Puppet Showplace Core Staff
Roxanna Myhrum, Artistic Director
Phone: (617) 731-6400 x202
Roxie has been Puppet Showplace Theater's Artistic Director since 2010. In partnership with the theater's extraordinary team, she has focused on developing new works by local artists and on expanding puppetry education for all ages and abilities. She has also been the producing director of numerous large-scale collaborations with other cultural venues, from Boston's annual First Night Puppetry Festival to the site-specific outdoor production The Midnight Zoo.
In Boston, Roxie is a sought-after puppetry director and coach. She has worked at the Huntington Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage (Eliott Norton, Hand to God), Company One, the Lyric Stage Company of Boston (IRNE award, Avenue Q), Wheelock Family Theater, New Repertory Theatre, and Gloucester Stage Company. She has guest-taught puppetry classes at Harvard, Brown, Babson, Suffolk, and BC and has led all-ages workshops promoting puppetry literacy throughout the greater Boston area. Roxie is a member of the Boston Area Guild of Puppetry and UNIMA-USA, and has served on the Board of Directors for Puppeteers of America and The Jim Henson Foundation. She is a graduate of Harvard University.
CAT MEILUS, MANAGING DIRECTOR
Phone: (617) 731-6400 x102
Cat joined Puppet Showplace Theater in 2012 overseeing behind-the-scenes operations and managing audience services for the theater’s patrons, members, and donors. Cat has been the theater’s Managing Director since 2015.
Formally trained in Stage Management, Cat has has worked in fringe, professional, and educational theater environments across the Boston area. She started her theater career at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston as part of the stage management team working on a variety of productions, such as the IRNE award winning production of Avenue Q. Cat also served as Production Manager for Bad Habit Productions where she was an active participant in 6 seasons' worth of productions, including the launch of their series of performances for families.
Cat is a graduate of Salem State University (B.F.A in Stage Management) and resides in Stoneham, MA with her husband and young daughter.
Paul Watkins, Box Office Manager
Phone: (617) 731-6400 x101
Paul has performed in different capacities at Puppet Showplace since moving to Boston from California in 2011, serving as Education Outreach Intern, Box Office Associate, and Assistant Box Office Manager before stepping into his current role. As a musician and composer, he has worked with up-and-coming puppet artists in the New England area to create music for puppet shows.
Recent collaborations include Robin Hood by Brad Shur, Word Play by Good Hearted Entertainment, and several short-form pieces developed as a music participant at the 2015 O’Neill National Puppetry Conference. Paul is a graduate of the University of California, Davis (B.A. degrees in Music and Psychology) and the Longy School of Music (M.M. in Music Composition).
Box Office & Staff Associates
Kathryn Ballinger, Box Office and Communications Associate
Phone: 617-731-6400 x 101
Kathryn is a transplant from Texas who joined the Puppet Showplace team in May of 2017. In addition to box office duties, she also assists with communications and administration. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/ English and Writing from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.
Kathryn is also a freelance costumer for people & puppets in the greater Boston area. She has collaborated with Sarah Nolen on puppet costumes for The Fairy Tailor, and Honey Goodenough for puppeteer costumes for The Swishy Fishies (GoodHearted Entertainment). Her recent notable wardrobe credits include Hand to God (SpeakEasy Stage), Born for This (ArtsEmerson), and Who is Eartha Mae (Bridge Rep).
Lakyn Arrick, Box Office Associate
Lakyn is originally from West Virginia where she studied Theatre and Communication at Fairmont State University. Her primary interests are in Theatre for Youth and education. She joined the Puppet Showplace team in September 2017.
She has worked as a teaching artist at Lexington Children's Theatre (Lexington, KY), Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts and WVU Extension- Energy Express. She has also served as the stage/company manager for Golden Horseshoe the Musical, and as an Americorps VISTA where she integrated the arts into the preschool community she served in Grafton, WV. She is currently a graduate student at Emerson College studying theatre education.
Luna Estey, Box Office Associate
Luna is a Massachusetts native and is currently studying computer science at Boston University. Before returning to college, she taught at a private preschool for four years. She was very involved in theatre during high school and is delighted to be getting back in touch with her roots.
Outside of Puppet Showplace, Luna's interests include knitting, cut-paper collage, and cooking.
Charles Augustine, Box Office Associate
Charles is currently the longest-tenured Box Office Associate, having joined Puppet Showplace Theater back in Fall 2016 after studying Music Business and Arts Administration at Berklee College of Music for over 2 years.
In addition to his work at Puppet Showplace, his skills and passions range from sports, acting, martial arts, music, cooking, event planning, video games and more. While at Berklee College of Music Charles spent his free time running a full sized orchestral ensemble he founded his freshman year, creating the legacy of the performing and recording ensemble it is today, fostering a more accessible platform for young adults to enjoy classical music. Charles currently runs a tournament circuit for the 2001 Gamecube game Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Charles' most recent musical collaborations with Puppet Showplace as a Berklee-trained pianist included underscoring resident artist Sarah Nolen's adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood, and providing mood accompaniment for the annual Fairy Tale Tea Party 2017.