James “Cubbie” McCrory (Technical Director) is thrilled to be joining the Quantum team to cultivate and collaborate on unique and adventurous theatre back in his hometown of Pittsburgh. A native of Washington county, Cubbie is a Point Park University alumnus where he completed undergraduate work in technical theatre. While in school, he spent multiple summers working with WVPT, creating theatre and exploring the mountains between Pittsburgh and Morgantown. As a proud Eagle Scout with the BSA, a love of adventure and the outdoors is a thread that runs through much of his life. Quantum’s adventurous environmental productions, often outdoors, are an unmatched opportunity to combine many great loves in one.
Following school, Cubbie spent a decade on the road as a technician with National Tours, where his nickname of Cubbie solidified while leading touring crews and meeting local crews across the nation. He worked with Big League, NETworks, and Prather Entertainment Group on shows such as Memphis, Fiddler on the Roof, Blast, All Shook Up, Wedding Singer, and 42nd Street, and was the Production Manager on the 10th Anniversary tour of Footloose. Between tours, he spent summers building shows and working in scene shops — from Lancaster, PA to outside Denali National Park in Alaska to the Western entrance in the Rocky Mountain National Park and many other theaters in between.
After ten solid years of travelling he went back to school to complete an MFA in Production Design and Technology from Ohio University in Athens, OH, alongside his wife who simultaneously completed her MFA in acting. Pittsburgh’s blue collar roots (his dad retired after 50 years in a steel mill), and true heart for cultural life and a passion for the arts drew him back at the end of that time — the “boomerang” effect that is common for so many Pittsburgh natives. Upon graduation, Cubbie returned to his Steel City roots to begin to grow his family, and he lives now in Pittsburgh’s East End with his wife Kristin and their rescue pup Dorothy. When not creating theatre, they love to spend time serving at church, engaging in the community, and adventuring on trails anywhere and everywhere.