Executive Director


Kappy joined The Human Race Theatre family in 2018, moving from NYC where she served as the Associate General Manager at Snug Harbor Productions on Red Roses, Green Gold at the Minetta Lane Theatre. Kappy was also the Company Manager for GLORIA: A Life at the Daryl Roth Theatre. While in Los Angeles, Kappy served as Associate Director of Artistic Development at Pasadena Playhouse and Special Projects Coordinator at Center Theatre Group. She has produced numerous Off-Broadway and regional productions as well as awards ceremonies and fundraisers: The World of Nick Adams celebrity benefit for Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camps; Stephen Sondheim’s 75th: The Concert at the Hollywood Bowl; CTG’s All About Gordon Farewell Gala for Gordon Davidson. She is a founder and former producer of Directors Lab West in Los Angeles and alumni of Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab. Kappy is a member of the Rotary Club of Dayton. MFA in Producing and Management from Columbia University.

Artistic Director


Emily N. Wells took over as the new Artistic Director in June, 2022. Emily is an award-winning theatre director, creative producer and educator with over 25 years experience including a significant emphasis on new plays and musicals. Joining Human Race Theatre Company as the new Artistic Director realizes a dream come true for Emily, as the company’s mission echoes her own: to open the doors of art and creativity to all people through stories that reflect our shared humanity.

After spending many years as a freelancer, Emily took a position as a senior producer for Houston Grand Opera, where she focused on community building through new work development of pieces with significance to the 3rd largest Metro in the US. Her role at HGO encompassed producing a vast scale of works, including the Telly Award-winning Star- cross’d opera web series. Emily staged the 2023 HGO world premiere of Another City, a new opera that tells the true stories of unhoused Houstonians and those who aid them. She also served as guest director and adjunct faculty at Houston’s prestigious Rice University, and led several fundraising efforts for congenital heart disease.

Prior to living in Houston, Emily’s other directing credits include Gulfshore Playhouse, Circuit Playhouse, Theatreworks/USA among others. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Memphis, a BA in Theatre from Washington University in St. Louis, and is an SDC and AEA Member. In her early career, Emily stage managed on and off Broadway, regionally and on national tours – including a week for The Human Race’s production of Green Gables while in development in East Hampton during the summer of 2004.

Artistic Director Emeritus


Kevin served as Executive Director, Artistic Director or Producing Artistic Director of The Human Race Theatre Company from its founding in 1986 through his retirement at the end of HRTC’s 36th Season.



2023 – 2024 Board of Trustees

The Human Race is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation governed by a Board of Trustees. Each Trustee serves a two-year term and may be renewed for six consecutive years.


  • Chair | Jennifer McCormick, City of Centerville
  • Vice-Chair | Jenn Brumby, Taft Law
  • Secretary | Ileana Marin, Community Volunteer
  • Treasurer | Linda Deitz, Community Volunteer

Board Members

  • Todd Crawford, PNC Bank *
  • Max Heintz | MFH Financial Services, Inc.
  • Shannon Jackson | Realtor, HER Realtors
  • Lisa Nicolosi | Wilmer Hale
  • Brian Sharp | SharpGroup Realty/Berkshire Hathaway
  • Jaresha Moore Smith | Empower on Purpose, Past Prior Chair
  • Andrew Ian Adams | Resident Artist
  • Marsha Pippenger | Visual Artist
  • Kappy Kilburn, Executive Director
  • Emily N. Wells, Artistic Director

Artistic Engagement Committee:

  • Jamie Cordes
  • Tiffany Countryman
  • Kiersten Farmer
  • Era Gupta
  • Jake Lockwood
  • Michael London
  • Oluchi Nwokocha
  • Maggie Lou Rader
  • Brian Sharp, Chair
  • Aleah Vassell

Donor Engagement Committee

  • Todd Crawford*, Chair
  • Lou Mason
  • Marcia Muller
  • Barbara O’Hara
  • Beth Schaeffer

Finance Committee:

  • Linda Deitz, Chair
  • David Coomer
  • Todd Crawford*
  • Max Heintz
  • Brian Sharp
  • Wilfred Van Breukelen

*In memoriam

Executive Director

Kappy Kilburn

Pronouns:  She/Her
(937) 461-3823 ext. 3112

Engagement and Learning Coordinator

Tiffany Countryman

(937) 461-3823 ext. 3114

Communications Coordinator

Addi Helms

Pronouns:  She/Her
(937) 461-3823 ext. 3111

Executive Assistant

Kiersten Farmer

(937) 461-3823 ext. 3115

Finance Manager

Brixey & Meyer

(937) 461-3823 ext. 3118

Marketing Partners

Billy Peake, JINX Agency
Sierra Swanson & Nate Selby, Intent Creative

Artistic Director

Emily N. Wells

Pronouns: She/Her
(937) 461-3823 ext. 3121

Creative Producer

Tara Lail

Pronouns: She/Her
(937) 461-3823 ext. 3113

Technical Director

Mack Perin

Pronouns: She/Her
(937) 461-3823 ext. 3120

Carpenter/Charge Artist

Jeff Heater


Costume Shop Manager

Victoria “Ori” Gifford


Prop Master

Sarah Gomes

Resident Lighting Designer

John Rensel


Current Resident Artists

  • Andrew Ian Adams
  • Katie Pees Arber
  • Christine Brunner
  • Jay Brunner
  • Deb Colvin-Tener
  • Jamie Cordes
  • Marya Spring Cordes
  • Bruce Cromer
  • Joe Deer
  • Sean Michael Flowers
  • Tamara Honesty
  • Scott Hunt
  • Alan Bomar Jones
  • Jennifer Joplin
  • Caitlin Larsen
  • Tim Lile
  • Pat Linhart
  • Michael Kenwood Lippert
  • Jake Lockwood
  • Kevin Moore
  • Janet Powell
  • Scott Stoney


  • Kay Bosse
  • Richard Hess
  • Nuggie Libecap

In Memoriam

Marsha Hanna

Sheila Ramsey


* = founding member