About Us

History of The Invisible Theatre

IT takes its name from the invisible energy that flows between a performer and audience, creating the magic of theatre. Started in 1971 as an arena for local playwrights, the theatre has expanded its programs to include adaptations of classics and recent Off-Broadway plays and musicals, while continuing to encourage new playwrights through both full productions and stage readings.

Under the leadership of Managing Artistic Director Susan Claassen and Associate Artistic Directors James Blair and Betsy Kruse Craig, IT is strongly committed to community service and outreach programs.

Our team members

  • Susan Claassen

    Managing Artistic Director

    Susan celebrates 5 decades with The Invisible Theatre (IT). She has directed 600 productions and acted in over 70 including her award-winning touring production of A CONVERSATION WITH EDITH HEAD. Among many accolades, she was recently honored as one of Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women. Susan has been a member of Actors’ Equity Association for over 50 years.



  • James Blair

    Associate Artistic Director

    Jim has been the Invisible Theatre Renaissance man for decades and has designed for Desert Voices, The Waterfront Playhouse, The Red Barn Theatre in Key West and The University of Arizona. James is technical director for the national and international touring company of the award winning and critically acclaimed A CONVERSATION WITH EDITH HEAD.



  • Alayna Voutsas

    Executive Administrator

    Alayna has been with IT for close to a decade. Alayna has brought strong leadership and management skills to IT for the past 9 years. She is also a licensed Christian Counselor and Grief, Loss & Hope Coach serving the public for over 25 years.



  • Betsy Kruse Craig

    Associate Managing Artistic Director

    Betsy has spent the last thirty years acting, directing and teaching in the theatre. She was formerly the Artistic Director of The Pear Theatre in Mountain View CA, Program Director of the Arts for Stratford Schools and a professor of acting and directing at both The University of Arizona and Pima Community College. She also works as the Education Director for IT.



  • Louis Tancredi

    Box Office Manager and Director of Patron Services

    Louis is the newest member of the IT family. After 19 years in the insurance business doing sales, service and mentoring, working in a Non Profit local Tucson institution felt like the right fit to Louis. He has worked in production accounting at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and brings his background in database management, customer service, and people skills to this position.



  • Diana Knoepfle

    Production Stage Manager

    Diana has spent many years with her beloved IT and is a veteran stage manager. She is a professional level member of the Stage Managers’ Association, and is also the Production Stage Manager for Ballet Rincon, in addition to her many freelance credits.



Board of Directors

Jerri Rosen

CEO, Executive Coaches, Happy Volunteer

Alexandra Jupin

Arts Consultante

Kay J. Wright


Tania Gutsche


Norma Jean Darden

Caterer & Entertainer

Paddy Calistro

Owner/Publisher – Angel City Press

William "Jake" Jacobs

Managing Director

Rochelle Taylor

Teacher (retired)

Hope Simpara, MFA

Associate Professor of Practice

Douglas and Laura Mance

Financial Consultant & Realtor

Cicely d' Autremont

Social Worker (retired)

Ruth "Bunny" Davis

Attorney (retired)

Anne Cavanagh

International Financial Broker

Steve Peterson

Community Volunteer

Shirley Scott

Flight Attendant (retired)

Dee-Dee Samet


Pamela J. Parry

Meeting Planner (Retired)

Gail Fitzhugh

Associate Director

Sandra Del Casale

School Teacher (Retired)

Joan Cole

Community Volunteer