History 101

The roots of the National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival can be traced to the seventies when Tony
Award-winning producer
John Glines hosted the first event in New York City. The festival, which is "World's
Fair" in concept usually floats for 4-6 years until a host is found to implement the event. Most recent festivals
include Phoenix in 1992 and Los Angeles in 1996. In 2002, the festival was brought to Columbus Ohio by
Frank Barnhart Of Act Out Productions where it has resided now for almost four years.  Begining in 2002,
the festival has been featured as a bi-annual event.  With the success of both the 2002 and 2004 festivals,
the 2006 festival is now underway.
Festival Staff
Festival Director,
Frank Barnhart
Frank has served the Columbus theatre community for over twenty years.
He has served in Executive/Artistic positions with Reality Theatre, Act Out
Productions, Stage 5 Rep and Serendipity Players. He has also directed
and produced over 100 productions, including the off-off Broadway award
Members of the Tribe. He holds an MFA in Theatre from Ohio State
and he is the former president of The Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable.  
Currently Frank is the Executive Director of Actors Theatre In Columbus,
Dale Gregory,
Festival Coordinator
Dale has over 18 years experience in theatre production as producer, director,
writer and performer. With a B.A. in Communications & Theatre Production, he
has over ten years experience in public relations and event planning for
corporate, social and art organizations. Having studied with Chicago's The
Second City and has written over 200 hundred comedy sketches. Currently, he
is one of the founding producers of Rogue Theatrics, now based in  Los
Angeles. Dale is also a performer and writer for Fred Willards' live sketch
comedy troupe, The MoHo's in Los Angeles.  He has performed and worked
in Chicago, Austin, Houston, Nashville and Columbus for some of the
following companies: Act Out Productions, Zebra Crossing Theatre,
Manhattan Rep Company, The Organic Theatre Company, and Jeff Goode
Courtney DeCosky,
Festival Coordinator
A graduate of Ohio University where she earned her
BFA in Acting, Courtney  has over nine years experience in theatrical
production as performer, director, instructor and producer.  With a background
in business operations and accounting, Courtney is a founding member of
Rogue Theatrics based in Los Angeles, California.  Currently  she is studying
with the South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California. As a performer in
Columbus, Ohio, she has worked with Worthington Theatre, Warehouse
Theatre, MadLab Theatre and Columbus Children's Theatre and Rogue
Isaac Nippert,
Festival Coordinator
With over nine years experience in theatre production as an actor, director, and
producer, Isaac  is an alumnus of Ohio University's Acting BFA program.  He
has studied with Anne Bogart of New York’s SITICompany, playwright Charles
Smith and currently with the South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California.
Isaac has also interned in Los Angeles with film production company Trilogy
Entertainment. As a performer, Isaac has worked with Curtain Players, The
Theatre Lab, Rogue Theatrics and Worthington Theatre.
DRAMA! New Orleans-Winner Of Best Drama and Best Actor in a drama
in the 2002 festival