Staff

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.

 

Lizzie Rainville, Development Manager, is grateful to be working at Lakeshore Players in our beautiful new home! Lizzie has worked as an Admin/Acting intern at Meadow Brook Theatre, as a teaching artist with Stages Theatre Company, and a Social Media/Marketing intern for Cowboy Jacks. Since graduating with a B.F.A in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University she has performed with The Old Creamery Theatre, Skylark Opera, Artistry, Shoot the Glass Theater, Meadow Brook Theatre and The Minnesota Opera.

 

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, and Big River. 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.”

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! 

 

Cari Green, Box Office Manager, has her children to thank for her involvement in and for the love of theatre. Cari got involved with theater when her son performed in his first musical in middle school and continued for many years as the Costume Coordinator for the White Bear Lake Middle School Players. Cari is extremely excited and proud to now be a part of Lakeshore Players Theatre as the Box Office Manager. Cari enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering in the community and loves White Bear Lake and all it has to offer!

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.

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.

 

Board of Directors

MICHAEL SMITH, PRESIDENT (Forest Lake) Independent construction finance professional; former arts administrator and manager

 

PATRICIA SAVRE VICE PRESIDENT (Shoreview) Senior Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

 

STEVEN MAKI, TREASURER (Shoreview) President, Steven Maki Consulting, PLLC

 

MEGAN VIMONT, SECRETARY (White Bear Lake) Accountant, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; Grants Management and Immigration History Research Center board member

 

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

 

JAMES BERRY (White Bear Lake) Independent FEMA Flood Adjuster; City of WBL Planning Commission (Chair); WBL Lions Club (member); Lakeshore Radio Players-actor.

 

BETSY BUEHRER, DO, MPH (Mahtomedi) Senior Occupational Medicine Physician, 3M Medical Department; Board of Trustees for Minnesota Osteopathic Medical Society

FRANKLIN HELLER (Fridley) Software Engineer, A3 Technology, Inc.; actor; director

 

ELINOR JACKSON (Shoreview) Former international sales and marketing manager; assistant Girl Scout leader; Care Team member; vocalist

 

MICHELE JERSAK (White Bear Township) Counselor and educator, Century College

 

FRANK MABLEY (Shoreview) Attorney at Law; member of Minnesota State Bar Association and Ramsey County Bar Association; actor

 

BOB MITCHELL (Vadnais Heights) Retired television and film producer and director; stage (theatre) producer, director, actor, and former community theatre board president and member

 

KEVIN PETERS (Rockford) Booking Agent

 

STEVE RITT (White Bear Lake) Chief Financial Officer/ Vice President Commercial Lending

 

LINDA KAY SMITH (Forest Lake) Retired fundraising professional and community advocate

 

PEGGY WITTHAUS (Birchwood) Customer Engagement, Genentech, Inc; Adjunct Professor in Marketing