CRLT Players Staff

Sara Armstrong

Sara Armstrong
Artistic Director of the CRLT Theatre Program
Senior Associate Director
(734) 615-8309
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
skarmst@umich.edu

Sara Armstrong has been the Artistic Director of the CRLT Theatre Program since 2012. She has over twenty years of experience as an actor, director, dramaturg, arts administrator, and educator across professional, university, and community contexts. In her role at CRLT, she maintains the company’s repertoire of existing productions, develops original scripts, facilitates Players sessions, and works with academic units to incorporate theatre into their professional development programming. She also consults with faculty and graduate student instructors on vocal presentation skills and arts integrated instructional practices. Sara received her PhD from the interdisciplinary theatre and drama program at Northwestern University where her research focused on the framing and reception of rhythm-centric performance pedagogies.

Christine Simonian Bean

Christine Simonian Bean
Assistant Director, CRLT Theatre Program
(734) 764-8215
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
csbean@umich.edu

Christine Simonian Bean earned her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theatre and Drama from Northwestern University in 2016. She also holds an M.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.A. in Drama from the University of California, Irvine. Her dissertation focused on theories of spectatorship, reality, and embodiment. She has taught classes on acting, theatre history, and critical race and gender theory. Most recently, Christine was an Assistant Director for Faculty Programs and Services at Columbia University in the City of New York with a focus on initiatives related to inclusive teaching and learning. Previously, she worked at the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching at Northwestern University, where she assisted graduate students and postdocs on course design, teaching practices, and professionalization. At CRLT, she works with the theatre program to design, facilitate, and assess programming regarding institutional climate and inclusive teaching and learning.

Kathryn Pamula 

Kathryn Pamula
Company Manager, CRLT Theatre Program
(734) 936-0646
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kpamula@umich.edu

Kathryn Pamula earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Theatre Arts with a concentration in Performing Arts Management from the University of Michigan. She came to CRLT as a Program Assistant in 2013 and joined the CRLT Theatre Program staff in 2015. In her current role, Kathryn works with clients both on- and off-campus to coordinate performance and travel logistics. She manages the Players performance and rehearsal schedules and administers performance agreements and Actor's Equity Association contracts. She has previously worked at several professional theatre companies, including Manhattan Theatre Club.

Courtney Riddle 

Courtney Riddle
Recruitment Manager & Rehearsal Director, CRLT Theatre Program
(734) 615-9265
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
myersco@umich.edu

Courtney Riddle earned a B.A. in Communications and Theater Arts from Eastern Michigan University in 2002. She has been working with the CRLT Players since 2010. As the Recruitment Manager and Rehearsal Director for The Players, she is responsible for all actor recruitment, casting, and training, as well as directing all existing sketches in The Players repertoire. Courtney has been a performer in the music and theatrical world for over 25 years. 

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