Our Staff

Carrie Gilchrist

Artistic Director (full time) and Executive Director

Year round, Carrie serves as the Artistic Director and Executive Director of Lovewell Institute. She has directed over 50 Lovewell productions and has helped to pioneer programs in Chicago; L.A.; New York; Las Vegas; Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Boca Raton, Key West and Marathon, Florida; Carrolton, Dayton and Columbus, Ohio; Salina and Kansas City, Kansas; Eslöv, Lomma, Oskarshamn, Stockholm and Linköping, Sweden; St. Petersburg, Russia and Bajardo, Italy. After receiving her BFA, with honors, in musical theatre from Webster Conservatory in St.Louis, Miss Gilchrist headed to Chicago to pursue an artistic career. She served as the company manager for Deeply Rooted Dance Chicago and for Scrap Mettle Soul Community Performance, directed new works at The Theatre Building Chicago and for the 24-hour Project and created a pilot creative arts program in the urban heart of the Chicago Public School systems. Carrie is the recipient of the Swedish Women’s Educational Association Scholarship for her work with the Swedish American relations in the arts. She was the producer of the first and second volume of the Lovewell Songbook Album and published book. In 2015, she was one of the producers of the very first documentary about Lovewell Institute (titled BOUNDLESS: The Adventure of Making a Musical). She is a founding member of the Lovewell Theatre Project, a professional theatre company formed with Lovewell trained artists, and has co-written 3 full productions with the company. Carrie produced and directed the first fully produced LTP show, Let There Be Balloons, funded by the FAB! Grant. She served as the production stage manager for Sunday in the Park with George at the Short North Stage (SNS) in Columbus, Ohio and then Co-directed Fugitive Songs at SNS with Nathan Tysen in the fall of 2014. She also directed the world premiere of her and Nils-Petter Ankarblom’s original musical, Krampus: A Yuletide Tale, at SNS for the 2015 holiday season. Feel free to be in touch with any ideas, whims or creative brainstorms.

Tyler Grimes

Managing Director (full time)/Lovewell Fort Lauderdale Chapter Manager

Tyler is a playwright and educator with a B.S. in Educational Theatre and a Minor in Dramatic Literature from New York University. In addition to his role as Managing Director of Lovewell, he is the the Managing Director of Distilled Theatre Company. He has taught lessons in nearly 50 different schools throughout the New York City and South Florida public school system, as well as for the Park Avenue Armory, and TADA! Youth Theatre. For the last two years he was the middle and high school drama teacher at Somerset Academy Arts Conservatory. He serves as a Steering Committee Member for the South Florida Cappies. Proud member of the Dramatists Guild. Notable published work includes Stripped; A.D.A.M. 2.0; Ahoy, Abel Brown; and Transylvania Beach, Kentucky. His play Meat was the 2012 Serling Award Winner/2011 Heideman Award Finalist. Recently his play The Foreverglades was produced by the Somerset Theatre Factory. He is also the author of several radio plays for dtc radio. He has been working with the Lovewell Institute ever since his first summer with the program in 2007. Find him on Twitter @RIPGRIMEY and email him at tyler@lovewell.org!