Our Staff

Gary Blackman
Gary BlackmanFounding Co-Director
Gary Blackman (Producer and Co-Founder of ArtsPower) co-founded ArtsPower in 1985 with his identical twin brother, Mark. In 1989, they became an Actors’ Equity Association producer of musicals and dramas. Today, Gary serves as ArtsPower’s managing director. Gary received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Columbia College, Columbia University and earned a Master’s degree in Music Education from the School of Music at Florida State University. He is also a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute. Gary, his wife Amy, and their daughter Emma live in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.
Mark Blackman
Mark BlackmanFounding Co-Director
Mark Blackman (Producer and Co-Founder of ArtsPower) co-founded ArtsPower in 1985 with his twin brother, Gary, and currently serves as director of development. Mark is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University and received his Masters of Music Education degree from Florida State University’s School of Music. He is also a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute. Mark is responsible for ArtsPower’s fundraising and marketing efforts. In a former life, Mark was a jazz saxophone player who was recognized by Downbeat magazine with a “db Student Recording Award” while at FSU. He is the recipient of grant awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, one of which resulted in a year of study with jazz recording artist Eddie Daniels. Mark is married to Leslie Sutton-Smith, and they are both very proud of their daughters Alyssa Blackman and Kelly Sutton-Skinner.
Greg Gunning
Greg GunningArtistic Director
Greg Gunning hails from Chicago, Illinois, and is the man behind ArtsPower’s on-stage magic. Greg is one of America’s most prolific and produced playwrights and has written and directed every ArtsPower production since 1989. He has also written the lyrics to Anne of Green Gables, Terrifically Tilly, A Little Princess, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Are You My Mother?, The Little Engine That Could Earns Her Whistle, Anastasia Krupnik, Highlights for Children, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, The Rainbow Fish, Harry the Dirty Dog, Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon, Madeline and the Bad Hat, Fish Face, Jigsaw Jones, and The Monster Who Ate My Peas. Greg auditions and rehearses ArtsPower’s theatre companies each semester in addition to creating new productions. A graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and a former actor, Greg has performed in 38 states across the country.
Karen Bibbo
Karen BibboCompany and Production Manager
Karen Bibbo is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. While at Syracuse she majored in public relations and minored in marketing and psychology. As Company and Production Manager, Karen is responsible for all operational aspects of ArtsPower’s productions and their tours. She recently celebrated her 10th anniversary at ArtsPower. In her spare time, Karen can often be found spending time with her family and friends.