Elizabeth Houvener, Theatre Lab's Finance and Human Resources Manager, was an executive assistant in the U.S. Senate, and an assistant in the office of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s chief financial officer. She is a graduate of The Theatre Lab’s Honors Conservatory.
A Note From Our Directors
January 15, 2019
We don't think shutdown should mean shut out.
If you would like to take a Theatre Lab class, but feel held back because of financial uncertainty due to the government shutdown, we would like to make things a little bit easier by deferring your payment until the government is fully functioning again. Sign up for a class now, with a short description of how the shutdown has affected you - you don't even need to be a federal employee - and we will not bill you until the shutdown is over.
Classes are starting this week. Click here to see what's on offer, and call us at 202-824-0449 to sign up.
-Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro
Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro are the founders and co-executive directors of The Theatre Lab. Professional actors who have appeared on numerous regional theatre stages, Deb and Buzz teach a variety of classes at The Theatre Lab for novices and professionals. They have been featured as guest lecturers at George Washington University, Georgetown University, and the U.S. Congressional Page School, among others. Together they are recipients of the prestigious Linowes Leadership Award for their educational contributions to underserved communities.
Deb and Buzz have authored three books on applied acting, all published by Penguin Putnam: The Interview Rehearsal Book: 7 Steps to Job-Winning Interviews Using Acting Skills You Never Knew You Had (1999), Taking Center Stage: Masterful Public Speaking Using Acting Skills You Never Knew You Had (2001), and The Best Answer (2006). Their work has been featured on numerous radio programs (including the David Essel Show and The Source Report, both nationally syndicated by Westwood One), as well as on the FOX Morning News and WJLA's Let's Talk Live in Washington, D.C., and in the magazines Working Woman, Men's Health, and Cosmopolitan. They are also the founders of Center Stage Communications, a unique consulting firm specializing in the application of acting techniques to the business world.
Deb holds a B.A. in Psychology from Lawrence University, and an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. Buzz is a graduate of Yale University, where he earned a B.A. in English, and of Catholic University, where he received an M.F.A. in Acting.
Terah Herman-Saldaña is The Theatre Lab's Program/Development Manager. Prior to joining the Theatre Lab team, she was the Education Associate at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She has also been a teaching artist for Imagination Stage, The Center of Science and Industry, The Explorium of Lexington, and The West Chester Academy of Music.
Angelo Merenda, Theatre Lab's IT/Technical Director has worked freelance as an audio technician, lighting director, and production manager for over 15 years on the East Coast. New York credits include Manhattan School of Music, Webster Hall Quarterly Arts Soiree and the Moving Beauty Dance Series. In the DC area, he has worked productions at The Studio Theater, Shakespeare Theatre, and Constellation Theatre, and served as Production Manager for Rainbow Theatre Project. Prior to joining The Theatre Lab, he managed local crews for touring rock and roll and Broadway shows for the Modlin Center for the Arts in Richmond, VA.
Bryce Sulecki is The Theatre Lab's Program Administrator. He is a graduate of American University. In addition to his work with the Theatre Lab, Bryce also is a performer and sound designer. Some of his credits include: Constellation Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and Capital Fringe.
Kara Turner is The Theatre Lab's Marketing and Events Manager. Kara is an actor and graduate of the The Theatre Lab’s Honors Acting Conservatory. She previously served as Deputy Director of Communications for Governor Martin O'Malley.