MEET THE STAFF

Dr. Paul "Spike" Wilson, Director

Paul "Spike" Wilson is a director, theatre scholar, acting teacher, lighting designer, and translator.  To date, he has directed over 50 full-length productions, translated or adapted over a dozen works, and written several plays for children. 

 

He directed Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus at Butler University in 2000, as part of his Honors Thesis, "Supernatural and Spiritual Transfiguration in Attic Tragedy."  At Miami, he directed Fornes’ The Conduct of Life, Insoo Lee’s Beautiful Yet Absent.  As part of his Master’s Thesis, he directed Ron Elisha’s Two.  He served as dramaturg for Dr. Jackson’s production of John Whiting’s The Devils. He toured in Russia and the Czech Republic with Thrall Children’s Theatre under Dr. Howard Blanning.

 

As a Teaching Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, Spike taught Introduction to Performance, Acting 1, Introduction to Shakespeare, and Performance and Social Action (a course he designed).  He directed A Woman Alone for their Second Stage, and Gao Xingjian’s Nocturnal Wanderer for Pitt’s 2008-2009 Mainstage Season.  In 2009, he also directed Eoin Carney’s Wonder for PittRep’s New Play Series.

 

Spike received his PhD in Theatre and Performance studies from the University of Pittsburgh in April of 2014.  While finishing his dissertation ("Collective Trauma Memory and Its Theatrical Models: Case Studies in Elie Wiesel and Aeschylus") he served as an adjunct professor at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, where he was named Outstanding Adjunct for the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Campus Professor of the Year, both in 2012.  He served as the Chair of Education and Outreach for Curtain Call Children’s Theatre in Kokomo, Indiana.  He has directed the Kokomo Summer Drama Camp for the past 15 years.

 

Spike co-founded the True Names Initiative for Theatre Therapy, and Social Responsibility with his friend and colleague, psychologist Kevin A. Harris, PhD.  They have conducted lectures and workshops at universities throughout the eastern US, training psychologists in acting and drama therapy techniques.  They also published a chapter in The Couple and Family Therapist’s Notebook in 2005.  

 

For Spike's complete resume and teaching recored, please see his personal site.

 

Education

BA in Theatre and Classical Languages

Butler University, 2000

 

MA in Theatre (directing concentration)

Miami University of Ohio, 2004

 

PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies

University of Pittsburgh, 2014

 

27 years of experience in the theatre.  20 years of teaching experience.  Multiple teaching awards.

Sarah E. Morin, Business Director

Sarah E. Morin is an author and youth worker. She is Youth Experience Manager at Conner Prairie, a history museum in Fishers, Indiana, where she supervises 115 youth volunteers ages 10-18 as well as adult volunteers and staff. She is a trained presenter and facilitator for Chaucie's Place, a Carmel-based child advocacy organization that works to prevent child sexual abuse. Sarah E. has worked multiple summer camps, including serving as a counselor for Moneto Music Camp in Brown County and Girls Inc. Drama Cump.

Sarah E. graduated summa cum laude from Butler University in 2002 with a BM in Music Composition and Theory. Her drama credits include writing, directing, and composing a high school musical, Seneca, about the 1800s women's rights movement.

Sarah E. holds leadership positions in multiple arts and writing organizations:

  • Board Member of Logan Street Sanctuary

  • President of Noble Poets

  • Coeditor of The Polk Street Review, a local anthology of writing and art

  • Secretary and Web Coordinator of Poetry Society of Indiana

  • Cofounder of NICE (Noblesville Interdisciplinary Creativity Expo) which strives to make classic literature accessible

Sarah E. specializes in writing unruly fairy tales. Her first novel, Waking Beauty, was nominated for multiple awards and won the Realm Makers Best Editing Award in the Speculative Fiction Category. A grant from the Indiana Arts Commission allowed her to publish a children's book, Rapunzel the Hairbrained, and host workshops building girls' self-esteem. In her spare time, she dresses up as a queen and hosts tea parties at Nickel Plate Arts Fairyville event. 

Joshua Adam Gibson, Assistant

Josh is an actor, director and playwright. He attended Spike Wilson's Kokomo Summer Drama Camp for seven seasons, assistant directing the final two. He has worked with multiple theatrical organizations, such as Kokomo Curtain Call, Kokomo Civic Theatre, Ole Olsen, IUK Crescendos, Mud Creek Players, The Belfry and most recently, The Improbable Fiction Theatre Company, in which he portrayed Duane Wilson in the comedy, “Harvey”. He has experience in improvisation, radio and film. Josh wrote and directed an independent film “The Here and Now”, set to be released in August this year. In 2011, he co-founded the Indianapolis based acting troupe 4th Wall Players. In 2019, they published two script adaptations (Frankenstein and Beauty and the Beast). The summer drama program inspired him to pursue his dreams fifteen years ago and now he's thankful to have the opportunity to help inspire others to follow in his footsteps. Here is a list of some of his more notable performances:

  • Toby Belch-Twelfth Night

  • Nick Bottom-Midsummer Night's Dream

  • Himself-Compleat Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged

  • Victor Frankenstein-Frankenstein

  • George-Same Time Next Year

  • Linus-You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

  • Feully – Les Miserables

Maggie Piazza, Intern

Maggie Piazza has returned for her second year of internship and involvement with Page and Stage Summer Camp. She has been involved with Concordia University Chicago’s Department of Theatre and has performed in Antigone (Chorus). She graduated cum laude from Ivy Tech Community College in 2018 (associates degree) as a member of the American Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa, and is continuing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Concordia University of Chicago. 

© 2018 by Paul "Spike" Wilson, PhD and Page & Stage Theatre Co.

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