Board of Trustees

Craig Pettinati (Artistic Director) established Kensington Arts Theatre (KAT) in 2002. He has been pleased to produce and perform award-winning musicals for over 15 years. In an extremely competitive market, KAT has established itself as one of the most prestigious community theatre groups in the DC Metro area.  KAT musicals have received hundreds WATCH nominations and have taken home seven Best Production WATCH/Ruby Griffith Awards.  KAT has launched two original musicals: Night of the Living Dead and Nevermore. Both shows have since gone on to be produced by professional theatre groups throughout the United States. KAT is also proud to say that we were the first community theatre in the DC metro area to produce UrinetownNext to NormalThe Addams Family, and The Bridges of Madison County.
John Nunemaker (Managing Director) received his theatre training from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. After graduating, he worked as stage manager, lighting designer and actor at Gettysburg Stage for two seasons. During this time, as an associate member of their Board, John worked to purchase additional light instruments and a new light board. John left Gettysburg Stage when he moved to Maryland and became active with Bowie Community Theatre. John was Vice President and then President of Bowie Community Theatre from 2009 until 2014. While at Bowie, John worked to implement a new ticketing system, an updated website, and a volunteer appreciation activity.

Along with his work as President of Bowie Community Theatre, John continued to work behind the scenes and on stage when time allowed throughout the DC region.  John began his tenure with KAT in 2010 when he stage managed Jekyll and Hyde and has been working with KAT ever since. In 2014, John became a member of the Board and is currently the Managing Director, previously holding the position of Production Manager. Recently, John has stage managed Out of Order, Daddy’s Girl, The Glass Menagerie, Murder My Misadventure, Avenue Q, Into the Woods, and Spamalot in theatres other than KAT. While at KAT, John has stage managed Jekyll & Hyde, Hair, Sunday in the Park with George, Next to Normal, and The Addams Family. John has directed shows throughout DC including Sordid Lives, Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will?, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Laramie Project, Two Rooms, Steel Magnolias, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Jeff Clausen (Technical Director) was first exposed to theater while working as a stagehand with his sister's dance company. He later went to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, where he continued pursuing his event production interests as a lead technician, audio engineer, and lighting designer for touring concerts and Broadway shows. Following graduation, Jeff worked in the events industry as a freelance technician, and was eventually hired as technical director for a boutique events company specializing in business theater. Jeff has since founded his own company and continues working on corporate events and business conferences. Jeff has worked on many iconic events over the years (Smithsonian 150th anniversary celebration, Presidential Inaugurations) and with many well-known brands (Microsoft, HP, Forbes Magazine). When he's not working, Jeff also volunteers as a youth soccer coach and, with his wife Terri, parents their two young sons.
Rachel DuChateau (Facilities Manager/Asst. Production Manager) is thrilled to serve on the board of KAT. In spring of 2018, she first joined KAT in its production of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, where she was a member of the ensemble and served as the props manager. She has performed in community theatre since 2004, with her favorite role being Kristine Urich in A Chorus Line at the Erie Playhouse (Feb/March 2017). She moved to the DC area in the fall of 2017 after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts with a minor in Political Science from Allegheny College and serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA for a year. Currently, she works at a local nonprofit organization.
Carol Jones (Marketing and Public Relations) loves volunteering with KAT mainstage!  In her time here, she has been house manager, board secretary, assistant stage manager for The Bridges of Madison County, stage manager for Sweeney Todd, and in the ensemble of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.  She occasionally is a background actor for locally filmed national TV shows and other film projects. Carol works as an Audience Services Associate at Theater J and as a Teaching Artist at CARE Actor, and substitutes in special education with Montgomery County Public Schools.
Kristen Danek (Production Manager) has been involved with KAT since 2016, when she moved to the area after graduating from the University of Delaware. Although she was never involved in theatre growing up in Pennsylvania, she found herself interested in theatre production in college, when her friend asked her to help out backstage. By senior year, she was on the executive board of that group, the Harrington Theatre Arts Company (HTAC). After moving to the DC Metro Area, she missed the theatre life, so she reached out to KAT and voila, here we are! Kristen has been involved in nearly every aspect of theatre production over the years, from backstage crew to lighting to props to stage managing to directing to, of course, producing. During the day, while not spending time near the stage, Kristen uses her environmental engineering degree to restore streams. She is also a huge sports fan, and enjoys playing tennis and softball and watching baseball and football. She's so excited for the future here at KAT and hopes you come to experience some of our amazing productions!
Dan Patrick Leano (Associate Technical Director)
Fred Zirm (Second Stage Artistic Director) After receiving an M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Iowa, Fred Zirm directed nearly one hundred plays at the Landon School in Bethesda while also teaching courses in English and acting. The musicals among his productions include The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods, Urinetown, Bye Bye Birdie, Kiss Me Kate, H.M.S. Pinafore, Fiddler on the Roof, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, and Anything Goes. His non-musical productions range from The Importance of Being Earnest to The Crucible and The Cherry Orchard, in addition to seven of Shakespeare’s plays. Several of his students have become professional actors, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, of Seinfeld and Veep fame, and Wallace Acton, who played Hamlet and Richard III at the Shakespeare Theater.

Outside of Landon, he has served as script evaluator for the Chautauqua Theater Company, Silver Spring Stage, and New Playwrights’ Theater, as well as directing Fiddler on the Roof at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville and several staged readings and one full professional production at New Playwrights’ Theater in DC. He recently directed the Ruby Griffith Award (non-musical) Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance at Silver Spring Stage.
Doe B. Kim (Webmaster, Playbill Editor) is thrilled to be supporting the team of Mr. Zirm and Ms. Bayer in this latest iteration of KAT Second Stage. Doe has been a part of Second Stage since inception and remembers the days of building set pieces in the old firehouse across Kent Square Road (fire hazards and all). He has been seen on the Arts Barn stage as Horton the Elephant, the Wizard of Oz, a harmonizing Vulture, Wilbur the Pig, Augustus Gloop, and Daddy Warbucks. Doe has also built sets and provided music direction for several Second Stage productions. Favorite shows include Charlotte’s Web, A Year with Frog and Toad, The Wizard of Oz, The Jungle Book KIDS, and Annie KIDS.

Doe is grateful that Fred emailed KAT back in 2014 expressing interest in directing shows at Second Stage, and even though he is a Little Hoya through and through, working with the former Landon drama director has been an amazing experience. Doe is happy to provide production support for this excellent team at Second Stage.
Brand Design and ConsultantErnie Achenbach
AssociatesElenilson A. Ayala, Jenna Ballard, Joel Richon