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Executive Committee

Marilyn Strauss
Founder

Marilyn Strauss was a former Broadway producer who co-produced five plays, earning a Tony award for the Irish drama Da, an Off-Broadway award (Obie) for Getting Out, and a Tony nomination for the musical Pump Boys and Dinettes.

While residing in NYC for ten years, she traveled through Europe and Asia, lecturing on American plays and theater producing. Ms. Strauss returned to Kansas City at the urging of a fellow producer, the legendary Joseph Papp, founder of the New York Shakespeare Festival. He gave her the mission to have her home town join the ranks of the 120 cities with Shakespeare festivals in North America. Ms. Strauss first started a support club, and refusing recompense, worked full time to create the only Shakespeare Festival in a three state area. After six years as Artistic Executive Director, and, experiencing the deep satisfaction of the public’s embrace of the plays in the park, she turned the reins over to two talented and capable Artistic and Executive directors. Ms. Strauss passed away September 15, 2018. We will miss her light, but we will continue to build upon her vision and her dream.

Patricia Davison
Co-President

Scott Ashcraft, M.D.
Vice President

Gabe Egli
Secretary

Linda Word
Immediate Past President

Dan Bukovac
Past President

Shirley Bush Helzberg
Past President

TJ Lynn
Co-President

Lisa Wendelburg
Vice President of Education

Michael Cline
Treasurer

Don Dagenais
Past President

R. Crosby Kemper III
Past President

Directors

Bernadette Ashcraft

Mary Earls
Allan S. Gray II
Tom Mentzer

Susan Porter, M.D.

Kelly Privitera

Michael Smoots
Cindy Pratt-Stokes
Anna Marie Tutera
Blake Wendelburg
Bill Ye

Advisory Board

Karen Holland
Carol Kane
John Kornitzer
Lauren Muriel-Marion LaPointe

Sherrill Mulhern
Joe Privitera
Anita Porte Robb
Paul Uhlmann III