About / Staff


Thank you for your interest in Carolina Performing Arts. Below is the full staff listing. To contact an individual department, click here.

Emil J. Kang, Executive and Artistic Director

Mike Johnson, Associate Director
Mary Dahlsten, Business Manager
Nic Caceres, IT Coordinator
Abigail Gonzales, Executive and Programming Assistant
Annette Strom, Operations Coordinator

Arts@TheCore & Engagement
Jane Thrailkill, Mellon Distinguished Scholar
Aaron Shackelford, Director of Engagement

Development & Strategic Initiatives
Susin Seow, Director of Development
Rachel Ash, Director of Annual Giving

Marketing & Communications
Mark Nelson, Director of Marketing and Communications
Darah Whyte, Marketing and Communications Manager
Renu Gharpure, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Ryan Griffin, Ticket Services Manager
Nicole Davis, Assistant Ticket Services Manager

Venue Operations
Butch Garris, Director of Production
Aaron Yontz, Production Manager
Brad Munda, Production Manager
Angela Brickley, Assistant Production Manager
David Hahn, Assistant Production Manager
Mark Steffen, Events Manager
Sarah Mixter, Audience Services Manager

Programming & Artistic
Amy Russell, Director of Programming
Megan Whitaker, Artist Services Manager
Chris Pendergrass, Artistic Coordinator

Memorial Hall Student Staff
Carolina Performing Arts is grateful for the more than 100 students who work on our Ticket Services, Administrative, House and Tech staffs. It is their hard work and dedication that make every performance at Memorial Hall a success.

*Listing includes full and part-time staff