DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR: Kayla Oelhafen
Kayla Lynn Oelhafen is community organizer, artist manager and events producer, writer, photographer, yogi, and co-owner of Raleigh-based e-tailer Westgate Wine. She joined SDW in 2018 and has helped manage and produce Bamboo Wind, Revolutionaries in the Dark, and The In-Between. Currently, she serves as Company Manager and Development Director. Kayla has volunteered with NCModernist, ART/RE/ART, Girls Rock NC, Full Frame Film Festival, and The Carrack and directed the marketing for their final Muse Masquerade. She’s on the team at The Fruit, handling much of their social media and recently producing two month-long live music series: Joe Troop & Friends at The Fruit. She’s also on Joe Troop’s management team. Born and raised a Wisconsin bumpkin (self-proclaimed with much affection), Kayla found her way down south by means of Hollins University.
MARKETING DIRECTOR: Deseree Tuttle
Deseree received her B.S. in marketing with a concentration in Social Media marketing and marketing strategy from Southern New Hampshire University. She has worked on extensive marketing campaigns with professional racer, Gray Leadbetter, real estate brokerages, and even wedding industry leaders. She is a marketing manager, choreographer, and even a cake artist. Her unique outlook on marketing stems from her arts background. Deseree has danced for more than 20 years and been choreographing for 6 years. She has the ability to use her dance background to integrate marketing strategies into a piece of art. Deseree is beyond excited to be joining the ShaLeigh Dance Works team!
STAGE MANAGER: Cheryl Edson
Cheryl is thrilled to be stage managing again for ShaLeigh Dance Works, after working with them on E Pluribus Unum II. She is a theatre artist, writer, director, and composer who has worked across New York, Connecticut, and North Carolina. Recently, she was the producer for Goblin Market at Burning Coal Theater and stage managed Bulldog Ensemble Theater’s inaugural production “Curve of Departure”. Cheryl is a board member and grant writer for the Women’s Theatre Festival, and has a B.A. in Philosophy from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Jeremy Kumin
Kumin has designed the lighting for plays, musicals, opera, dance, video, fashion shows, and many other events. Building on his undergraduate degree from Duke, he went on to get an MFA from Brandeis in Lighting Design. In addition to practicing his art on projects that were for art’s sake, he was responsible for design and production on numerous special events through his production company Tri-Luminary, Inc. in New York City, from 1999 to 2007. From then until 2017, he handled North American Sales/Marketing for a lighting manufacturer based in Australia. At various points in the middle of all that, he was an associate producer on a number of theatrical productions; worked in advertising and marketing for a small agency in South Florida; created officially endorsed training videos for the EPA about testing procedures and for DesignCAD, a Computer Aided Design program he has used since 1986; guest-taught at universities such as Brandeis, NYU, and SUNY Purchase; sat on panels at conferences about lighting control; collaborated as an inventor on US Patent 8950901; and consulted on a number of other business startups in technology, the arts, and related fields. In 2019, Kumin returned to the practice of lighting dance, working with ShaLeigh Dance Works on Bamboo Wind and in 2020 with The In-Between. He also began a new endeavor, joining the design staff of Southern Lights of Raleigh, working on landscape and outdoor lighting projects.
ShaLeigh Comerford, President
Dorothy Recasner Brown, Vice President
Lauren Markley, Secretary
Steckley Lee, Treasurer
Fran Kirmser, Fran Kirmser Productions
Myra Weise, Proxemic Media & Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University