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J. Thomas Kidd

J. Thomas Kidd (Managing Director/Artistic Director) is an Associate Professor in Acting/Directing as well as Chair for the Theatre Department at SIUC. He has directed and/or choreographed for professional theatre companies and industrial venues including The Six Flags Corporation, The World Trade Center of Atlanta, The Atlanta Lyric Theatre (Evita; The Secret Garden), Lakes Region Summer Theatre (The Pajama Game), The Little Theatre on the Square (Where's Charley?), McLeod Summer Playhouse (My Fair Lady, Thoroughly Modern Mille, All Shook Up), and even The Atlanta Braves Baseball Organization. In 1999 he received a special award for Outstanding Artist from the Hawaii State Theatre Council for his direction of the Honolulu premiere of Angels In America, Part II: Perestoika. He was recognized by The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Outstanding Achievement in Direction in 2003 for his direction of the Shorter College Theatre production of Jekyll and Hyde, the Musical, and was invited to regional festivals in 2005 for West Side Story and in 2006 for A Chorus Line.

tkidd@siu.edu | 618-453-7583


Timothy Fink

Timothy Fink (Advising General Director) has served as either Artistic Director or Co-General Director of the McLeod Summer Playhouse from1997-2010. Recent directing credits include Urinetown for the McLeod Mainstage, the opera Hansel and Gretel for the Marjorie Lawrence Opera Theater, and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change for the McLeod Summer Playhouse. Other directing credits include Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Puccini's La Rondine, Rodgers and Hammerstein's A Grand Night for Singing, HMS Pinafore, and Starting Here, Starting Now.


tjfink@siu.edu | 618-713-4545


Mark K. Varns

Mark K. Varns (Advising General Director) holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Mark has worked with a number of university, regional, and summer stock theatres, including Alabama Shakespeare Festival, McLeod Summer Playhouse, Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company, Central Missouri Rep, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Missouri Repertory Theatre, New Harmony Theater, Millikin University and, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.


varns@siu.edu | 618-453-5741


Wes Drummond

Wes Drummond (Resident Artistic Director; Director/Choreographer – Hairspray; Director - James and the Giant Peach) just completed the 2015 national tour ofSeven Brides for Seven Brothers. He is  a native of Bowling Green, KY and an alumnus of Western Kentucky University.  Recent credits include:  Assistant to the Director-Oliver!- Paper Mill Playhouse; Assistant Director-Les Miserables-WPPAC; Director- Ca$h, Comfort, Sex -  Manhattan Rep; Director/Choreographer-Oklahoma!- MSP, Anything Goes- MSP  Thanks to Mom, Dad, Adam, Joseph and the rest of my amazing family for their never ending support. And of course to Tracey Moore. "It's all GOOD."   


Scott Elliott (Business Manager)

selliott@siu.edu | 618-453-7577


Darlene Reidelberger (Dept. Secretary)

dreidelberger@siu.edu | 618-453-7579