Step into the spotlight!

The Playhouse Leading Ladies program offers women who are passionate about theatre an opportunity to "step into the spotlight" and enjoy behind-the-scenes access with special events throughout the season.

As a Playhouse Leading Lady, you will also help sponsor Marie and Rosetta ― the compelling life story of real-life leading ladies Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight, who became one of the great duet teams in musical history.

Become a 2017-18 Leading Lady to discover what goes on behind-the-scenes.


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BRAVA to the following ladies who have stepped into the spotlight and joined the Playhouse's Leading Ladies club! This list recognizes members of the Leading Ladies as of March 3, 2017.


Whether you are a Grande Dame ($1,500), Diva ($1,000) or Starlet ($500), you’ll enjoy three exclusive Leading Ladies events that provide technical, wardrobe and artistic access and insights. And for the fourth "Big Finale" event, you're encouraged to bring a girlfriend to attend the Leading Ladies' Night reception and be the first audience to see Marie and Rosetta before it opens to the public! You'll also be recognized in Playhouse programs and on this page as a Leading Lady throughout the season. Starlets may bring one guest to the final event of the season; Divas may bring two guests: Grande Dames may bring three. For more information, please contact Vickie Ellis at 513-977-2022 or


Co-Chairs: Marty Humes and
Holly Huttenbauer

Charlin Briggs
Ivy Costa
Amelia Crutcher
Saralou Durham
Joyce Elkus
Linda Greenberg
Nirvani Head
Andrea Herzig
Karlee L. Hilliard
Cathy Hogan
Marty Humes
Holly Huttenbauer
Lindsey Huttenbauer
Sonya Jindal
Jackie Mack
Selena McKean
Danute Miskinis
Mary Moran
Patti Myers
Jenny Powell
Pamela Reising
Karen Renz
Digi Schueler
Maureen Vignola
Ronna K. Willis
Susan B. Zaunbrecher

Jennie Rosenthal Berliant
Sue Cummings
Linda Greenberg
Marty Humes
Holly Huttenbauer
Rosemary Schlachter
Ronna K. Willis

Janet G. Banks
Chris Bochenek
Charlin Briggs
Mary Ellen Cody
Amelia Crutcher
Molly Garber
Patti Heldman
Andrea Herzig
Karlee L. Hilliard
Lindsey Huttenbauer
Mary Ivers
Judy Kenniston
Margo Kirstein
Sandy Manteuffel
Danute Miskinis
Patti Myers
Karen Neyer
Jane Portman
Digi Schueler
Paula M. Steiner
Glenda Suttman
Marty Tomb
Maureen Vignola
Margaret Vontz
Barbara Weyand

Karen Abel
Jacqueline Adams
Susan Anthony
Janet G. Banks
Molly Barber
Jan Bartel
Mandy Bartel
Bettye Beaumont
Rebecca Beckstedt
Mary Ann Bell
Stephanie Besl
Ann Bowers
Linda D. Brink
Lisa Broun
Laura Burdo
Cindy Caslavka
Rosalind Chaiken
Judy Chandler
Anne Chasser
Marjorie Compton
Ivy Costa
Louise F. Cottrell
Judy Dalambakis
Ellen Dick
Roxann Dieffenbach

Jane Dorger
Susan L. Dorward
Patricia Doyle
Saralou Durham
Gina Eilerman
Joyce Elkus
Hope Felton-Miller
Denise Ferguson
Sharon Fiscus
Dr. Gail H. Friedman
Rebecca Gibbs
Sue Gilkey
Peggy L. Golden
Nancy Gollobin
Barbara Gould
Barbara Hahn
Margo Hall
Louise Head
Nirvani Head
Camille Healy
Carolyn Heck
Betsy Hendy
Lesley Hern
Diane Herndon
Kyle Hodgkins
Cathy Hogan
Linda Holthaus
Jamie Humes
Heather Leigh Hunt
Diane Iseman
Anne Jaroszewicz
Sonya Jindal
Judith Johnson
Sarah Raup Johnson
Wijdan Jreisat
Rachel Kirley
Heather Krombholz
Peggy Landes
Lynn Larson
Caren J. Laverty
France LeMaire
Terry Lemmerman
Dr. Sally A. Lloyd
Jackie Mack
Holly Hirt Mazzocca
Evelyn Banzhaf McCord
Selena McKean
Diane Moccia
Mary Moran
Connan Morrissey
Catherine Moulas
Anne Mulder

Kate Nelson
Jeannie Niebuhr
Karen O'Brien
Kathy O'Brien
Marilyn Osborn
Jill O'Shea
Carolyn Ott Martin
Claire Patterson
Patsy Pike
Dr. Susan M. Pinney
Jan Portman
Jenny Powell
Beth Powers
Betty L. Prince
Marjorie Rauh
Pamela Reising
Margaret Rennie
Karen Renz
Sara Repenning
Carol Reubel
Carolyn Reynolds
Jeri Ricketts
Shelli Rolfes
Patty Rosely
Keke Sansalone
Laura Schuman
Cindy Scott
Julie Shifman
Sue Showers
Laura Skidmore
Maureen Smith
Kazue Takeuchi
Teresa Telford
Jan H. Tepe, D.D.S.
Lynda A. Thomas
Kathy Thornton
Sally Tieke
Catharina Toltzis, Ph.D.
Dionn Tron
Lynn Tumen
Maureen Valentine
Ellen G. van der Horst
Nancy Virgulak
Bettie Watts
Janie P. Williams
Shelby Wood
Linda Young
Sarah Zamary
Susan B. Zaunbrecher
Suzanne J. Zimmerman

Promotional photo of Marie and Rosetta by Tony Arrasmtih/Arrasmith & Associates.


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