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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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
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
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
Jeri Hansen Chair
Janet Stanek Vice Chair
Brenda Musil-Unruh Secretary
Kevin Han Treasurer
Vickie Brokke President
Tanya Dorf Brunner
Dr. Grace Morrison
Dr. David Penn
Don Schepker President
Rick Ryan Vice President
Vickie Brokke Secretary / Treasurer