Meet the Team

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    Artistic Director & Founder

    Jeffrey Carpenter

    jeff@webbricolage.org

    Jeffrey Carpenter founded Bricolage Production Company in 2001. In 2017, he produced and co-created the large-scale immersive experience DODO, set inside and produced in collaboration with the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. In 2015, he spearheaded the immersive project SAINTS TOUR, a bus tour in the town of Braddock, PA. In 2014, he received a Visionary Artist award from The Pittsburgh Foundation to create OjO: The Next Generation in Travel, featured in La Jolla Playhouse’s 2015 Without Walls Festival. In 2012, he led the creation of the immersive work STRATA, named Top Production of the Year by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and featured on the cover of American Theatre. He conceived, produced and directed the Bricolage/Pittsburgh Filmmakers multi-media project In Service: Pittsburgh to Iraq, about the lives of local veterans returning from war, which was nominated for a Mid-Atlantic Emmy. He co-conceived the Midnight Radio series (now entering its 9th season) and the In The Raw: (R)evolution devised play festival. Other directing credits for Bricolage include Hunter Gatherers, Speech & Debate, Biedermann and the Firebugs, Troilus and Cressida, Peace, and Wild Signs.

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    Managing Director

    Jackie Baker

    jackie@webbricolage.org

    In her time at Bricolage Production Company, Jackie has nearly tripled the staff, ushered in a unique strategic capitalization plan, and spearheaded accessibility initiatives including the creation of an Inclusion and Accessibility Committee at the board level, audio description, ASL interpretation, and Braille and large-print programs. To meet the unique need for personalized interactions in Bricolage’s signature immersive programs, Jackie piloted immersive companions – a one-on-one, personalized accommodation to individually lead patrons with disabilities through each production. In 2016, Jackie drew on the tenets of universal design to help create Bricolage’s Welcome to Here, a sensory-friendly immersive adventure intentionally built for children on the autism spectrum and their families. Subsequently, she served on a panel for the Kennedy Center’s Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disabilities to share her experiences in its implementation. Before joining Bricolage in 2014, Jackie served as Development Manager at Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty. She has worked as a performer, director, assistant director, run crew member, scene shop assistant, costume assistant, stage manager, lights op, sound board op, and producer for numerous theaters and companies in the Pittsburgh and Central PA regions. In addition to her work at Bricolage, Jackie serves as a mentor for Young Nonprofit Professionals of Pittsburgh and is on the board of directors for Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh’s largest independent craft fair. She received her degree in Theater from Point Park’s Conservatory of Performing Arts.

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    Principal Creative & Co-Founder

    Tami Dixon

    tami@webbricolage.org

    Tami Dixon joined Bricolage Production Company in 2005 and has created dozens of programs, written countless episodes of Midnight Radio, and spearheaded initiatives of inclusion and accessibility like 5th Wall and Between the Lines: Community Conversations around Racism in Pittsburgh. Ms. Dixon is a recipient of the TCG/Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship, the Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Emerging Artist Award from The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation, the Frankel Award from City Theatre Company, and was named Performer of the Year by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Most recently, she received the 2016 Tribute to Women Leadership Award for Creative Arts from the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh. She is a Co-Director and Creative Team member for Bricolage’s groundbreaking immersive works DODO, STRATA, OjO: The Next Generation of Travel and the Immersive Encounters series. She served as writer and director of Welcome to Here, Bricolage’s first immersive experience for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Ms. Dixon’s first play, South Side Stories, received its world premier and subsequent remount at City Theatre Company to critical and box office acclaim. As an actress she’s originated the roles of Miss Julie in the world premiere production of Miss Julie, Clarissa and John at Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company and Pace Creagan in Naomi Wallace’s The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival. Ms. Dixon has been seen locally in A Streetcar Named Desire with Barebones Productions, The Clockmaker, Marriage Minuet, The Missionary Position, and The Muckle Man with City Theatre, The Hothouse, Celebration, and Rock n Roll with PICT, The Task and El Paso Blue with Quantum Theatre, The Chicken Snake with The Rep, Metamorphoses with The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and OjO: The Next Generation of Travel, Midnight Radio, STRATA, Dutchman, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, and Key to the Field with Bricolage.

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    Production Manager

    Amy Ehrenberg

    Amy@webbricolage.org

    Amy Ehrenberg is a New York native with an extensive stage management background. Among her most recent credits are eight years as resident Production Stage Manager with devised theater company The Debate Society, and nine Theatre Labs since 2011 with the Sundance Institute Theatre Program. Amy has been a proud Pittsburgh transplant since 2013, and she has finally landed her dream job with Bricolage.

     

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    Facilities and Production Coordinator

    Michael Young

    michael@webbricolage.org

    Michael Young is a Pittsburgh native and holds degrees in theatre and environmental studies from Allegheny College. Michael first came to Bricolage as a production intern in 2014. Since then he has worked with them as a fellow, production assistant, house manager, performer, and general production MacGyver. Most recently, Michael managed Enter The Imaginarium, an immersive theatre escape room created by Bricolage and ScareHouse. Michael previously worked as a non-profit apprentice in Nicaragua, focusing on arts and entertainment as a way to foster community and education. Michael couldn’t be happier to join the Bricolage family and be a part of such an amazing group of people.

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    Audience and Box Office Manager

    Fred Frances

    fred@webbricolage.org

    Fred Frances was born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. In 2011, he obtained a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Art from Ohio Northern University. He founded and managed a small press called COWBOY HOUSE, publishing comic books and volumes of illustration and poetry. He recently worked for 2 years at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, where he held a variety of positions, concluding his tenure as the Assistant Box Office Manager. In his off hours, he’s a writer, illustrator, and comedian, performing regularly at the Arcade Comedy Theater. He could not possibly be more excited to join the team at Bricolage and looks forward to continuing to bring beautiful theatrical experiences to the community.

Board Members

  • Charles L. Adreon - Treasurer
    Franchise Controller
    LivaNova TandemLife
  • Bryan DeCecco - President
    Director
    Hanover Research
  • Jen Fisher
    Operations Manager
    Big Burrito Restaurant Group
  • Evelyn Gardner
    Consultant, Organization Development and Finance
    Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
  • Abby Goldstein
    General Manager
    91.3 WYEP
  • Michelle Hoang
    Director, Strategic Planning
    FedEx Ground
  • Maher S. Hoque – Secretary
    Project Manager
    PNC Financial Services
  • Ann Lapidus - Vice President
    Accessibility Consultant
  • Shelly Pagac
    Partner
    Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP
  • Cori Parise
    Director of Marketing and Communications
    University of Pittsburgh Law School
  • Rod Schwartz
    Proprietor
    All-American Events
  • Susan Speicher
    Senior Scientific Advisor
    Network Partners
  • Allison Whitney
    Financial Advisor
    Hefren-Tillotson, Inc.