Laura is the founder and Artistic Director of The Redhouse Arts Center located in Syracuse, NY. In 2003, she developed and implemented the redhouse Capital Campaign, which raised 1.4 million and she managed the renovations of a three story historic building in Downtown Armory Square. Since that time under Austin’s artistic direction, this state of the art facility has hosted over 300 events in theatre, film, visual art and music. In the first year of operation, Austin secured 200 new redhouse members and developed a widely successful individual donor base which she continues to be cultivated today.
Over the last 4 seasons, Laura has overseen the production of 16 plays at Redhouse in which her responsibilities have spanned selecting, casting commissioning, directing, acting, promoting and fundraising. She has served as a board member for numerous arts organizations both nationally and internationally. Locally, Laura served on the Cultural Resources Council, Syracuse School of Architecture, Skaneateles Festival, The Sarah G. Austin Foundation and the Allyn Foundation. Laura has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Acting in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.
She is an active member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity. Her extended study includes work at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, The Hartford Conservatory, Nikolais Louis Dance Theatre, La Mama, Second City, Terry Shreiber, Stella Adler and Howard Fine Studios and Trinity College where she earned the President’s Fellowship Award Theatre and Dance. Austin’s performing career encompasses television and film work in Los Angeles and Off-Broadway and regional theatre work throughout the country and abroad. Laura focuses on program planning, booking, contracts, casting and development for The Redhouse.
Samara Hannah, Executive Director
Samara joined the Redhouse in September 2014, bringing professional experience in management, fundraising, marketing, strategic planning, and customer service. She has worked in private industry, government, higher-education, non-profits and the arts. She holds a bachelor degree in mathematics from SUNY Plattsburgh and a masters in management with a concentration in human computer interaction from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition to working at Redhouse, Samara enjoys time with her family and volunteer-ing in the community. She firmly believes in the role of the arts in enriching education - especially science, technology, engineering and math (STEM -> STEAM), fostering innovation, and building community.
Sue McKenna, Marketing & PR Manager
Marguerite Mitchell, Director of Education
earned her Bachelors Degree from Temple University, double majoring in English Literature and English Education. She also studied British Literature at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England and Arts Administration at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Marguerite has taught English Language Arts, ESOL, mural arts, and drama in neighboring Syracuse schools and Philadelphia city schools. In 2011, she received the NYSRA Secondary Teacher of the Year award and was nominated for the ACSD's Outstanding Young Educator Award in 2012. After many years as a teacher and instructional coach, she moved to The Redhouse Arts Center to assist in developing arts education programming within the organization. Marguerite has also performed for local audiences in various theatre productions, participated in various independent and feature-length film productions, and directed several productions in the CNY Area.
Kelly Falconer, Marketing Coordinator
Kelly earned her Bachelors Degree in Communications with Concentrations in Public Relations and Advertising from Le Moyne College in 2010. She currently attends Le Moyne where she is now working towards her Masters in Business Administration.
Holly Falso, Box Office Manager
Erin Huiett, Education/Outreach Coordinator
Erin Huiett earned her BFA in Acting from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University in 2005. In addition to acting professionally in New York, Los Angeles and Columbia, South Carolina, she has continued acting studies through multiple programs including Summer Training Congress at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Her professional background includes Columbia Children's Theatre Board Member, teaching artist work, an admission and recruitment specialist for the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, and most recently a RedHouse Education Fellow.
Directing Fellow & Social Media Manager
Jacob Carll is ecstatic to be the Resident Music Director at Redhouse! Recent credits include Beauty and the Beast and Avenue Q (Redhouse), and In The Heights (Gallery Players, NYC). Stage credits include: Enoch Snow in Carousel (Redhouse), Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro (NYU Steinhardt), and Chip in On The Town (SUNY Potsdam. Jacob is originally from Olean, New York, and holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, as well as a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from NYU Steinhardt. He’s also an established pianist, accompanist, and vocal coach. Thank you to: Michael Ricciar-done, Mom, Dad, Lianne, Emily, Elise, and Anthony.
Whittney Reed Teaching/Learning Coordinator
Whittney is the Teaching and Learning Coordinator for the Redhouse Syracuse City School District Partnership Program. She has a B.A. in communication from the University at Buffalo and will receive her MS in Adult Education from Buffalo State College this Spring. Whittney’s passion for education and teaching lead her to Redhouse; she is a former Teaching Assistant with the Syracuse City School District, and also has experience teaching adult education in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Whittney loves and enjoys performing arts, and has had the pleasure of performing in the past with the Syracuse Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company, local talent showcases and auditioning for American Idol. Her philosophy is to keep exploring, teaching, and using art as a catalyst for change in the world.