Jeremy K. Benjamin, Director of Theatre
Our mission is to entertain, enlighten, and educate the diverse community in which we reside, by producing plays through the unique collaborative effort of community volunteers and the Theatre Department of Lorain County Community College.
Through this mission LCCC Theatre desires:
- To serve the community by offering a diverse series of arts events, aimed at expanding the communities’ awareness of the arts of many cultures, the accessibility of classic literature, and the many different forms of performing arts.
- To educate the college students and staff by providing exposure to the many different genres of theatre and affording them the opportunity to produce theatre themselves; in addition to working with more experienced professional faculty and staff.
- To support the theatre community by providing serious and meaningful performance opportunities necessary to their development as artists.
At LCCC, we offer an associate of arts degree to prepare a theatre major for transfer. In fact, your LCCC credits are guaranteed to transfer to Ohio public colleges and universities. Your academic advisor can help you choose the right courses.
If you’re not a theatre major, you are welcome to sign up for a class, attend a performance or audition for an upcoming production.
Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathway
The Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways (OGTPs) are designed to provide a clearer path to degree completion for students pursuing associate degrees who plan to transfer to an Ohio public university to complete their bachelor’s degree. The OGTPs also constitute an agreement between public community colleges and universities confirming that community college courses meet major preparation requirements and will be counted and applied toward the bachelor’s degree. Students still must meet all university program admission requirements.
Theatre Program Auditions
Lorain County Community College Theatre Department is looking for students and community members to audition for its upcoming production.
Jeremy K. Benjamin, Director of Theatre, Production Manager/Technical Director
Jeremy is in his 31st year as Production Manager/Technical Director/Designer at Lorain County Community College and has been the theatre program’s director since 2010. Mr. Benjamin teaches stagecraft, lighting, sound technology and theatre history courses, along with coordinating all technical and design aspects of the Arts and Humanities Division programming. Jeremy has spent the past 30+ years designing lighting for all forms of the performing arts. Besides LCCC, Mr. Benjamin’s lighting designs have been seen at the Beck Center for the Arts, Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Department, Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre, Cleveland Municipal School District, Dancing Wheels, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Ingenuity Festival, Karamu House, Lorain County Community College, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Miami University Summer Theatre, Oberlin Opera Theatre, Oberlin Department of Theatre and Dance, Ohio Dance Theatre, Opera Cleveland, Paramount Productions, and Pointe of Departure Dance.
Scott Dane Knowles, Scene Shop Supervisor and Scenic Designer/Artist
Scott has enjoyed over 47 years in theatre production both in the US and abroad. He has designed and built over 200 sets for theatre companies including Lyric Opera Cleveland (Das Barbecu and The Fall of the House of Usher), Cleveland Playhouse, Great Lakes Theater Festival and Oberlin College. In February 2007 Mr. Knowles designed the US premier of Lost Highway, the dramatic opera written by noted Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth and based on the David Lynch film of the same title. The production received critical acclaim from The New York Times and Musical America. This is Mr. Knowles 24th year working for LCCC Theatre.
April Rock, Costume Designer and Costume Shop Supervisor
April graduated with her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Costume Design from Kent State University. April is the Resident Costume Designer/Shop Supervisor for both Lorain County Community College and the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival and she also works as a freelance designer throughout the greater Cleveland area. Recent design credits include Buried Child and Dead Man’s Cell Phone (LCCC Theatre), Little Women, Romeo and Juliet, The Miracle Worker, Anne of Green Gables, Barefoot in the Park (Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival), Ragtime, Hamlet, Peter and the Starcatcher (The Academy for the Performing Arts), The Wiz, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Near West Theatre).
Stephanie Wilbert, Adjunct Professor of Theatre
Stephanie Wilbert is an Actor, Director, and Adjunct Faculty Theater Professor at Lorain County Community College. She received her MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado where she primarily focused on ensemble-based performance and devised theater techniques. Mentors at Naropa University include Wendell Beavers, creator of the Developmental Technique and Erika Berland, author of Sitting: The Physical Art of Meditation. Naropa University performance credits include Sirens Fury Playlist, Now! For Something Completely Different, (Directed by Author of An Acrobat of the Heart, Stephen Wangh), Slash/ (Directed by American Poet, Bob Holman) and 7/21 (Directed by member of The Tectonic Theater Project, Greg Pierotti). Stephanie is an Actors Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) and received her BA in Theater Arts from Cleveland State University. In Northeastern Ohio, Stephanie worked as the Interim Artistic Director for The Illusion Factory and has performed with The Ohio City Theatre Project, Ensemble Theatre, Talespinner Children’s Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, The Cleveland Ingenuity Festival, Cleveland State University, and Ohio Capoeira Brasil. Stephanie is currently a Teaching Artist for The University Settlement, Ensemble Theatre, and Spark Theatre 4 Youth as well as Co-founder of the Cleveland based performance collaborative, Stratosphere.