Kristin Koontz – President
Kristin is pleased to be serving as the President for BLT. She found her love of theater and performing in elementary school and has never looked back.
Studying music theatre in college, she graduated with a degree in Human Services with minors in theater and criminal justice. While spending the last seventeen years working in the law enforcement arena, Kristin has continued to volunteer in the theater community as an actor, director and stage manager.
She is a mother to five and cannot wait to pass along her love of the theater and her experience to her children, as well as those involved with BLT.
Meghan Grilliot – Vice President
Meghan is honored to serve as BLT’s Vice President, which allows her to do exactly what she loves —- a little bit of everything!
Meghan began her theatre career over 25 years ago and has since been a part of countless productions as an Actor, Director, Designer, or working the business end of production.
Meghan studied education and theatre production and performance at Miami University, and has a Masters of Education from Texas State University.
After working as a teacher and guidance counselor, she left the workplace to do her most fulfilling job — mother to four amazing girls. In 2012 she moved to Virginia and met an amazing group of friends who shared the same love of performing and producing.
Starting BLT resurrected her passion for teaching and theater and she’s never looked back. To work with an incredible group of people, doing what she loves, and sharing that with her daughters; those have been the most amazing gifts of all.
Favorite roles include Grace Farrell from “Annie,” Fantine from “Les Miserables,” Marion from “The Music Man,” and Shelby from “Steel Magnolias.” Favorite directing credits include “Why Do We Laugh?” And “Our Town.”
Les Harper – Director of Art and Design
As Director of Art & Design, Les brings his many years of experience as an animator, director, and illustrator for Turner Studios (Cartoon Network/Adult Swim) to BLT. Everything from set design & construction to posters, t-shirts, tickets, social media, and show programs… he does it all!!
When not designing or building for BLT, Les can often be found on stage with leading roles in shows such as Oliver! (Fagin), The Music Man (Mayor Shinn), and Les Miserables (Thenardier).
Outside of BLT Les is an art teacher at the Thomas Dale High School Specialty Center for the Visual and Performing Arts where he shares his artistic knowledge with budding young artists and animators. He still continues to freelance through his company, Lightbox Studios LLC, providing animation & illustration services to clients across the globe.
Les has been involved with theater and performing arts since his first stage show in Kindergarten at CE Curtis Elementary oh so many years ago, and is thrilled to continue to be involved with such an amazing community theater as Broken Leg.
Heather Miles – Artistic Director
Heather is thrilled to be serving as Artistic Director for BLT.
Heather fell in love with musical theater at a young age. Once bitten with “the bug”, she began acting and singing in elementary, middle and high school productions.
After taking a 20 year hiatus to raise children, Heather returned to the stage in 2010 and has been going strong ever since. Heather enjoys all aspects of theater production including acting, directing, costuming, as well as teaching.
Heather is the mother of two (Kourtney and Carter) and the “Marmee” of two (Quinn and Rory). Heather enjoys spending time with her family and friends, seeing as much theatre as she can, cooking and karaoke.
John Cichocki – Secretary
John is excited to be joining the board of BLT. He has been acting and directing for longer than he wants to admit. He has performed at Swift Creek Mill Theatre, the Jewish Community Center, Salisbury Presbyterian Church, and of course BLT productions. His favorite roles over the years have been Jean Valjean (Les Mis), Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof), God (Children of Eden), Judas (Jesus Christ Superstar), the voice of the plant (Little Shop of Horrors) and Charlie Brown (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown). He is most comfortable these days behind the scenes directing, which luckily BLT has given him the opportunity to do with his longtime collaborator, Beth Mercer.
John is also passionate about teaching which he has done for 42 years as of 2017. His current position as a middle school history teacher at St. Benedict School in Richmond is a dream job. John’s strongest passion is being a dad to his son J.D. J.D. helps to keep him grounded and young at heart. John is looking forward to help build on the strong start of BLT and make it a safe place for all who want to be involved in the theatre.