Beth Domann, Executive Director
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Beth Domann was first seen on the Landers stage in 1978 in a Springfield Little Theatre production of Alice in Wonderland. Since that time, she has delighted thousands as an actress and stand-up comic. Voted Springfield’s Funniest Person in 1990, Beth has a wit, warmth, and universality that make her and the characters she portrays easily identifiable, accessible, and riotously hilarious. Having appeared for SLT most recently in the Tuna Series and entertained in Sunday Gospel Brunch with Mark Gideon, she has also served as MC for several local organizations, corporations and numerous charitable events. She performed for the community’s First Night Celebration for twelve years; produced and presented her own evening of comedy titled You Asked For It; and opened for Dennis Miller and Ed Fiala. Beth can be seen on screen in the Academy Award nominated Winter’s Bone, which was selected Best Picture at Sundance Film Festival. Her directing credits include many of the top grossing productions in Springfield Little Theatre history. Some of her mainstage favorites include Grease, Into The Woods, Beauty and The Beast, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Sound Of Music, Curtains, The Producers, Spamalot, and The Full Monty. She has also directed for the Jim Stafford Theatre and Yakov Smirnoff in Branson, MO. As Springfield Little Theatre’s Executive Director, Beth oversees all aspects of production for an eight-show series, and has been instrumental in designing a season that will attract the largest possible audience to quality shows entirely performed and crewed by community volunteers. She has recently been recognized as one of the Springfield Business Journal’s 12 People You Need To Know, and with a 2016 Ozzie Award, presented by the Springfield Regional Arts Council to an individual who has made significant contributions to the cultural landscape of our community. She is also honored to have been selected for the first 417 Biz 100 and would like to thank the SLT staff, board, and volunteers for their exceptional gifts of time and talent, and the community for its incredible support.
Lorianne Dunn, Education Director
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Lorianne has served as Education Director for SLT for 13 years. Her Landers stage credits include direction and choreography for SHREK the Musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr., CATS, Seussical and Seussical Jr., Annie, Once On This Island, Oklahoma!, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and she’s choreographed productions of Legally Blonde, The Full Monty, Cinderella, Godspell, Beauty and The Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, Peter Pan, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, to name a few! She trained with Springfield Ballet, State Ballet of Missouri, Alabama Dance Theatre, and School of American Ballet (the New York City Ballet School), holds a BFA in Dance Performance from MSU, and her choreography has won national recognition including a Dance Magazine Award Nomination for Choreographer of the Year. Named “20 Under 30” by 417 Magazine in 2006, Lorianne would like to thank her awesome team of education instructors, the Landers staff, and the many passionate young students and performers at SLT who inspire us all!
Angela Peabody, Business Manager
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Angela Peabody recently returned to Springfield after 25 years in Southern California. After graduating from MSU (then SMS) she went to work in the marketing department at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. Following almost three years in SD, Angela moved to Los Angeles and began her career in the entertainment industry, first as an agent and assistant to the President of Talent at Writers and Artists Agency, to casting for film and television, to heading the Talent Department for Norseman Productions. She is thrilled to be back at SLT, the theatre where her love of the performing arts was born.
Marci Bowling, Development Director
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Marci is a development professional with more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit development and public relations. She transitions to SLT from BKD CPAs and Advisors where she served as a Business Development Executive, helping individuals and businesses with financial needs find “win-win” solutions. In 2015, Bowling founded Watching Over Whiskers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing emergency medical needs, routine vetting, and good homes for cats in the Springfield area.
Lexy Saner, Marketing Director
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Alexandra Saner graduated from Drury University with degrees in Theatre, Arts Administration, and Global Perspectives. She last worked at the Springfield Regional Arts Council where she served as Membership Development Coordinator. She is active in Springfield community theatre/opera/choir as a stage manager and/or actor and is a professor at Drury University. Lexy serves on the board of directors for the Springfield Sister Cities Association and is a past board member of Springfield Creatives.
Alex Scranton, Media & Marketing Associate
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Alex Scranton joins the Springfield Little Theatre staff after serving as a longtime patron, performer, and volunteer. He recently finished a three-year tenure as the Marketing and Communications Associate at Springfield Ballet. His work in marketing, media development and web design has been nationally recognized by such organizations as the Journalism Educators Association and the National Scholastic Press Association. He is the proud recipient of a Mid-American Student Emmy Award, a prestigious award given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Alex couldn’t be happier to be a member of this staff, and thanks you for supporting Springfield Little Theatre!
Gretchen Wright, Development Coordinator
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Gretchen Wright is Springfield native who grew up at Springfield Little Theatre. She followed her love of theatre to Stephens College where she earned a BFA in Theatre Arts. After college she moved to the Washington DC area where she could be found managing businesses and teaching gymnastics and dance to children. After a four year stint in Asia she found herself back in her hometown where she was quickly pulled back into the Springfield Little Theatre way of life. Gretchen would like to thank the entire SLT staff and family for welcoming her back into the fold with open arms!
Andy Willadsen, Assistant Education Director
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Andy helps oversee the operations of the Education Department and enjoys working with the talented and dedicated young performers here. He has directed and choreographed several productions including June B. Jones The Musical, Annie Junior, Once Upon A Mattress, and Once On this Island Junior to name a few; and choreographed last season’s Grease. He has a degree in Theatre Education from MSU. For several seasons Andy has performed in A Dicken’s Christmas Carol and It’s A Wonderful Life at Silver Dollar City. He and his beautiful wife, Cathryn, are grateful to work in the arts. They have one son, Eli, and enjoy spending time with friends and family and are active in church.
Jessica Palmer, Education Specialist
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Jessica is thrilled to share her passion for teaching and collaborating with young artists at Springfield Little Theatre. An SLT Y.E.S. Troupe alum, Jessica grew up on the Landers stage performing in shows under the direction of Mick Denniston, Beth Domann, and others. She currently serves as lead acting instructor for SLT’s Pre-Professional Track Program and Youth Performance Troupes. Stage credits include You Can’t Take it With You (Alice Sycamore), Tent Theatre; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Maggie) and Les Miserables (Ensemble), Springfield Little Theatre. Regionally, she has worked with Dalliance Theater, The Storm Theatre, NY Fringe, and The Looking Glass Theatre. She holds a BFA in Acting from Webster Conservatory and in 2013 was named as one of the “20 Under 30” by 417 Magazine.
Zoe Zelonky, Education Outreach Specialist
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Zoe is thrilled to be joining the education staff at Springfield Little Theatre. She graduated in May with her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Education from Missouri State University. Though originally from Los Angeles, Zoe graduated from Germantown High School in Tennessee where she served as publicity director for the Poplar Pike Playhouse and GHS-TV. Once coming to Springfield for college, however, it didn’t take Zoe long to fall in love with the Landers theatre. Stage credits at SLT include Junie B. Jones (Junie B. Jones), Grease (Jan), The Wizard of OZ (Mayor of Munchkinland), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), Shrek (Gingy/Sugar Plum Fairy), Legally Blonde (Stenographer), and Seussical, Jr. (Gertrude McFuzz). She also enjoyed directing the education series production Willy Wonka Kids last season. Zoe has served as the elementary troupe instructor since 2014 and looks forward to another year of fun with some awesome troupers.
John R. “Chuck” Rogers, Scenic Designer/ Technical Director
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Chuck is proud to be a part of the Landers Family as resident scenic designer and co-technical director. He works with design aspects for many performance organizations and community sponsored events around the city, including; Springfield Ballet, Springfield Regional Opera, Ozarks Technical Community College and The Creamery Arts Center. He has designed for public television, shows in Branson, MO, and spent 4 seasons with Baton Rouge Little Theatre in Louisiana as production manager, designer and director. Chuck is a graduate of MSU with a masters degree in directing. Chuck has directed numerous SLT productions including; The Music Man, The Buddy Holly Story and Mary Poppins. “Thanks Springfield Little Theatre for 20 fantastic years!”
Jamie Bower, Lighting Designer/ Technical Director
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Jamie is beginning his 13th season as Technical Director and Lighting Designer at SLT. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Jamie attended the University of Montevallo in Birmingham, AL where he studied Theatre Performance and Technical Theatre. Jamie transferred to MSU and graduated 1999 with a BFA in Technical Theatre and Design. Occasionally Jamie has made his way back on stage in such show as The Man Who Came To Dinner, It’s A Wonderful Life, Miss Firecracker Contest, Oklahoma, The Mousetrap, and Seussical. Jamie loves having the opportunity to work and perform with the awesome and talented volunteers in our community, as well as working in such a beautiful setting, The Landers Theatre.
Kris Haik, Costumer Designer & Costume Rental Coordinator
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Kris comes from a family of six, with one being her identical twin. Starting in Italy, she grew up Air Force and has lived many, many places but ended in Springfield to go to college and never moved again. She’s married to Rick and has two children, Richie and Rachel. At the age of 12, Kris started taking sewing lessons and continues to sew today. She makes clothes, curtains, custom pillows, etc. for some local decorators and costumes for SLT. She’s an artist as well. She’s had watercolor and mixed media paintings in five Springfield galleries. Rachel’s love for live theatre brought Kris to the Landers where she became a volunteer and five years later, an employee. She works part-time as a costumer and also costume rental coordinator. Kris is thrilled to be a part of SLT and the amazing productions that her co-workers, volunteers and donors are able to produce for our local community theatre.