About Us

Silhouette Stages, Inc., a verified 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is an all-volunteer community theater serving Howard County and beyond.  We promote a welcoming, diverse, creative environment that supports a broad range of artistic and technical experience. Our mission is to bring high-quality theatrical productions and events to Howard County at an affordable ticket price, ensuring our local community has access to the joys of the live theater experience.

 

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Board of Directors

Where the Passion Begins: 

Intentionally utilizing our collective wisdom, experience, energy and resources to create exceptional community theatre in Howard County.

 
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TJ Lukacsina

Artistic Director

TJ is a Howard County native and a graduate of Atholton High School (1999). After attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania for Music, he returned to Howard County Public Schools where he worked as a Special Education Para-educator for many years and has been the Conductor for the past 12 Spring musicals at Hammond High School. TJ has directed several musicals around the area, including Silhouette Stages’ productions of Legally Blonde (2017), Big Fish (2018), BKLYN (2021), and Cinderella (2022) and he enjoys theatrical lighting design. He is also the representative for Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (WATCH).

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Jeremy Goldman

President

Jeremy Goldman has served as President of Silhouette Stages since 2015.  He is a native of Howard County, growing up performing at Toby's Dinner Theater and with the Young Columbians.  After graduating from Centennial High School, Jeremy attended the University of Maryland as a Creative and Performing Arts Scholar earning a degree in Theater Performance (2000) and went on to earn a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law (2009). During the work day, Jeremy is the Manager of Corporate Global Supply Chain Compliance at a large defense contractor.  But in his role as President of Silhouette Stages, Jeremy works tirelessly to ensure the organization’s mission is successful and the local community has affordable access to the joys of high-quality live theater.

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Ande Kolp

Vice President

Ande Kolp is an Iowa native and classically trained singer who moved to Maryland in 1994 to complete her degree in Music Therapy.  After obtaining her Master's Degree in Special Education with a Concentration in Severe Disabilities, Ande began a career working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She is currently the Executive Director of The Arc Maryland, a statewide advocacy organization dedicated to preserving and advancing the rights of people with disabilities.  After taking a hiatus from performing to raise a family, Ande returned to the stage in the mid-2010s.  She has been in several productions at Silhouette and surrounding theaters since that time and has also enjoyed working behind the scenes as prop mistress, producer, and support with set builds and dressing.  Ande joined the Silhouette Stages Board in 2018 and is a W.A.T.C.H. adjudicator, reviewing other Washington area theater productions.

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Rebecca Hanauer

Treasurer

Rebecca is originally from Illinois, and moved to Howard County after college, where she now works at WSP, Inc. as an Electrical Engineer. During her time at Missouri University of Science & Technology, where she majored in Civil Engineering and Architectural Engineering, she also minored in Theatre. Some of her favorite productions from college include Grease and Next to Normal, where she performed on stage as Rizzo and Diana respectively. In addition to acting, she also worked behind the scenes as a director, hair and makeup artist, set designer, and set builder. Shortly after moving to Maryland, she became involved with Silhouette Stages, where she has performed, built and designed sets, and stage managed. Rebecca joined the Silhouette Stages Board in 2019 and is a W.A.T.C.H. adjudicator.

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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, Young Frankenstein, and Calendar Girls.

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Maddie Bohrer
Box Office / Social Media

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MarQuis Fair
Marketing / Publicity

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Stephen Foreman
Audience Services/
Website Manager

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Alex Porter
Technical Director

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Angie Townsend 
Cabaret Night Producer

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Neal Townsend
Volunteer Coordinator

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OPEN POSITION
Fundraising / Grants Manager

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FORMER BOARD MEMBERS
Rodney Chamberlain
Delia Chiu
Paul Ciaravella
Mary Guay Kramer
Mo Dutterer
Lisa Ellis
Richard Greenslit
Tommy Malek
Debbie Mobley
Conni Ross
Steve Teller
Doug Thomas
Matt Wetzel
Ronni Wyrwas

The members of our Board of Directors serve on a volunteer basis and receive no financial compensation for their service.

 
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Our History

It All Started With A Quilt

In May 2003, a group of theater lovers produced the musical Quilters, an unconventional, vignette-based musical about frontier women. After the success of the show, the group formed Shadow Block Productions, named after the “Shadow Blocks” individually sewn into quilts. Shadow Block Productions' goal was to produce rarely seen, small-cast musicals, and for five years Shadow Block entertained local audiences and developed a growing, loyal following. 

In 2008, the group relocated to a larger theater at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Center of Columbia, MD, formed a new Board of Directors, became a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and officially re-named themselves Silhouette Stages. Since then, Silhouette Stages has grown into Howard County's Premiere Community Theater and become a favorite among local audiences, performers, and volunteers. 

 

Today, Silhouette Stages welcomes over 3,000 audience members through it’s doors each season thanks to the work of hundreds of volunteers. Through tireless man hours and with an endless dedication to the arts, they have maintained a track record of excellence and have garnering numerous recognitions from the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (W.A.T.C.H) Awards, Ruby Griffith Awards, DC Metro Arts “Best of” Honors, and MD Theatre Guides Top 5 Community Theatres in MD. In 2016, Silhouette Stages won the MDTG Readers' Choice Award for Best Community Theater in Greater Baltimore. 

Silhouette Stages continues to cultivate a dedicated community of Volunteers who highlight exceptional storytelling, artistry, and the endless possibilities of the Theatrical Arts; with the hope that it will continue to be a beacon of joy and light to the people and community of Howard County for many years to come.

 

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