photo credit to Sean Carter Photography
Lynn Lammers, Founder & Artistic Director, is a director, producer, and arts leader. Her most recent directing credits include The Wizard of Oz at Flint Youth Theatre, Best Brothers at Williamston Theatre, and What I Did Last Summer by A.R. Gurney for Michigan State University’s Summer Circle. Lynn has also directed for Tipping Point Theatre, Boarshead Theatre, Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, Performance Network’s Mosh Pit Theatre, and Peppermint Creek Theatre. Ms. Lammers serves as a mentor for the Wharton Center’s Young Playwrights Festival, is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in New York City, has been published on Theatre Communications Group’s Circle Blog, and presented at LaMaMa Theatre Company’s 2008 Directors Symposium in Spoleto, Italy. Lynn has a Master’s Degree in Theatre from Michigan State University and is an Associate Member of the Society for Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Jane Griffith, Executive Director, has a background in Organizational Development and Quality Management, and has provided leadership for many community organizations. She is adept at aligning organizations’ programming and communications with the defined vision, mission, and core values. She has also earned a reputation as a sensible financial manager, trimming the fat from budgets and focusing resources on practical, results-oriented strategies. A life-long theatre lover, Jane spent six years as part of Young People’s Theater, serving as Producer, among other roles.
Heidi Bennett, Connectivity Associate, is an actor, director, producer, administrator and all around theatre supporter. Most recently, she worked at the Purple Rose Theatre Company as Marketing and Public Relations Director, and produced The Kitchen Plays, a site-specific performance of original works at Royal Oak Kitchen and Bath. Heidi is passionate about the power of theatre to bring diverse ideas and people together and is so excited to have the opportunity to develop relationships between Kickshaw and the broader community as the leader of the Kickshaw Connectivity Sidekicks. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband Sean Carter, and works for the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
Shawn Preissle, Finance Director, spends her days as a business consultant guiding entrepreneurs and small businesses to start and stay in business. Formerly, she was an entrepreneur with over 9 years experience in business management, event planning, marketing, communications, accounting and kitchen management. As a rare individual who actually likes working with numbers, she is excited to bring that passion to Kickshaw. Shawn has a BA in Advertising from Michigan State University and enjoys spending time with her family in Ann Arbor.