Jonah Crismore has been a nonprofit arts leader for over ten years. In addition to serving the Buskirk-Chumley Theater as its Executive Director, he helped lead arts organizations in Fort Wayne as the Chief Programming Officer at the Embassy Theatre, and was the Executive Director of Cinema Center, a film arts organization, where Jonah founded the Hobnobben Film Festival with his wife Amanda. They are excited to explore their new home of Bloomington with their two dogs.
Lily has been inspired by the kindness and generosity of BCT’s supporters since she joined the team in March 2020. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and believes that philanthropy is a tool that allows anyone to have a positive impact on their community. Her passion for service extends to her free time which is typically spent volunteering for other local nonprofits or working on her fixer-upper in the Prospect Hill neighborhood which she enjoys with her husband Gerard and toddler Josey.
While working on his AS in Audio Technology degree from IU (Class of 2001), David began working for the local chapter of IATSE stagehands. Occasionally, those work calls lead him to the BCT. After graduating, he began working for a local sound company, became a Journeyman for IATSE, worked independently as an audio engineer, and has served as the BCT’s technical director since 2017. David enjoys visiting the numerous parks around southern Indiana, keeping his cats appeased, and riding his motorcycle on the twisty highways and byways of the area.
A North Carolina native, Jordan has been involved with the Buskirk-Chumley Theater since moving to Bloomington in 2017. With an educational background in Social Work and Arts Administration, Jordan has been curious about the intersection of community, downtowns and quality of place, and the arts. As the Events Director, Jordan loves participating in creating space for people to come have fun, learn something new, or step back in time. Jordan loves getting to visit her sisters in the Blue Ridge Mountains, fall mornings with a comfy sweater, and good beer.
Clayton has spent his entire adult life working on stage and brings that unique perspective to his work at the BCT. Clayton started his stage experience at the IU Musical Arts Center in 2014. He later worked for Markey’s Rental and Staging, traveling the country working with audiovisual technology for some of the world’s largest corporations. He is what many affectionately refer to as a “townie,” growing up just south of Bloomington. He loves music, hiking, traveling, and looks forward to many more fun years living in Bloomington to come.
Kari has served as the Office Manager & Business Director at BCT Management, Inc. since 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management from Indiana University and has years of professional experience ranging from project and fiscal management to product development and meeting planning. Kari and her husband Jake live in the wooded hills of Brown County, love the arts, gardening and travel, and are dedicated dog parents.
Lexi brings to the BCT years of experience on stage and behind the scenes. She spent her first 10 years in the arts as an actress. She later went on to earn a Master of Arts in Arts Administration and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University. Lexi and her wife Jillian have called Bloomington home for over four years now along with their three pups. Jillian and Lexi are so excited to be welcoming their daughter Lorelai to the world this December.
Ahmed brings a fresh perspective to BCT as he is currently in his senior year of attaining his Bachelor of Science in Arts Management from Indiana University, with a focus in music. He has diverse performance arts experiences, ranging from jazz and concert bands as well as stage theatre and crew, appreciating the variety of shows the theater enjoys. Ahmed has lived in Bloomington for three years now with his two cats he has adopted since, and loves the local arts and cultures the town hosts.
Harleigh has been a part of the BCT since fall of 2019 as a student-worker through Indiana University. After leaving the box office due to COVID, she continued studying Social Work and Gender Studies. She was able to come back to work at the theater in August of 2021, and she graduated with her Bachelors in Social Work in the spring of 2022. Harleigh loves the theater and the community that comes with it. She is very excited to continue helping out the theater in any way she can!
Alexa brings an old soul with a contemporary perspective to the BCT, appreciating both classics and embracing the ever-evolving nature of the entertainment industry. She recently graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor's Degree in Arts Management but has been involved in the performing arts for over ten years, onstage and off. She is deeply fond of the creative community in Bloomington, as she founded an on-campus networking organization for Arts Management students and has worked with a variety of local nonprofits during her college career.
Claudia Gage is a graduate student at Indiana University, pursuing a Master of Arts in Arts Administration and a Master of Public Affairs. As a Youngstown, OH native, she has always loved theatre and performing arts. Before moving to Bloomington, she worked as an actor, teaching artist, costumer, and arts administrator for various arts organizations in Ohio, Kentucky, Connecticut, and New York. When not in class or at work, she can be found hiking, reading, baking, or relaxing at home with her cat Spooky.
Cassidy has been a part of the BCT family since she moved to Bloomington from her hometown of Alexandria, IN to attend Indiana University in 2018. She now holds two Bachelor of Arts Degrees from IU, one in Spanish with a minor in Gender Studies, and the other in International Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. During her academic career, she has also studied abroad in Mexico and Spain.
Derrek comes to the BCT after spending five years as a news reporter for the Times-Mail in Bedford. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in journalism and telecommunications from Ball State in 2014. In addition to reporting, he spent time as a technical writer for a pharmaceutical company and designing sports pages for The Herald Times. Derrek also plays guitar in a Bloomington-based death metal band, Wretched Idol, as well as a Louisville-based metalcore band, Taken Lives.
Teri Watkins started at the BCT as a Volunteer Usher in 2007 and became part of the event staff in the fall of 2016. You can usually find her in the concession stand popping the theater’s popcorn and serving patrons. Teri moved from Omaha, Nebraska to Bloomington and works for a publisher. She spends her time visiting state wineries with friends, gardening, volunteering in the community, cooking, and cheering for the Indiana Women’s basketball program. She has published two books, most recently a cookbook of her grandmother’s recipes.
Maddy has always seen the world as a boundless realm of opportunity. She has tried her hand at everything from pottery to skateboarding on their lifelong journey to become a true jack-of-all-trades. Maddy recently graduated from Indiana University with a BA in Media Production, but during their time at school they also became a certified Wilderness First Responder, obtained a minor in Anthropology of Food, served as a producer and director of IU’s Tiny Dorm Concerts, and more! They plan to keep exploring for many, many years to come.