Staff

Kim Bryant

Managing Director

Before becoming CCTA’s Managing Director, Kim worked in marketing with Adeo Strategy Partners and Market Builders, Inc. She has also worked for several retirement communities in Maryland and Virginia, overseeing the needs of the elderly, managing and marketing the company, and supervising employees.

Kim originally came to CCTA, years ago, as a volunteer with our Baltimore and Preschool Outreach Programs and was then hired to oversee the Preschool programs and assist with grant research.  She initially got involved after watching her son, who deals with extreme anxiety, blossom during our summer theatre camp. Watching his progression from an anxious child into a confident performer made her realize the power of theatre and the performing arts.

Gerald Jordan

Education & Programs Director

Gerald is a Maryland native who attended both Hofstra University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He has been an integral part of CCTA since 2013. Originally, he came to us as an instructor and now works as our Programs and Education Director. He works especially hard to build our Baltimore Outreach Program, and even performs as the lead in our Baltimore Residency Program as Jackie Robinson in Most Valuable Player: The Jackie Robinson Story. From his own personal experience, he knows how much of a difference the arts can make in someone’s life, and he works diligently to provide the best experience for everyone within our programs.

Denise Buckbinder

Financial Director

Denise came to CCTA in 2014 and has been working her magic ever since.

Emily Thompson

Technical Director

Emily came to work for CCTA in 2017, and also works as the technical director at Toby’s Dinner Theatre.

Cedric White

Assistant Technical Director

Cedric has been working for CCTA since 2013. He started off working in the tech department for both summer and after school programs. Prior to joining CCTA, he volunteered at Loch Raven Technical Academy as their Assistant Director, Choreographer, Light Designer, and Costumer. He has worked on shows like Aladdin, Jr., Little Mermaid, Jr., Lion King Jr., Hairspray, Jr. and many more! Cedric also works at Glenelg High School as their Assistant Lighting Designer and Sound Operator for shows such as Tarzan, Noises Off, Young Frankenstein, and Chicago. He also serves as the Stage Manager for TAP programs and one of the teachers in our after school programs. Cedric is very excited to be a part of the CCTA family and is elated to have the opportunity to work with the blossoming youths in the area!

Janine Sunday

Toby’s Youth Theatre Coordinator

Janine has been with Toby’s Dinner Theatre and CCTA for many years. She is a four-time Helen Hayes Nominee and a familiar face at both Toby’s Dinner Theatre and at the Olney Theatre Center. Janine was classically trained at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since coming to work for us, she coordinates our Youth Theatre, costumes, manages our New Works for Young Artists program, among many other things.

Amy Sonntag

New Horizons Disability Director

Amy has been directing CCTA’s New Horizons program since 2012. She also works as an Occupational Therapist for the Howard County School System. She earned her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Towson University and has enjoyed working with our special needs students ever since. She is expecting her first baby this Fall.

Kassidy Sharp

Summer Camp Director & Glenelg Outreach Coordinator

Kassidy Sharp became a part of the CCTA family in 2005! She has been working as a director, choreographer, and counselor in our after-school programs and summer camps for over ten years. Her CCTA credits include Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland, High School Musical 2, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Annie, Les Miserables, Peter Pan, Footloose, Aladdin, and Tarzan. Kassidy graduated summa cum laude from East Carolina University with dual degrees in Theatre Education and Theatre for Youth. After graduating, she began performing nationally with various touring children’s theatre companies; performing and teaching over 20,000 students across the country. Alongside working for CCTA, Kassidy is the theatre teacher and director at Glenelg High School.  Kassidy also works with our Broadway Connections Outreach Program that was developed by Loyola.  She does an amazing job working with the disabled high school students helping them to blossom into the fine young artists that they are.

Larry Friedman

Young Columbians Associate Artistic Director

Larry Friedman is a native Washingtonian with extensive experience in the Entertainment Industry. From live theater to film and television, his career has earned him membership in all three unions, AEA, AFTRA, and SAG. At the age of 6, he was chosen by The Washington Ballet to appear as Fritz in The Nutcracker Suite. He was then hand-picked by The Bolshoi to appear in their Washington D.C. debut. He began performing for Toby Orenstein at The Cynthia Warner School and became one of the first Young Columbians, performing in such venues as The Greenbriar, Wolf Trap, The Kennedy Center, The Capital Center, Disney World, and ultimately at The White House for The President of the United States. Stage credits comprise leading roles that include: Joseph in Joseph…Dreamcoat, Jesus in J.C. Superstar, Godspell, Linus in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown and Pippin in Pippin.