Starkle Dream Up. Stephens College

OST Directors

Ruth Ann Burke

Executive Director 

Ruth Ann Burke is entering her 20th summer at Okoboji Summer Theatre. Prior to becoming executive director, she served as director of development. During the school year, she oversees box office operations, and marketing and corporate sponsorships as the business manager for the Stephens College School of Creative and Performing Arts. Burke worked in marketing and public relations in Seattle prior to her move to Columbia, Mo., in 2007. She earned her M.B.A. from Stephens College, an M.A. from Drake University and a B.F.A. from Stephens.


Stephen Brotebeck

Artistic Director

Stephen Brotebeck is starting his first year as artistic director at Okoboji Summer Theatre where he has directed The World Goes ’Round and The Spitfire Grill. He is an assistant professor of musical theatre at San Diego State University in the M.F.A. Musical Theatre program. On Broadway, Brotebeck served as the movement associate on the Tony Award-winning production of Peter and the Starcatcher and also the Off-Broadway transfer to New World Stages, choreographed by Steven Hoggett. He served as an assistant director on the Broadway premiere of Ghost The Musical, directed by Matthew Warchus.  He also has numerous professional directing and choreography credits. (View his full bio.)

Brotebeck earned an M.F.A. from Pennsylvania State University and a B.F.A. from Western Michigan University and has taught at both institutions. He is a co-founder and the artistic director of Broadway Bodies in New York City and has served on the faculty at CAP21, America’s Musical Theatre Conservatory and Theatre Company in N.Y.C. 


Robert Doyen

Associate Artistic Director

Rob Doyen is serving his first season as associate artistic director at Okoboji Summer Theatre. He has spent the last 40 summers as a resident actor for the OST Company. Last summer, he was featured in Plaza SuiteFootlooseOn Golden Pond and South Pacific. He is a professor of theatre at Stephens College, where he teaches acting and directing. Doyen is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. He earned an M.A. from Illinois State University and a B.F.A. from Stephens College.


Michael Burke

Director of Production and Operations 

Michael Burke serves as director of production and operations at Okoboji Summer Theatre. At Stephens College, he oversees all production departments for the School of Creative and Performing Arts; is the resident sound designer; super­vises all student stage managers and sound designers; and teaches Introduction to Stage Management, Stage Management II and Sound Design. Burke is also an adviser 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 Production Managers Forum and graduate of Stephens College.

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