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Board & Staff


The Rose Theater
2001 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE 68102
(402) 345-4849
info@rosetheater.org

Board & Staff

Board of Trustees

The Rose Theater Board of Trustees steers the theater toward a sustainable future by overseeing the legal and fiscal management and the strategic planning of The Rose as a non-profit organization. In addition to ensuring the theater has sufficient resources to achieve its mission, the members of the Board of Trustees also act as advocates for The Rose throughout the community.

Board of Trustee Officers

  • President: Bill Stott
  • Past President:Nicki Cleveland
  • President-Elect: Michelle Smithberg
  • VP of Marketing/Development:Paul Tranisi
  • VP of Finance: Michelle Smithberg
  • Production/Education: Denise Chapman
  • Secretary/By-Laws:  Allison Balus
  • Foundation Representative:Amy Ryan
  • Nominating/Development: Troy Romero

Board Members

  • Maranda Adams
  • Leia Baez
  • Bethany Banister
  • Jennie Bartholomew
  • Denise Chapman
  • Kanyon Chism
  • Maureen Ereckson
  • Dr. Kerry-Ann Escayg
  • Heather Kudron
  • Tammy Korgie
  • Katherine MacHolmes
  • Merri Melvin
  • Doris Moore
  • Jennifer Petersen
  • Joe Pruch
  • Amy Ryan
  • Andreea Shnayder
  • Bryn Reed
  • Thomas Sowinski
  • Joanna Swanson
  • Paul Tranisi
  • Jeanette Weber
  • Sarah Weller

Rose Staff

Executive Staff

  • Matt Gutschick
    Artistic Director
  • Julie Walker
    Managing Director

Administrative Staff

  • Janelle Kupka
    Finance Director
  • Mary Hubl
    Vice President of Development
  • Vic Gutman
    Development Consultant
  • Lisa Winton
    Development Specialist
  • Kori Radloff
    Marketing & Public Relations Director
  • Mandy Aleksiak
    Audience Services Director
  • Kelsey Glynn
    Box Office Manager
  • Biannah Peji-Palm
    Broadway at The Rose Manager
  • Lindy Glenn
    School Coordinator & HR Specialist
  • Kevin Ehrhart
    Chief Information Officer

Facilities Staff

  • Scott Kupka
    Facility Director
  • Michelle Clark
    Facility Staff
  • Hubert Clark
    Facility Staff

Education Staff

  • Jackie Kappes
    Education Director & Teaching Artist
    Company Actor
  • Sue Gillespie Booton
    BROADWAY at The Rose Director & Resident Choreographer
    Company Actor
  • Artistic Associate Director & Director of Outbound Programs
    Company Actor
  • Stephanie Jacobson
    Teaching Artist & Early Education Director
    Company Actor
  • Kevin Ehrhart
    Teaching Artist & Resident Director
    Company Actor
  • Carina DuMarce
    Teaching Artist
    Company Actor
  • Jay Hayden
    Teaching Artist & Director of Teen Programming
    Company Actor
  • Michael James
    Director of Youth Productions
  • Brian Guehring
    Literary Manager, Playwright-in-Residence & Teaching Artist
    Company Actor
  • Mimi Lawry
    Dance Competition Director
  • Fran Sillau
    Accessibility Coordinator & Teaching Artist
  • Kimberlee Stone
    Teaching Artist
    Company Actor
  • Alease Timbers
    Teaching Artist,  Director of School-Based Programming & Company Actor
  • Taylor Adams
    Teaching Artist Fellow
  • Prentiss Matthews III
    Teaching Artist Fellow
  • Charisa Ramsey
    Teaching Artist Fellow
  • Zoella Sneed
    Teaching Artist Fellow

Artistic/Production Staff

  • Sarah Buck
    Director of Production
  • Sherri Geerdes
    Costume & Makeup Director
  • Zach Kloppenborg
    Costume Shop Foreman
  • Hunter Andrews
    Technical Director
  • Devon Denn-Young
    Props Mistress
  • Jackson Curtright
    Master Carpenter
  • Savannah Savick
    Charge Artist & Theater Design Teacher
  • Matt Benes
    Lighting & Projection Supervisor
  • Christy Hernandez
    Resident Sound Designer and Audio Engineer
  • Lisa Krabbenhoft
    Resident Stage Manager
  • Angel Hernandez
    Lighting & Production Apprentice