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 As Development Director, she oversees all fundraising initiatives, including grant writing, sponsorships, the annual fund, and events. Prior to that, she worked at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in a number of positions, most recently as Marketing Manager, for over ten years. She has a BS in Speech Therapy and a BA in English from the University of Kentucky. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Lexington and is a member of the Bluegrass Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, where she recently served as National Philanthropy Day Chair. She also serves on the board of directors for Girls on the Run Central Kentucky and is a founding board member of First Generation Women Achievers of Kentucky, an organization whose goal is to award scholarships for women who are first generation college attendees.
Tiffany Dupont Novak oversees all marketing and branding strategies, serves as lead graphic designer, and manages all public, school, and touring sales goals. She began her journey with LCT as an Arts Administration Intern in 2008, became Group Sales Associate in 2010, and has served as Marketing and Sales Director since 2013. She is a graduate of the Leadership Lexington class of 2016, a member of the Leadership Lexington Youth Steering Committee, a member of committee for Woodford Theatre’s Girl Project, the co-marketing chair of the Lexington Pride Festival, and a proud participant of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass. Novak is a freelance graphic designer and her website redesign for LCT, and in partnership with Balance Creative, was the recipient of a silver American Advertising Award in 2015. A native of Michigan, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Grand Valley State University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Community and Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky.
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.
7Jeremy 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!
Cassady, a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BA in Theatre, could not be more excited to join Lexington Children’s Theatre this year! She first walked through LCT’s doors in 2004 and is thankful to have the opportunity to continue learning with this amazing organization.
9Rhonda, 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.
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.
Laura Beth holds a BFA in Theatre for Youth from East Carolina University. She taught drama, technical theatre, and speech at Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts. She previously staged managed for The University of Montana Great Falls, Brevard Music Center, Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Stagedoor Manor, NY.
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.
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.
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.
Ben is thrilled to join Lexington Children’s Theatre for a second year as a Costume Technology Journeyman for the 2018-2019 season. He recently received his BA in Theatre Studies from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Allison is very excited for her internship at Lexington Children’s Theatre this summer. As a junior theatre major at Asbury University, she looks forward to learning as much has she can while she’s at LCT so to further her knowledge in the technical field and prepare her for entering the professional world.
Ariel is ecstatic to join LCT as the stage management intern for its 80th season! She recently obtained her B.S. in Child & Family Studies from Freed Hardeman University in Tennessee. Ariel is thrilled to engage and grow her love for theatre and young audiences through this exciting new season!
Bethany is excited to work at Lexington Children’s Theatre this summer! She is a senior BFA Musical Theatre major at the South Carolina School of the Arts with a heart for children’s theatre. Post-graduation, Bethany hopes to travel and perform professionally in children’s theatre.
Breezy is a 2017 graduate of Theatre VCU with a BFA in Theatre and a concentration in Stage Management. Breezy is the Resident Stage Manager for TheatreLAB’s mainstage season. Recent credits include Moth, The Last Five Years, Heathers: The Musical, Once On This Island, and Freckleface Strawberry. She thanks her family, friends, and Maple the Dog.
Chelsea is thrilled to join the Lexington Children’s Theatre for their 2018-2019 season. She has a BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Before Lexington she worked at the Fish Factory Creative Centre, Hawthorne and Heaney, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.
Colleen is excited to join Lexington Children’s Theatre as a summer education intern. She currently studies at Theatre at Morehead State University and previously worked as a teaching artist with Shooting Stars Youtheatre, LCT’s satellite location, in Morehead, KY.
Crystal is very excited to join the LCT family for the first time this year. She has a B.A. in Theatre with a minor in Film from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. Crystal is an avid Harry Potter fan and has an extensive bowtie collection.
Hannah is tickled pink to return to LCT for her second summer! She is originally from Roanoke, VA and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.
Jaimee is excited to make the 13 hour-long journey from Lakeland, Florida to Lexington Children’s Theatre to pursue her passion for Theatre for Youth. She recently finished her second year at Florida Southern College where she is currently pursuing her BFA in Theatre Performance, BS in Psychology, and Minor in Dance.
Originally from Michigan, John currently attends Taylor University where he is pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre. During the past six years, he has had experience performing and directing youth theatre. He has worked in a variety of performing arts environments including college, community, and summer theatre.
Katelyn graduated from Catawba College with a B.S. in Theatre Arts Administration and a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Her most recent endeavor was directing How I Learned to Drive. She is very excited to shine, learn, and grow while at LCT and is thankful for this wonderful opportunity.
Kelsey is ecstatic to return to Lexington Children’s Theatre. The last time she was here she appeared on stage in the Summer Family Musical, Shrek the Musical! She returns this year to work backstage in the costume shop. Kelsey graduated recently from Illinois Wesleyan University with a BA in Theatre Arts.
Yiqin (Maria) is a student studying World Performing Arts and Cultures at the College of William and Mary. She is excited to join Lexington Children’s Theatre for the first time as an education intern. In 2016 she traveled to twelve different countries in 104 days. She has directed several plays including an original poetic musical Mulan in her hometown Shanghai in 2017.
Megan is a recent graduate of Lee University with a BA in Theatre. She joined LCT as an education intern for the 2017 summer season; this will be her second opportunity to work with the theatre. She is so excited to be back and can’t wait to learn and grow with the LCT family.
Payton is thrilled to begin her first adventure with Lexington Children’s Theatre. In December, she will graduate from Troy University with a degree in Theatre Education. While at Troy, she had the opportunity to work with young audiences through theatre programs such as TROY Summer Spotlight and Center Stagers.
Preston is excited to join the LCT team for the summer as an education intern! Preston is an undergraduate at Utah State University, and this summer will finish his degree in both Applied Theatre and Creative Writing. Preston’s accomplishments include published works in both poetry and non-fiction.