Kathryn Spitz Cohan

Executive Director

Kathryn Spitz Cohan has been Executive Director of Film Pittsburgh since 2001. From 2003 to 2007, she also was Artistic/Education Director of Shakespeare-in-the-Schools and a Teaching Artist at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, she served as Assistant Director of Administration for the Three Rivers Arts Festival and was Artistic Director of the Theater Department at the JCC-Greater-Pittsburgh. In 2004, Kathryn was named to Pittsburgh’s Top 50 Cultural Forces list in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In 2012, she received an Opal Award from Women in Film and Media–Pittsburgh for exemplary professional achievement. Kathryn is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Theater Department.

Paul Sloop

Director of Programming and Operations

Paul Sloop has led the selection of short films for the Oscar Qualifying Cleveland International Film Festival since 2003.  Having grown up on Green Garden Road in Aliquippa, PA, he feels right at home in joining the Film Pittsburgh team.  He worked in theater management and exhibition for over fifteen years, in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Ohio, prior to taking on his role in short film programming.  Paul is an active public speaker and performs often in community theater in the Greater Cleveland area where he, his wife, and their six daughters have all shared the stage in numerous productions.

Mary Kate Delaney Bray

Director of Development and Outreach

Mary Kate Delaney Bray joined Film Pittsburgh as the Director of Development and Outreach in July 2018 and oversees all fundraising initiatives. She previously served as the Assistant Director of University Arts Development at the University of Virginia and the fundraiser for the university’s Virginia Film Festival. Prior to her work at UVA, Mary Kate, a native New Orleanian, worked in the development office at Tulane University. Mary Kate holds an MLitt from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and a B.A. from Loyola University New Orleans. A self-proclaimed film buff and arts enthusiast, Mary Kate is proud to now call the cultural mecca of Pittsburgh home.

Lori Sisson

Teen Screen Director

Lori has been a member of the Film Pittsburgh staff since 2009. She received her Clinical Psychology degree from the University of Pittsburgh, with a focus on children with disabilities and their families, and has experience working with special needs and at-risk children and youth in inpatient, home, and school settings. After a hiatus to raise her two children, Lori returned to work at Film Pittsburgh to manage the Teen Screen program, bringing school students to see international films to supplement classroom instruction.

Candace Opper

Office and Communications Manager

Candace Opper has several years of experience connecting diverse communities to arts and culture. After receiving her MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Portland State University, she worked in communications and programming with Late Night Library, a literary nonprofit dedicated to promoting literature in schools and communities. She spent nine years in Portland, Oregon, volunteering with various arts and educational nonprofits, before relocating to Pittsburgh and joining Film Pittsburgh as the Office and Communications Manager in 2015.

Naomi Morris

Office and Communications Coordinator

Naomi Morris has experience in education, community organizing, and event planning. She joined the Film Pittsburgh staff in 2018 after completing a fellowship year at Repair the World, where she worked in partnership with local organizations furthering food and education access. She remains an active volunteer in the Pittsburgh community. Naomi completed her undergraduate degree in Public Policy and French at Dickinson College.