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- Ranked among The Princeton Review’s Top 20 "Best College Theatres"
- Among the nation’s oldest (established in 1899) and best undergraduate theatre programs
- Perform in a realistic environment with male apprentice students
- Learn to succeed in the entertainment business (on stage and behind-the-scenes)
Interim Dean of School of Performing Arts, Artistic Director for Theatre, and Director of Advising; Associate Professor
Mimi Hedges serves as interim dean of the School of Performing Arts. Most recently, the director of advising and Liberal Arts, Hedges served as dean of Liberal Arts from 2008-2012 and interim chair of Psychology from 2009-2012, resident scenic designer/scenic artist at Stephens College from 2002-2006, resident and guest designer for more than 50 productions at the Okoboji Summer Theatre. Hedges has taught and designed at the University of Wyoming, Montana State University and acted as the head of design and technology for theatre and dance at the University of Montana. She has judged for the Iowa Skills/USA VICA competition in graphic design, taught drawing and design in the art department and designed productions for the music department at Iowa Lakes Community College. Her professional credits include designs for the Unicorn Theatre and Young Audiences in Kansas City, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, Tri-Cities Opera, The Montana Rep, Shakespeare in the Parks, Okoboji Summer Theatre, and art direction for the Stephens Film Institute. She earned an A.S. from Iowa Lakes Community College; a B.A. from The College of Wooster; and an M.F.A. from Case Western Reserve University.
Professor of Theatre
Robert Doyen is a resident actor/teacher at Stephens, where he teaches Acting, Directing and Musical Theatre. He also teaches in the Stephens Summer Theatre Institute (STI) and has spent the last 36 summers at Okoboji Summer Theatre in Spirit Lake, Iowa. This past summer, he appeared in “My Way,” “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Last year at Stephens he was featured in "Picnic," "Reckless," "The Tempest," "Mauritius" and "Legally Blonde." He earned a B.F.A. from Stephens College and an M.A. from Illinois State University.
Assistant Professor of Costume Design
Cynda Galikin teaches Costuming and Makeup, Costume Design I and II, and the Summer Theatre Institute class Puppet Making—How Many Ways Can You Wear a Duck? She has served at Okoboji Summer Theatre as the prosthetics artist for "Beauty and the Beast" (2010) and the costume designer for "The Glass Menagerie" (2011). Recent costume designs in Stephens’ Macklanburg Playhouse have been "Reckless" (Fall 2012) and "The Tempest" (Spring 2013). Her costume designs and/or specialty craft work have been seen on the stages of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Black Repertory Company, St. Louis Shakespeare Company, Stages St. Louis, The Iowa Summer Repertory Theatre, and others. Galikin’s millinery work has been featured recently in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s productions of "Mary Stuart," "Les Miserables," "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Titus Andronicus." She earned a B.F.A. from Webster University, an M.A. from Washington University and a M.F.A. from the University of Iowa.
Associate Professor of Acting
Lamby Hedge hails from New York City and teaches throughout the acting curriculum. For the 2013-14 Playhouse season, Hedge will direct the musical "A Catered Affair" and the Chekhov classic "Uncle Vanya." This summer, Hedge served as artistic director of the 2013 Stephens College Summer Theatre Institute, developing/teaching in the summer curriculum, producing a five-show season, and adapting and directing the STI company’s production of "Blown Sideways Through Life." Her 26-year career in the professional theatre includes a nine-year tenure as producing artistic director of the Marple Theatre, 10 years as artistic director of the Equity touring company, Shakespeare-On-Stage, 26 years as a resident director/actor (and five years as associate artistic director) of the Okoboji Summer Theatre, director/choreographer of the national tour of the newly revised operetta "Babes in Toyland." She has guest directed/acted for professional theatres throughout the country, winning the Kansas City Best of Theatre Award for her direction/choreography of the musical "Quilters," for the acclaimed Unicorn Theatre (five nominations total). Hedge has appeared in more than 100 commercials/industrial films/feature films. She is a proud member of AEA/SAG/AFTRA and the 2005 recipient of the Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Hedge earned a B.A. from State University of New York, Fredonia and an M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Assistant Professor of Lighting and Design
Jennifer Kilgore teaches Lighting Design and has worked as the technical director/lighting designer for Stephens Summer Dance for the past six summers. Her designs have been seen at the Okoboji Summer Theatre for "The Marvelous Wonderettes," "Steel Magnolias," "Doubt," "Proof," "Into the Woods" and "The Fantasticks," among others. Her other favorite projects include her design work for various dance companies across the country and involvement in venue design with local film festivals. She earned a B.F.A. from Creighton University and an M.F.A. from the University of Missouri–Kansas City.
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Dan Schultz acts in and directs Playhouse productions and serves as artistic director of the Okoboji Summer Theatre. For four years prior to that he was artistic director of the Summer Theatre Institute at Stephens College. He is the co-founder of New York City’s taxdeductible theatre and co-creator of The Dare Project, a short-play festival responsible for the premiere of more than 100 new plays since 2006. He has appeared at theatres across the country, and in film and on television. He has worked extensively in casting and producing, working with ABC Television, Broadway producer Bob Boyett, Second Stage and many others. He was selected to speak at the 2011 Theatre Communications Group National Conference on the direction of actor training in the United States. Schultz is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. He earned a B.F.A. from Stephens College, an M.F.A. from Florida State University–Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training and an M.S.L. from Stephens College.
Guest Scenic Designer in Residence/Assistant Professor of Theatre
Ryan J. Zirngibl teaches Intro to Stagecraft, Scenic Design 1 and 2, Scenic Painting, Rendering and Properties Design and Production. Zirngibl has also worked at Okoboji Summer theatre six seasons. This past summer, he worked with the ’Boji Bantam Children’s Theatre to create an environmental production of "Wind in the Willows." Recent highlights of his career involve the design for the Off-Broadway/world premiere of the new Theatre for Young Audiences musical "Lucky Duck," being a scenic artist on the major Motion Picture "You're Next," and designing multiple shows for Arrow Rock Lyceum. He has also worked on productions around the country/world, including at St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, Ukraine National Opera and Cincinnati Ballet. Zirngibl is also a proud founding member of Bellenwhissle Productions in Kansas City, Mo. He earned a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and an M.F.A. from the University of Missouri–Kansas City.
Director of Production/Adjunct Instructor
Michael Burke returns to campus following his 14th season as director of production and operations at the Okoboji Summer Theatre. At Stephens, he oversees all production departments for the School of Performing Arts and teaches Senior Production Seminar, Introduction to Stage Management, Stage Management II and Sound Design. He is also an advisor to the Warehouse Theatre Company. Prior to his return to Stephens, in 2007, he spent 15 seasons at the 5th Avenue Musical Theatre in Seattle as a stage manager and as the company manager, working on more than 35 productions, including the pre-Broadway runs of "Jeckle & Hyde," "Hairspray" and "The Wedding Singer." Other regional credits include the American Heartland Theatre in Kansas City and The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. Burke is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and a 1986 graduate of Stephens College.
Executive Director, Okoboji Summer Theatre, Business Manager for the School of Performing Arts
Ruth Ann Burke serves as executive director for the Okoboji Summer Theatre and during the school year is the business manager, overseeing box office operations, marketing and corporate sponsorships for the School of Performing Arts. Prior to returning to Columbia in 2007, Burke worked in marketing and public relations in the Seattle area. She earned a B.F.A. from Stephens College, an M.A. from Drake University and an M.B.A. from Stephens College.
Scene Shop Foreman
A 2008 graduate, Herbert Moore just completed his seventh summer at the Okoboji Summer Theatre, which includes several years as the assistant to the director of production. His previous work includes stage staff for Royal Caribbean International and as an electrician for Dallas Theater Center and Kansas City Repertory Theatre. He earned a B.F.A. from Stephens College.
Administrative Assistant, School of Performing Arts
Kathy Vogt is the administrative assistant for the School of Performing Arts.