Morrie Enders - Executive Director
As a self-proclaimed "Theatre Evangelist," Morrie is proud to have spent a lifetime in community theatre. He was Artistic Director of Kalamazoo Civic Theatre in Michigan and the Artistic/Managing Director of La Crosse Community Theatre in Wisconsin. He has had productions performed in Germany, Monaco and Japan. In 2007, Morrie received the AACT Distinguished Merit Award and was given the designation of Fellow of AACT. He received the ANPE Nonprofit Executive of the Year Award for 2015, is a Mayor's Arts Award winner, and has received a commission as an Admiral in the Nebraska Navy.
Crystal M. Dunning - Development and Education Director
Crystal recently graduated from UNL with a M.M. in Vocal Performance. Her B.A. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Fine and Performing Arts was from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. For the past three years, Crystal was the Seasonal Programs Assistant at Interlochen Center for the Arts where she coordinated individual programs and workshops, handled public relations and created social media presence. Crystal was a Development Intern with Acadiana Center for the Arts in Louisiana and worked with patron records and various fundraising endeavors. She is currently teaching voice and choir at 402 Arts Collective in Omaha. Crystal will be handling all of our development area including individual giving, corporate sponsors, events and planned giving. She will also be coordinating our Theatre Arts Academies and other educational assignments.
Christine Cottam - Director of Operations
Christine graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2012, with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theatre and Music (vocal emphasis), and where she studied stage management for two years under professional stage manager, Elizabeth Wethington. She was named Outstanding Stage Manager for 2012-13 at UNK and was winner of the Theatre Management Challenge at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region V. She was an administrative intern at Seven Devils Playwriting Conference, id Theatres, in McCall, Idaho. Previously, she was part of the group to spearhead a youth theatre in Hastings, Nebraska, where she served as Managing Artistic Director of Boxcar Youth Theatre Company. Christine also serves on the Nebraska Association of Community Theatre board of directors.
Nick Turner - Technical Director
Nick Turner started volunteering at the Playhouse in 1997 and was hired on as a scenic intern in July of 2000. Throughout the years, he has gained many skills in carpentry as well as in general theatre crafts while working his way up to becoming the current technical director. Since first becoming the technical director in 2008, Nick has worked diligently to supervise shop volunteers while helping keep all productions under budget. During his time at the Playhouse, Nick has also worked with numerous directors and designers to complete the construction of all scenery, lighting, props and sound needed for productions on the Mainstage and the Studio Theatres.
Lauren Parker - Patron Services Manager
Lauren graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in May 2016 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Acting. In addition to acting, Lauren worked in the Nebraska Wesleyan Theatre Box Office for three years, student managing her senior year. Lauren was voted Most Likely to Make a British Guard Break by the Wesleyan Theatre Company board. She was hired as a summer intern before becoming Patron Services Manager in August 2016.