Kathi E.B. Ellis, Co-Artistic Director | Holly Stone, Creative Director - Marketing & Communications | Jill Marie Schierbaum, Asst. Creative Director - Marketing & Communications | Sara GB Canary | Dawn Schulz Campbell | Kelly McNerney (Emerita) | Typh Hainer Merwarth (Emerita)
Kathi E.B. Ellis
Co-Artistic Director | Productions
Kathi is a member of the Lincoln Center and Chicago Directors’ Labs, an associate member of SDC, and has participated in the LaMaMa International Symposium for Directors, Italy. Her productions of West Side Story and Jekyll and Hyde received nominations for the South Florida Carbonell Award. For LFL, Kathi has directed many productions in the past ten years, including the world premiere of "I'm Wearing My Own Clothes!" commissioned from playwright Nancy Gall-Clayton for LFL's 15th anniversary celebration, Fabric, Flames, and Fervor: Girls of the Triangle, which was part of the official Triangle Centennial events in NYC, March 2011; the world premiere of Robin Rice’s Alice in Black and White, produced in Louisville and NYC; and regional premieres of Catherine Filloux’ Luz, Basil Kreimendahl’s Sidewinders. and Cheryl L. Davis' Carefully Taught. Locally Kathi has directed for Pandora Productions, The Alley Theater, Juneteenth Legacy Theatre, Pleiades Theatre, Finnigan Productions, and The Bard’s Town Theatre. She was co-producer and production director of Josephine SummerStage Shakespearean productions in Frankfort for its six year existence and created www.ShoeStringProductions.net, an informal collective of theatre artists. For more information www.theatrekate.net.
Creative Director - Marketing & Communications
Holly is a freelance artist, photographer, and graphic/web designer who works primarily with musicians and arts organizations, including LFL, Shakespeare Behind Bars, Kentucky Shakespeare, Derby Dinner Playhouse and Jane Rose (Nashville, TN). As a Company Member of LFL, Holly serves on the Communications Committee and participates in the research and devising of original works. LFL credits include Crossing Mountains (2017 Scenic Designer), Legacy of Light (Set & Props Co-Designer), Prevailing Winds (Projections Design/Research Co-Director) Sidewinders (Scenic Artist) and Molly in the staged reading of Molly Driven.
Holly has been working in and around the theatre community for over 20 years as an administrator, stage manager, scenic artist, house manager, production manager and actor. She has worked and volunteered with many other Louisville theatres over the years, including Stage One Family Theatre, Bunbury Theatre, Actors Theatre and UofL. She has served on the Board of Directors and as Communications Director for Shakespeare Behind Bars since 2010 and was previously the Director of Technology & Design for KY Shakespeare from 1999-2010. Holly studied art and theatre at the Youth Performing Arts School/duPont Manual, Louisville Visual Art Association, Young Actor’s Institute and Wright State University’s Theatre Design and Technology Program.
Jill Marie Schierbaum
Asst. Creative Director - Marketing & Communications
Jill Marie is a company member & Asst. Creative Director of the Marketing & Communications Department and has been designing sets for 10 years with LFL. Favorite shows are Fabric Flames and Fervor: The Girls of the Triangle, and Prevailing Winds. She is thrilled to provide her daughter with such creative and powerful role models within the LFL family. "Thank you for allowing me to follow my dreams and giving me a space to really spread my wings not only as a artist but as person." Most recently, Jill was set designer for "I'm Wearing My Own Clothes!" and appeared in Pandora Productions' Still I Rise cabaret, part of UNHEARD [outloud], LFL's 15th Anniversary Festival.
Dawn Schulz Campbell
Dawn, a native of Danville (KY), holds a BS in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville (IN) and an MA in Theatre Studies from Fontbonne University (MO). As a Company Member with LFL, she performed in Becoming Mothers; Looking Forward, Looking Back; Beyond the Blue Mountains; The House of Bernarda Alba; and Fabric, Flames & Fervor: Girls of the Triangle, among others. She was also the Community Outreach and Education Intern/Associate for a year, where she assisted in work with CHOICES: An Interactive Play on Cyberbullying and Teen Suicide, as well as teaching artist residencies and summer camps. She is currently living and working in St. Louis, MO as a performer and choreographer, but hopes to return to Louisville again soon. The women (and men) of the Looking for Lilith community are near and dear to her heart!
Sara G. B. Canary
Sara was introduced to LFL in 2002 as Stage Manager for Crossing Mountains, and immediately started touring with LFL. Between 2002 and 2007 she stage managed all of LFL’s original plays, helping with props, running lights and sound, coordinating volunteers, and touring to schools. She continued to become more involved with fundraising and research and devising. Sara worked at University of Louisville as their Properties Master, creating props for their productions. She worked with a few other theatre companies during college, acting and stage managing, but quickly established her permanent home with Lilith. In 2006 she graduated from the University of Louisville with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Liberal Studies where she got her minor in Theatre and concentrations in Humanities and Women and Gender Studies. Since moving to Champaign, IL in 2007 she has continued to travel with LFL as stage manager taking shows to college campuses when she can. Currently as a company member and part time staff with LFL, Sara works in the Public Relations and Marketing Department and serve on the Strategic Long Range Planning Committee and Research and Devising Committee. In 2012 Sara made her LFL acting debut for 10 Years, 7 Stories and Becoming Mothers. She reprised her role in the 2013 production of Becoming Mothers.
Company Member Emerita
Kelly has had the pleasure of being an LFL company member since 2001. She became a Board Member in 2004. Additionally, she served as Development Director from 2004-2009. Her favorite projects include creator and director of Women Speak: IRAQ and playing the roles of Esther and Meg in What My Hands Have Touched. Kelly teaches at Hawthorne Elementary and is the proud wife of Matt and mother of two spunky children-Riley and Zoe.
Typh Hainer Merwath
Company Member Emerita
Typh has grown with Looking For Lilith since it’s founding in 2001, participating in research and devising on many shows. She has been a resident Costume designer for the company. Favorite designs include the NYC productions of What My Hands Have Touched and Class of ‘70 as well as the Louisville re-mount of Crossing Mountains.