AIP Staff

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.

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.

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

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.

Tim Backes: Artistic Associate

Tim Backes began his involvement with All In Productions in its very first show, THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Jamie u/s). He has been on staff with the company since late 2015, and directed the company’s productions of NEXT TO NORMAL and SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD. He has also been on the production staff for AIP’s productions of ORDINARY DAYS and CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION. Tim also serves as the director of the theatre program at South Milwaukee High School ( and continues to act with a variety of groups around the Milwaukee area.

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.