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Company Personnel  |  Teaching Artists  |  Artistic Associates

Jim Bunzli

Interim Artistic Director

James began his career as Resident Artistic Director of the Mansfield Playhouse in Ohio. Since then, he has been active in the professional theatre as an actor and director. Credits include Everyman Theatre and Single Carrot Theatre (Baltimore), Mill Mountain Theatre, Wayside Theatre, and Theatre IV (VA), Idaho Repertory Theatre, and the Texas Shakespeare Festival. Since 2017, James has been working with Compass Rose as an actor (Pygmalion, Inherit the Wind) and director (Disgraced, Red). He is an Artistic Associate of the company and was named Producing Director in 2019.

James has also taught Theatre and directed many productions at the University level for over 20 years, most recently at Loyola University Maryland where he is Associate Professor of Fine Arts/Theatre and just completed 10 years as Area Coordinator for the Theatre Program. His research has focused on Autobiographical Solo Performance; he has published articles, created new works with other performers, directed solo shows, and written/performed his own pieces. His work has been seen at theatre festivals in the US and Canada, including New York International Fringe, Thunder Bay Fringe, Minnesota Fringe, and Emerging Artists Theatre’s “One Woman Standing” in NYC.

James holds a PhD in Theatre from Bowling Green State University and an MFA in Acting from the University of Texas at Austin.

Lucinda Merry-Browne


Lucinda Merry-Browne has founded five theater ventures, and built each of them into successful programs under her guidance. For Compass Rose Theater, she founded the theater to be both an educational institution and a professional theater, combining both of her strongest areas of expertise. Blending her experience as a theater educator and a professional actor and director, she founded Compass Rose to create a teaching theater, rooted in education, but offering outstanding quality in its productions. Learn More



Mary Ruth Cowgill

Board Treasurer

Mary Ruth Cowgill received her MA from the University of Baltimore and a BS from Towson University. She has worked for Compass Rose since 2014. She has had a life-long love of theater and is happy to be able to use her management skills in the backstage theater environment. She is the former Graphics Manager at the American Red Cross, Central MD Chapter, and Graphic Designer at the Baltimore International Culinary College. She lives in Annapolis with her husband and two cats, Jack Sparrow and Maya Angelou.






Janet Preston - Associate Producer