The Board of Mercury Theatre Company announces new Artistic Team.

Mercury Theatre Company is pleased to appoint Joanna May Cullinan as interim Artistic Director and Aubrey Fink as Managing Director.


Joanna May Cullinan is an arts professional whose local credits on and off stage include: Great Lakes Theatre, the Cleveland Play House, Ensemble Theatre, Dobama Theatre, Beck Center, Baldwin Wallace University, Lorain County Community College, French Creek Theatre, Blank Canvas Theatre, Cleveland Stage Alliance, and Cain Park, owned and operated by the City of Cleveland Heights, where she remains the artistic director of theatre. Joanna previously worked for many years as the director of marketing at The Musical Theater Project. Favorite directing credits include Ragtime, Memphis, Parade, Big Fish, Godspell, and the regional premiere of Rock of Ages. Joanna has a BA in theatre from Baldwin Wallace University and completed the graduate program in Arts Administration at the University of Akron.


Joanna returns to Mercury after a long hiatus, having been an active company member from 2001-2008. “Mercury has played a role in launching so many careers including my own. It is a thrill to be part of this next chapter.”


Aubrey Fink is a Cleveland-based director, choreographer, actor and musical theatre educator. She has previously held the position of Director of Education at Mercury Theatre Company. Her work as a director and a choreographer has been seen been seen on stages across the country, most notably on productions of The Addams Family, Cinderella, Godspell, RENT, High School Musical for which she was Awarded the Outstanding Choreography award at the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta in 2020, Frozen Jr. and the world-wide amateur premiere of Children of Eden: The Symphonic Edition. As an actor, Aubrey has performed throughout the Midwest and New York in award-winning productions of Next to Normal (Natalie), It’s Easy (Swing, Dance Captain), A Christmas Carol (Belle/Dance Captain), Evil Dead: The Musical (Annie/Shelley), Proof (Catherine) and Under Milk Wood (Polly Garter, Gossamer Beynon). Alongside her work on stage, Aubrey is an active musical theatre educator, specializing in audition preparation, dance, vocal coaching, and educational theatre. Aubrey holds her Bachelor of Musical Theatre with a Minor in Dance from Oakland University, and she is working to pursue her Master’s degree.


Mercury Theatre Company remains committed to providing an atmosphere where all participants can maintain an artistic environment free from any form of discrimination and harassment.


The Board of Mercury Theatre Company feels certain that the 2021-2022 year promises to maintain artistic excellence and strong educational programming.


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  • Musical Theatre should be accessible to anyone regardless of age, race, education or financial background.
  • Musical Theatre should spark the imagination of everyone involved, whether participant or patron.
  • The mentoring of young people is a key responsibility of Mercury Theatre Company.
  • Musical Theatre must encourage the power of creative and critical thinking.
  • Our youth must be valued and provided with the tools to realize their artistic vision.
  • We do our best work when all are involved as collaborators in the pursuit of the artistic vision.
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