Rob Thomas, Executive Director, is a consummate and dedicated nonprofit arts fundraiser, as well as an occasional performer and playwright. Rob has been contracted for various administrative and management roles for a variety of theaters including Florida Studio Theatre (Sarasota, FL), Torch Theater Company (Minneapolis, MN) and the Great River Shakespeare Festival (Winona, MN). Most recently, Mr. Thomas served as Managing Director at 16th Street Theatre in Chicago, IL. Rob is of Dakota ancestry and his research of the lives of the Dakota people before, during and after the Dakota/U.S. War of 1862 culminated in a commissioned play for the History Theatre’s Raw Stages Series entitled 38: The Dakota-U.S. War of 1862.Mr. Thomas has served on and presided over several nonprofit boards, including community soup kitchens, philanthropic organizations, arts organizations, and service clubs.
Paul Reyburn, Production Manager, has been an actor and director in the Twin Cities for over 30 years. He has directed four shows at Lakeshore Players – The Happy Elf, A Funny Thing…Forum, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Big River, Cabaret, and Gypsy. He has also directed at Theatre in the Round, The Paul Bunyan Playhouse in Bemidji, MN, and the Morris Park Players. He has performed at numerous theaters including The Guthrie Theater, Artistry, Daleko Arts (New Prague), The Paul Bunyan Playhouse (over 30 shows), Stages Theater, Troupe America, Theatre In The Round, and Pioneer Place (St. Cloud) to name a few. A graduate of Moorhead State University, he did three summers of The Straw Hat Players summer stock company, performing in such shows as The Boys From Syracuse, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Sweeney Todd.
Dave Pust, Technical Director, has been an actor/tech director/designer in the Twin Cities since moving here from Montana. Most recently he has been resident TD for Torch Theatre. Prior to that he had worked at The History Theatre (Wellstone!), Theatre Latte Da (Floyd Collins), Outward Spiral Theatre (Falsettos), Fifty-Foot Penguin (too many shows to list), Theatre in the Round, The Director’s Theatre, Pioneer Place, Theatre Mu, Mixed Blood, Starting Gate, and The Illusion Theatre. Pust would like to thank everyone he’s worked with, especially the one who gave us the mantra, “Don’t worry, it’ll be Art by Thursday.”
Leigh Nelson, House Manager, has House Managed for Lakeshore Players since 2010. She started in community theater in the 1970s. This influenced her decision to major in Theater Production and then move to the Twin Cities to begin technical production professionally with several well-known theaters, notably the Guthrie. Leigh also gained arts experience working on lighting for dance performances and Lily Tomlin’s show and by creating/teaching a dramatics program for youth. These experiences added an innovative creativity to her second career in education as she coordinated projects involving interactive-TV use between schools and a federal prison, a cable TV program with older adults, and teacher training/events on using emerging technologies with at-risk students.
Molly Weibel, Education Director/Marketing Associate, a graduate of Normandale's theatre program, Molly has worked in non-profits and theatre organizations across the Twin Cities. Molly worked as a MobilePack Team Leader with Minnesota based anti-hunger non-profit, Feed My Starving Children. After her time with FMSC, Molly found a home at Yellow Tree Theatre in Osseo, MN as their Box Office Manager. Molly continued to freelance as a theatre educator working with the Bloomington Public School and the Edina Public Schools. Molly currently teaches the Musical Theatre Training Program at Escalate Dance and Theatre Studio, is a Spotlight Evaluator for Hennepin Theatre Trust and a summer program instructor for Youth Performance Company. Molly also runs her own photography business called 1000 Words Photography where she is lucky enough to photograph everything from newborns to centennial birthday celebrations!
Stefanie Fauth, Box Office Manager/Administrative Assistant, has been in customer service and administrative work ever since she was in high school. After an all-too-long break, Stefanie has been performing in the Twin Cities for two years, and has even been on stage at Lakeshore Players a few times as Myrtle, in The Great Gatsby, and as Truvy in Steel Magnolias. A graduate of South Dakota State University, Stefanie is fluent in Spanish, sings and plays multiple instruments, and can be found performing as often as she is able to find the opportunity. Her latest project includes writing a parody Christmas album with her musical group, KatFancie. Stefanie also has a Master’s degree in ministry to children, youth and families, and currently spends time with youth as a freelance teaching artist.
Nathaniel Glewwe, Resident Sound Designer, is a graduate of St. Olaf College, where he created his own major in technical theatre and education. He is now a freelance sound designer and engineer who has worked in theatres all over the Twin Cities, including Children’s Theatre, Park Square, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, and The Old Log, among others. He has also worked for various audiovisual production companies such as AVEX and Showcore Inc. Now he is starting a new career chapter as the resident sound designer for the Lakeshore Players and he is looking forward to many seasons of shows to come. In his (fleeting) spare time, he also enjoys tabletop games with friends, swing dancing, playing the piano, and playing with cats.
Elena Glass, Development Manager, Elena Glass, Development Manager, is a graduate of New York University, and has been performing and working within the theatre community for the past three years. Born and raised in Roseville, Minnesota, Elena is a passionate advocate for accessible theatre for all ages. She worked as an agent for NUTS, a commercial and voiceover talent agency, and also served as an Event Manager/Coordinator for Surdyk’s Catering for over two years. As an actress in the Twin Cities, she’s been seen at the Ordway (Mamma Mia, The Sound of Music, Annie, Broadway Songbook Series; Comden and Green), Old Log Theatre (Lend Me a Tenor), Yellow Tree Theatre (One Man, Two Guvnors), Theatre Elision (Ruthless!, Pins & Needles), History Theatre (Beyond the Rainbow), and Nautilus Music Theatre, among others. She is looking forward to utilizing her vast knowledge of theatre arts, passion for project management, and excellent customer service skills as the new development manager for Lakeshore Players, and is thrilled to be a part of this vibrant and special community!
Board of Directors
MICHAEL SMITH, PRESIDENT (Forest Lake) Independent construction finance professional; former arts administrator and manager
BETSY BUEHRER, DO, MPH VICE PRESIDENT (Mahtomedi) Senior Occupational Medicine Physician, 3M Medical Department; Board of Trustees for Minnesota Osteopathic Medical Society
FRANKLIN HELLER SECRETARY (Fridley) Software Engineer, A3 Technology, Inc.; actor; director
STEVE RITT TREASURER (White Bear Lake) Chief Financial Officer/ Vice President Commercial Lending
ED CAILLIER, GOVERNANCE (Vadnais Heights) Retired Human Resources employee benefits professional; Vadnais Heights Planning Commissioner; former Groves Academy board member
GARY F. ANDERSON (Hugo)--retired pastor, Incarnation Lutheran Church, Shoreview
J.P. BARONE (White Bear Lake) Retired MN Assistant Attorney General, actor
ELINOR JACKSON (Shoreview) Former international sales and marketing manager; assistant Girl Scout leader; Care Team member; vocalist
BOB MITCHELL (Vadnais Heights) Retired television and film producer and director; stage (theatre) producer, director, actor, and former community theatre board president and member
DIANE NIXA (North Oaks) Vice President of Advancement at The Ordway Center for Performing Arts
FRED PAUL (White Bear Lake)
MONA POEHLING (Lino Lakes)
PATRICIA SAVRE (Shoreview) Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
LINDA KAY SMITH (Forest Lake) Retired fundraising professional and community advocate
NANCY WILSON (White Bear Lake)
PEGGY WITTHAUS (Birchwood) Customer Engagement, Genentech, Inc; Adjunct Professor in Marketing