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Gum-Dip Theatre is a community-based theatre that creates plays for, with, and about Rust Belt communities. Our mission is to build community through story circles, artistic/community collaboration, and original performance.


Gum-Dip Theatre's process is focused on community building through socially engaged performance. GDT facilitates story circles to generate material for an original play. The community is involved in every step of the process to create productions that are a source for reflection and connection.


Katie Beck, Artistic Director

Katie is a community-based theatre artist who grew up in Firestone Park and South Akron. She is a 2014 graduate of Allegheny College with her BA in theatre and community and justice studies. Most recently, she was commissioned by the Year of Meadville to create A Town for Us to premiere at their Community Celebration. She contributed an account of community-based theatre in practice to "Developing a Community-Engaged Scholarly Identity," a chapter in the upcoming Publicly Engaged Scholars.


Autumn Vogel, Administrative Support

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Autumn is child of rivers, bridges, and steel. Autumn migrated north to Meadville, PA to attend Allegheny College where she studied Psychology and Values, Ethics, and Social Action, and has remained in Meadville ever since. She considers herself a community organizer who uses theatre as a tool to bring a community together, illuminate stories, give a voice to the silenced, and inspire. Autumn is particularly interested in how community performance can inspire social change, such is explored in an article currently under review: Activist Theatre: The Effects of Community Performance on System Justification and Willingness to Engage in Activism.

Lee Scandinaro, Artistic Support

Lee Scandinaro began acting in high school in North Huntingdon, PA, where he lived until moving to Meadville, PA four years ago. His Meadville theatrical experience has, up until now, mostly been at Allegheny College in the Playshop Theatre and the Student Experimental Theatre, where he served as managing director. Some of his favorite roles have been Barfee in the “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, Jack in “The Importance of Being Ernest”, and as one of the cast members of an original devised show entitled “Playing Dirty.” It is this devised show which really opened him up to a new type of non-traditional way to create theatre. 

In addition to performing, Lee is also interested in devised theatre, community based theatre, and writing for the stage. He also loves improvisation and was a member of the “Comedy Council” for 3 years. Lee graduated from Allegheny College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts. He studied theatre at Allegheny for 4 years as well, and currently works as the Lake Effect Leaders Americorps VISTA at the Meadville Neighborhood Center (MNC).