Kickshaw Theatre

The Team


Lynn Lammers

Founder, Artistic Director & Board Vice Chair

Lynn 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 & Board Chair

Jane 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 Director & Board Secretary

Heidi is an actor, director, producer, administrator and all around theatre supporter. She 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. Heidi previously worked at the Purple Rose Theatre Company as Marketing Director. 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 & Board Treasurer

Shawn 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.


Holly Ohtonen

Board Member

Holly defies today's typical length of time for working with one company. She has committed herself to Liberty Athletic Club for over 20 years - her home away from home. Her passions for people, collaboration, and community continue to be fulfilled in her day job. While she is known to 'sing and dance' in her management role, she is equally grateful for her involvement with the Kickshaw team and renewing her participation in the arts. Holly is a former Musical Theater major from the University of Michigan. Her love for the theater has never waned and she is overjoyed to participate in the very thing she has been missing over the years. She happily resides in Dexter, MI with her husband, fourteen year old son and nine year old daughter.    


Sandy Lemkin

Bookkeeper & Board Member

Sandy first joined the Kickshaw team to assist with bookkeeping.  She started her career in the automotive industry and although she has a background in business she spends her days caring for patients as a Clinical Care Coordinator at the University of Michigan. Sandy has a BBA and BSN from Eastern Michigan University. In her spare time if she enjoys traveling and providing bookkeeping services to non-profit organizations.


Aral Gribble

COnnectivity Associate