Playhouse Staff

The day to day operations of The Youngstown Playhouse is managed by a talented group of staff members, without whom we could not continue to provide quality community entertainment.

James McClellan

Operations Manager 

James McClellan is the Operations Manager of The Youngstown Playhouse.  This follows employment as Ballet Western Reserve’s Business Manager and as Administrative Assistant for the Youngstown Symphony Society.

James has spent the better part of his life performing in association with the Mahoning Valley’s various community theaters and production companies, among them Easy Street Productions, Oakland Center for the Arts, Ballet Western Reserve, The Youngstown Playhouse and Youngstown State University Theatre.

His mainstage Playhouse performing credits include Little Shop of HorrorsBiloxi BluesDo Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?Broadway BoundBeyond the HorizonInto the WoodsHello, Dolly!, GypsyTo Kill a Mockingbird, Disney's Mary Poppins and The Odd Couple. He was also seen in the Playhouse-produced Our Town at Stambaugh Auditorium.  His Youth Theater credits include The BeepleAlice in WonderlandHans Christian Andersen and Pinocchio, as well as Tuck Everlasting, which he directed. He appeared in several Playhouse Arena shows, including An Evening with Cole Porter and Love Letters, and has been seen in various Griffith-Adler offerings, including Speaker of the House with Lynn Nelson Rafferty, Carla’s Christmas Cabaret and God of Carnage.

Johnny Peccano

Technical Coordinator

John Pecano has been with The Youngstown Playhouse since 2006. He came to us from Youngstown State University and has performed many roles on and off the stage.

He has served as Assistant Technical Director, Head Sound Designer, and Technical Coordinator, creating set, light and sound designs for “The 39 Steps”, “God of Carnage”, “The Woman in Black,” “Death of a Salesman,” “Speed-the-Plow,” “Dinner with Friends,” “Legally Blonde,” “Honk!” “For the Record,” “Gloria Birnbaum’s Broadway Debut.” and “Man on the Street”.


His Youth Theater design credits include “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” “The Hobbit,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and the premiere of “Thespis and the Three Golden Feathers”.

As a director, theatres in and around the Mahoning Valley have seen him helm productions of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” and “Alice in Wonderland.”


John is also a talented actor. His acting credits include “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,” “The Pillow Man,” “The Elephant Man,” “Angels in America,” “Assassins,” and “The Odd Couple.”