ROK's creative team designs, directs, and produces our customized shows and curriculum guides each year.
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Ansley Valentine, stage director
Ansley is a professional director and choreographer for the theatre and musical theatre and an educator with experience teaching professionally at the collegiate level and in both public and private performing arts high schools. Ansley is currently a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). He is a co-founder and the producing artistic director of Ohio Youth Ensemble Stage, a professionally-managed summer youth theatre program that celebrates diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all students no matter their ability.
Steven M. Warnock, PRODUCTION MANAGER
Scottish baritone, Steven M. Warnock, is a classically trained singer working in a broad range of styles. He performs in operas and musicals, engages with his community through music forward volunteering, and collaborates regularly with composers and creatives to bring new works to life. Warnock is determined to broaden exposure and access to the arts through his performances and engagement in global communities.
Sarah MCDonie, Executive Director
Sarah is a PhD candidate in musicology with a minor in media studies at Indiana University Bloomington. Her research is informed by a deep sense of wonder by the small things in the world. Her sensitivity to questions of hidden realities and the unusual drives her work on cybernetics and experimental performance art and ecology. Sarah is an alumna of the Diverse Intelligences Summer Institute. Before joining ROK, Sarah worked in the Jacobs School of Music Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development as the intern team and project manager. In addition to her professional commitments, Sarah and her husband, Brian, enjoy making homemade pizza and exploring the outdoors with their charismatic Shetland sheepdog, Manford.
ashley killam, consultant
Ashley Killam (she/her) is a passionate entrepreneur, non-profit director, freelancer, trumpet player, advocate, and researcher. Killam is the founder of AK Artist Management and is on a lifelong mission to create a more inclusive artistic space.
She is also an Associate Director of Diversify the Stand, a Colorado-based non-profit focusing on commissioning accessible educational works by marginalized composers. She is on the Board of Directors for Diversify the Stand, Future in Music, and the National Concert Band of America. Past appointments include previously working as a Trumpet Teaching Artist for MusicFit Academy, being the General Manager for Rising Tide Music Press, and drill writing.