Artistic Director & Founder
Jeffrey Carpenter founded Bricolage Production Company in 2001. He seeks alternatives to more traditional theater models, resulting in work that explores dynamic and deep modes of connectivity, placing each audience member at the center of the experience from which everything else spins. In this style in 2018, he co-created The Clearing. In 2017, he co-created DODO, set inside and produced in collaboration with the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. 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, nominated for a Mid-Atlantic Emmy.
In her time at Bricolage Production Company, Jackie has 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. 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 the President of 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.
Principal Creative & Co-Founder
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.
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.
Audience and Box Office Manager
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.
Nicole is a development professional and writer, originally from Buffalo, New York. She lives in Pittsburgh’s Northside. Previously, she worked as Development Manager at the Mattress Factory contemporary art museum and prior to that, ACHIEVA. Before returning to Pittsburgh in 2015, Nicole managed ArtReach, an art studio and gallery for adults with intellectual disabilities, located in San Francisco, CA. There, her work focused on supporting artists with disabilities in pursuing art as a vocation and in helping the arts community to embrace inclusion and accessibility for artists of all abilities. Nicole was the Fundraising and Member Relations Chair on the board of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Pittsburgh from 2015-2017 and recently served on the Pittsburgh Emerging Arts Leaders Steering Committee through GPAC from 2017-2019. Nicole is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is passionate about creative, ethical, person-centered fundraising. She fell in love with Pittsburgh while attending the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her Bachelors in English Writing—with a focus on fiction— and Studio Art—with a focus on video, performance, and installation. Nicole is thrilled to be a part of the Bricolage family and to be working to support audacious, adventurous theater.
Facilities & Administrative Coordinator
TJ Parker-Young is a Texas born playwright and theatre administrator who also serves as co-representative for the Dramatists Guild – Pittsburgh region. He has been a teaching artist with Quantum Theatre and City Theatre where he is also a dramaturge for their Young Playwrights Festival. He is also the NPP Vice-Chair for Region 2 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and a board member of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. His plays include NO. 6 (2017 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Award Winner – KCACTF, published by Samuel French), Lyon’s Den (2018 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Distinguished Play Winner), Ruby’s Baby Blue (2016 John Cable Short Play Regional Selection- KCACTF), Hell is Empty (2017 John Cable Short Play Regional Selection – KCACTF), Hallmark (TETA Playfest 10-minute Winner), Cupid, and The Frontlines. His 10 minute plays are : Before the Fire (Fade to Black 2018 Festival Selection), Effie, Rock the Cradle, Lilies, and Stuffed. He is the recipient of the 2017 Ken Ludwig Playwriting Scholarship. He has had productions at Texas State University as part of their New Works Festival, Director/Designer Collaboration Project, and as part of their 2016-2017 Main Stage Season. He received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Texas State University.
Head of Marketing
A Louisiana native, Emily Willson came to Pittsburgh in 2014. For the past 11 years, she has worked in the fields of marketing and design, helping non-profits and arts organizations tell their story. She has an MS in communication from the University of Louisiana and a BA in graphic design from Louisiana Tech University. Emily previously served as the Director of Marketing at Carnegie Museum of Art, managing the museum’s marketing department and overseeing media relations, branding, social media, and advertising. She has also enjoyed teaching graphic communications at the University of Louisiana and working as a freelance designer and advertising consultant. Passionate about the performing arts, Emily is captivated by theater’s unique ability to inspire, engage, and build communities. 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, cooking and semi-professional hula hooping.
Evie Gardner – President
Consultant, Org. Development and Finance
Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
Allison Whitney – Vice President
Charles L. Adreon – Treasurer
Maher S. Hoque – Secretary
AVP, Scrum Master
PNC Financial Services Group
Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP
Director of Marketing and Communications
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Manager of Client Solutions, Regulatory Affairs