Theater Faculty Bios

Kimberly Godfrey

Kimberly Godfrey received her Bachelor of Music in musical theater from the nationally-renowned musical theater program at Baldwin-Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music. Kimberly studied musical theater under director Victoria Bussert and studied voice under Joan Ellison. She has been musically directing children’s choirs, orchestras, and musicals along with choreographing musicals and award-winning show choirs since the age of seventeen. Since 2008 Kimberly has served as an adjudicator for high school choirs and show choirs across northeastern Ohio. She has performed as an actress and soloist in musicals and concerts from Southern Ohio to New York City. She is the current director of theater and music at the Ashtabula Arts Center and directs its Arts Center Singers, Starlight Singers, and The Showoffs. Kimberly’s recent students that she has mentored are being accepted into the top musical theater schools in the country, such as Boston Conservatory of Music, Syracuse University, and Baldwin-Wallace University.

Christy Seymour

Following in the footsteps of her parents, Christy Seymour has been active at the arts center all her life. As a child, she was involved in plays here, and was an apprentice dancer with Ballet Theatre Ashtabula. By age fourteen, she was stage managing shows. Her directorial debut was Bye Bye, Birdie for Straw Hat in the late 80’s. Today she is a teacher at Jefferson Area Junior High School, and the stage manager for the arts center dance department.

Marisha Sullivan

Marisha Sullivan received her Bachelor’s in Theater from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, OH. She has been a theater educator since 2008, teaching primarily middle and high school on the west side of Cleveland. Her specialties include Shakespeare, modern Irish theater, and early 20th Century plays of the British Isles; however she most enjoys a good dark comedy. Some of her favorite roles include “Mrs Gibbs” in Our Town, “Juliet” in Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet, and “Virginia” in Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grille. Her directing experience is quite varied, ranging from new works to classics to children’s shows. She can often be found curled up with a good book and a cup of tea.