Please join CTC in wishing a fond farewell to Melinda Crecelius, who is leaving the organization to return to school and pursue a host of new opportunities.

She’s been an outstanding colleague, teacher, and friend, and was our partner in the success of so many signature accomplishments over the years: our Slant Culture Theatre Festival, co-producer of our Young Playwrights Festival over the past several years, and co-creating the inspirational Connecting Cultures programs (with Newcomer Academy and Eastern Kentucky). We at CTC and the many students and educators who’ve collaborated with her and learned from her—on stage and in classrooms across the region—will miss her.

As we bid Melinda farewell, please also join us in welcoming our newest staff member: Aletia Robey.

Aletia (pronounced “Alicia”) has a background in social services, having served families and children from all walks of life. Her most recent work has been with a foster care agency, overseeing community engagement and recruitment efforts aimed at growing the foster family network. She’s also a visual artist who uses art as a transformative tool to support families affected by incarceration. In addition to her consistent work in the Visitor’s Lobby of Metro Corrections, Aletia managed a state-wide art education project in schools as part of a national effort to bring awareness to global genocide. In her spare time she is involved with roller derby – both as a player (aka Zora Hurt’s em) for the Derby City Rollergirls, and as the head coach for Louisville’s junior league, River City Royals.

Aletia joins us as Program Administrator, assuming administrative duties previously handled by Melinda Crecelius in support of CTC’s Blue Apple Outreach, and she’ll also work with Donna, Annie, and the rest of our admin staff as we continue developing youth and our community through excellence in comprehensive theatre education and performance.

Welcome, Aletia!