Wayne Bryan begins his 28th season as Producing Artistic Director of Music Theatre Wichita, where he has now produced 135 Broadway-scale musicals, including dozens for which he has also served as director or performer. Raised in southern California, Wayne began his professional career as both actor and director at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, while stationed as a Navy officer in Coronado. Wayne's performing credits include Good News!, Rodgers and Hart, and Tintypes on Broadway, the First National Tour of Joseph/Dreamcoat, and TV appearances on such shows as "M*A*S*H" (CBS), "American History" (PBS), and "Keystone" (A&E). His directing credits include award-winning productions on both coasts, including Festival at New York City Center. Wayne is co-author with Mark Madama of a revised version of the collegiate musical Good News!, whose 1993 Wichita premiere has been followed by over 300 subsequent productions around the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain, plus an internationally acclaimed cast album. Wayne was a 2002 recipient of the Kansas Governor's Arts Award as an Individual Artist, and received the NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award, recognizing individuals who fight discrimination and encourage diversity. Email Wayne.
Angela joined the Music Theatre Wichita staff as Development Director in 2013. Previously, she was Artistic Operations Director of The Florida Orchestra and General Manager of the Omaha Symphony. She loves working with donors and friends of MTWichita to create incredible art and educational opportunities for the Wichita community! Angela is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Arizona State University, where she met her husband, trumpet player and WSU Professor David Hunsicker. Email Angela.
Mary Sue was born and raised in Nebraska and graduated with a degree in Music Education. She started her career with Music Theatre Wichita back in the summer of 1976 as Assistant Property Master. Now, 41 seasons later, she’s made her way to the wonderfully detailed position of Rentals and Inventory Director, which is a challenging and very rewarding position. As warehouse manager, Mary Sue oversees 50,000 square feet of space, housing more than 70 rental packages, which have been created by the MTWichita staff each summer since 2004. Mary Sue enjoys being able to assist so many theatres nationwide (professional, non-professional, and educational) with renting appropriate packages for their theatre and also giving them ideas on how to do it themselves. It is all truly gratifying. Email Mary Sue.
Vickie began work in the nonprofit arena more than 25 years ago and has spent the last 11 years with Music Theatre Wichita. She studied accounting through Wichita State University and The University of Phoenix, while taking business classes through the Small Business Development Center. While supporting herself with “bona fide” work in accounting, Vickie spent much of her personal time performing in bands around Wichita and conducting choirs in many churches. MTWichita has always felt like the “perfect world,” combining her love of music and creativity, while satisfying her interest in numbers and organizational spreadsheets. Vickie is married to Michael Kline and they live in Riverside with feline friends, Baxter and Felix. Email Vickie.
Joshua currently serves as the Box Office Manager/Patron Services Director for MTWichita. He served as the assistant box office manager at Oklahoma City University School of Music Box office, as well as a ticketing associate for The Performing Arts Ticket Office through the School of Dance. In New York City Joshua worked for The Jujamcyn Theatres where he was a Broadway usher. Joshua is also a choreographer and director. His choreographic and directing talents have been used at MTWichita as the staging director for the Teen Choir (2006-present); director/choreographer of Festival of Broadway (2008-2010, 2014-present) and Curtain Up! (2013-present); and choreographer/adjudicator for the dance portion of MTWichita’s national audition tour (2013-present). He has choreographed for Wichita State University, Friends University, and at various high schools, studios, organizations, and theatres in and around the Wichita area. Joshua received his undergraduate degree in dance performance from Oklahoma City University and his Master of Liberal Arts (with a Theatre Concentration) from Baker University. Joshua enjoys spending his free time in pottery classes. Email Joshua.
Nancy Reeves joined MTWichita in 1988 as a bookkeeper and soon took on other responsibilities. She first took over the position of Company Manager and more recently added Producing Associate to her job description. As Company Manager Nancy’s duties include coordinating auditions, handling thousands of submissions each season. Other duties include handling the travel and housing accommodation arrangements for guest artists, and maintaining active communications with all department and department heads throughout the season. Nancy plans every detail of an annual holiday trip to New York for 50 MTWichita patrons. As Producing Associate Nancy attends auditions and participates in casting decisions, works with agents, and participates in contract negotiations. Her long tenure at MTWichita and close personal connections to people throughout Wichita allow her to be an outstanding resource for MTWichita and for artists working in Wichita during the summer season. Email Nancy.
Mitchell, now in his third year with Music Theatre Wichita, is honored to be the company’s new full-time Production Manager. Mitch is an Oklahoma native, graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in scenic technology and has received accolades from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) for excellence in technical direction and scenic technology. Professionally, Mitch has worked across the United States with companies such as Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, The Santa Fe Opera, as well as The Sphinx Organization. When not in the theatre, Mitch can usually be found outdoors, enjoying nature. He is an avid disc golf player and loves weekends roaming the country on the back of his motorcycle. Mitch is very excited for this new chapter and is dedicated to making MTWichita the go-to summer program for aspiring young artists and technicians. Email Mitch.
Angela has been the Finance Assistant for MTWichita since January 2007. Her love of numbers began at the young age of 13 when she started helping with the books for her parent’s business. She went on to take any and all business classes through high school, graduated from vocational school with a certificate in Office Administration and has continued her business studies through WATC and other various online courses. She has worked for several non-profit organizations since she graduated. Four years ago Angela jumped at the opportunity to become Jester Program Director, and now carries the title as Special Programs Director (which combines all hats that she wears). Angela, and her husband Steve, relocated to Goddard in 2003. They have raised six boys and now enjoy the title of Nana and Papa. Email Angela.