OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
A native of Ohio, Craig was bitten by the theater bug at an early age, and could be found producing short plays with the neighborhood kids. Through annual backyard productions of The Wizard of Oz, he received his earliest exposure to acting, directing, and creating a whole new world through design.
After receiving a fantastic arts education in Plain Local Schools, Craig pursued his Bachelors in English and Theology at Wake Forest University, and then went on to receive a Masters in Directing from Northwestern University. A 13-year sojourn in Chicago and Minneapolis garnered him professional directing and dramaturgical credits with Writers Theatre, White Horse Theatre, Rogue Theatre, and TimeLine Theatre, among others. Contemporaneously, he acted occasionally and wrote several plays and a screenplay. In addition to his theatrical involvement, Craig held a variety of “big boy” jobs in church and educational contexts as a youth pastor, associate pastor, arts educator, and college professor.
A surprise move back home to Ohio in 2009 propelled Craig in some new directions. He founded and was the curator of Translations Art Gallery for 6 years, and served as the Creative Director for two different branding and identity agencies for 7 years. He was also pleasantly surprised to discover the vibrancy of the Northeast Ohio theatre scene, and continued to tell stories on the stage, garnering directing credits with the Players Guild, Weathervane Playhouse, the Canton and Akron symphonies, Playwrights Local, Aurora Theatre, ResonanceWorks, and others. Additionally, Craig has rediscovered a love of acting; now that he’s in his forties, he finally has enough life experience to play the roles he’s been cast in since he was 18.
The culmination of this theatrical renaissance in Craig’s life occurred in 2012, when he founded Seat of the Pants Productions as a way to stage plays that weren’t getting produced elsewhere and to experiment with techniques and processes that required a bit more time and energy. Little did he know that his “passion project” would resonate with artists and audiences alike and grow into something bigger.
In addition to his time producing theater, Craig is currently an adjunct theatre professor at both Malone and Mount Union universities, and is studying to become a certified teacher through the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium.
He’s endlessly grateful to his friends, family, and the viewing public for their support of the arts.