Meet the Company

Joshua Browns, Producing Artistic Director, Founding Artist and Board Member - is a Philadelphia-based actor, director and educator, and a member of Actors’ Equity Association.  For CCTC, he directed the 2009 Free Theatre in the Parks production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2006’s Much Ado About Nothing, Love’s Labors Lost (4-wall MPiRP co-production with Drexel University), and the inaugural “Cool Classics” production of Macbeth in 2013 and most recently, The Lion in Winter in 2016. He holds a M.F.A in acting from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program.  As an actor, Josh has performed both locally (White Pines Productions, Curio, Lantern, Hedgerow, Walnut Street Theatre and as Sergius in CCTC’s inaugural production of Arms and the Man, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, LaFleche in The Miser, and the title role in Richard III), regionally (Maine Shake­speare Festival, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), and for audiences across the country on two national tours of Romeo and Juliet for Theatreworks/USA.

Trice Baldwin, Founding Artist/Casting Coordinator - is a Philadelphia-based professional actor who has worked with many local companies including, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Curio Theatre Company, Luna Theater Company and Peoples Light & Theatre Company.  Trice is the company’s Administrative and Artistic Associate and Casting Coordinator.  For CCTC, she has performed the roles of Louka in Arms and the Man (2005), Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (2006) Kate in The Taming of the Shrew (2008), Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town (2012) and Lady Macbeth in the inaugural “Cool Classics” production of Macbeth (2013).

Mary Ann Baldwin, Founding Artist and Board Member/Founding Producing Artistic Director (2004 - 2016) -  spearheaded the company's development and oversaw the company’s direction while conducting the day-to-day business. Mary Ann is an active founding artist with CCTC. is a theatre administrator and a professional actor with membership in Actors’ Equity Association.  She has experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit theatre having worked in New York City for 15 years as an actor and as an administrator.  As an actor she has had the pleasure of performing on some of the smallest stages of New York City and the most beautiful theatres in Northern Europe (Germany, Norway, Sweden and Finland). As an Administrator she has worked on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre, Off Broadway at The John Houseman Theatre Center and with the multi-Obie Award winning company, New Group Theatre.  She has also been a producer, manager and actor with many smaller organizations that make up the New York City theatre community.  Originally from Chester County, PA, she returned to the Philadelphia area with the intention of pursuing a more family-centric lifestyle while continuing her work in the theatre.  She spent her first few years back in the Philadelphia area as General Manager of The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival before beginning CCTC.  Her husband and teenage son and much of their extended family live in the communities of Delaware, Chester and Philadelphia counties.

Paul Parente, Founding Artist – A member of Actors’ Equity Association and Dramatists Guild of America, Paul is an educator teaching high school English and Drama in Chester County. As a playwright, his most recent work, Rage of Achilles, received a full production as part of CCTC's Cool Classics program in 2015. Rage of Achilles also received a workshop presentation at Austin Shakespeare festival and Droit Du Seigneur was produced by CCTC at the 2010 Live Arts and Philadelphia Fringe Festival. His play, Two and Twenty, is published by Samuel French and has been produced nationally and internationally (well, Canada.)  His written work has received numerous productions and readings including those by The Acting Company, Salamander Repertory Company and Stillwater Theatre Company in New York City.  As an actor he has performed leading roles at the Zachary Scott Theatre (Nominee: B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama 2003), The National Shakespeare Company, Hedgerow Theatre, Classic Works Theatre, American Shakespeare Repertory, New Stagecraft Company etc.  With CCTC he has performed the role of Bluntschli in CCTC’s Arms and the Man, Hortensio in The Taming of the Shrew, Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Clarence in Richard III, the Stage Manager in Our Town, and most recently, Orgon in Tartuffe.

Jean Harris, Founding Artist/Board Member/Associate Producer - is a marketing professional with experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit worlds. Currently she works with Culture Quest Tours which provides educational and cultural travel experiences for High Schools, Colleges and Adults. She is the owner of Logistix, LLC and she has recently been the Marketing Director for International House of Philadelphia. Her theatre experience includes three seasons as the Marketing Director of The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival and as a Marketing Consultant for the Arcadia Shakespeare Festival as well as Tapestry Theatre

Eileen Harris, Founding Board Member/Production Consultant - Ms. Harris brings CCTC her years of experience as a Production Manager/Director with many regional and locally based companies including Philadelphia International Festival for the Arts, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, Lenape Regional Performing Arts Center and The Barrymore Awards for Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.   Ms. Harris has also been a teaching artist instructing college students in theatrical production.

Mary Carlisle, Founding Board Member/Publications Co-ordinator - Mary Carlisle is an arts administrator and artist currently working as an Arts Administration Specialist and Adjunct Instructor teaching courses in visual arts and arts administration. A founding board member, Mary has ten years experience in various capacities including program development, marketing, event management, and development for arts nonprofits with an educational focus in The Philadelphia area as well as her home state of South Carolina. Mary  holds an M.S. in Arts Administration from Drexel University and is currently pursing an M.F.A. in Studio Arts at Lesley University in Boston, MA.

Renae Dinerman, Board Member - Renae Dinerman has been involved in the arts in Philadelphia for over two decades. Starting as a volunteer for the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema (now Philadelphia Film Festival), Renae attained the position of Director of Arts at International House Philadelphia (IHP) and held that position until 2012. She created many of the still standing partnerships at IHP, including Ars Nova Workshop, Institute of Contemporary Art, Scribe Video Center, InLiquid Art + Design, and many others in the Philadelphia artistic community. She was crucial in providing venue support to Black Star Film Festival, Exhumed Films, Philadelphia Latino Film Festival and Project21 Film Festival, enabling emerging groups to have a home to grow into stable organizations. Professional affiliations include 2015 Festival Board, Philadelphia Women in Film and Television Founding Member and LEADERSHIP Philadelphia Creative Connector.

Timothy Martin, Artistic Associate/Production Consultant - is a freelance production manager, light designer, technician working with many companies in Philadelphia including, Curio Theatre, Enchantment Theatre, New Paradise Laboratories, Theatre Ariel, Rebecca Davis Dance, Mum Puppettheatre, International Opera, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, East Coast tour for Foodplay Productions, and many others.   As a playwright, several of Tim's plays have been seen in the area; at the Fringe (Tribe of Fool's Echo, The Joe Hill Project’s The Ballad of Joe Hill), and at Curio Theatre (Nutcracker and the Mouse King w/ Drew Petersen). Currently, Tim works at Longwood Gardens and in the academic world, Tim has taught stage management and technical theatre for Drexel University, The Shipley School and has also worked for Swarthmore College.