Stephenie first came to OAT as the Stage Manager for Little Women: The Musical in the fall of 2012. She went on to serve as Production Manager for the 26th summer season. Having fallen in love with OAT, she became the Managing Director the summer of 2014.
Stephenie comes to Rolla after more than 15 years working as a theatre professional. She has worked for numerous regional theatres including: The Barter Theatre, Redmoon Theater, Apple Tree Theatre TYA, City Lit Theatre, and Stage Left Theatre. Stephenie has also served as the Production Stage Manager for a national tour with the Aquila Theatre Co. A few of Stephenie's favorite stage management credits include Madame X, Late Nite Catechism, KMST's 40th Anniversary Concert, and Bridging the Faith Divide with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Stephenie has spent the last decade as a production manager, stage manager, electrician, and stagehand in Chicago. Most of her time was spent working in the city's vibrant music and festival scene. This gave her the opportunity to work with major artists from around the world including the Paris Opera Ballet, the Ryan Opera Center of the Lyric Opera, and BBC Earth's films Planet Earth Live and Frozen Planet in Concert, which were both projected in the Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago's Millennium Park while the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra played the score live.
A.S. is proud to serve as the Artistic Director of Ozark Actors Theatre. He joined the company in early 2017, and is working hard to build on 30 years of traditions to a strong, and bigger, future for the company. In summer 2017, he directed On Golden Pond for OAT. He holds an MFA in Directing from Western Illinois University, where he directed productions including Pretty Theft, When Johnny Comes Marching Home (which he also wrote) and Peter and the Starcatcher. As a playwright and director, his work has been seen on stages across the country, including productions in Chicago, Indianapolis, and off-off-Broadway in New York City. He served as the Founding Artistic Director of the Theatre Ensemble of Nashville, where he directed critically acclaimed productions of Romeo and Juliet and The Importance of Being Earnest. Check out his website to learn more at asfreeman.squarespace.com.
Production Stage Manager
Happy 30th Anniversary, OAT! Having been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association for over 35 years, Jim is thrilled to have spent all 30 summer seasons with OAT. He's been a Production Stage Manager, Assistant Stage Manager, Company Manager, Technical Director, Production Associate, Prop Master, Dresser, Personal Assistant, and Advisor.
Jim holds a BS from Southeast Missouri State University in Elementary Education with a Speech/Theatre Emphasis and Graduate Studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in Technical Theatre. While in Kansas City, Jim was a Technician, Stage Manager, and Marionettist with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Starlight Theatre, and Broadway Marionettes, respectively.
Jim is retired from the Crawford County R-2 Schools in Cuba, Missouri. This past year, he's been helping with OAT's various fund raising events, working with the Cuba Arts Council, traveling, and camping with Suzan. Thank you, Gail and Reed for your vision!