Executive Director
175 S. Main St., Akron OH 44308

Nicole Mullet was named Executive Director of ArtsNow in July of 2015.  Prior to joining ArtsNow, Nicole worked at The University of Akron as the Director of Tech Prep for the College of Applied Science and Technology’s Office of the Dean. In addition to her work with ArtsNow, Nicole serves as immediate past president of Torchbearers, a service and leadership development organization and independent affiliate of Leadership Akron. She is also on the board of the Gay Community Endowment Fund. Nicole was the 2014 recipient of the  Women of the Year “Woman to Watch” award from The Summit County Historical Society.  Nicole was instrumental in the development and implementation of connect2akron and launching InternEdge in conjunction with Torchbearers and Leadership Akron.  The Greater Akron Chamber selected Nicole as one of their 30 for the Future recipients of 2014.


11665464_853816598046475_3183260687093656222_nBENJAMIN REXROAD
SummitLive365 Coordinator
175 S. Main St., Akron OH 44308

Since beginning his career as a theatre artist at Akron’s Weathervane Playhouse, Benjamin has made an impression on Northeast Ohio. Through teaching, volunteering, helping to host community events and creating performances to engage the community in dialogues about social issues, Benjamin is driven to be a source of positive energy in the world. This led him to establish Wandering Aesthetics (formerly Heads Up Productions) and direct, produce or devise over 25 performances during the last 5 years. In 2011, he won the Akron Arts Alive Award in the Rising Young Star/Leadership category. The same year, Benjamin helped Heads Up win a Burner’s Without Borders grant to tour Heads Up ‘Hood, a role-playing workshop (for students age 10-25) about the effects of our perceptions of poverty, class and social status. Dedicated to theatrical research, he has presented two papers at conferences, including a paper on the methodology presented in Stanislavski in Rehearsal. The research culminated in the company’s production of The Pillowman, directed by Benjamin using Stanislavski’s method of “Active Analysis.” In partnership with Every Blooming Thing Florist, Benjamin and Co-Artistic Director Kyle Jozsa, remodeled the basement of EBT to create a rehearsal, meditation and presentation space in Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood. During the summer of 2013, Benjamin completed a thru-hike of the 2,186-mile Appalachian Trail.


photo credit – Svetla Morrison fotografy

Digital Content Manager
175 S. Main St., Akron OH 44308

Roger Riddle was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and lived in Macon, Georgia for 17 years before moving to Akron’s Highland Square neighborhood in 2015. He has a background in database programming, marketing, and has been a DJ for 15 years. Now Roger uses those skills to manage the ArtsNow social media accounts, as well as produce and host the “Gimme ArtsNow” podcast series. With a passion for entrepreneurship, he also produces the “Akro-Preneurs” podcast series in conjunction with the Devil Strip and Akron Is for Entrepreneurs. Roger is a member of the PorchRokr organizing committee and tends to wear brightly colored clothes.


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Akron/Summit Convention
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GAR Foundation

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Akron Civic Theatre

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Mustard Seed Market

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Akron Symphony Orchestra

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The Summit County
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Harwick Standard

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