Caroline Collins is a filmmaker and an actor. She also has more than 30 years of marketing communications experience in a variety of industries ranging from health care to media. Caroline has been on both sides of the film festival process showing films she’s directed and produced at festivals in the US and Australia, as well as programming and serving on juries for other festivals. She is a board member of Women in Film and Media Pittsburgh and is vice president of the board of Carnegie Screenwriters.
Judy, a native of Western PA, worked for many years as an actress and production coordinator in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles after graduating from Northwestern University with a BS in Speech/Theatre. After she returned to the Pittsburgh Area with her husband and their young children, she enjoyed fourteen years as a pre-school teacher at Carriage House Children’s Center. Judy is happy to be working in the arts community again as a member of the Film Pittsburgh staff.
Naomi Morris has experience in education policy, community organizing, and event planning. She joined the Film Pittsburgh staff in July 2018 after completing a fellowship year at Repair the World, where she worked in partnership with local organizations furthering food and education access. Naomi completed her undergraduate degree in Public Policy and French at Dickinson College.
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.
Paul Sloop officially joined the Film Pittsburgh team in March of 2018. In addition to his role at Film Pittsburgh, he is also the Short Films Programming Manager at the Oscar® qualifying Cleveland International Film Festival where he has led the selection of short films since 2003. Paul also worked in theater management and exhibition for over fifteen years in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Ohio. He is an active public speaker and occasionally performs in community theater in the Greater Cleveland area where he, his wife, and their six daughters have all shared the stage in numerous productions.
Kathryn Spitz Cohan
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 serves on the Board of Film Festival Alliance and is a graduate of Northwestern University.