Meet Our Team

iTheatre's staff brings decades of experience to bear in all of its productions. Whether in directors' roles or actors' roles, our team has a breadth of knowledge of the fine arts that is present in each of its productions. These professionals know the theatre intimately, that is clear every time you sit down to enjoy one its productions. The bios below demonstrate that experience.

Christopher Haines is Artistic Director and Co-Founder

Christopher Haines

Artistic Director and Co-Founder

Chris, a member of Actor's Equity Association, is a theater veteran with more than thirty years of experience as an actor, stage manager, writer, director and designer. He graduated in 1991 from Duke University. Some of his stage work includes: as an actor, the title roles in The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and Danton's Death, Father Flynn in Doubt, Jack Lawson in David Mamet's Race, Ralph in Frozen, Orson Welles in Orson's Shadow, the Librarian in Underneath the Lintel, the Third Man/Doctor in Baltimore Waltz, Prospero in The Tempest, Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, Alan Seymour in Picnic, Vernon Gersch in They're Playing Our Song, and Mr. Rich in Celebration. He has directed such productions as A Bad Friend, Deathwatch, Dogg's Hamlet/Cahoots Macbeth, The Congresswomen, Cat's Paw, Molly Sweeney, The Fish Must Die and Carolina on Our Minds. As a designer his work includes Topdog/Underdog,A Raisin in the Sun, Gunplay, Peter Pan and Wendy, Wizard of Oz, The Colored Museum, The House of Bernarda Alba, and Horn in the West, a 1500 seat outdoor amphitheater in Boone, NC. In 1994, Mr. Haines collaborated with the internationally acclaimed director, Lee Breuer (founder of Mabou Mines), on his project Wrath of Kali, as the Director of Videography, both in its debut in Phoenix. and in New York City. Other design work in video, photography and media includes the Daniel Lentz Group's A Crack in the Bell, such plays as Jack, Reel to Real, Romeo and Juliet, Sweet Thunder, Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, and he has worked as the Director of Photography on the feature films "Wake of the Hero" and "Means of Escape" and was the production designer for the independent film "Hack." In 2002 he founded iTheatre Collaborative in Phoenix. His work at iTheatre has garnered national attention and recognition with invited performances at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, the Black Arts Movement Festival in Austin, TX and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK. For iTheatre. he has produced more than forty productions in the Valley with numerous regional and world premieres.
Rosemary Close is Managing Director and Co-Founder

Rosemary Close

Managing Director and Co-Founder

Rosie has been involved in theater in the Valley for more than 20 years. Her work dates back as far as the Arizona Contemporary Theater Company, Northwest Studios and the Glendale Little Theater to name a few oldies.

Her onstage credits include Frozen, Harvey, Chapter Two, Barefoot in the Park, Cabaret, The Balcony, The Way We Live Now, Royal Gambit, Loves Scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Reel to Real, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, The Maids and Skimpies.

In 1991, Rosemary began her longtime association with the New York theater company, Mabou Mines. She appeared in numerous productions with that company in both Phoenix and New York. The highlight of her work with Mabou Mines was a leading role in the multimedia stage production, Wrath of Kali, directed by the award-winning and acclaimed Lee Breuer.

Her greatest and most acclaimed production to date is her daughter, Makala.

Elizabeth Broeder is Artistic Associate

Elizabeth Broeder

Artistic Associate

Elizabeth Broeder is an interdisciplinary artist who has been an Artistic Associate with iTheatre since 2017. Her recent iTheatre productions include Pass Over (sound design), Kunstler (sound design), Frost/Nixon (stage management/sound design) and Actually (acting/sound design). She is a Core Member of Southwest Shakespeare Company and a dance instructor/choreographer with Phoenix Country Day School and Prima Dance Arizona.