Our History

The Western Reserve Playhouse began in 1956 as the Bath Community Players, performing in the old Bath village town hall.

The current barn theater was acquired in 1966. A small, dedicated group of community players drew audiences from a widespread area of Summit, Medina, and Cuyahoga counties.

In 2006, WRP grew when it assumed the assets of Phoenix Stage Productions, itself a conglomeration of the Goodyear Community Theater and the Church Street Players.

In 2017, it hired its first Artistic Director with the responsibility of re-establishing WRP as a community asset and improving its financial security.

Today, Western Reserve Playhouse boasts an 6 to 8 -production season, in addition to its reoccurring summer education camps for children, a $5 Bucks Staged Reading series, New Works Festivals, CaBARet Series, and year-round theater arts education.

Our Mission

The Western Reserve Playhouse engages, inspires, entertains, and challenges audiences with theatrical productions which range from mysteries, musicals, and comedy, to new works and children’s productions. We educate and support the next generation of theater artists through our education programs promoting life-long learning to a diverse community and celebrate the essential power of local theatre.

We love this place. When we have guests from out of town, we make sure to bring them here.

Our Leaders

August Scarpelli

Artistic Director

August Scarpelli (Artistic Director) is a graduate of Hiram College...

Braelin Andrzejewski

Marketing Coordinator

Braelin Andrzejewski is a multipassionate, neurodivergent artist, educator, podcaster, and...

Rebecca Riffle

Box Office Manager/Office Assistant

Rebecca Riffle (Box Office Manager/Office Assistant) comes from a long...

James Fippin

$5 Bucks Series Coordinator

Jim Fippin ($5 Bucks Series Coordinator) has been seen on...

Patrick Hanlon

CaBARet Coordinator

Patrick Hanlon (CaBARet Coordinator) graduated from Robert Morris University with his...

Jim Gremba

Shop Manager

James Gremba (Shop Manager) was originally bitten by the theater...

Sue Snyder

Resident Prop Mistress

Sue Snyder (Resident Prop Mistress) was on stage one time,...

Board of Trustees

President: David Klainer

Vice President: Logan Trombley

Treasurer: Mia Radabaugh

Secretary: Mackenzie Barry

Board Members:

  • Shani Ferry
  • Patrick Hanlon
  • Victoria Kirgesner-Hunsicker
  • Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski (Honorary)
  • Keith Stevens

In Memoriam: Joyce Sainato