The Stray Dog Pack
Gary F. Bell - Artistic Director
Rob Ogden - Executive Director
Jay V. Hall - Production Manager
Justin Been - Resident Stage Manager / Technical Manager
Cathy Altholz - Graphic Artist
Lynn F. Pollak - Advertising Director
Jennifer Merlo - Legal Counsel
David Altholz - Web Master
The Stray Dog Board
Jennifer Bell - President
Katie Kaufmann - Treasurer
Jennifer Merlo - Secretary
Gary F. Bell - Ex Officio
Rob Ogden - Ex Officio
SDT is always interested in new volunteers please contact Artistic Director Gary F. Bell if interested.
More About the Artistic Director
Artistic Director Gary F. Bell has acted, directed, and taught for theatre, film, and television in New York City, Europe, and most recently Saint Louis. After attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Bell joined the American Ensemble Studio Theatre where he trained extensively with its Founder and Artistic Director, Stanley Harrison. While in New York, Bell had the opportunity to work with many distinguished directors and artists, including Tazewell Thompson, Robert Patrick, Willem de Kooning, and Aaron Copland.
A member of Actors’ Equity Association and American Guild of Variety Artists, Bell is also an accomplished composer/lyricist and playwright. The prestigious Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in Waterford, Connecticut has recognized his play, Justice for Justine.
After moving to Saint Louis in 2000 for a self-imposed playwriting sabbatical, Bell decided to establish a new professional theatre company based in part on the philosophy of his mentor, Stanley Harrison. This approach utilizes the actors’ individual qualities to create rich, insightful character portrayals. Drawing upon his most successful experiences from more than 20 years as a theatre professional, Bell believes Stray Dog Theatre will continuously challenge and involve the most dedicated local theatre artists and audiences.