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About Tantrum Theater

Tantrum was founded in the fall of 2015 by Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts. The theater is a professional company and serves as a training ground providing apprenticeships for students in the Theater Division. The name Tantrum Theater comes from a group of Ohio University graduate students who discovered that one of the collective names for a group of bobcats is a Tantrum. The mascot of Ohio University is the bobcat. Tantrum’s mission is to create and propel forward a resident professional theater company and training conservatory in a partnership with the Ohio University College of Fine Arts.


We seek:

  1. To connect and impact the Athens community through educational outreach and culturally diverse innovative programming that encompasses multiple theatrical disciplines
  2. To develop new work and offer new points of view on classic stories that have contemporary relevance, and
  3. To offer opportunities for intercultural exchange.


Meet the Staff

Michael Lincoln

Michael Lincoln

Artistic Director

Michael Lincoln is a professional lighting designer when working beyond Athens. He began his full-time teaching at Ohio University in 2003 and became Director of the School in 2012. Previous to that he taught for fourteen years at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and at the University of Southern California. His professional lighting design career numbers well over 300 productions in theatre, opera and dance and includes Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional, and international venues. Highlights: Tantrum Theater’s Next to Normal, Caroline, Or Change and Little Shop of Horrors, Copenhagen on Broadway, The Bubbly Black Girl… at Playwrights Horizons in NYC, and A Streetcar Named Desire for the Cleveland Play House. Michael’s extensive regional credits include long associations with Indiana Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre in Houston, and the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. Michael had multi-year associations with Los Angeles Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, and Santa Fe Opera. His multiple Broadway credits as an Associate Designer include hit revivals of Guys and Dolls and Anything Goes and original productions of City of Angels, Six Degrees of Separation, and Lend Me a Tenor. www.michaellincoln.net

Joshua Coy

Joshua Coy

Interim Producing Director

Josh is an arts administrator, arts advocate, and performer whose most recent administrative roles prior to joining Tantrum include Executive Director of the Wayne Center for the Arts, Executive Director of the Ohio Arts Presenters Network, and Director of Artists Programs at the Ohio Arts Council. For the past decade, his primary performance outlet has been as a banjo player across the Ohio valley region, and previous favorite theatrical roles include Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors), Feste (Twelfth Night), Uncle Jack (Dancing at Lughnasa), and Edmund (Long Day’s Journey into Night). He holds an MA in Arts Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University, a BA in Theatre from Westminster College (PA), and is currently pursuing an MA in Theater at Ohio University.

Jeanette Buck

Jeanette Buck

Production Manager

Jeanette Buck is an award-winning independent artist working in film and theater. She has written, stage managed, and directed for film and theater. She has taught stage management, directing, playwriting, and screenwriting at Ohio University, and stage management and acting and directing for the camera at Georgetown University.

As a DC based Equity stage manager, Jeanette has stage managed at the Kennedy Center, Theater J, Mosaic Theater, Studio Theater, Woolly Mammoth and Horizons Theater as well as regionally in Hartford and San Francisco. During her career she has staged managed regionally for music festivals, worked as the Associate Producer for Theater J and as the Director of Production at the National Council for the Traditional Arts.

Her film directing credits include: Heather Has Four Moms (shortlisted by the Kevin Spacey Foundation), Texting a Love Story, Kiss on the Bosphorus, Lie TogetherIn the Menstrual Hut and the feature Out of Season. As a playwright, her one woman show There Are No Strangers premiered at Theater J in Washington D.C. and was later performed at The Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. Her theater directing credits: Beautiful Thing, Rowing to AmericaMiraclesGretty Good TimeFather John does a Hail Mary, and Open Hearts.

Rebecca VerNooy

Rebecca VerNooy

Director of Education

Rebecca is an Assistant Professor at Ohio University and specializes in movement for the actor and physical theater.  She spent twenty years in New York City as a movement theater artist—choreographing, acting, writing and teaching.

As the Artistic Director of VerNooy Dance Theater (1995 – 2006), she developed and performed original work at Ensemble Studio Theater, Dance Theater workshop, Joyce Soho, and many other NY venues.

She ran the Intern Program at Ensemble Studio Theater from 1994-2000, is the founder of the Movement Educator’s Research Group (MERGE), and a founding member of Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble in Southeastern Ohio.  She has created over a dozen original full-length works, including her most recently devised piece with undergraduates from Ohio University, Elbows Off the Table.  Her original one-woman show, Across Time, received the award for Best Movement at The United Solo Festival in NYC.

Contact Rebecca by email at vernooy@tantrumtheater.org

Shelley Delaney

Shelley Delaney

Associate Artistic Director

Shelley Delaney heads the Performance Area at the Ohio University School of Theater. For Tantrum Theater, she acted in Tammy Faye’s Final Audition by Merri Biechler and directed The Cake by Becca BrunstetterHer professional acting credits include work at The Cincinnati Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Victory Gardens, GeVa, Cleveland Play House, Delaware Theatre Company, Virginia Stage, Two River Theatre, La Mama, Ensemble Studio Theatre, HERE, the Ohio Theater and many others. Her film work includes Radio Days, and the independent feature films: Departure, Claire in MotionThou Wast Mild and Lovelyand Hero Tomorrow. Shelley has directed a range of plays at OU and professionally, including multiple world premieres.

Shelley received her MFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, has trained with Shakespeare and Company and MICHA, and is a proud member of both Actors’ Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA. She is a member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers.