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Mr. Caso is an Emmy award-winning television producer, theater manager and network program development executive.
After three seasons as the company manager at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, MA, Mr. Caso joined CBS in Los Angeles to work on the development of primetime series (WKRP in Cincinnati, Alice, Dallas, White Shadow). In New York he held positions as VP of Daytime and Director of Specials. He was also VP of Programs for the start-up of the Disney Channel. As Executive Producer of As the World Turns he produced over 1,700 episodes and received numerous awards, including the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, and the Editors Award for Lifetime Achievement from “Soap Opera Digest”. Subsequently he wrote and produced shows for History Channel and the Food Network and also produced two seasons of Donna’s Day for the Jim Henson Company. The Associated Press named that series to its annual “Ten Best Shows on Television” list. His Bridgeport-based company, Shoot the Catfish Productions, is currently in pre-production on two programs for public television: Challenge U.S.A., a 13-part series, and The Other Side of War, a documentary revealing little-known humanitarian deeds performed by American service members both during and after the Vietnam War.
Mr. Caso earned his Bachelor’s degree at Syracuse University and a Master’s degree at Indiana University. An active member of the Producers Guild of America, he also served terms as a governor and trustee of the National Television Academy. He is additionally the past president of the non-profit Stough Institute of Breathing Coordination and consulting producer for the National Foundation of Patriotism in Atlanta. Prior to being named Executive Director, he served on the Klein Memorial Auditorium Foundation’s board of directors the past 3 years.
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Karl Gasteyer, Director of Operations
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Over the past twenty years Karl has run two theater companies, taught theater at university and middle school levels, toured with road shows throughout North America, worked as an electrician revamping large and small theater lighting systems all over Connecticut, created new theater spaces involving working with fire marshals and building inspectors, made a living as a working actor, supplied work for other working actors and created new theater pieces as a writer, director and choreographer. Karl has been a stage manager, technical director, sound and light board operator, stage carpenter, company manager, theater electrician and is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association.
He is experienced in theater administration and has written proposals and negotiated contracts with large and small theater organizations including the Actors’ Equity Association, the Garde Arts Center, and casino theaters such as Foxwoods, the Atlantic City Tropicana, and the Turning Stone in the Catskills, as well as numerous conference centers and non-traditional theater spaces.
As an educator Karl has served in various capacities. At Quinnipiac University he worked as an adjunct professor teaching performance fundamentals and as the technical director for their shows at Long Wharf. The position involved working with students on all aspects of production and organizing the collaboration between the Long Wharf staff and the students. Karl taught acting and dance at The Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School in New Haven and has brought theater, music, dance and clowning workshops to many schools and summer camps over the years.
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Diane brings nearly twenty-five years of advocacy, development and fundraising experience to The Klein. She has worked with a variety of organizations in both Connecticut and Washington, D.C., including non-profits, trade associations, and campaigns.
In Connecticut, Diane has worked with the Mystic Aquarium, Hillel at UConn, the Greenwich Town Party, Connecticut Recreation and Parks Association and numerous state and federal political campaigns. She formed her own 501c4 voter education non-profit and a leadership action coalition for women.
Diane is originally from Washington, D.C., and prior to moving to Connecticut in 1997 Diane was a lobbyist there for two major non-profit associations where her chief responsibility was the establishment and leadership of national issue coalitions aimed at generating influential unified political action. While with the National Association of Manufacturers Diane received their corporate incentive award and participated in White House strategy advisory sessions concerning her issues. Diane earned a J.D. from George Washington University’s National Law Center, attending classes in the evening while working on Capitol Hill. Her B.A. is from Duke University in Economics and French.
Diane serves on the Annual Appeals Committee of Center for Hospice Care in Norwich, CT; and on the Board of Directors of the non-profit A Good Laugh, promoting the healing powers of humor.
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Karen Dinerstein, Front of House Manager
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Born and raised in Fairfield, CT Karen has been actively involved in many aspects of the hospitality industry for the past 20 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and talent into making sure that every part of the Klein’s front of house runs like a well-oiled machine. Her attention to detail is unmatched, and having her overseeing the wishes of our clients virtually guarantees that an event at the Klein will go off without a hitch.
Board of Directors
Maureen Hamill, Chairman
Ed Katz, Vice Chairman
Thomas Errichetti, Treasurer
Troy Dixon, Secretary