The Studio's Board of Directors
Carol MacLeod - President
Carol is a founder and President of the Theatre Artists Studio Board, has been a theatre professional for over 50 years.
She began her career in New York as a stage and television actress but then extended her love of theatre into the areas of producing, directing and teaching as well.
As a Valley resident, Carol was one of the founders of the Actors Theatre of Phoenix and served as its first Artistic and Managing Director. She also served as the Director of the Arizona Theatre Company's Encompass (Outreach) Program and was an original member of the Phoenix Arts Commission.
Teaching has always been an important part of Carol's career. She taught at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and in Phoenix for the Phoenix Center for the Performing Arts, The Arizona Theatre Company, The Actors Theatre and The Herberger Theater Center's "Stages" Program.
Prior to her return to Phoenix in 2000, she was a member of the faculty at the University of Notre Dame for seven years both in the Department of Theatre and the Department of English.
Locally she served as the Fine Arts Coordinator at Xavier College Preparatory for six years developing staff and curriculum for their Fine Arts Program. At present she is teaching and producing at The Studio.
Steven Mastroieni - Vice President
Steven has performed in major roles in numerous stage, film, television and radio prodcutions.
Marshal Mason, founder and former "Artistic Director of the Circle Repertory Theatre company NYC, reviewed Steven as King Beringer in Ionesco's Exit the King saying, "Best of all is Steven Mastroieni as the King. He acts with a keen economy. . . . sets a high standard for accomplishment for professional theatre in the Valley."
Mr. Mastroieni performed as The Author-Paul Parskey in Jasmina Reza's The Unexpected Man produced by Theatre Artists Studo. The play was critically named as one of the Ten Best Productions of 2012. Steven is a founding member of the Theatre Artists Studio and is proud to serve on its Board as Vice President.
One of his favorite film roles was playing Nick in Desert Bloom, produced by Robert Redford's Sundance Institute..
Steven has worked as a guest artist in a dozen Arizona State University faculty and student productions. The opportunity to play in such a variety of works, made possible by the University's academic mission, is a remarkable opportunity and a constant source of refinement of his craft. From Lord Foppington in the Restoration Comedy The Relapse to recently an "exploded" version of Pinter's The Homecoming as Max..
Steven received a BA in Theatre from ASU and has trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, as well as the Drama Studio London at Berkley. While living in Iran, Steven worked with an improvisational theatre group, performing in The Seven Parables of Barsiesa Abed, performing in both Tehran and in the ruins of Persopolis.
Steven has performed locally with Actors Theatre Phoenix, Theatre Phoenix (PLT), In Mixed Company, The Stagebrush Theatre, Southwest Ensemble Theatre and ASU. He also served on the boards of Theatre Phoenix (PLT) and Actors Theatre Phoenix.
Steven is a proud member of Actors Equity and SAG/AFTRA.
Judy Lebeau - Treasurer
Judy Lebeau - Treasurer
Lebeau thanks Carol MacLeod for the opportunity to be a founding member of The Studio. She is a twice nominated ariZoni actress who has appeared on our stage in Edward Albee's Marriage Play (Jillian), Eleemosynary (Dorothea), Munched, Riding to Bethlehem, The Temporary Queen, Sudz, Father Christmas and the Snow Queen and New Summer Shorts.
Judy has worked with several local theaters including Actor's Theatre of Phoenix: A Lesson from Aloes (Gladys), The Immigrant (Ima), Yesterday's Hero (Leslie), Shot in the Dark (Dominique), Accomplice (Janet/Erica), Nuts (Lavinsky), A Shayna Maidel (Luisa), and Middle Ages (Myra). Arizona Jewish Theatre: Twilight of the Golds (Phyllis). Phoenix Theatre: Two for the Seesaw (Gittel) and Beyond Therapy (Prudence).
Her film and television credits include Disney's Not Quite Human and Match Point, NBC's Unsolved Mysteries and Search for Tomorrow, Mel Brooks' The Vagrant, Cannon Films' Ninja III, CBS' Rescue 911, Columbia Pictures' The Child Stealers and Out of Focus. She has been a member of SAG, AFTRA and AEA and is grateful to have been cast in dozens of national commercials including spots for Tide, Ford, Delta Airlines, American Psychiatric Association and Gatorade.
With a strong commitment to community service, Judy has served on the Boards of Directors of the National Conference of Community & Justice, Samaritan Health Services, City of Phoenix Motion Picture Task Force, Jewish Community Center and the Children's Cancer Center, where she successfully led an effort to endow Camp Rainbow, a summer camp for children with cancer.
Marney is an award-winning actress from Texas, where she won Houston's Best Actress Award.
After being involved in theatre in Texas for over 10 years, she moved to Australia and then Singapore. In both countries she performed, directed and produced shows. She also set up a company in Singapore to provide corporate and private entertainment while performing on stage.
Marney moved back to the U.S. in 1992 and since then has opened two companies - Arizona Performing Arts and Murder Ink Productions - to provide corporate and private entertainment to companies in the Southwestern U.S.
She has also performed on stage in Phoenix as Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and at The Studio as Phoebe in sudZ, the Musical, as the Snow Queen in Father Christmas and the Snow Queen and as Sarah Jane in Help, I'm Down as part of the 2010 New Summer Shorts program.
Susan's love of acting and directing began in her home state of Michigan, where she appeared in plays such as Our Town, Music Man and Annie.
Susan brought her love of musical theatre with her when she moved to Arizona and has appeared in Friends A Class Act, Chicken Soup for Lunch, Risque Business, Holidazed, With Friends Like These, and Rock of Aging at Herberger Lunchtime Theatre, as well as sudZ, the Musical and Ladies of Tin Pan Alley at Theatre Artists Studio.
She also served as production coordinator for The Unexpected Man and recently revived her earlier directing chops by directing Carrie & Hairy, as a part of the Summer Shorts production here at the Studio.
Susan works as a psychotherapist in private practice.
Tom supports The Studio's artistic mission through his volunteerism as the theater's box office manager. He heads a committee of dedicated volunteers that manage ticketing at all performances and greet our patrons in a friendly and professional manner.
Tom comes to us having had an extensive career as a court administrator. He has worked at the executive level with both the City of Scottsdale and the City of Tempe's municipal courts. Earlier in his career he also worked for the Tucson public schools as a teacher and as a faculty associate with Pima Community College.
Tom holds a Master's degree in Business Education from the University of Arizona.
Steven Fajardo, a native of the southwest, was born in New Mexico. In addition to Phoenix, he has lived in Northern and Southern California as well as Las Vegas.
Having his first experiences as an actor during adolescence, he is again pursuing his passion for acting. He has appeared in staged readings for the Pandora Festival as well as locally produced short films, and studied with Verve Studios for almost two years. At The Studio, he has appeared in The Shadow Box, Twist of the Magi, On Golden Pond, The Weir and The Outgoing Tide.
Michael has been an actor for more than 40 years and, for 35 years, a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. He has performed in more than 100 productions on stage, radio, television and film.
Michael's original musical, A LITTLE BEGINNING, premiered at Saint Cloud State University and was later produced at The Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. He received an ITVA "Vidie" Award for Best Public Service Video as writer and director of "HospiceCare Is For Living," and his screenplay, "Unintended Consequences" was nominated for an award at the Arizona Film Festival.
One of Michael's favorite roles was Henry Drummond in INHERIT THE WIND, for which he received an AriZoni nomination for Best Actor.
For the last 20 years, Michael has run his own communications design business, working as a writer, graphic artist, web designer, trainer and marketing consultant.
Michael joined the Studio in 2012, appearing in Arthur Miller's ELEGY FOR A LADY, TWIST OF THE MAGI and OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS.
Harry worked for more than 25 years as a dispute resolution executive and practicing mediator; serving for 20 years as a national Vice President with the American Arbitration Association. In 2012, he started Kaminsky Mediation Consulting, where he assists individuals and organizations in enhancing skills that effectively identify, manage and resolve conflicts in the home, community and workplace. He also serves as a part-time faculty associate at Arizona State University. Harry has earned two Masters degrees; a MSW in Planning and Administration, and a MS.Ed in secondary education. He has authored several articles and a book chapter on mediation practice and has extensively lectured on related topics.
Harry has a great love and appreciation for both theater and music. He expresses this interest as a singer/songwriter and guitar player, and volunteers his time at both the Theatre Artists Studio and the Musical Instrument Museum.
Amy is a Senior Tax Associate with the firm CBIZ Accounting, Tax & Advisory Services. She joined the firm in 2001 and has five years of experience in public accounting.
Amy is responsible for a a variety of tax compliance and research matters for tax-exempt entities. Her duties include the preparation and review of tax-exempt organization returns. Amy has worked with a wide array of clients with various types of tax-exempt structures.
Amy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA). She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Gonzaga University, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and a Certificate in Accounting from Arizona State University.
Dan developed an interest in theatre in his native Cleveland, where he attended productions at Cleveland Playhouse, Cain Park and Karamu and the experimental black boxes that permeated the local universities.
After moving to Arizona he studied acting at Phoenix Theatre (then PLT) and later in the STAGES program at the Herberger Theater Center. His favorite roles include 'Ruben' in Aaron Sorkins's Hidden in This Picture by Untapped Theatre and 'Monty' in James Garcia's Chuy by Colores Actors-Writers Workshop.
Dan serves on The Studio Board with a primary focus on audience development. He is represented by the Leighton Agency.
Mary is an Arizona native who has been involved in theatre for nearly 35 years; high school, college, community theatre, lots of backstage mom hours and is now a proud artistic and board member of the Theatre Artists Studio. Favorite roles on stage have been Zanita Shin in The Music Man and Mother Gilbreth in Cheaper by the Dozen.
Through the years Mary has costumed, lighted, directed, and stage managed many shows. Mary has stage managed many of the shows at the Studio and most recently joined the cast of The Shadow Box, her first official acting role since 1982. Mary also had an original piece featured in The Studio's 2011 Holiday Music and Musings. She has directed two plays for the Summer Shorts Festivals and also directed two different Studio productions for The Herberger Lunch Time Theater.
Mary holds both a BA in Public Programs and a BA in Education from Arizona State University. She continued her education with a M.ED from Chapman University and taught school for 15 years. Mary is currently employed as the Arts Education & Outreach Associate at the Herberger Theater Center. She is married to a talented musician and has two wonderful kids.
Judy was a founding member of Actors Theatre of Phoenix and served as the Artistic Director for 8 ½ years. During her tenure, Actors Theatre won the Critics Circle Award for Innovative Programming – Brown Bag Theater and the New Times Award for the Best Professional Theater.
Judy is also recipient of the Phoenix Gazette's award for Best Director of a Drama. Nuts, Orphans, Traveler in the Dark, and They Dance Real Slow in Jackon, Baby Dance and Park Your Car in Harvard Yard are among her many directing credits for Actors Theatre. Her most recent acting credits include Theda in It Had to Be You, Ada in Criminal Hearts and Dean Catherine Kenney in Spinning into Butter.
A member of Actors Equity Association, Judy has served on the Maricopa Community Colleges Arts Day Speaker's Panel, Arizona State University Theater Advisory Board, Arizona Theater Conference Audition Workshop Panel and Design/Director Panel, ariZoni Awards Organization Executive Committee and Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Roster Panel.
Judy ran a very successful comprehensive Actor Training Program for the Herberger Theater Center and is presently the Director of the Lunch Time Theater Program, where she performed her own one-woman show in August of 2005. In 1995, Judy won the ariZoni Lifetime Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theater in Phoenix.
Bill Straus is that rarest of breeds........a native Phoenician. He joined Theatre Artists Studio in 2014 after appearing in the 2014 “New Summer Shorts.” That marked his first theatrical performance in 32 years. The long hiatus was the result of professional and family responsibilities. Back in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, he performed in a number of roles, starting with small parts in Up the Down Staircase and Rumpelstiltskin for the Actors’ Repertory Theater. He subsequently appeared in the Stone Soup Players’ Play It Again Sam, Janus Theatre Company’s Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Phoenix Little Theatre’s Night of the Iguana.
Bill has two children: Jenni, an attorney in Denver, and Charlie, a firefighter with the Phoenix Fire Department, and is a proud grandfather of Maci Straus Cohen and Max and Matty Straus.
Patti Davis Suarez
Patti Davis Suarez
A former Broadway actor, Patti has appeared with most of the professional theatre companies in the Valley.
In 2008/09 she played Sister Aloyisius in Doubt (ariZoni Award) at Actors Theatre, Joanne in Company (ariZoni nomination) at Phoenix Theatre and Diane in The Little Dog Laughed at Nearly Naked Theatre.
She has played leading and supporting roles in Valhalla (ariZoni Award); The House of Yes (ariZoni Award); Permanent Collection; My Fair Lady (ariZoni nomination); All's Well That Ends Well (ariZoni Award); Othello; Glass Menagerie (ariZoni nomination); Applause; Steel Magnolias; Menopause, the Musical and Laughing Wild (2 ariZoni Awards – actor and costume).
On Broadway, Patti appeared in: Applause, Promises, Promises and How Now Dow Jones.
Between Broadway and Arizona, Patti spent 13 years as a prime time news anchor in Los Angeles (Emmy nomination & winner of Golden Mike Award), Oklahoma and Missouri.
Patti also designs costumes and sets for Studio productions.
Pat is one of Arizona's most distinguished trial lawyers and a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, The American College of Trial Lawyers and The International Society of Barristers.
Mr. McGroder appears yearly in the Woodward/White "Best Lawyers in America" and in "Who's Who in American Law." He is a Member of the Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments and a Member of The Critical Incident Review Board for Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Aside from his distinguished law career, Pat has always been actively involved in a variety of community and charitable work. In addition to Theatre Artists Studio, he presently serves on The Board of Directors of the Central Arizona Shelter Services for the Homeless (CASS), The Board of Trustees for Xavier College Preparatory, The Board of Trustees for the Phoenix International School of Law and the Dean's Council at the University of Arizona James Rodgers College of Law.
He has received awards for distinguished service from The Valley Big Brothers, Arizona Fraternal Order of Police and The National Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Charlotte is a graduate of Duquesne University with a Bachelor's degree in music education. She is a published writer, composer and lyricist, and has worked in theater for 25 years. Charlotte has also served as a facilitator, written curriculum and taught music-related courses in Peoria Public Schools and at Xavier College Preparatory High School.
As a musical director, she has worked with Scottsdale Community College, ASU and Actors Theatre of Phoenix. Charlotte has enjoyed working in communications, fundraising and event planning as a community volunteer, and has sat on the executive board of the Junior League of Phoenix.
Gus Edwards is a native of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He was taught playwriting and theatre arts at Lehman College in New York City; Iona College in New Rochelle, NY; Bloomfield College in New Jersey andCarolina School of the Arts.
He is currently a Professor in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University, where he teaches film theory. A celebrated playwright, Edwards is the author of many plays and several books about black theatre and its history.