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Mar 30

2018 Summer Theatre Academy teaching artists - Full Bios

Posted on March 30, 2018 at 3:51 PM by Becky Burnside

Patrick Inlow, the summer academy’s scenic designer. 
Inlow has been designing sets for theater productions and concerts professionally in the Kansas City Area for over ten years. His first job in the theater world was as master electrician and assistant lighting designer for TTIP in the summers of 2006 and 2007. His first lighting design for TTIP was “Hello, Dolly!” in 2007.  He returned to TTIP in 2016 as stage manager for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” featuring a children’s chorus of over 60 talented kids. He studied theatrical design at the University of Missouri – Columbia and Kansas City, and at Avila University. At UMKC he furthered his work in the newly developing area of projection design as assistant projection designer for “A Christmas Carol” at the Kansas City Repertory Theater, and as projection designer for “Billy Bishop Goes To War” at the National WWI Museum, and “La Tragedie de Carmen” for the UMKC Conservatory. He served as the resident lighting designer for Theatre for Young America and Padgett Productions at Union Station’s City Stage designing over 15 productions during his tenure. Favorites include “The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe,” “CHICAGO” starring Sally Struthers, “High School Musical 2,” and “Hair.” He has also designed for local community theaters including The Barn Players (“Sister Act the Musical,” “Legally Blonde,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “The Graduate”), and Olathe Civic Theatre Association (“Altar Boyz,” “Schoolhouse Rock Live!”). Most recently he worked as scenic designer for TTIP’s indoor holiday production of “The Happy Elf.” He has also worked with Grandview Middle School, producing the technical aspects of “Shrek Jr.” and “The Little Mermaid Jr.” Inlow works as an audio engineer for the local high school group, KC A Capella. This is his second year as a teaching artist for TTIP’s Summer Academy and he is excited to help teach and inspire the future artists of Kansas City.

Brian Jones, director/choreographer for academy productions of Disney’s “The Lion King Kids,” and the choreographer for a production of Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach Jr.”
Jones is a classically trained dancer, singer, gymnast, and actor. A native Texan, he is happy to call New York home, but has been fortunate enough to travel the world through theater and dance. As a performer, Jones is active in New York, regional, touring, Off Broadway theatre, and opera. Recent credits include “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” Broadway National Tour, Pepper in “Mamma Mia,” and “Candide” directed by Harold Prince. Next he will be returning to New York City Opera for “Brokeback Mountain” and Theater By The Sea’s production of Chicago. He is a passionate choreographer, teacher, and director with over thirty productions under his belt. Working for the cultural diplomacy agency, American Voices, Jones brought musical theater and dance to underprivileged children in war-torn areas across seven countries. This fall, Jones directed and choreographed Literally Alive’s revival of the original musical “Treasure Island” at The Player’s Theater Off Broadway. He also recently choreographed “The Commuters” at The Theater at St. Clements, “Cagebirds” at the Sonnet Theatre at The Producers Club, and “Where Angels Fear to Tread,” at the Steve and Marie Sgouros Theater. Jones had the privilege join the production team for the inaugural The Theatre In The Park Summer Academy where he directed and choreographed three productions of “Disney’s Jungle Book Kids.” He is honored to return this year to direct and choreograph “The Lion King Kids” and to choreograph Roald Dahl’s “James and The Giant Peach Jr.”

Michael Snyder, music director for the summer academy production of Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka Kids,” and “James and the Giant Peach Jr.”
Snyder holds a bachelor of arts in music from Ithaca College and a masters of science in counselor education from Radford University, Va. He has worked as a musical director, pianist and/or accompanist in a variety of settings including school, community, and professional theater. Snyder has lived and worked in the Phoenix area and East Valley for the past ten years. He has successfully completed over twenty choral concerts, and played for many voice classes, including Broadway solos, in the Maricopa Community College system. He has also worked at such theaters as Temple Live Theater, Copperstar Rep, and MCC theater camps. Professional credits include Greenbrier Valley Theater, The Greenbrier Hotel, The Theater Barn, and Golden Apple Dinner Theater.  His most recent (and current) position is as full-time choral accompanist in the McAllen Independent School District in Texas.

Liz Stinman, music director for an academy production of Disney’s “The Lion King Kids.”
Stinman is a Lincoln, Neb., native, and is thrilled to return to the Theatre in the Park Summer Academy as a music director/teaching artist for its second season! Classically trained in piano via the Suzuki method, she developed a love for musical theatre and collaborative piano after playing for musicals and accompanying students in high school at Lincoln Southeast. In May of 2014, Liz graduated magna cum laude from Doane University in Crete, Neb., having earned a bachelor of arts degree in music direction for musical theatre. Since 2009, Stinman has worked on over 50 productions as a music director, vocal coach, and/or accompanist around the Midwest. She has also worked as a music director and teaching artist at Stagedoor Manor - a performing arts training center for youth in New York - and in January, 2016, she participated in the highly-selective Goodspeed Musicals Music Direction Intensive in Connecticut.

As a collaborative artist, Liz has worked with celebrated musical theatre industry professionals at the International Thespian Festival, which is held annually at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has also accompanied for vocal masterclasses at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, for Irene Ryan scholarship competitors at the Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), and is a regular accompanist for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) at the state and regional level.

Currently, Stinman works as the staff collaborative pianist at Peru State College where she accompanies three choral ensembles and the vocal and instrumental studios under Dr. Jake Bartlett, Patty Kramer, and Dr. Ken Meints. Additionally, she teaches piano and voice for Sing Omaha Studios where she also serves as the director of musical theatre Programming. Professionally, Stinman is a proud member of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and the Nebraska Music Educators Association (NMEA).

Joseph Walsh, director/choreographer for summer academy production of Disney’s “Willy Wonka, Kids”, and director  for “James and the Giant Peach Jr.”

Walsh is an award-winning theatre director and educator. He is originally from Boston, Mass., and holds a bachelor’s of fine arts in theatre production/stage management from Emerson College and a master’s in directing from Goldmsith’s College, University of London. He has recently returned to the USA after fifteen years of living and working in the United Kingdom where he built up an international portfolio of work. Most recently he served as the Assistant Head of Musical Theatre for the Urdang Academy in London and a professor of Acting and Directing for the Cork School of Music at the Cork Institute of Technology.  During his time in Ireland, Walsh directed critically acclaimed productions of “Hairspray” and “Singin’ in the Rain” for the Cork Opera.  In 2013, Walsh collaborated with West End star Linzi Hateley to devise and direct “Linzi Hateley: True Colors - Life Since Carrie” at Saint James Theatre in London and 54 Below in New York as well as the London Revival of “Love Story: the Musical,” which was nominated for an Off-West End Award for best musical. In London’s West End, he served as assistant director on “Coyote on A Fence,” and resident director on “When Harry Met Sally” (starring Molly Ringwald and Michael Landes). Walsh spent three seasons as the touring director for White Horse Theatre, the world’s largest touring educational theatre company, where his work was seen across Europe and Japan. He has also directed educational work for Vienna’s English Theatre and has been the artistic director of the award-winning Wild Oats Productions since its inception in 2005.

Walsh has won the Hilton Edwards Award for his direction of the play “Lilies” by Michel Marc Bouchard.  Other directing credits include the 20th anniversary production of “Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens,” the award-winning European premiere of “The Temperamentals,” “The Laramie Project,” the London premiere of “Zanna, Don’t!,” and the Irish premieres of “The Last Five Years,” “Songs For A New World,” and “The Laramie Project Cycle,” and an Irish national tour of “The King And I.”

Arwen White, the summer academy’s costume designer. costume designer.
White is a Kansas City-based costume designer who has designed theatrically throughout the city on productions including “Chainsaw” at the Living Room Theatre, “Gruesome Playground Injuries” at the Fishtank Theatre, “The Mountaintop” and “My Name is Asher Lev” at the Unicorn Theatre. She is an Entertainment Contractor for Norwegian Cruise Line, stitching for Burn the Floor, Paradie, and Band on the Run. This is her first production with The Theatre in the Park and she is enjoying the opportunity to help young artists grow and collaborate in the creative community of Kansas City. She is also the founder of Juste Jaquet Designs, a local textile and fine art company. This business focuses on fine art and handpainted and dyed textiles. Specializing in creative textiles and beautiful design, her goal is allowing artists to design and put their art into the world, with their personal mark.