STAFF

STAFF

President & CEO

Vickie Brokke

POINT OF CONTACT FOR: Donations, Planned Giving, Board Relations, Operational Organization, Fundraising

BACKGROUND: Extensive experience in non-profit management. Vickie is well known in the Topeka community for her relationship building and fundraising skills.

JOINED TCT STAFF: January 2011

Member of: Society of Fundraising Professionals, Heartland Visioning Steering Committee

Artistic Director

Shannon Reilly

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.

HHT Associate Artistic & Education Director

Laurie Uhler

POINT OF CONTACT FOR:Helen Hocker Theater costume shop, camps and shows

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.

JOINED TCT STAFF: 2012

Member of: International Thespian Society (EdTA)

HHT: Resident Designer / Technical Director

Deb Bruner

POINT OF CONTACT FOR:Helen Hocker technical design and production

BACKGROUND: Deb began her theatre career as a youth volunteer working backstage and in the scene shop at TCT’s Warehouse on the Levee. In 2000, she joined the TCT staff serving as the designer and technical director for all the shows in the [then] studio theater. In 2005, she left TCT to pursue other opportunities, eventually earning degrees in theatre and communication. In addition to working with numerous theatre companies in the area, Deb has also worked as Deck Chief and Carpenter for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and as a scenic and props designer for the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre in Michigan.

JOINED TCT STAFF: 2016

Member of: United States Institute of Theatre Technology, Broadway Green Alliance

Director of Corporate Development

Kevin Burton

POINT OF CONTACT FOR:Grants and Business partnerships including: Co-Producer benefits and opportunities, Playbill ad sales, Art of Murder and Group sales

BACKGROUND:

BA in History from Washburn University, MA in History from Kansas State University. Multiple years of volunteer and professoinal experience in fundraising and event planning.

JOINED TCT STAFF: 2017

Member of Association of Fundraising Professionals, Forge Leadership Team, Forge Volunteer Committee, Board of Directors for On Stage Live

Director of Resource Development

Chelle Decker

POINT OF CONTACT FOR:Bravo Society and Volunteer Opportunities

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).

JOINED TCT STAFF: 2007 Volunteer since 1996

HHT Office Manager

Lynda Sims Denton

POINT OF CONTACT FOR:Ticket sales, summer camps, volunteer opportunities, general HHT information

BACKGROUND: TCT: Oldfather Capital Campaign secretary, 2005-2007; Administrative Assistant, 2007-2013; Office Manager, Helen Hocker Theater, 2013-present.

JOINED TCT STAFF: 2005

Member of: Various TCT fundraising committees (past: Academy, Gala, Oldfather Capital Campaign; present: Bravo)

HHT Resident Costume Designer

Cassie Hermes

POINT OF CONTACT FOR:

Costume inquiries and costume rental questions at Helen Hocker Theater

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.

JOINED TCT STAFF: ‘2016

Maintenance Supervisor

Pattie Homan

POINT OF CONTACT FOR:

Building maintenance and logistics

BACKGROUND: Cardinal and ISS

JOINED TCT STAFF: 1999

Administrative Director

Tom Hughes

POINT OF CONTACT FOR:

General administration office concerns, advertisement artwork for Playbills. Tom provides backup and support for all departments at TCT.

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.

JOINED TCT STAFF: March 2013

Volunteer since 1996 / Carmie Wolfe Volunteer of the Year, 2012

Member of TCT Bravo! Team, Flint Hills Shakespeare Festival

Email:Tom@TopekaCivicTheatre.com

Phone:222.222.2213

Assistant Club Manager

Cortni Hurst

POINT OF CONTACT FOR: TCT Club operations in the absence of the Club Manager.

BACKGROUND: Extensive knowledge of the general operations of the Theatre Club of Topeka.

JOINED TCT STAFF: 2014

Email:Courtney@TopekaCivicTheatre.com

Phone:785.478.5021

Box Office Manager

Cathy Kready-Smith

POINT OF CONTACT FOR:Season memberships & group reservations

BACKGROUND: English Major at Washburn University

JOINED TCT STAFF: March 2003

Volunteer since 1994

Marketing Director

Kerrice Mapes

POINT OF CONTACT FOR:Marketing, Advertising, Website, Promotions, Graphic Design, Group Sales, Community Collaborations

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.

JOINED TCT STAFF: August 2014

Member of Advisory Board for Kansas Expocentre, Heartland Visioning Entertainment Committee, owner of seveneightfive magazine, member of Downtown Topeka Inc, Fast Forward / Chamber of Commerce

Email:Kerrice@TopekaCivicTheatre.com

Phone:785.222.2222

Sound Engineer & Resident Designer / Technical Director: Oldfather Theatre

Sara Myer

POINT OF CONTACT FOR:Studio Series, Academy and TYA productions, Summer tech camp, and everything technical in the Oldfather Theatre

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.

JOINED TCT STAFF: 2013. Volunteer since 2005 / Carmie Wolfe Volunteer of the Year, 2009

Member of: Board of Directors – Bright Circle Preschool

Finance Director

Linda Nedved

POINT OF CONTACT FOR:Accounts Payable, Account Receivable, Donor and Pledge balances, Payroll

BACKGROUND: 8 years experience in theatre/entertainment industry with emphasis on non-profit accounting. Additionally, Linda has a background in event planning and fundraising.

JOINED TCT STAFF: November 2014

Member of Society for Human Resources Management

Resident Costume Designer

Kate Stires

POINT OF CONTACT FOR:

Costume design and rentals

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.

JOINED TCT STAFF: 2002

TCT Club Manager

Eddie Shirron

POINT OF CONTACT FOR:

Any TCT Club operation questions

BACKGROUND: B.A. in Speech and Drama, Masters in Military Arts & Science and History. 31 years professional soldier, US Army

JOINED TCT STAFF: January 2008

Resident Designer & Technical Director: Sheffel Theatre

Ted Shonka

POINT OF CONTACT FOR: Set design, rental and everything technical in the Sheffel (Mainstage) Theatre

BACKGROUND: B.A. in Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado, MFA from the University of Missouri, KC. Adjunct professor at Washburn University.

JOINED TCT STAFF: November 1993

Email:Ted@TopekaCivicTheatre.com

Phone:785.478.5032

TCT Education Director

Mary Caitland Williams

POINT OF CONTACT FOR: TCT Academy camps and classes, summer camps, TCT Academy and TYA productions.

BACKGROUND: Pre-K teacher at Countryside United Methodist Preschool where she generated and taught an all-emcompassing curriculum for an all-day, pre-K class. Preschool music teacher. University of Kansas graduate.

JOINED TCT STAFF: 2016

 

Email:Mary@TopekaCivicTheatre.com

Phone:785.478.5026

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Chair
Jeri Hansen
Vice Chair
Janet Stanek
Secretary
Brenda Musil-Unruh
Treasurer
Kevin Han
President
Vickie Brokke

Mark Baker
Tanya Dorf Brunner
Neil Dobler
Kristy Druse
Linessa Frazier
Kathleen Heit
Jared Holroyd
Michael Jamison
Dr. Grace Morrison
Dusty Nichols
Dr. David Penn
Angel Romero
Adeel Syed
Janay Weekly
Marlou Wegener
Candace Williams
Patrick Woods

ENDOWMENT BOARD

President
Don Schepker
Vice President
Rick Ryan
Secretary / Treasurer
Vickie Brokke

Michael Cassidy
Kevin Han
Marsha Oliver
Roger Viola
Steve Waugh

HISTORICAL BOARD SERVICE