About Us

Larry Snipes serves as Lexington Children’s Theatre’s Producing Director and CEO. After completing his MA in Theatre for Young Audiences at Alabama’s University of Montevallo, Mr. Snipes worked for two years as a professional actor and director in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He has directed a multitude of productions for LCT and written several plays including Jack and the Wonder Beans, Cows Don’t Fly and other known facts, and Old Dry Frye. He is a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) and a past conference chair for SETC, and is a member of TYA‐USA (Theatre for Young Audiences. Along with his wife, Vivian, Mr. Snipes is the winner of the 2010 Sara Spencer Child Drama Award, and 2012 Orlin Corey Medallion winner from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America.

Vivian knew in sixth grade (thanks, Mr. Maas!) she would work in theatre and by ninth grade (thanks Jerry Whiddon and Craig Babcock!) she had decided to specialize in theatre for young audiences. Much to her parents chagrin, as a senior in high school, she announced that she “wasn’t going to college but was going to get a job in theatre!”. And (fortunately) went straight to work for Library Theatre in Washington, DC. Later ‐‐ while teaching elementary school, working toward a degree in Interrelated Arts at the University of Maryland and volunteering at Adventure Theatre in Glen Echo Park ‐‐ she married Larry and shortly thereafter moved to Kentucky. She has worked at LCT for over 30 years in multiple capacities including teacher, designer, stage manager, costumer, production manager, director, and writer / rewriter! She loves her job and the challenges that each new day brings … like collaborating with Larry on scripts (though we don’t bicker quite as much as the Fisherman and Isabell). Ms. Vivian and Larry have two grown children. Their daughter Erica (in Auburn, AL) is studying for her PhD in Physics and Mechanical Engineering, while their son Casey (in Chicago, IL) graduated with a BFA in theatre and is working toward travelling the world to gain more life experiences. Viv and Larry also have two furry pound puppy family members, June Bugg, a black labrador mix (with a penchant for chewing), and a boxer mix named Josephine (often called JosieJo, Jo‐jo or Littlest One), but we believe she truly thinks her name is “Come!”.

Rachel Ray began working in Development at Lexington Children’s Theatre in January of 2011. Prior to that, she worked at Joseph‐Beth Booksellers in a number of positions, most recently as Marketing Manager, for over ten years. She holds degrees from the University of Kentucky in Speech Therapy and English. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Lexington, and is member of the Bluegrass Chapter of Fundraising Professionals Board of Directors, where she serves as Programming Chair. In her free time she likes to hang out with her husband, Bobby, and three dogs (Ruby, Sadie, and Biko), read, and knit.

Tiffany is a graduate of Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After completing her B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Theatre and Public Relations, Tiffany joined the Resident Professional Intern Company at LCT as an Arts Administration intern in 2008. Upon finishing her internship she traveled back to Michigan and served as the Education Administrator for Muskegon Civic Theatre in Muskegon, MI in 2009. After her brief stint back in Michigan she returned to LCT as the Group Sales Associate and eventually the Marketing and Sales Director. Tiffany enjoys adventures with her two best friends, Tyler and Watson.

Kathryn joined the LCT family last season as an Arts Administration intern, and loved it so much that she just had to stay! Before coming to Lexington, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration with a minor in Dance at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. She is very excited to be starting her first year as a full-time staff member with Lexington Children’s Theatre!

Originally from Lexington, Erin received her BA in Dramatic Arts from Centre College and her MFA in Dramatic Media from The University of Georgia. She has performed onstage in Lexington and Louisville. Her graduate studies focused on computer animation and she continues to enjoy developing short animated films. She also runs her own art business, Paisley Toad Studio. She first joined the LCT family as the Front of House Manager and is enjoying her new role as Finance & Box Office Manager. When not crunching and allocating all the numbers she enjoys reading, puzzles, video games, and adventuring with her husband.

Jeremy cherishes the opportunity to create and use his imagination to make art every day. He is celebrating his 15th year at Lexington Children’s Theatre. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for a Youth from the University of Texas at Austin. He hopes to see you at the theatre often!

Elizabeth is absolutely ecstatic to once again work with the amazing staff at LCT! Hailing originally from Kansas City, Missouri, she has been working with children’s organizations all over the United States (and beyond)! Most recently, she was sailing around the Caribbean with Disney Cruise Lines and exploring the North West with Seattle Children’s Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre. She received her B.S. in theatre education from the University of Evansville.

After graduating with her BA in theatre from Morehead State University, Octavia was one of two actors nationwide accepted to the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City. Since returning to Kentucky, Biggs has worked hard over the last twelve years to bring children’s theatre to eastern Kentucky. In 2004, LCT was able to expand its programming and services to a satellite theatre based in Morehead, KY, which Biggs operates. Since 2004, Elliott and Carter counties have been included into SSYT programming and Biggs oversees all programming and serves these three Appalachian counties. Biggs currently resides in Morehead, Kentucky and serves on the board of directors for the Morehead Theatre Guild. She has been a private speech and theatre coach and developed and ran her own theatrical voice and acting company called TADA Performing Arts Instruction. She is also Lecturer of Theatre at Morehead State University, Music, Theatre and Dance Department (MSU/MTD) and Director for The Little Company, where she prepares college students to perform touring productions and teach drama workshops in middle and high schools across the state of Kentucky. In 2014, Amelia Earhart, which Ms. Biggs directed for the Little Company, was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Albany, Georgia.

Originally from South Dakota, Courtney graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She has worked with many theater companies in Minnesota including The Children’s Theatre Company, the Minnesota Centennial Showboat, and CLIMB Theater. She recently joined LCT after completing a year‐long internship with Omaha Theater Company. She believes that the most powerful theatre “magic” is in the imagination of a child.

Jomy, as she prefers to be called, comes from the Bronx, NY. She attended the State University of New York at Oneonta where she attained her B.A. in Theatre. She has spent the last year as LCT’s stage management intern and is so excited to be here for another year working with your young people!

Jeremy has been on production staff at SCAD, the Hot Springs Music Festival, and the McCarter Theatre. He received his BA in Music and Theatre at Arkansas Tech and his MFA in Production Design at SCAD. Jeremy is excited for his third season as part of LCT’s vibrant community.

Maggie Foley is thrilled to be joining LCT for this exciting season, which includes plays based off some of her favorite childhood books. She grew up and attended college in Chicagoland and has traveled across the country to work in different theatres. She’s glad to make Lexington her new home.

Aaron began his theatrical career at the age of 6 with LCT’s performance of Snow White. Aaron is proud to be returning to the city and theatre of his youth after a brief seven-year hiatus in sunny Miami, Florida. Aaron would like to thank his daughter, Roxy, for everything.

Julie hails from Galena Park, Texas. Julie received her B.F.A. in Theatre from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2010, and her M.F.A. in Costume Production in 2013 from the University of Arizona. Julie is completely enthralled to be joining LCT and looks forward to many successful productions.

Esther holds a BA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Scenic Art from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. She previously served as the Charge Artist and Associate Technical Director for LCT’s 2014‐2015 season. Esther loved her time in the scene shop but is looking forward to starting a new adventure as LCT’s Directing Associate.

Adam is an actor, director, musician, and educator living in Lexington who has worked with almost every theatre company in town and then some!  Adam has devoted much of his creative talent to LCT in the past 15 years; his previous LCT performance credits include The Diary of Anne Frank, The Velveteen Rabbit, Where The Red Fern Grows, witness, Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Cat in the Hat, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, and most recently The Snow Queen. Adam also directed the Main Stage production of Miss Nelson is Missing at LCT in 2014.

Mark is excited to join Lexington Children’s Theatre for the first time with this tour of Cows Don’t Fly and other known facts and Red Badge of Courage. He has a BFA in Acting from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia. Mark is a performer and educator and hopes you enjoy a great season at LCT.

Michael, better known as Mickey, couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of LCT. Mickey has been eagerly pursuing a career in entertainment since childhood and just recently graduated from Columbus State University with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Just like his Father and great Uncle, with whom Mickey shares the same name, he is also a working film actor. Mickey also has a deep love for clowning and mime with which he practices on a daily basis. He wouldn’t be where he is today without his family and friends. Their love and support has created this zany man who continues to learn everything he can about the performance arts.

Verity recently earned her BFA degree Magna Cum Laude from Catawba College. While at school, Verity acquired many performance credits and served as Co-Editor and Graphic Designer of The Spotlight theatre department newsletter, among other countless activities. She is thrilled to be spending this season with Lexington Children’s Theatre.

Emily is a native of Barboursville, WV, Emily is excited to be performing in her first show with Lexington Children’s Theatre. This summer she will return to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for her third summer as Queen Elizabeth I in The Lost Colony – the nation’s longest running outdoor drama. Other favorite credits include A Christmas Carol (Ghost Past) at West Virginia Public Theatre, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Mom) with Two Beans Productions, and three national tours with Chamber Theatre Productions. Emily is a certified Actor Combat with the Society of American Fight Directors and a proud graduate of Otterbein University. Thanks, Mom and Dad!  www.emilyasbury.com

You might have seen her last fall as Bree in Fancy Nancy or LCT’s spring 2015 touring productions of A Thousand Cranes and Señora Tortuga. She is originally from Puerto Rico and moved with her family to Biloxi, MS in the first grade. Theatre began as a means for her to improve her English language skills and it quickly turned into her calling. She is a proud graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi. Since graduating in 2014, she has worked with Lexington Children’s Theatre, Hampstead Stage Company, and TECUMSEH! Outdoor Drama. She’d like to thank her family for believing in her especially when she h2323ad the audacity to not believe in herself.

Robert Hooghkirk is delighted to return to LCT where he toured Old Dry Frye and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe last season.  He is from New York where he earned his B.F.A in Theatre from Long Island University – CW Post.  Robert has worked for Disney Cruise Lines, The Cutout Theatre, Isle of Shoals, and has toured considerably with Chamber Theatre Productions of Boston.  Robert has been fortunate to play and work on a variety of characters even including a crab and a frog!  He has traveled to Italy with the Zuppa del Giorno and the Northeast Theatre Company and has participated in both the Prague and New York City Fringe Festivals.  This summer Robert will journey to the Outer Banks and reprise his role of Old Tom in The Lost Colony. 

Carrie is thrilled to return to LCT after delightfully causing chaos in 2015’s The Cat in the Hat as Thing 2. A veteran of children’s theatre, Carrie has performed with Birmingham Children’s Theatre, American Family Theatre, National Theatre for Children, CLIMB Theatre, and Theatre West Virginia. Favorite roles include Gertrude McFuzz (Seussical the Musical), Wendy Jo (Footloose), Shelby (The Spitfire Grill), and originating the role of Little Bo Peep in the world premiere of the TYA musical Little Miss Muffet and the Lost Sheep. Carrie holds a BA in Musical Theatre and Public Relations from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Caleb is excited to be making his LCT debut alongside such an amazing cast and crew. He is a native of Nashville, TN and got his BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Western Kentucky University. The past three summers he has been a performer at The Stephen Foster Story in Bardstown, KY in shows including All Shook Up (Dean) and The Wizard of Oz (Dancer). Enjoy the show!

Antony is finally “home”!  You may remember him as the voice of Edward Tulane, the Knave, the Hairy Man, Aslan, or the incredibly adorable Clyde the Dragon at LCT. After a run with Faberfaction’s Peter Pan as Smee, the Huntsman in PFCT’s Snow White and Bottom in their adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer, Antony is overjoyed to be back!

Sariina is excited to start her second year at LCT. As last year’s Costume Intern, she had a blast creating costumes and designing Mulan Jr. Sariina received a BFA in Costume Design and Production from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. Along with costumes, she enjoys wig styling and creating miniature historical garments.

Rhonda, a Nashville native, is excited to join the LCT team as an education intern. She holds an MA in Theatre from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and a BA from Berea College. Although she is a stage manager by trade, Rhonda enjoys teaching and spending time with kids.

Hannah is excited to join Lexington Children’s Theatre. She has a BFA in Digital Arts from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Hannah found her passion for theatre while working in the university costume shop. Her favorite shows she’s worked on include Legally Blonde and Go, Dog, Go!

Iva Conway is an Arts Administration Intern with a BA in Theatre from Morehead State University. Past Performances include Crimes of the Heart and I Never Saw Another Butterfly. Iva is very excited and thankful for this new opportunity and greatly thanks those who have supported and encouraged her.

Daniel is happy to celebrate his inaugural season at Lexington Children’s Theatre; which also marks his first homecoming to Kentucky after graduating with a BA in Theatre from Berea College in 2015. He has collaborated on extensive professional and outreach work on the West Coast. Please, enjoy the show!

Cortni Elkins hails all the way from Arizona. She is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre. Cortni is so excited to fill her role as a production intern, helping to make wonderful experiences for young audiences here with you!

JaneMarie completed her BA in both Theatre and Music from Ripon College. There, favorite roles included Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business and Imogen in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. After working as an Education Intern at Eau Claire Children’s Theatre last summer, she is thrilled to join the staff of LCT!

After a year abroad working as an underwater stagehand for Royal Caribbean, Danny is happy to return to his hometown (and dry land!) to work with Lexington Children’s Theatre where his love for theatre first began many years ago. Danny is an Ohio University graduate with an MA in Technical Theatre.

Rachael just recently graduated from Morehead State University with a Bachelors of Art in Theatre and a minor in Arts Administration. Rachael is very excited to see what this year will hold for her and is thrilled to learn all she can from the creative minds at Lexington Children’s Theatre.