Zach Flock has served as Dramashop’s artistic director since the company’s inception and has been instrumental in launching, shaping and growing Dramashop into a vital player in the region’s arts and cultural community. In his role at Dramashop, Flock oversees all aspects of operations, leads the creative team, and functions as executive producer for all productions. Under his leadership, Dramashop produced 40 productions in six years, a quarter of which were directed by Flock. Notable productions include CONSTELLATIONS, THE TESTAMENT OF MARY, HAND TO GOD, ANGELS IN AMERICA and OTHER DESERT CITIES. As an actor, Flock appeared in FARRAGUT NORTH (Paul Zara), RABBIT HOLE (Howie) and THE PILLOWMAN (Tupolski). Originally from New Stanton, PA, Flock has a degree in theatre and communication arts from Gannon University, where he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration. He and his wife, Jessica, live in Erie with their two dogs, Cooper and Millie.
Alaina Manchester, associate artistic director
Alaina Manchester, Associate Artistic Director, Dramashop, is an assistant professor of theatre in Gannon University’s School of Communication and the Arts. Alaina graduated from Gannon University with her BA in Theatre and Communication Arts and she earned her MFA in Acting from the University of Florida where she was awarded a Graduate Fellowship. She earned her Actors Equity Membership Candidacy Card by performing at the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville Florida in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia) and A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Fezzywig). She has also performed internationally in Germany, Czech Republic, and Greece with UF’s International Theatre Program: A Streetcar Named Desire (Eunice), Oedipus (Servant), and Romeo and Juliet (Nurse) a role for which she earned an Irene Ryan nomination through KCACTF. In 2015, Alaina earned recognition from the Society of American Fight Directors as an actor combatant in unarmed stage combat, completing her skills proficiency renewals with a recommended pass. This is in addition to the recognition she earned from the Society of American Fight Directors as an actor combatant in unarmed stage combat with a recommended pass and as an actor combatant in rapier and dagger with a basic pass. In 2011, Alaina was also recognized by The British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat as passing with distinction in unarmed stage combat and the use of rapier and dagger as well as by Dueling Arts International as a theatrical combatant in unarmed stage combat and an intermediate combatant in the use of rapier and dagger.
Michael Haas, business manager