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Liz Flemming, Founding Producing Artistic Director

Several years touring and working in the regional circuit as a professional actor, Liz shifted focus to make a difference within our theatre community taking on inclusivity on the stage with the creation of OOTB. With OOTB she has produced two successful sold-out seasons of site-specific immersive productions. Other OOTB Producing credits include Alice at Alice’s starring Alice Ripley, a series of Open Mics, and several cabarets and special events. Independently she was asked to produce the new musical Mommie Dearest written by Christina Crawford with music by David Nehls, and Sam’s Room with New York Theater Barn. Liz also serves as Managing Director at the cell theatre.

Ethan Paulini, Associate Artistic Director

Ethan is an actor, director, choreographer, and educator. He has served as OOTB’s Associate Artistic Director since 2017. Prior to that he directed and choreographed the inaugural production of YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN and 2017 season opener “MASTER HAROLD”…AND THE BOYS. He curated the Building the Box new work series. As an actor, he has extensive New York, National Tour, Regional, Television, Film and Commercial credits. He is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), SAG-AFTRA and the Society of Directors and Choreographers (SDC). He founded #ethancoaches, a successful Acting and Career Coaching Studio in Manhattan, boasting almost 300 clients represented on Broadway, National Tours, Regional Theatre, Feature Film and Television. He is also the Artistic Director at Cape Cod Theatre Company- Home of HJT, Weathervane Theatre in Whitefield, NH. Upcoming: ELF (Penobscot Theatre Co.) and INTO THE WOODS (OOTB). For more info visit



Frank Hartley, Managing director

Frank works as a lighting and sound designer in New York City, moonlighting as a director, actor, production manager, and dog owner. For OOTB he has lit Songs For A New World, Nocturne and upcoming Into The Woods. He recently was the AD on Mommy Dearest working with Christina Crawford and Joe Barros, and is the Facilities Manager at the cell theatre. He oversaw Fight With Love a 10-year BCEFA benefit in residence at Geva Theater and volunteers annually with the non-profit. You can often find him scuttling around the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a tour guide. Frank holds a BA in Theatre Education and Music Business From SUNY Potsdam/Crane School of Music.

Carrie Greenberg, Director of development

Carrie is thrilled to be part of Out of the Box Theatrics! Carrie previously served in the Marketing and Development department at Theatre West Virginia in Beckley, WV and in the Marketing and PR department at Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, FL. Also a performer, Carrie has performed across the country as well as abroad. A huge thank you to the OOTB crew - the best team of collaborators one could ever hope for. Carrie holds a BA in Musical Theatre and Public Relations from West Virginia Wesleyan College. 



gabriella Garcia, Director of Social Media

Gabriella is an actor, singer, and social media enthusiast who’s been in the city for a year now. She is a recent college graduate from AMDA: College and Conservatory of Performing Arts where she received a BFA in Musical Theater. She’s always had a love for social media and a passion for Instagram and has loved being a part of the OOTB team! Insta: gabymariegarcia and make sure to follow ootbtheatrics!!!

Charlie johnson, Director of New Work

Charlie is most often found at the theater, yoga, or Chipotle. Charlie Johnson is a director, writer, and theater artist. His work has been seen in New York at the New York Musical Festival, FringeNYC, The Playroom Theater, The Triad, Feinstein's/54Below, Musical Theater Factory, and The Green Room 42.Recent direction: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Flat Rock Playhouse), Plaid Tidings (Enlightened Theatrics), and Acts on a Roof (Uptown Players). He holds assisting credits with Michael Arden, Sam Buntrock, Jerry Zucker, and David Armstrong. Charlie attended Elon University and currently resides in Washington Heights. He is most often found at the theater, yoga, or Chipotle.


Advisory Board

Alice Ripley - Tony Award winner (Next to Normal)  

Christina Crawford - Author/Playwright (Mommie Dearest)

David Nehls - Composer/Lyricist (Great American Trailer Park Musical, Mommie Dearest)

Joe Barros - NY Theatre Barn Artistic Director and Associate Bway Director (Gigi)

Jay Binder – Casting Director (Binder Casting – Bway, Film, TV, etc.)

Board of Directors

Christopher Sidoli, Chairman

Nicholas Alexiou, Treasurer

Ginny Gruenert

Hans Gruenert

Andrew Parks