About Us

Silhouette Stages, Inc., a verified 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is an all-volunteer community theater serving Howard County and beyond.  Click below to learn more.

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Board of Directors

Where the Passion Begins


Jeremy Goldman


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.


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).


Ande Kolp

Vice President

Bio Coming Soon


Conni Ross


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


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.


Open Position

Front of House Manager

Rebecca Hanauer

Box Office Manager

Alex Porter

Technical Director

Doug Thomas

Fundraising / Grants Manager

Angie Townsend

Cabaret Night Producer

Neal Townsend

Volunteer Coordinator

Matt Wetzel


Mo Dutterer

Founder and Board Member Emeritus

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


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.

To the amazement of the founders of Shadow Block Productions, Silhouette Stages has grown into Howard County's premiere community Theater and become favorite among local audiences, performers, and volunteers.  Today, Silhouette Stages welcomes over 3,000 audience members each season thanks to the work of hundreds of volunteers.

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 MDTG 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.  Our 2016 production of Young Frankenstein was included in Maryland'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 Shows 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, said "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."


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