AIP Staff

Derek Buckles: Production Manager

Derek Buckles is an award-winning sound designer/composer, audio engineer, and production manager currently based out of Milwaukee, WI. Derek started his career at a young age, mixing his first show at 12 years old, as well as performing on the stage in plays, musical, and TV commercials. Derek attended the University of Wisconsin-Steven Point’s theatre program receiving a BA in Theatre Arts-Drama focusing on sound design. While in school he continued to work professionally both in live music and theatrical productions, including sound designing on brand new works. Derek has been working with All In Productions since 2016 on musicals, fundraisers, and All In’s Podcast. Some of Derek’s professional appointments include: Resident Master Carpenter at Timberlake Playhouse, Changeover Deck Chief/Fly Captain/Carpenter at Texas Shakespeare Festival, and Production Manager/House Sound Engineer at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. For more information or contact please visit dbucklesdesign.com.

Erica Case: Artistic Director

Erica Case is a Milwaukee native with over 10 years of local theater experience. She was an owner and founder of The Alchemist Theatre & Lounge, and is currently serving on the Board of Schmitz n’ Giggles. Erica has worked as a director, designer, performer and more. Erica has a passion for innovative perspectives to classic works and for pushing creative boundaries.

Niki Cairns: Development Director

Niki is a self-described theatre kid who never outgrew her love for the stage. She is a K-8 th grade Spanish and 7th-8 th grade Dramatic Arts teacher at Divine Redeemer Lutheran School. She is also the director for the school’s 7 th & 8 th grade musicals and adviser for the Junior International Thespian Society. Niki serves on the Board of Directors for The Box Theatre Company of Oconomowoc and will be directing with Lake Country Playhouse in 2020. Niki worked in non-profit for many years prior to returning to the classroom and has the passion to see theatre companies thrive in the Greater Milwaukee area.

Allison Kasprovich: Production Stage Manager

Allison has previously stage managed All In’s productions of Songs for a New World and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. She has also stage managed for Untitled Productions/Theater RED and Racine Theatre Guild. She graduated with her BA in theatre from Carthage College in 2016, after spending most of her time there on various SM teams. She is currently pursuing her teaching license and working as a CLC Teacher for First Stage.

Joy Pouros: Marketing Director

Joy Pouros began her relationship with AIP as a patron before joining the staff in 2019. She has previously worked at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Chicago a cappella, and other arts groups in the Midwest. She received her BA in Theater Administration and Business at Elmhurst College. 

Adam Qutaishat: Director of New Works Development
Adam Qutaishat is a Milwaukee area theatre artist. Adam has worked throughout the midwest as a performer, director, stage manager, lighting designer, set designer, sound designer, teacher, writer, composer, and more. Highlights include working with Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, American Gothic Performing Arts Festival, Milwaukee Ballet, All In Productions, Arbeit Opera Theatre, and Milwaukee Entertainment Group. Adam has a passion for new works and is the producer/director/composer/head writer for All In’s podcast WAIP.

Alex Scheurell: Executive Director and Co-Founder

Alex is one of the three founding members of All In Productions, and has served in an executive role with the company since its founding. He has stage managed and/or production managed a majority of AIP’s productions, including THE LAST FIVE YEARS, SHAPE OF THINGS, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, DOGFIGHT, WILD PARTY, CONSTELLATIONS, and HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. He holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Amber Smith: Artistic Associate

Amber Smith has been involved with All In Productions since the company’s inception. She served on the AIP Executive Board for several years, and has performed in the company’s productions of THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Cathy u/s), DOGFIGHT (Marcy) and THE WILD PARTY (Kate). Amber has performed on stages throughout the Milwaukee area, including productions with Skylight Music Theater and Milwaukee Chamber Theater, and has directed for companies across the Milwaukee area as well.