Staff

  Beth Domann, Executive Director

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Beth was active in “Youth Players” as a teenager before attending Stephens College where she earned a BFA in Theatre. She worked professionally as an actress and stand-up comic in Dallas and throughout the Midwest for a number of years before returning to the Ozarks where she won SLT’s “Funniest Person in Springfield” contest. Beth served as Education Director for a number of years while continuing to be a frequent performer on the Landers stage. She’s been seen in such shows as Peter Pan, Gypsy, Nunsense, The Boys Next Door and A Tuna Christmas just to name a few. Beth has directed numerous production including Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, I Hate Hamlet, Cinderella and The Full Monty.

  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!

  Annie Carlyn, Community Relations Director

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Annie grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, went to undergraduate school in Elmira, NY and graduate school in Kent, OH. With a minor in theatre (her first love) and a major in speech pathology (her solution to the employment issue), Annie worked in the public schools, a state school for developmentally delayed children, and a diagnostic clinic for multiply handicapped children before co-founding a special education materials publishing company. She became involved again in theatre as a back-stage volunteer at The Landers and was asked to join the staff eight years ago.

  Ron Spigelman, Director of Development & Marketing

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Ron is completing 8 years as Music Director of the Springfield Symphony where through his collaborative efforts in performing, fundraising and marketing, they doubled in size and stature to become the vibrant organization they are today.  He hopes to achieve big things in marketing and development for the Springfield Little Theatre. He has spent much of his life as a professional conductor holding numerous positions on three continents, working with world class orchestras and performing with the likes of James Taylor, Marvin Hamlisch and Peter Paul and Mary. He has conducted every genre from Classical, Opera, Pops, Broadway and even live film. In his role as Director of Development & Marketing, Ron will work towards securing underwriting and sponsorship for productions, cultivating individual donors, promoting the Landers, and planning and promoting special events.  He lives with his partner Laura Woods and their 6 combined children!  He is also a member of the Springfield Rotary Club (Southeast)

  John R. “Chuck” Rogers, Designer/Technical Director

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Chuck is proud to be a part of the Landers Family as resident scenic designer and c0-technical director. He works with design aspects for many performance organizations and community sponsored events including the 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 and the season will direct The Music Man and The Buddy Holly Story for SLT. Thanks SLT for 20 fantastic years.

  Jamie Bower, Designer/Technical Director

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Jamie is beginning his 7th 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.

  KarenRichterRev1Karen Richter, Box Office Manager

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Karen grew up in St. Louis and theatre was always a important part of her life. She attended many performances at the Fox and the Muny.  After moving to Springfield to return to college and finish her degree, she attended a performance of Beauty and the Beast at the Landers and quickly caught on to the excitement that the theatre brought to the people of the Ozarks.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Missouri State in 2006 and will begin working on her master in Marketing in the Fall.  Karen is excited to be part of such a wonderful team and strives to provide the best customer service possible to the more than 50,000 annual visitors to the Landers Theatre

  Kris Haik, Costumer Designer

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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.

WilladsenB&W  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 several productions including Once Upon A Mattress, Mulan Junior, Once On This Island Junior, and Thoroughly Modern Millie Junior to name a few. He has a degree in Theatre Education from MSU. During the Christmas season, Andy performs in A Dicken’s Christmas Carol at Silver Dollar City. He and his beautiful wife, Cathryn, are grateful to work in the arts. They also enjoy spending time with friends and family and are active in church.

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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.