Topeka Civic Theatre

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Please contact Topeka Civic Theatre or Helen Hocker Theater by mail, phone, fax, e-mail or just stop by and visit. We would love to hear from you!

By Mail Topeka Civic Theatre
3028 SW 8th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66606
Helen Hocker Theater
700 SW Zoo Pwky
Topeka, KS 66606
 
By Phone Topeka Civic Theatre Box Office
Hours: 10am - 6pm M-F and 3-6pm Sat. of a performance
(785) 357.5211
  Topeka Civic Theatre Admin Office
Hours: 9am - 5pm M-F
(785) 357.5213
  Helen Hocker Theater Admin / Box Office
Hours: 10am-5pm M-F  and 1 hour prior to a performance
(785) 251.5990
 
By Fax (785) 357.0719  

 

Meet the Staff

Vickie BrokkeName: Vickie Brokke
Title: President & CEO
Joined TCT Staff: January 2011
Point of Contact for: Donations, Board Relations, Operational Organization, Fundraising
Professional Background: Extensive experience in non-profit management. Vickie is well known in the Topeka community for her relationship building and fundraising skills.
Organizations / Boards / Committees: Society of Fundraising Professionals, Heartland Visioning Steering Committee
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Shannon ReillyName: Shannon Reilly
Title: Artistic Director
Joined TCT Staff: 1990 as guest director. Joined staff as Associate Artistic Director in September 1992. Named Artistic Director in December 1993
Point of Contact for: Art and Theatre Strategic Alliances, booking performance troupes including Laugh Lines
Professional Background: Shannon has directed over 100 productions for Topeka Civic Theatre. Past theatre credits include work with the Acting Company of New York, the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas and The Missouri Repertory Theatre in Kansas City. Shannon served as Education Director / Artistic Director of the Bleu Lakes Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. He also has formed two improvisational comedy companies, Laughing Stock of Kansas City and TCT's own improv troupe, Laugh Lines.
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Casey CainName: Casey Cain
Title: Box Office Assistant
Joined TCT Staff: August 2011 
Point of Contact for: Ticket reservations, season memberships, group sales
Professional Background: B.A. in Art with emphasis in Fine Art Photography from Washburn, photography business owner since 2003.
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Chelle DeckerName: Chelle Decker
Title: Director of Donor Development
Joined TCT Staff: 2007 Volunteer: 1996
Point of Contact for: Season donations, Bravo! Society, Legacy Society and Grants
Professional Background: B.A. in Theatre and Mass Media from Washburn University. 2011 graduate of Leadership Greater Topeka. Proud to say she's acted in all six categories of shows at TCT (Mainstage, Studio, TYA, Academy, Helen Hocker and Performance Company).
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Lynda DentonName: Lynda Sims Denton
Title: Office Manager, Helen Hocker Theater
Joined HHT Staff: 2005
Point of Contact for: Ticket sales, summer camps, volunteer opportunities, general HHT information
Professional Background: TCT: Oldfather Capital Campaign secretary, 2005-2007; Administrative Assistant, 2007-2013; Office Manager, Helen Hocker Theater, 2013-present.
Organizations / Boards / Committees: Various TCT fundraising committees (past: Academy, Gala, Oldfather Capital Campaign; present: Bravo)
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Name: Cassie Hermes
Title: Resident Costume Designer, Helen Hocker Theater
Joined TCT Staff: September 2016
Point of Contact for: Costume inquiries and costume rental questions at Helen Hocker Theater
Professional Background: Cassie has a BA in Theatre from Centenary College of Louisiana and her AFA in Theatre and Dance from Cottey College. She has taught and directed multiple theatre workshops and classes in Kansas and Missouri. Her design expertise is in props and costumes.
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Pattie HomanName: Patricia "Pattie" Homan
Title: Maintenance Supervisor
Joined TCT Staff: 1999
Point of Contact for: Building maintenance and logistics
Professional Background: Cardinal and ISS
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Tom HughesName: Tom Hughes
Title: Administrative Director
Joined TCT Staff: March 2013 Volunteer: 1996 / Carmie Wolfe Volunteer of the Year, 2012
Point of Contact for: General administration office concerns, advertisement artwork for Playbills. Tom provides backup and support for all departments at TCT.
Professional Background: Tom has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. Mary's College and experience in education, office management, data analysis and graphics. Tom is especially known for his expertise with Excel spreadsheets! Tom has volunteered at TCT since 1996 in many capacities including acting in Mainstage, Studio, TYA and Academy shows and is a member of the Bravo! Team.
Organizations / Boards / Committees: TCT Bravo! Team, Flint Hills Shakespeare Festival
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Name: Kerrice Mapes
Title: Marketing Director
Joined TCT Staff: August 2014
Point of Contact for: Marketing, Advertising, Website, Promotions, Graphic Design, Group Sales, Community Collaborations
Professional Background: B.A. is Mass Media and Graphic Design from Washburn University. Ten years in nonprofit marketing, event planning, and fundraising. Extensive knowledge of Topeka's arts and entertainment market. Named one of Greater Topeka's 20 Under 40 in 2010, Individual Patron of the Arts by ARTSConnect in 2011, Rising Star Award from the Association of Women in Communications.
Organizations / Boards / Committees: Advisory Board for Kansas Expocentre, Heartland Visioning Entertainment Committee, owner of seveneightfive magazine, member of Downtown Topeka Inc, Fast Forward / Chamber of Commerce
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Sara MyerName: Sara Myer
Title: Sound Engineer & Resident Designer / Technical Director for the Oldfather Theatre
Joined TCT Staff:  2013 Volunteer: 2005 / Carmie Wolfe Volunteer of the Year, 2009
Point of Contact for: Studio Series, Academy and TYA productions, Summer tech camp, and everything technical in the Oldfather Theatre
Professional Background: Was technical director and lighting designer for Seaman High School; has done set design / construction / painting for various theatre organizations in Topeka, Lawrence and Baldwin City. Has worked as load in/out crew and spotlight operator for various concerts and traveling shows that come through the Kansas Expocentre.
Organizations / Boards / Committees: Board of Directors - Bright Circle Preschool
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Linda Nedved Name: Linda Nedved
Title: Finance Director
Joined TCT Staff: November 2014 
Point of Contact for: Accounts Payable, Account Receivable, Donor and Pledge balances, Payroll
Professional Background: 8 years experience in theatre/entertainment industry with emphasis on non-profit accounting. Additionally, Linda has a background in event planning and fundraising.
Organizations / Boards / Committees: Society for Human Resources Management
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Rebecca RadziejeskiName: Shelley Ramos
Title: Director of Corporate Development
Joined TCT Staff: 2015 Volunteer: 2008
Point of Contact for: Grants and Business partnerships including: Co-Producer benefits and opportunities, Playbill ad sales, Art of Murder and Group sales
Professional Background: B.S.E. Special Education and B.A. Art of Anthropology - Focused study in Cultural Anthropology, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Twenty years of cross functional team management and business development, including twelve years in the financial industry and seven in the hospitality industry.
Organizations / Boards / Committees: Valeo Foundation, Most Pure Heart of Mary - PTM and Hayden High School - PTO
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Eddie ShirronName: Eddie Shirron
Title: Club Manager
Joined TCT Staff: 2003 Volunteer: 2003
Point of Contact for: Any TCT Club operation questions
Professional Background: B.A. in Speech and Drama, Masters in Military Arts & Science and History. 31 years professional soldier, US Army
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Ted ShonkaName: Ted Shonka
Title: Resident Designer & Technical Director, Sheffel Theatre
Joined TCT Staff: November 1994 Volunteer: Has worked or acted in over 200 productions
Point of Contact for: Set design and rental and everything technical in the Sheffel (Mainstage) Theatre
Professional Background: BA.. in Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado, MFA from the University of Missouri, KC. Adjunct professor at Washburn University, Theatre Department. Has performed for and built sets for the Missouri Repertory Theatre, the Unicorn Theatre, the Coterie Theatre and many more around the country.
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Cathy SmithName: Cathy Kready Smith
Title: Box Office Manager
Joined TCT Staff: March 2003 Volunteer: 1994
Point of Contact for: Season memberships, group reservations
Professional Background: English Major at Washburn University
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Kate StiresName: Kate Stires
Title: Resident Costume Designer
Joined TCT Staff: 2002
Point of Contact for: Costume design and rental
Professional Background: B.A. in Commercial Design, Silversmithing and English from Kansas University and prior to TCT a long history as department manager at JC Penney.
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Laurie Hebison UhlerName: Laurie Hebison Uhler
Title: Associate Artistic and Education Director, Helen Hocker Theater
Joined HHT Staff: 2012
Point of Contact for: Helen Hocker Theater costume shop, camps and shows
Professional Background: B.A. of Secondary Education in Theatre/Communications and Masters in English from Emporia State University. Taught theatre and English for 15 years and has worked in various community theaters. Runs Berkeley Square Media with Dave Uhler.
Organizations / Boards / Committees: International Thespian Society (EdTA)
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Carmie Wolfe Volunteer of the Year

 

This award is given annually to honor the volunteer(s) who has made the biggest diffrence that year. It was initially designated for backstage volunteers only, but has been broadened to include volunteers in any aspect of the theatre. Awarded since 1975.

(Carmie Wolfe, Topeka High School teacher and philanthropist, made it possible for TCT to hire a resident director and to make the down-payment on TCT's first permanant home, the Warehouse Theatre on the Levee in North Topeka, with her bequest in 1972.)

1975-76 Paul Beauchamp 1976-77 Dorothy Radcliff Self
1977-78 Deanne Hardenburger 1978-79 Naomi Lawson
1979-80 Jo Centlivre 1980-81 Harold & Lois Lynn
1981-82 Carol Benoit 1982-83 Debra Heacock
1983-84 Kathi Killman 1984-85 Jennifer Buttell & John Duff
1985-86 Ernie Hendricks* 1986-87 Dee Butterfield
1987-88 Verne Stephens* 1988-89 John Heller*
1989-90 Jo Centlivre 1990-91 Allison Hartley
1991-92 Melinda Cooper & Verne Morlan* 1992-93 Charles Andrews
1993-94 Twink Lynch 1994-95 Doug Exline & Frank Schultz
1995-96 Deb Bruner 1996-97 Kathi Killman
1997-98 Adam Jenks 1998-99 Kate Stires
1999-00 Melinda Cooper 2000-01 Candice Massie
2001-02 Cliff Alfrey 2002-03 Phyllis West
2003-04 Martin "Cody" Peterson 2004-05 Virginia Starr
2005-06 The Remp Family – Raymond, Jo Ann, Kimberly & Melanie 2006-07 Gary Bodenheimer
2007-08 Melissa Quirarte 2008-09 Sara Myer
2009-10 Frank Schultz 2010-11 Jeff Montague
2011-12 Thomas J. Hughes, Jr. 2012-13 Roger McCauley
2013-14 Shannon Oldham 2014-15 Tanya Dorf Brunner
2015-16 Denise Butterfield    

 

What We Offer

Mission Statement

Bringing our diverse community together to learn about, experience, and celebrate the joys of live theatre.

Five-Star Entertainment

Topeka Civic Theatre offers multiple choices for entertainment on three stages in Topeka. Our TCT Mainstage offers the opportunity to take in a dinner performance or enjoy a non-dinner show with drinks & desserts from the TCT Club. The Club offers a full bar with a wide selection of spirits and is well-known for delightful desserts. Also located in our building at 8th & Oakley is the Oldfather Theatre, a smaller, more intimate space that offers a wide range of entertainment including children’s shows, thought provoking Studio plays, and creative senior programming. A short distance from TCT, Helen Hocker Theater offers a wide range of programming in Gage Park. Helen Hocker Theater is managed by TCT in partnership with Shawnee County. No matter your taste in entertainment, TCT offers a memorable experience for everyone!

Equal Opportunity

TCT maintains a policy of equal opportunity without regard for race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability or citizenship, as well as other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and in the enjoyment of our programming. Our equal opportunity philosophy applies to all aspects of our programming including employment, volunteering onstage, backstage or in other capacities, participating in classes or workshops, and attending our productions.

Board of Trustees

Officers

  • Jeri Hansen
    Chair
  • Janet Stanek
    Vice Chair
  • Brenda Musil-Unruh
    Secretary
  • John P. Olsen
    Treasurer
  • Shawn S. Leisinger
    Past Chair

Members

  • Mark Baker
  • Tanya Dorf Brunner
  • Michel' Cole
  • Neil Dobler
  • Linessa Frazier
  • Kevin Han
  • Kathleen Heit
  • Jared Holroyd
  • Michael Jamison
  • Grace Morrison
  • Dusty Nichols
  • David Penn
  • Angel Romero
  • Marlou Wegener
  • Candace Williams

List of past Board Members

Role of the Board of Directors

 

 

Directions

We're easy to find! We are at 3028 SW 8th Avenue in Topeka, Kansas. Here is a map to help you find us. Come over for a visit–there is plenty of parking and our  facility beautifully highlights the refurbished Gage School building. Look below the map to get directions from your location.

History

Founded in 1936, Topeka Civic Theatre is the oldest continuously running community dinner theatre in the country. In July of 1999, TCT completed construction on our new home in the former Gage Elementary School. The school was built around 1929 and is rich in architecture and design.

The theatre has achieved much recognition since finding a permanent home where its creative energies could at last be focused on production values. In 1975, Managing Director Don Bachmann’s production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest won the state community theatre festival and advanced to the regional in Omaha. In 1979, Bachmann’s production of The Good Doctor, starring Charley Oldfather, went all the way to National, won it, and represented the United States at an international amateur theatre festival the following spring in Dundalk, Ireland. In 1981, P.K. Worley’s production of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris won the state festival and was performed at the regional in Topeka. Terrance McKerrs took two productions to nationals, I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road in 1985, which won third place, and The Taffetas in 1991, which won second place, while McKerrs won the “Best Director” award.

In 2013, TCT began a partnership with Shawnee County to manage Helen Hocker Theater in Gage Park. Through that partnership, TCT continues to enrich theatre programming at HHT and through outreach programs throughout Shawnee County.

Production History by Season