Our Staff


Christopher Carlos, Co-Artistic Director

Chris is delighted to be a Co-Artistic Director at Kitchen Dog Theater, where he has directed and acted in over 40 productions. Before coming to Kitchen Dog Theater, Chris was a founding member and Managing Director of the award winning Actors' Stock Company where he produced, directed, designed, and/or acted in over 30 productions. He has also appeared at Dallas Theater Center, Theater Three, Teatro Dallas, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Actors' Theater, The Lean Theater, New Arts Theater, Stage #1, Moonstruck Theater Company, and The Gryphon Players. He has toured the continental US, Alaska and parts of Canada with The Nebraska Theater Caravan. Chris has directed productions for Alley Theater in Houston, Theater Three, Dallas Theater Center, Junior Players, Texas Worldwide Television, Young Audiences, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Voices Unsilenced, Project Discovery, and The Versatile Theater (which he also co-founded and was Artistic Director for three years). As an actor, Mr. Carlos has been active in the broadcast industry with several TV, film, and commercial credits. Christopher is Head of the Theater Department at The Winston School and is a member of Actors' Equity Association. He is represented by The Horne Agency.

Tina Parker, Co-Artistic Director

Tina Parker, a native Texan, is a graduate of the Division of Theatre at Southern Methodist University, where she studied both acting and directing. She currently serves as the Co-Artistic Director and Administrative Director at Kitchen Dog Theater. Active with the company since 1993, she has been directly involved, as an actor, director, or designer, with over 50 Kitchen Dog Theater productions. Her work has also been seen at the Dallas Theater Center, Junior Players, Shakespeare Dallas, WaterTower Theatre, Undermain Theatre, and the Arts and Letters Live Reading series. Tina has appeared in many film and TV projects, including recent roles in THE LONE RANGER, LONGMIRE, as well as a recurring role on the award-winning BREAKING BAD. Over the years, she has received both acting and directing awards from Dallas/Ft. Worth Critics Forum, Leon Rabin Awards, D Magazine and The Dallas Observer. Tina is represented locally by The Horne Agency. 

Tim Johnson, Managing Director

Tim’s first show with Kitchen Dog was over twenty years ago and he joined the Artistic Company in 1997. In 2014, Tim stepped into the position of Managing Director. KDT directing credits include THE DUMB WAITER, THE ARSONISTS, DETROIT, THE CHAIRS, RUTH, THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?, TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK, LAUGHING WILD, SOME EXPLICIT POLAROIDS, CHRISTIE IN LOVE, ACT OF PASSION, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, IN THE JUNGLE OF CITIES, and SORE THROATS. Tim also wrote/performed ONE: MAN. SHOW. at KDT. Tim’s work has been seen at a number of other Dallas theaters and universities. His work as a director has received numerous nods from the Rabin Awards, DFW Theater Critics’ Forum Awards, Dallas Observer’s “Best Of” and the Dallas Morning News “Best Of” lists. Previously, Tim was the Director of Performance for The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC), where he presented some of the nation’s leading performers. In addition to his duties at KDT, Tim also teaches acting at the University of North Texas. He holds a BFA in Theatre from Southern Methodist University and an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University.

Claire Carson, Administrative Coordinator

Claire is a playwright, sound designer, actress, dog/cat mom and published poet from Denver, Colorado. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2014 with a BFA in theater studies and has had 3 original plays produced around town in the years since: Michelle With Wet Eyeballs, Hypochondria and Shadow Woman. In 2014-2015 Claire was a member of the Dallas Playwrights' Workshop at Dallas Theater Center, under the guidance of Will Power. This is Claire’s first year at Kitchen Dog and she couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the pack!

Haley Nelson, Manager of Literary and Community Initiatives and NNPN Producer-in-Residence

Haley Nelson began working at Kitchen Dog in 2016, first as the Lobby Display Dramaturg and New Works Festival Co-Coordinator, and then as a fellow and collaborator on her 2017 LMDA Bly Creative Capacity Grant. Haley stepped into her current position as Manager of Literary and Community Initiatives in 2018, through which she manages the theater’s dramaturgy, community engagement programming, and annual New Works Festival.  She has dramaturged work in DFW at Dallas Theater Center, Circle Theatre, Women Galore, Theatre Too, Spoke Media, and Artstillery, evaluated scripts for national playwriting opportunities, and worked at several new work festivals across the country including the Kennedy Center’s New Play Intensive.  She is the Third Coast Regional Vice President for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and received an inaugural Actors Theatre of Louisville Emerging Leaders Grant in 2018. Additionally, Haley is a playwright and member of the 2019 Dallas Theater Center Playwrights Workshop, a contributing writer for TheaterJones, and can occasionally be caught on stage or producing small festivals across the metroplex. 


Our Company

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Rhonda Boutté
Rhonda has been a company member since 1998. Her first role with Kitchen Dog was Baboon/Mae in IN THE JUNGLE OF THE CITIES, throughout the years Rhonda has been seen on Kitchen Dog Theater stages many times. Some of her favorite roles are Cheetah Bee (Best Supporting actress nominee) in THE FASTEST CLOCK IN THE UNIVERSE, The Doctor in WOYZECK and her favorite role of all time The Woman (2013 Dallas Ft. Worth Theater Critics Forum Award) in THE CHAIRS. Rhonda has directed several staged readings for Kitchen Dogs New Works Festival for several years .Rhonda is also a company member with Undermain Theatre and has created many award winning roles there.

Vicki Caroline Cheatwood
Playwright, screenwriter and dramaturg. Most recent stage credits: MANICURES & MONUMENTS (WaterTower Theatre), HOME FRONT (Creative Arts Theatre & School), and RUTH (Kitchen Dog Theater). Off-Off-Broadway and regional theater credits include THE RISEN CHRIS at Vital Theatre, FITS & STARTS: THE SACRED HEART at Access Theatre, 10:10 and THE COWGIRL CHRONICLES for Actors Stock Company/NYC, and MANICURES & MONUMENTS for Journeyman Theatre Ensemble, Washington D.C. Her screen works include the feature film version of 10:10, a finalist in the Austin Film Festival,  BREAK, an Official Selection for the Cannes Independent Film Festival and Best Dramatic Short winner in the Long Island Film Festival, and BREATHING ROOM, which won a Special Jury Gold Award in the Houston WorldFest Film Festival. Zookeeper and educator by day, Vicki spent two seasons as dramaturg/researcher at WaterTower Theatre, and has worked closely with KDT’s young playwrights program PUP Fest since the program’s inception.

Cameron Cobb
Cameron has been a proud company member since 2008. Kitchen Dog credits include, MR. MARMALADE, RICHARD III, THE PILLOWMAN, BETRAYAL, MACBETH, TURN OF THE SCREW, RACE, and THE FIRESTORM. He also directed THE SEAGULL and BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE on the MainStage season, as well as many plays in the New Works Fest, including the original staged reading of BARBECUE APOCALYPSE. He has also composed music, designed make-up, created gore effects, and choreographed fights for various other shows throughout the years. He is represented by The Mary Collins Agency. In addition to his theatrical work, Cameron is a photographer. His work can be seen at www.cameroncobb.com.

Sarah Duc
Sarah Duc is proud to be an Artistic Company member of Kitchen Dog Theater, where she has been working since 2006. Past show credits as a stage manager with KDT include BARBECUE APOCALYPSE, SE LLAMA CRISTINA, COLLAPSE, BETRAYAL, LONG WAY GO DOWN, JIHAD JONES AND THE KALSHNIKOV GIRLS, and RAW VISION. Sarah is a Special Education teacher at L.V. Berkner High School in Richardson (Go Rams!!!). She is on the board of Hope Rising in McKinney. Hope Rising’s mission is to create positive change through arts-related events and activities that foster education and awareness about sexual and domestic violence. Sarah is so grateful to her husband Adam, as well as all of the friends and family who've supported her in all of these endeavors.  

John M. Flores
John is an accomplished sound designer, whose credits for Kitchen Dog include, THINNER THAN WATER, GIDEON’S KNOT, THE MOTHERFUC*ER WITH THE HAT, RACE, SE LLAMA CRISTINA, ONE: MAN SHOW. RX, , THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANANE, BECKY SHAW, OCCUPY #S17,‏ TURN OF THE SCREW, COLLAPSE, 26 MILES, PONZI, MACBETH, BETRAYAL, LONG WAY GO DOWN, THE SEAGULL, VIGILS, THE GOAT OR WHO IS SYLVIA?, RICHARD III, OUR LADY OF 121ST ST., CLOUD TECTONICS (Leon Rabin & DFW Critics Award), MR. MARMALADE, DEAD MONKEY, ¡CURANDERAS! SERPANTS OF THE CLOUDS. John’s work has also featured at Dallas Theater Center, Second Thought Theater, Theatre Three, Audacity Theatre Lab, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Our Endeavors Theater Collective, Junior Players, Teatro Dallas, Cara Mia Theater, The Drama Club, Project X Theater, and Limehouse Theater, who presented his world premiere of his play HALLUCINOGENIC TOREADOR, a PLAY on the PAIN(TING) of SALVADOR DALI, at the 2008 Prague Fringe Festival.

Clare Floyd DeVries
Clare is an architect, a set designer, and a happy company member. Her first design for Kitchen Dog was a crazy “chicken-shack-bookcase” for HAZARD COUNTY ten years ago.  Since then she’s gotten to cram into the MAC an over-scaled Walden Pond (for CHARM), a climbable two-story bridge (COLLAPSE), a Pritzker Prize winning architect’s condo (THE GOAT), a funhouse (SLASHER), a Victorian doctor’s office (IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY), and a rain-soaked Irish cottage (THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE).  What fun!  Elsewhere, Clare has designed over a hundred and fifty shows in DFW or as far off as San Francisco, Prague, or Oklahoma City.  She’s designed an obscure TV game show and the award-winning indie film CIAO and gathered a few awards herself.  In spare minutes she authored the how-to book, Alice Through the Proscenium: more scenic set design.

Jenny Ledel
Jenny is an actor living in Dallas, TX where she is a company member at Kitchen Dog Theatre. Her theatrical credits include Kitchen Dog Theater, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, WaterTower Theatre, Theatre Three, Second Thought Theatre, Texas Shakespeare Festival, The Dallas Museum of Art, and Shakespeare Dallas, The Undermain Theatre. Jenny is a multiple recipient of the DFW Critics Forum Award for Best Actress as well as a playwright. In addition to acting, Jenny’s voice can be heard on the band Home By Hovercraft’s album, Are We Chameleons?, and on Funimation Studio's FAIRY TAIL.  Her Film and Television credits include KARMA POLICE, SPIDER VEINS, and ONE TREE HILL.  She was part of the very first Playwrighting Workshop at the Dallas Theatre Center with Playwright in Residence Will Power. She is represented by The Mary Collins Agency.

Bill Lengfelder
Bill Lengfelder has been a Kitchen Dog Company member  for 22 years.  He has directed (poorly), acted (poorly), choreographed (occasionally not too bad).  He co-wrote, directed, co-choreographed, acted in BARBETTE which was part of the 2002 New Play Festival.  He is also a professor in the theater department of Southern Methodist University, and he is a member of the Irish Dance Theater Troupe, The Fabulous Beast. He has been a boxer, mime, theater professor, and stunt double for a dog.

Lisa Miller 
Lisa is a proud Kitchen Dog Company Member. She works with many organizations in the Dallas Area, including Texas Ballet Theatre and Theatre Three, she is also Resident Lighting Director for the Island East End Theater Company in Galveston. Lisa is also President of the newly formed Hope Rising, an Arts Organization working to raise awareness and put an end to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the Collin County area.

Barry Nash Company member Barry Nash has been seen in numerous KDT productions, including this seasons YOU GOT OLDER.  Locally, he has also performed with the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Second Thought Theatre, Our Endeavors Theater Company, and the Dallas Theater Center. He has received special recognition for his lead performance in the stage and screen versions of BOB BIRDNOW’S REMARKABLE  TALE of HUMAN SURVIVAL and the TRANSCENDANCE OF SELF.  Off stage, he works as Owner and Head Coach of The Coaching Company, a firm that provides performance training to business professionals and to television news organizations, including CNN and NBC.   Barry and his wife, Sandra, are long-time residents of Oak Cliff and the forever-proud parents of two now-grown daughters, Barrett and Shelby.

Karen Parrish
A KTD company member for 10 years, Karen's credits at KTD include:THE ARSONISTS, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LENNANE, BOOMWOZYCK,  HEAVEN, JESUS HOPPED THE A TRAIN,  MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, RECKLESS, ACT OF PASSION, and ROADShe directed BLIND DATE at KTD as part of 3 FOOTE for the Dallas Horton Foote Festival.  Community awareness readings include: "Jill's War"  to benefit the children of Iraq,  "Truth Be Told" to benefit arts programs for incarcerated women, and a performance for Civilians Theater Company on the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  She was a founding member of The Maryland Ensemble Theater, and a company member with The Contemporary American Theater Festival.  She received an BFA from SMU and an MFA from West Virginia University. She has taught Acting, and Voice and Speech at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and at West Virginia University. Karen currently serves as a region and area UIL One-Act critic judge and teaches theater and English at The Winston School in Dallas.

Heidi Shen
As an undergrad in the Division of Theatre at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, Heidi stage managed her first show with Kitchen Dog in 1999, WAITING FOR GODOT.  In addition to stage managing four other KDT productions, Heidi served as Development/Marketing Manager of KDT for two years.  She was the Resident Stage Manager at WaterTower Theatre from 2004 to 2012, during which she became a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.  Heidi is currently a freelance stage manager, but her favorite new role is as mom to an amazing little girl named Hannah.  She also enjoys her long-standing role as partner-in-crime to her awesome husband, Mike.

Ruth Stephenson
Ruth loves working at Kitchen Dog Theater with her fellow KDOGS.  Ruth has stage managed numerous shows including RACE, THE CHAIRS, BECKY SHAW, 26 MILES, IN THE NEXT ROOM, MACBETH, CHARM, SLASHER, VIGILS, PSYCHOS NEVER DREAM, THE GOAT, RICHARD III, MAN FROM NEBRASKA, END TIMES, MR. MARMALADE, FAT PIG, NICKEL AND DIMED, HAZARD COUNTY, THE DEAD MONKEY, CIRCUMFERENCE OF A SQUIRREL, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, THE DANUBE. Also you will usually see her house managing the New Works Festival at KDT.  Other theaters where she has stage managed include Second Thought Theatre, Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, Modern Stage, and Martice Enterprises.  She has also stage managed Tuzar Ballet’s Nutcracker for the last 3 years at the Eisemann Center.  Ruth is the secretary on the board of the newly formed Hope Rising, an Arts Organization working to raise awareness and put an end to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the Collin County area.

 Christie Vela
After Christie was mistakenly identified as a company member in the program for BUG in 2005, she still waited one more year before being asked to join as a full fledged company member in 2006. Since then Christie has appeared in, designed costumes for and directed numerous productions at her artistic home. Some of her favorite acting roles include FAT PIG, CURANDERAS, 26 MILES, OUR LADY OF 121st STREET, MACBETH and THE MOTHERFUCKER WITH THE HAT.  As director at Kitchen Dog her credits include BOOM and TURN OF THE SCREW. She also thoroughly enjoyed co- directing THE PILLOWMAN and CLOUD TECTONICS with fellow Dogs, Jonathan Taylor and Chris Carlos respectively. You've seen her around the metroplex at Dallas Children's Theater, Shakespeare Dallas, the Undermain and most recently at Amphibian stage in Fort Worth. Christie Vela is also member of Dallas Theater Centers' Resident Acting Company where her favorite part of her job is as Master Teacher for The Ted &Shannon Skokos Advanced Acting Learning at Lab at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts . At Booker T., Christie also teaches advanced acting for seniors as a freelance artist.


Drew Wall
Drew Wall has been a company member with Kitchen Dog Theater since 2015.  Kitchen Dog credits include TOTALITARIANS, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, LONG WAY GO DOWN, MACBETH, THINNER THAN WATER, AND SLASHER.  Other (select) Dallas credits include BELLEVILLE, NOCTURNE, BOOTH, A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE, RED LIGHT WINTER, A SKULL IN CONNEMARA, and LOBBY HERO (Second Thought Theatre); ONE THE EVE, DEFIANCE (Theatre Three); THE DOG PROBLEM  (Undermain Theater); THIS IS OUR YOUTH (Upstart Productions); and THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, TX (Shakespeare Dallas).  He has also worked  with The Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York (DOG SHOW and THE ROTTING OF TYCHO DEBRAHE, both by Rob Askins) and Queen Mary University in London. Offstage, Drew has worked professionally as a carpenter, welder, and scenic/property artist for many other theaters in the DFW area.   Drew is also an 8 year company member of Second Thought Theatre, holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University, and is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.  He would like to thank his friends and family for their constant love and support.


KDT Company Emeriti
Dan Day,
Founding Artistic Director
Andy Fitch
Aaron Ginsburg
David Irving
John Morgan (d.)
Danny Murray
Joe Nemmers
Sally Nystuen-Vahle

KDT Artistic Company
Christopher Carlos,
Co-Artistic Director
Tina Parker
Co-Artistic Director
Linda Blase
Rhonda Boutte
Diane Box Worman
Vicki Caroline Cheatwood
Cameron Cobb
Clare Floyd Devries
Sarah Duc
Cindy Ernst-Godinez
Jeremy Escobar
Michael Federico
John Flores
Jen Gilson-Gilliam
Liza Marie Gonzalez
Max Hartman
Aaron Johansen
Tim Johnson
Korey Kent
Jenny Ledel
Bill Lengfelder
Jen J Madison
Lisa Miller
Barry Nash Mellisa Panzarello
Karen Parrish
Heidi Shen
Ruth Stephenson
Jamal Gibran Sterling
James Stroman
Jonathan Taylor
Christie Vela
Drew Wall
Michael Wang

Kitchen Dog Board of Directors
President Alexander Albritton
Vice-President Peggy Kaufman
Kelly Allen                         Sam McKenney
                   Dennis Bolin                          Mauricio Navarro                   
Christopher Carlos      Ellen Osburn
Tim Johnson Tina Parker Brian Lind          Elizabeth Scott
Diana Marquis              Skyler Stuckey