off, and Young Frankenstein. She has also performed frequently in Baltimore area theatres for shows including: Top Girls, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Romeo and Juliet, The Hairy Ape, and Blithe Spirit. In her off-stage hours, Julie works as a data architect and systems engineer with Red Alpha. She resides in Ellicott City, Maryland with her husband Bruce, and although her children no longer live with her, she is thrilled that they remain local to the area living in both Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Board Members At Large
TJ Lukacsina, Artistic Director
Mo Dutterer, Founder and Board Member Emeritus
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 and our Winter 2019 production of Anything Goes both 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. In addition, our 2016 production of Young Frankenstein was included in MD Theatre Guide's Top 10 Shows of the Year. Silhouette Stages is honored to have had 13 of our last 15 shows included in MD Theatre Guide's list of Top 5 Shows of the Week in Maryland, including a streak of ten consecutive shows between 2014 and 2017, and two recent shows being named #1 on the list (Young Frankenstein in 2016 and Cabaret in 2019). While the Top 5 of the Week is not a formal award and may not be a typical honor for many organizations, Jeremy Goldman, President of the Board of Directors, says, "We view the number of shows included on this list as a testament to the consistently high quality of our productions. Being included on the Top 5 of the Week list consistently over such a long period of time means a lot to our organization - but the credit ultimately goes the hundreds of volunteers behind the scenes and on our stage."
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.
Brian Best Award
The Award was named in honor of Brian Best who was passionate about and committed to the performing arts in Howard County; Brian passed away in 2011 due to complications from cancer. Brian graduated from Mt. Hebron High School in the late 1970s and was involved in Howard County Summer Theater, Toby’s Dinner Theater, and Shadow Block Productions which eventually became Silhouette Stages. Brian directed and performed in numerous Silhouette Stages productions, including Sugar, The Music Man, Bye, Bye Birdie, and Is There Life After High School, as well as building and designing many of our sets. Brian was a loyal husband, dedicated father, avid golfer, and was always willing to help anyone with anything at any time.
The Brian Best Award was established in 2012 with the support of Brian’s wife, Rhonda, and is given annually to volunteers who make significant and outstanding contributions to the organization. Jeremy Goldman, President of Silhouette Stages’ Board of Directors, said “These volunteers make it possible for us to continue to provide theatrical opportunities for technical and performing artists in and around Howard County, and to bring affordable, high-quality theatrical productions to our community. Presenting this Award not only recognizes extraordinary volunteer service, but honors the cherished memory of our friend Brian Best.”
Each recipient of the Brian Best Award is presented with a monetary award and an official letter of recognition.
Brian Best Award Recipients
2019: Rebecca Hanauer, Donna Hawkes, Ethan Hogarty, and Olivia Merryman
2018: Robyn Levy
2016: Kirsten Jolly
2015: Alex Pecas, Gabe Lewman, and Jessie Kintsler
2013: Kristen Clark
2012: Stephanie Clark and Jeff Miller