STAFF OF THE GATEWAY PLAYHOUSE

 

 

 

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Keith D. Cooper

 

A graduate of Indiana University School of Theater and Drama, Keith has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 35 years,  first as a performer singing and dancing and later as an Entertainment Administrator and Company Manager.   Broadway credits include:  Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  Off-Broadway: The Toxic Avenger. National Tours:  Disney High School Musical and Sesame Street Live (numerous productions).  At Caesars Atlantic City and Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City, Keith worked with Cher, Celine Dion, Chicago, The Moody Blues, Howie Mandel, Jay Leno, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett and Don Rickles to name just a few.  Keith worked for Norwegian Cruise Lines (M/S EPIC, M/S Breakaway, M/S Escape) as both Company Manager and Entertainment Director on the EPIC.  He was very honored to be selceted to be on the Launch Team for both of NCL's new ships M/S Breakawy and M/S Escape.  He also work for Carnival Cruise Lines (M/S Tropicale), and Bermuda Cruise Lines.  Keith also serves on the Board of Directors for the SJ AIDS Alliance where he co-produced a series of fundraising performances entitled, Broadway on the Boardwalk I-VI with partner Kelly Briggs.  Keith is a proud member of Actor Equity Association (AEA), and the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM), and co-owns KCKB Productions, LLC with Kelly Briggs.

 


 

 

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Karen S. Sutherland

 

 

Karen is originally from Lake Worth, Florida, where she studied at Palm Beach Ballet. She moved to New Jersey from New York City, where she performed in Broadway shows, including the original productions of Pippin and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas.  She also worked with Bob Fosse and Barry Williams on the first touring  company of Pippin, and Juliet Prowse on the tour of ...Whorehouse. She also was thrilled to perform in a touring company of Mame, starring Angela Lansbury and Jane Connell. Other regional credits include: CabaretIrene, and Brigadoon. TV and film credits include: Ryan's Hope and the film Headin' for Broadway.  Karen performs locally with the Shaken Not Stirred Players, and has been seen in productions of NunsenseYou're A Good Man Charlie BrownUrinetownThe Mystery of Edwin DroodThe Pirates of Penzance, and A Christmas Carol at the Gateway Playhouse.  She is a founding member of the Theater Collaborative of South Jersey.  Karen is also a member of the Somers Point Arts Commission.

 

 

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR / GROUP SALES MANAGER

Jennifer Gatewood Chiong

 

Jennifer is currently serving as Vice President on the Board of Trustees for Chartertech High School for the Performing Arts in Somers Point.  She has had a love for live theatre since an early age and has volunteered in several theatre companies.  She is thrilled to now be a part of the Gateway Playhouse family, bringing live theatre back to Somers Point.  Her professional background is in Human Resource Management.  Jennifer has a son, Christopher, who is the light of her life.