BOARD OF TRUSTEES
UNITED WAY OF GREATER CINCINNATI
"American Legacy Theatre facilitates change and addresses deficits in creativity. American Legacy Theatre uses performance to help explore other's change in community."
ANGELA POWELL WALKER
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS
“A. L. T.’s mission of inclusion and learning through the arts is exactly my belief on what the Arts stand for and are meant to do for humanity! Where else can one find their voice and be heard better than through the arts? It’s what A. L. T. means to me and why they have my full support!! I am beyond grateful for this organization and A.L.T. leaders in the community.”
TECHNOLOGY AND DATA CHAIR,
RADION HEALTH, INC.
"American Legacy Theatre is consistently exploring 'what good might we do' and that question is the basis of everything done. It doesn't hurt that Matthew is a phenomenal story teller and there are great stories to be told."
VICTOR EVANS, CPA
VONLEHMAN & COMPANY, INC.
"My passion is born from being in theatre as a child. The vision and mission at American Legacy Theatre is second to none."
CONSULTING BY MCFARLAND
"American Legacy Theatre's mission of building empathy builds with my personal commitment to DEI work. We have an empathy deficit and American Legacy Theatre addresses it head on!"
THE E.W. SCRIPPS COMPANY
"Social change! American Legacy Theatre does storytelling that is meaningful, and is a champion for accessibility. They make no qualms about calling it like it is. American Legacy Theatre is doing what others say they want to do."
TAFT MUSEUM OF ART
“A.L.T. approaches theatre differently. It centers and focuses on making theater accessible for ALL with a social justice voice.”
"America Legacy Theatre's commitment to community, theater, development, and using entertainment as the vehicle for social change is second to none."
EDUCATIONAL THEATRE ASSOCIATION
"American Legacy Theatre brings art to people and makes a change in community. This organization shares strengths with others, and networks in partnership for what could be next in community."
MATTHEW DAVID GELLIN, CFRE
EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CEO
“The power of theatre that has not yet been leveraged completely. It’s the idea of how can we get to a point where wars can be stopped and people can be brought together into a world of true equity because of the power of theatre. How do we truly make an impact in positive way for ALL voices and ALL people? We, at A.L.T. give them a voice and bring that voice to the forefront to be heard.”
Matthew has successfully acted and directed across the country, in Europe, and in Asia.
Matthew is proud to have served as a U.S. representative at the UNESCO
International Theatre Institute Research Lab in Romania. He was named a Promising Artist of the 21st Century by the International Arts and Cultural Exchange, and he has published papers on directorial theory in international peer-reviewed journals. He has also been recognized as one of Cincinnati Business Courier’s Forty Under 40.
His financial background includes serving as U.S. delegate to the People’s Republic of China for foreign business affairs and serving on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Board of Directors as president-elect.
Now, he looks to lift American theatre back to the top of the world’s stage.
DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING DIRECTOR
“I am absolutely thrilled to be working in a space where the arts are so deeply rooted in community and equity. American Legacy Theatre is one of those organizations whose impact is tangible and undeniable. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?!”
POLLY LEN HEINKEL
ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
”A.L.T. speaks to me about the way theatre should be done. A.L.T. gives voice to the voiceless and provides the ability to do theatre in different ways that will affect the audience viscerally.”
Polly is an educator, director, and producer.
Polly is the founder and artistic director of Pollen Productions, a Cincinnati- and London-based production company. Most recently, she has presented Lungs by Duncan Macmillan, Phaedra’s Love by Sarah Kane, and Into the Dark, an epilogue to Othello.
While living in London, she worked at the Globe, was a producer at the Drayton Arms Theatre, and assisted on the premiere of several new works written by Rikki Beadle-Blair, MBE, and produced by Team Angelica.
During her training, she worked with such theatre artists as Matthew Lloyd, Polly Teale, and Stephen Unwin. Through her time in London, she reiterated her love for working with the classics but also found a passion for devising, improvisation, and guerilla theatre.
HANNAH RAHE GOODMAN
"A.L.T produces theatre that makes you think critically. It remains in your mind long after the show ends, and encourages critical conversations. ”