Mark Phillips Schwamberger
Mark Phillips SchwambergerManaging Artistic Director / Board Member
Mark’s theatrical career spans over thirty years. His passion for theatre began during his undergraduate studies at The University of Louisville and continues to this day. He has performed at The Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan prior to moving to NYC to pursue his career. While in New York; he was involved with Earl Wilson Jr. and Phil Oesterman’s hit Off-Broadway musical, Let My People Come; worked with Albert Poland on The Charles Pierce Show starring Mr. Charles Pierce; and worked on The Incredible World of Magic and Illusion with Richiardi Jr., and a host of other master magicians all at the famed Village Gate Theatre in Greenwich Village. He also worked on shows with Christopher and Amanda Plummer at Town Hall and other productions at The Cherry Lane and The Roundabout Theatre. In addition to this, he performed in productions at both Off and Off – Off Broadway venues as well as producing and directing cabaret shows at The Top of the Gate. Besides working and performing in New York and Michigan, he has also been in various musicals, comedies and dramas in Kentucky, Florida and Ohio. He originated the role of Major Vadim in the world premiere of White Russian written by Michael S. Parsons and directed by Michael Bailey; he originated the characters of Morton Silkline in the movie The Funeral and Henry Krueger in the movie Oni both directed by Christopher Dukes.

Mark has studied acting, voice, and movement both privately and at University. His training has been influenced by Uta Hagen’s teachings and the Stanislavski technique. He received his B.A. in Theatre for The Ohio State University. Mark is also an award winning playwright. As a writer, Mark has written full length and short stage plays (The award winning The Story of Boo and Beep, The Undergraduate, the award winning Pandora’s Jar and 110 Columbia Heights). While in the corporate world, Mark has also had a career in the information technology, marketing and business development fields with Bank One/Chase, SunTrust Corp. and Metavante Corp.

Paul Lockwood
Paul LockwoodFounder / Artistic Director Emeritus Board Member
A native of the Chicago area, Paul began acting in musicals such as Kiss Me, Kate (Lucentio), The Boy Friend (Bobby) and Under Papa’s Picture (Fabrizio). He then moved to New York City, where he worked as a writer, actor, and singer for 19 years.
He attended the Actor’s Conservatory under the instruction of Eileen Akin and Lily Lodge. During that time he appeared in scores of Off-Off Broadway productions and originated the roles of Hector in Goliath in Love (Wings Theatre) and the ex-convict-turned hustler in Ten Naked Men (New York Playhouse). Paul was also active in educational outreach theatre and was an early member of the AIDS Theatre Project, an award-winning troupe that wrote and performed works dealing with HIV and AIDS education and prevention. He co-authored and performed on Broadway in their celebrated production, Moment to Moment. Other companies he was actively involved with included Ten-to-One Productions, Theatre of the Elephant and his own Ice Theatre. In film, Paul appeared in a number of independent productions including Stephen Frears’ Hero (with Dustin Hoffman) and Jim Fall’s Trick, now a gay film classic.
Paul also studied voice for eight years and worked as a back-up and session singer for many years in New York. Among others, he has performed and/or recorded with Taka Boom, Sharon Redd, Ryo Kawasaki, Camilla Benson, Frank Grimaldi, The City Singers, Fall Out, and was half of the 80s dance duo MadStuff. His 2000 solo release, Positive, raised money for AIDS organizations and garnered a #1 single on the GLBT national charts.
While in Pittsburgh, Paul performed with Gemini Theater (as Sterling in Jeffrey) and VV Theatre (Fran in Gemini and Lew Bagatelle in Night Life) and directed for his own Pushpin Productions (The Reindeer Monologues). In Columbus, Paul founded Evolution Theatre Company in January 2008 and directed ETC’s premiere production, Stone Cold Dead Serious by Adam Rapp.
As a writer, Paul has authored a novel (A Hill Without Reason), film scripts (On High, The State of a Union, Soul Searchers), stage plays (Running From Paramus, hungry/angry/lonely/tired), sit-com pilots and episodes (Hell’s Kitchen, Second Chance) as well as many short stories. Paul has a B.A in Journalism/Communications from the University of St. Francis, an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Theatre at OSU. Like most of the guys from The Sopranos, he is a member of the Guild of Italian-American Actors (GIAA).
Lane Schlicher
Lane SchlicherProduction Assistant
Lane Schlicher graduated from Wittenberg University in 2017 with a degree in Theatre and moved to Columbus shortly after. Lane was involved in many shows throughout his time at Wittenberg University, and he was an actor in: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, “Becky Shaw”, “Dinner with Friends”, and “Mousetrap”. Lane has also directed two shows: “Venus in Fur”, and the one act play “Babes in Gangland”. After moving to Columbus, he was the assistant stage manager for Evolution Theatre Company’s production of “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told!” during the 2017 Season. He became a company staff member in 2018 as Production Assistant.
David Allen Vargo, CMMP
David Allen Vargo, CMMPMarketing and Communications Director
David is a certified marketing management professional whose expertise combines over 30 years in marketing communications and public relations in conjunction with a lifelong career in the theatre as a professional actor, director, and AEA stage manager. A native of Miami, Florida, David moved to Columbus, Ohio in 2013 when he married Professor Emeritus of Law, Douglas Whaley, of The Ohio State University. David is a summa cum laude honors graduate of Columbus State Community College, where he was inducted into the prestigious Society of The Compass for academic excellence and accomplishment. He is an alum of the Florida State University School of Theatre in Tallahassee and was a Faculty Scholar at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. His marketing career began in the corporate meeting planning and special event industry as an assistant to upper management who quickly recognized his technical acumen, strong potential, and enthusiasm for ushering the organization and its subsidiaries into the digital age. Within three years, he had risen internally from an assistant in one department to leadership of another. Before moving to Ohio, David had a long career as a Director of Marketing Communications for a non-vacation group travel destination management company which specializes in meetings, incentives and conferences. David’s design firm DAVARGO, LLC focuses on corporate collateral and theatrical graphic design. Additionally, David freelances as an audio book narrator and a voice-over artist.
Leland Leger
Leland LegerResident Technical Director / AEA SM
Leland Leger is back to working with Evolution Theatre Company this upcoming season after having performed on stage with them in the past as Harrison Blythe in the area premiere of The Vultures in addition to being a sound board operator for Cabaret. He has also taught theatre for the Upward Bound department through Columbus State Community College. He is a four-time Theatre Round Table nominee for Best Actor, Lighting Designer twice, and for Choreography. He has performed on stage with Theatre Company, as Harrison Blythe in the area premiere of The Vultures and Theatre Columbus State, and as Doyle Trigorin, in Stupid F***ing Bird. In this past year. Leland is especially proud of his work as a choreographer for Grandview Heights High School in their most recent performance of She Kills Monsters. He works in theatre tech as well for GCP Players as a lighting designer for The Slipper and the Rose and The Addams Family, WYART as a lighting designer for In the Heights, in addition to becoming their technical director for James and the Giant Peach Jr. Freaky Friday, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Leland also performed in films with roles in the locally produced films Cry Baby Bridge, the upcoming theatrical and Netflix release of the movie 6, CinemaSlice’s Soothing, as well as the action films from MDI: Maximillian and Wu Xia 2: The Code. He also produces from his own multimedia company “L-Squared Shots” occupied with shooting models, actors, as well as other talent. Leland continues acting, designing shows and movies, choreographing, modelling, and shooting photos or films. Leland Leger is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors. Leland Leger is a member of Actors Equity Association.
Wayne Cocchi, M.Ed.
Wayne Cocchi, M.Ed.Board President
Wayne Cocchi is a native of the New York (Long Island) and moved to Ohio in 1979 to complete his post-graduate work in education at The Ohio State University. After receiving his degree he remained in Columbus working at Columbus State Community College (CSCC) where he serves as the Director of Disability Services. Recently, he also served an eighteen month appointment as the Dean of Student Life at CSCC. In the community Wayne also serves as the vice-Chair of the Columbus Advisory Committee on Disability Issues. He has been a Commissioner for the Ohio Legal Rights Service, a Council member and Chair of the Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities, board member and president of the Association on Higher Education and Disability, an editorial board member of the Postsecondary LD Report, board member of SOLIDARITY Ohio – Disability, Inc. and cofounder of the Ohio Transition and Communication Consortium on Learning Disabilities. Wayne has dedicated his life to advocacy for people with disabilities as well as promoting acceptance of diversity and equal rights for all.
Gabriel Mastin
Gabriel MastinBoard Member
Gabriel Mastin born in Mansfield, Ohio, graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 2001, graduated from Ravencrest Chalet Bible College in 2003. Gabriel spent seven years working for Nordstrom as a Personal Stylist, dressing people by appointment. While with Nordstrom Gabriel spent six years volunteering to help manage the local stores philanthropic budget in the community, won the Pace Setter Award three times, and won the All Star award two times. Gabriel is currently employed by the Columbus Museum of Art, working as the Leadership Giving Officer. Gabriel is working on diversity and inclusion, bringing in the next generation of the Museum Family, and fundraising. Gabriel has volunteered for Dress for Success Columbus, the Human Rights Campaign, Melissa’s House, the Ohio Democratic Party, and is an active member of the steering committee for the Stonewall Builds capital campaign. Gabriel spends his spare time traveling, visiting friends and family, antiquing, and is actively involved in his church.
Edwin Sanchez
Edwin SanchezAdvisory Board Member
Edwin Sanchez Winner of National Latino Playwriting Award for his play, LA BELLA FAMILIA, his recent productions include TRAFFICKING IN BROKEN HEARTS at the Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles as well as the world premiere of his romantic comedy I’LL TAKE ROMANCE at the Evolution Theatre Company in Ohio.
Other productions include, DIOSA, produced by Hartford Stage after a successful workshop by New York Stage and Film, TRAFFICKING IN BROKEN HEARTS at the Atlantic Theater in New York, UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE at the Intar Theater in New York, ICARUS produced by Fourth Unity in New York, Actors Theater of Louisville as part of their Humana Festival, and San Jose Rep in California. His play BAREFOOT BOY WITH SHOES ON was produced by Primary Stages in New York and was selected by the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference to represent the National Playwrights Conference at the Schelykovo Playwrights Seminar in Russia. Mr. Sanchez’ work has been produced regionally throughout the United States as well as Brazil and Switzerland. Among his awards are the
Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays (CLEAN), three New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting/Screenwriting Fellowships, the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship (UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE), the Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award and the AT&T On Stage New Play Award (UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE). Mr. Sanchez lives in upstate New York where he continues to write as well as teach and mentors playwrights.

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