Board of Directors
Kathryn Noser, President
Kathryn Noser is a lifelong patron of The Company OnStage, having attended her first show at the age of four at The Company OnStage's original home at St. John's Presbyterian Church. She began performing with COS in Laura William's Cinderella in 2006. Since that time, she has performed in and/or directed more than a dozen productions including Godspell, Snoopy!!! The Musical, Doubt, Snow White and Rudolph Rides Again. She joined the Board of Directors in 2008, established the Actors in Wonderland Summer Drama Program in 2010, and has served as President of the Board since 2014. Kathryn has also had the pleasure to work with other theater groups including, Main Street Theater for Youth, Country Playhouse, HITS Theater, ACE Theater and Upstage Theater. Kathryn is a 1996 graduate of Texas A&M University with a BA in Speech Communications. She works in Business Development for Vintage Underwriters and is a volunteer with VICTORY, a branch of the American Cancer Society and a member of the Bellaire Business Association.
Karla Brandau, Vice President
Karla Brandau is a 30+ year veteran within Houston Community Theatre, spending the majority of those years working with The Company Onstage. Her first production with COS was The Nerd. After which, she quickly became enthralled with the sense of professionalism, community, and family that was established by Founding Artistic Director, Joyce Randall McNally.
Karla has performed in many, many COS productions during her tenure - some of which include The Miracle Worker, LuAnn Hampton Laverty Oberlander, Rumors, A Piece of My Heart, Pack of Lies, The Great Sebastians, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Arms and the Man, Fallen Angels, Black Comedy, The Runner Stumbles, Watch on the Rhine, Lend me a Tenor, Quality of Life, and Hayfever. She has also directed productions of Cinderella, Princess and the Pea, Sleeping Beauty, Androcles and the Lion, The Little Mermaid, Seven Year Itch, Deathtrap, Treasure Island, Around the World in 80 Days, and Witness for the Prosecution. Karla has pitched in behind the scenes as Stage Manager, Assistant Director, Costume Coordinator and Tech Operator. She was also asked by Joyce to conduct sessions in make-up & costumes for Joyce’s acting classes. She is currently serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors at COS. Karla has performed with other theatre groups around the city most notably, Country Playhouse, Actor’s Workshop, Theatre Southwest, and the Houston Scriptwriter’s 10 x 10’s. Houston audiences have seen her in productions of The Diary of Ann Frank, Gemini, Ghosts, Talking With, Angel Street, Come Back Little Sheba, and Marvin’s Room. Originally from Pennsylvania, Karla is an alum of Bloomsburg State College and is currently employed with MD Anderson Cancer Hospital.
Stephanie Kelso, Treasurer
Stephanie has been active with COS since 2010, starting out as an actor and quickly becoming a jack-of-most-trades, having stage-managed, worked light and sound and serving as both a general board member and an executive board member. She holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and a M.A. in Teaching from Simmons College in Boston, MA. She works as an after-school math tutor for middle and high school students. She enjoys baking and needlepoint crafts.
Jennifer Brown, Secretary
Jennifer Brown has been active at the Company OnStage for 3 seasons. She was originally introduced to the theater by a close family member, who convinced her young son to audition, where he was cast as Christopher Robin in "Winnie The Pooh". Since then, she has gone on to stage manage several other shows including "The Emperor's New Clothes", "Rudolph Rides Again", "Lonestar", "Laundry and Bourbon", "Charlotte's Web". Recently, she also expanded her experience and ran tech for "Treasure Island". She currently holds a BS in Criminal Justice from University of Houston: Downtown and is employed at SERVPRO of Bellaire. She joined the board of directors in 2016 and continues to enjoy and cherish her time with COS.
Stacy Bakri, Artistic Director
Stacy began her love of and participation in the arts at a very early age when her parents encouraged and enrolled her in after school art classes in elementary school. From there she participated in symphonic and marching bands, and art at all levels in high school. She then graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Sudio Art and a Bachelors Degree in Russian in 1991 from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied under world renowned performance artist Linda Montano. In the spring of 1993, an ad in the newspaper for acting classes for adults at the Company OnStage caught her eye, and she signed up for the classes which were taught by Joyce McNally. She has been involved with the theater ever since in a variety of capacities in the past 26 years including actor, stage manager, usher/volunteer coordinator, director, and now she is proud to serve as the third artistic director for the theater, following in the footsteps of Patti Lindloff, and Joyce Randall McNally, the founder of Company OnStage. It is her vision to maintain COS's artistic mission, and to help guide COS in this latest phase of its journey, by selecting productions that engage, entertain, and enlighten those on, behind, or in front of the stage.
Randall Kelso, Member at Large
Professor R. Randall Kelso is the Spurgeon E. Bell Distinguished Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law. He teaches and writes primarily in the area of Constitutional Law. He also teaches Contracts, and has taught Professional Responsibility and Jurisprudence. With his wife, Stephanie Fisherman Kelso, he has been involved with Company on Stage (COS) for seven years, attending events, helping prepare or strike sets, supporting fundraising activities, such as the silent auctions or art/craft market, and other such matters.
Eileen Miles, Member at Large
Eileen has been with The Company OnStage since high school. Her first show was Rudolph Rides Again. Since then, she has been seen in many productions, on stage or behind the scenes on tech. She became the box office coordinator in 2015 and made her COS directorial debut with 2016's Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. She led Actors in Wonderland Summer Drama Camp this year after having previously assisting with the program. When not participating in theater, Eileen is a full-time elementary teacher.
Anita Samson, Member at Large
Anita began her involvement with Theatre at an early age and has always participated in Community Theatre. She moved to Houston, Texas, in 1977 and became active with Theatre Southwest and The Channing Players where she acted, directed and served on the Board of both groups. She was invited by Pasadena Little Theatre to direct there, and then by The Company Onstage which became her new theatre home. Anita has been directing in our Evening Series continuously since 2002-2003 season. and was persuaded to go back on stage for our production of “Heartbreak House”, “Dangerous Corner” and in our Children’s Theatre “Sleeping Beauty” “Princess and the Pea” and “Robin Hood”. Originally from London, England she now considers herself a Texan, despite stops in New York and New Jersey.
Jim Walsh, Resident Technical Director
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Jim Walsh, Resident Technical Director
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Helen Warwick, Member at Large
Helen has been involved at the Company OnStage for over twenty years as an actor, stage manager, and volunteer. Prior to joining the board, Helen served for many years as our box office manager, and also did a bit of grant writing. As a new board member, her role is to help launch and manage the COS patron management system.
Lynne Zalesak, Member at Large
A veteran of the Houston Independent School District, Lynne retired after thirty-three years of teaching middle school Social Studies and History. Currently, she is working part time for the Houston Federation of Teachers. Lynne has been a part of COS since 1992. During that time, she has acted, stage managed, been a sound and lights technician, and created many costumes. Lynne has also written skits for Pandora Theater's Vox Feminina IV and V. At this time, she has one four-legged mutt child at home by the name of Bailey.
Emily Zumstein, Member at Large
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