Executive Committee

Marilyn Strauss
Founder and Chairman

Marilyn Strauss is 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.

Patricia Davison

Lisa Wendelburg
Vice President, Education

Gabe Egli

Dan Bukovac
Past President

Shirley Bush Helzberg
Past President

Scott Ashcraft, M.D.
Vice President

Charles McCann

Linda Word
Immediate Past President

Don Dagenais
Past President

R. Crosby Kemper III
Past President


Bernadette Ashcraft

Michael Cline
David Earls

Mary Earls
Allan S. Gray II
Addie Harte
Patience Jones

TJ Lynn
Tom Mentzer

Susan Porter, M.D.

Kelly Privitera
Sue Shinneman
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