Jeffrey Carpenter founded Bricolage Production Company in 2002. 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 Magazine. 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 8th season); the In The Raw: (R)evolution devised play festival. Other directing credits for Bricolage include Hunter Gatherers, Speech & Debate, Firebugs, Troilus and Cressida, Peace, and Wild Signs.
Producing Artistic Director
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, STRATA, OjO: The Next Generation in Travel and Immersive Encounters 1 and 2. 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, Midnight Radio, STRATA, Dutchman, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, and Key to the Field with Bricolage.
Before joining Bricolage in 2014, Jackie served as Development Manager at Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty and as Executive Assistant to the Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer at UPMC. She has worked as a performer, director, assistant director, run crew, scene shop assistant, costume assistant, stage manager, lights op, and sound board op, and producer for numerous theaters and companies in the Pittsburgh and Central PA regions. In her time at Bricolage Production Company, Jackie has doubled the staff and ushered in a three-year strategic plan. In that same time, she has also 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 tenants 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. In addition to her work at Bricolage, Jackie serves as a teacher and consultant for students, individual artists, and nonprofits on grantwriting and reporting, strategic visioning, and resume development. She received her degree in Theater from Point Park’s Conservatory of Performing Arts.
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
A Texas native, Emily recently immigrated to Pittsburgh from Shreveport, Louisiana. She holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and a master’s in communications with an emphasis in marketing. Her research interests include pedagogical theory, consumer behavior and integrated marketing communications. Emily has worked in the fields of PR, marketing, and design for the past eight years, helping variety of non-profits tell their story and grow within their community. She has also enjoyed teaching graphic communications at the University of Louisiana and working as a freelance designer. Passionate about the performing arts, Emily is captivated by theatre’s unique ability to inspire, engage, and build communities. As an artist and designer, she believes that art should challenge a viewer’s perspective, stimulating creative introspection and discussion. Sadly, her hopes of being an actor where dashed after a dismal performance in her 6th grade play. Although she has absolutely no aptitude for singing, dancing or acting, Emily does enjoy painting, roller derby and semi-professional hula hooping.
George Santos Moura II
Originally from eastern Pennsylvania, George fell in love with Pittsburgh while earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. The city fostered his passion for the arts and their ability to create joy, provoke reflection and effect change. Over the next five years, he earned his Master’s in Arts Administration from the University of Akron and worked for theaters, museums, and art centers learning the ins and outs of the non-profit arts world. George is thrilled to have returned to the city he calls home to immerse himself in a new adventure with Bricolage.
Production and Facilities Manager
Kristin Helfrich holds a BA in Lighting Design and Photography from Columbia College Chicago. Most recently, Kristin served as production manager for Pilobolus Dance Theater. She also toured extensively with the company as the Production Stage Manager. Kristin was the master electrician for American Dance Festival in 2007. She spent the summers as the assistant lighting designer and master electrician at the National Playwright’s Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center between 2006-2007.
Abby Goldstein - President
Bryan DeCecco - Vice President
Director, Business Development
Charles L. Adreon - Treasurer
Controller, Construction Products
L.B. Foster Company
Big Burrito Restaurant Group
Maher S. Hoque – Secretary
PNC Financial Services
Dina L. Clark
Diversity and Inclusion Manager, North America
Manager, Strategic Planning