Erin Scarberry, Artistic Director


Erin is a theatre artist born and raised in Oklahoma. In 2017 she joined the teaching staff at Holland Hall Preparatory School, where she serves as the middle school theatre director. Erin has been a staff member at Clark Youth Theatre since 2007 and is a member of Odeum Theatre Company, an ensemble acting troupe based in Tulsa. She frequently works with local theatre companies, most recently as director for Theatre Tulsa’s Sweeney Todd and as an actor in Odeum’s partnership project with Midwestern Theatre Troupe, Fuddy Meers. Erin has a BFA in Theatre from the University of Oklahoma with over 15 years experience working regionally as a director, actor, designer and teacher. Erin was recognized as an “Artist to Watch” by Urban Tulsa Weekly in 2009, and her productions have earned 6 Tate Awards. Erin has 3 children under the age of 4, and in her free time she works as a painter and visual artist. Erin is the lead acting teacher at Clark Youth Theatre, leads the Clark Improv troupes and Clark Conservatory.

Melissa Sparks, General Manager

melheadshotMelissa is from the small coastal town of Biloxi, Mississippi where she began working in theatre 15 years ago. Although theatre was meant to be just a hobby, she continued to work on productions in college while studying broadcasting and coaching the equestrian team. Melissa earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from Mississippi State University. After college, she worked at Stagedoor Manor and on Carnival Cruise Lines, but decided to make Tulsa her home in 2011. Since moving to Tulsa, Melissa has worked on over 20 productions with companies throughout Tulsa such as Theatre Tulsa, Clark Youth Theatre, Heller Theatre Co., Midwestern Theatre Troupe, and Odeum Theatre Company. When not at the theatre, Melissa worked in advertising for Senior Star Management Company as the Manager of Media and Programs until February 2015. She now works full time as the Company Stage Manager for Theatre Tulsa and as the General Manager of Clark Youth Theatre.

John Cruncleton III, Technical Director

John co-founded Midwestern Theater Troupe in 1995, a group primarily dedicated to producing original play scripts from local writers.  To launch the troupe’s first season, John penned their inaugural script, “Baby, of Abaddon Mountain”, and they’ve been producing regularly in Tulsa ever since. In 2000, the troupe purchased a warehouse just east of Peoria on 4th St, in the Pearl District, which they converted into a black box performance space: The Nightingale Theater. Since then, the Nightingale has annually produced a full season of original plays, short-form work from their writers ensemble, shadow puppetry, non-traditional original musicals, rock operas, classics, Shakespeare, original translations of Ancient Greek plays, regional premieres of published work, and much more. The Nightingale is a fully self-supporting, independent venue. They are currently producing their 15th season in the ol’ Dirty Bird, (their 19th as an organized troupe). In addition to his work for MTT at the Nightingale, John has designed for most of the local theatre organizations over the years, and has been resident designer and teacher at the Henthorne PAC for the past five seasons. John is Clark Youth Theatre’s resident Technical director, as well as teaching a variety of classes, including the Viral Marketing class for teens.