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Broadway Center Staff

Broadway Center Administrative Office: 253.591.5890

Broadway Center Box Office (ticket sales and membership): 253.591.5894

Executive Leadership

  • David Fischer, Executive Director — 253.591.5582 — dfischer at broadwaycenter dot org

    David J. Fischer, Executive Director

    Broadway Center, Tacoma

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    David Fischer’s professional background in the arts began as a professional theater artist in 1977. His degrees in theater and film (BA, MFA) and his career path have allowed him to become deeply invested in the arts through theatre production, performing arts presenting, arts management, fundraising, advocacy, teaching, and urban design. He has worked as Producing Artistic Director for Tacoma Little Theatre, Executive Director of the Pierce County Arts Commission, Deputy Executive Director of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, and prior to returning to Tacoma, as Executive Director of The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts (formerly the Luther Burbank Center) in Santa Rosa, California. Fischer reorganized the non-profit , Wells Fargo Center, including its staff, fundraising, capital investment, endowment growth, Board and volunteer achievement, and programmatic impact on the community resulting in annual operational revenue growth of 125% and an improvement to the balance sheet of $14 million in 5-1/2 years.

    During the past seven years, serving as Executive Director of Tacoma’s non-profit performing arts center, the Broadway Center for the Arts, Fischer has transformed the organization to focus on strengthening the core infrastructure resulting in increased relevance and service to the community. During the period of the national recession, additional results have included:

    • Growth of the annual budget from $2.2 million to $5 million annually – including a tripling of ticket sales and charitable contributions;
    • Growth and depth of impact in education, now serving 51,000 students and teachers in four counties – the largest, most in-depth program of its kind in the State of Washington;
    • Deep improvement in overall governance by increasing the Board’s leadership in strategic planning and financial impact – growing from an average annual Board impact of $2,200 to more than $17,000;
    • Elimination of long-term debt and significant increasing of reserves.

    From 1985 to 1990, Fischer worked as Studio Coordinator for the world renowned Urban Planner and Architect, Lawrence Halprin. During Fischer’s tenure, he supported Mr. Halprin in designing  the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC, the Haas Promenade with the United Nations overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem, the master plan for the I.M. Pei Tower in Los Angeles, and  the master plan for Alcatraz in San Francisco, among others.

    Fischer’s leadership as a volunteer has benefited many constituents throughout the nation through his service to the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Park Service, Americans for the Arts, various chambers of commerce, tourism bureaus, schools, as well as city, county, and state governments.

    In September of 2013, Fischer was awarded the Distinguished Service Award (last awarded in 1992) by the Western Arts Alliance for his work in advancing performing arts centers in the Western United States.  Fischer currently serves on the Advisory Board for the UW Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, is a founding member of CODA, the Western Arts Alliance Advisory Board, and is co-chair of the Cultural Access Washington, a state-wide organization lobbying to create a new arts, heritage and science agency to pool funding support from public tax sources.

  • Lacey Wright, Associate Executive Director — 253.573.2360 — laceyl at broadwaycenter dot org

    Lacey Wright

    • Associate Executive Director

    • Phone: 253.573.2360
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  • Robyn Engleking, Director of Finance - 253.591.5456
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  • Becky Johnson, Director of Corporate Relations — 253.591.5891 - Mobile: 253.219.9747 — bjohnson at broadwaycenter dot org

    Becky Johnson

    • Director of Corporate Relations

    • Phone: 253.591.5891
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  • Scott Painter, Director of Operations — 253.573.2341 — spainter at broadwaycenter dot org

    Scott Painter

    • Director of Operations

    • Phone: 253.573.2341
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  • Stacey Guadnola, Director of Philanthropy — 253.591.5524 — sguadnola at broadwaycenter dot org

    Stacey Guadnola

    • Director of Philanthropy

    • Phone: 253.591.5524
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  • Holly Klindt, Executive Assistant — 253.591.5769
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Box Office - 253.591.5894

  • Katie Engel, Data and Patron Services Manager — 253.573.2343 — kengel at broadwaycenter dot org

    Katie Engel

    • Data and Patron Services Manager

    • Phone: 253.573.2343
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  • Vanessa Cadungug, Box Office Manager — 253.591.5463 — vcadungug at broadwaycenter dot org

    Vanessa Cadungug

    • Box Office Manager

    • Phone: 253.591.5463
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  • Amanda Oliver, Assistant Box Office Manager - 253.591.5486
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  • Sara Judy, Box Office Lead
  • Erin White, Box Office Lead
  • Andy Stark, Box Office Sales Representative

Development

  • Kristine Finch, Major Gifts Manager — 253.573.2362 — kfinch at broadwaycenter dot org

    Kristine Finch

    • Major Gifts Manager

    • Phone: 253.573.2362
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  • Nadine Kohler, Auction Coordinator - 253.591.5164
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  • Angela Ferguson, Assistant Auction Coordinator — 253.591.5164 — aferguson at broadwaycenter dot org

    Angela Ferguson

    Angela Ferguson

    • Assistant Auction Coordinator

    • Phone: 253.591.5164
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Education

  • Katie Lappier, Director of Education — 253.573.2518 — klappier at broadwaycenter dot org

    Katie Lappier

    • Director of Education

    • Phone: 253.573.2518
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    Originally from Illinois, Katie has been teaching, performing and choreographing in the Puget Sound Region for the past seven years. She holds a Summa Cum Laude BFA in Performing Arts from Southeast Missouri State University and has been working with the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts since 2005. Katie serves in a variety of teaching and administrative roles which include teaching dance and musical theatre classes as well as directing the Broadway YEAR program which utilizes the performing arts to teach social skills and offer alternatives to violence and aggression. Katie has also worked as an arts specialist in the Bethel School District and directed her own dance school at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. She was the recipient of an American Dance Festival Young Artist's Tuition Scholarship in 2004, a project grant for the SiteWorks dance festival at the Museum of Glass in 2006, and a Tacoma Artist's Initiative Project grant in 2008. Katie has danced with BQ Danza, MG &MH Arts and Callous Physical Theatre as well as producing her own work in Illinois, Missouri and Washington. Currently, Katie is the Associate Director of Education at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts and a volunteer Co-Director of Tacoma’s BareFoot Collective, a community –based modern dance company.

  • Tony Gomez, Education Manager — 253.573.2301 — tgomez at broadwaycenter dot org

    Tony Gomez

    Tony Gomez

    • Education Manager

    • Phone: 253.573.2301
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    Antonio Davidson-Gómez is an educator and percussionist focused on musical dialogue between cultures. He has studied, performed and recorded in various styles with emphases on Mediterranean and Afro-Latin music. Tony has produced cultural programming, educational projects and community engagement initiatives for over two decades. A Jubilation Foundation Fellow for music education, he has also developed social studies curricula for PBS and the EMP Museum/Smithsonian, in addition to working as a teaching artist in schools. Tony is a speaker on music and culture for Humanities Washington, offering presentations including Saffron & Honey: Muslims, Jews and Christians in Medieval Spain and Mapping Latino Musical Migrations. He has taught at the elementary and secondary levels, worked in public television and is currently the Education Manager for the Broadway Center for Performing Arts in Tacoma, Washington and on Creative Advantage, Seattle's teaching artist roster. Recent musical projects include work with Tango del Cielo, Gary Stroutsos, August Denhard and the Early Music Guild of Seattle. He holds a Masters in Education from UC Berkeley and has conducted study and research trips in Latin America, Europe and North Africa.

  • Marsha Walner, Education Manager — 253.591.5341 — mwalner at broadwaycenter dot org

    Marsha Walner

    Marsha Walner

    • Education Manager

    • Phone: 253.591.5341
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    Marsha Walner holds a degree in Theatre Education and is proud to serve as Broadway Center's Education Manager, teaching in the Broadway Center Conservatory and The LENS Project.  In addition to time spent teaching in the traditional classroom, Marsha has taught at various theaters throughout the region, including Bellingham's Neighborhood Playhouse and Seattle Children's Theatre.  From coaching drama around the campfire at overnight summer camp to developing curriculum and teaching for the Broadway tours of "Peter and the Starcatcher" and "The Lion King," Marsha's passion is sharing the joy of theatre and the magic of creating with people of all ages.  Currently focusing in the areas of Creative Drama, social skill development, and Arts Integration across curriculum, Marsha is also a participant in the Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab.  And, just to keep things even more exciting, she serves as a director for productions with youth with past directing credits including "Our Town," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and "Wind in the Willows."

  • Nicolette Andres, Master Teaching Artist

    Nicolette Andres

    Nicolette Andres

    • Master Teaching Artist

    Nicolette Andres joined the staff at the Broadway Center in the summer of 2015 as a Master Teaching Artist in the LENS Project. Nicolette recently graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Arts in Music where she studied violin with Maria Sampen. Nicolette has been teaching private violin lessons for five years along with performing in the University of Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, as well as chamber music and a jazz combo. Nicolette gave a joint violin recital during her last semester at the University of Puget Sound and received the Doc & Lucille Weathers Memorial Scholarship for excellence in music. Originally from Evergreen, Colorado, Nicolette came to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to study at the University of Puget Sound. During her college career Nicolette also studied music in Cork, Ireland where she played in the Cork Institute of Technology School of Music Symphony. Along with music, theatre has also been present in Nicolette's student and professional career. She has seen the academic side of theater in class at the University of Puget Sound, and has performed in multiple pit orchestras, starting in high school. Nicolette was also a leader in the orientation process at the University of Puget Sound, and lead yoga classes for students on campus for multiple years. Nicolette believes that creative opportunities are necessary to build healthy communities, and she will be sharing the creative arts in schools through the LENS Project to support this.

  • Darlene Anderson, Master Teaching Artist

    Darlene Anderson

    Darlene Anderson

    • Master Teaching Artist

    Darlene Anderson has a M.A in Teaching, a B.A. in Theatre, and advanced acting training at South Coast Repertory's Professional Conservatory in CA. She is currently a Theatre Specialist in the Bethel School District, an art teacher at a private art studio in Puyallup, as well as an "Arts in the Classroom" trainer for teachers through ArtsEd of WA. She is an accomplished actress, theatre manager, director and teacher. She was the past Company Manager of Tacoma Actors Guild where she helped in developing their youth conservatory program and directed many of the shows. She previously taught drama and musical theatre in the Puyallup School District, Tacoma Community College, and Pierce College. She was the founder and director of "The Acting Garden" which won best after school drama program in 2009 through Communities in Schools. She holds current WA State teaching credentials with highly qualified status in both Theatre and Visual Arts. Darlene also teaches dance fitness to adults and children.

  • C. Rosalind Bell, Master Teaching Artist

    C. Rosalind Bell

    C. Rosalind Bell

    • Master Teaching Artist & Director

    C. Rosalind Bell recently holds a three-year Endowment of the Humanities James Dolliver Artist in Residency at University of Puget Sound. She is the author of three plays, "1620 BANK STREET," "UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES," and "THE NEW ORLEANS MONOLOGUES" and received a City of Tacoma Arts Grant in 2009 and a 2010 commission from Northwest Playwrights Alliance . Her short story, FIRST FRIEND, was adapted into a short film and screened at THE SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and PBS' KCTS Channel 9. "THE NEW ORLEANS MONOLOGUES," produced by University of Puget Sound in 2007, was named a Top Ten Entertainment by The Tacoma News Tribune and had simultaneous November 2010 productions at City College San Francisco and UC Santa Cruz's Rainbow Theatre. COLORLINES, the national newsmagazine on race and politics, featured Rosalind in its INNOVATORS FOR 2008 issue. She is a member of Macondo, a Writers Workshop conceived by author Sandra Cisneros in San Antonio. She has been a writer in residence at Lincoln High School’s Lincoln Center and schools throughout the South Sound. Rosalind directed August Wilson’s Pittsburg Cycle – staged readings- at the Broadway Center over the past 5 years.

  • Jill Heinecke, Master Teaching Artist

    Jill Heinecke

    Jill Heinecke

    • Master Teaching Artist

    Jill Heinecke was born and raised in Richfield, MN. She came out to Washington to attend Pacific Lutheran University, where she was active in theatre. She graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Theatre, emphasis in Acting/Directing. Jill has had a variety of experience in theatre both on stage and off; acting, dancing, improvising, directing, choreographing and stage managing. Jill brings this well-rounded experience to her classes, wanting to expose students to many different aspects of the performing arts. In addition to teaching, Jill is connecting with local theatre and has been seen at Tacoma Musical Playhouse and Lakewood Playhouse.

  • LaNita Hudson, Master Teaching Artist
  • Gabe McPherson, Master Teaching Artist

    Gabe McPherson

    Gabe McPherson

    • Master Teaching Artist & Musical Director

    Gabe has been a professional artist for over a decade, having played several major stages in the country as an actor, as well as a recording artist. Gabe works locally with Stadium High School as guest teaching artist and director and is a founding member, producer and writer for Doxology a Tacoma based rock band. Gabe is a proud member of AEA and SAG.

  • Mara Offengender, Master Teaching Artist
  • Leah Scofield, Master Teaching Artist

    Leah Scofield

    Leah Scofield

    • Master Teaching Artist

    Leah Scofield is a graduate from DeSales University. She graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Professional Communications. She has been performing in professional theatre companies across the country for 10 years and has been singing since she was a child. Leah recently moved from the East coast where she was teaching, directing, and performing. Her class focus is musical theatre, acting, and encouraging the students to be creative and expressive. She currently lives in DuPont, WA with her husband.

  • Laura Shepherd, Master Teaching Artist

    Laura Shepherd

    Laura Shepherd

    • Master Teaching Artist

    Laura Shepherd is a Teaching Artist and Director of youth theater productions as well as a voice teacher. Her passions include theater for social change, devising new works with young people, and arts infused education. In addition to teaching in the Broadway Center LENS Project, she has taught and directed at Studio East, Youth Theatre Northwest, and Camp Ten Trees. Working with young people in the performing arts brings her incredible joy! Most recently Laura served as the Education Director at Studio East from 2007-2015, where she Directed "The Bully Plays," "Godspell" and "Monkey Magic" among other projects. Laura teaches singing to students of all ages, and you can find out more at shepherdsongstudio.com. You may have seen her onstage in numerous StoryBook Theater productions, singing jazz with BlueStreet Voices, or at the Kirkland Performance Center as Fruma Sarah in "Fiddler on the Roof." Laura has been singing soprano with the Seattle Symphony Chorale since 2011, and is proud to be a Washington State certified Music teacher and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Laura is a TATLab graduate, holds undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Theatre from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, and received her MA in Educational Theatre from New York University.

  • Bryan Willis, Playwright

    Bryan Willis

    Bryan Willis

    • Playwright

    Bryan serves as playwright-in-residence for the Northwest Playwrights Alliance at Seattle Repertory Theatre. His plays have appeared throughout the U.K., Israel, Japan, U.S. and Canada, including A Contemporary Theater (two commissions), New York TheaterWorkshop, Seattle Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Unseam’d Shakespeare Co. and Riverside Studios in London. His work has also been featured on NPR and BBC Radio (commission for Sophie). Bryan is the proud recipient of a TheaterFellowship from Artist Trust and has worked in the literary departments of many theaters, including Playwrights Horizons and Lincoln Center (NYU's Playwright-in-Residence) and Tacoma Actors Guild. He was recently elected to the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival national selection team.

Events & Venue Rentals

  • Leilani Balais, Associate Director of Events — 253.591.5806 — lbalais at broadwaycenter dot org

    Leilani Balais

    Leilani Balais

    • Associate Director of Events

    • Phone: 253.591.5806
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  • Emily Alm, Associate Director of Presenting — 253.573.2361 — ealm at broadwaycenter dot org

    Emily Alm

    Emily Alm

    • Associate Director of Presenting

    • Phone: 253.573.2361
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  • Cayla Fields, Events Manager - 253.591.5597

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  • Chris Tubig, Rental Sales Manager — 253.591.5392 — ctubig at broadwaycenter dot org

    Chris Tubig

    Chris Tubig

    • Rental Sales Manager

    • Phone: 253.591.5392
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  • Sean Blacketer, Maintenance Coordinator - 253.594.7841

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  • Gini Sommer, Volunteer Coordinator — 253.591.5791 — gsommer at broadwaycenter dot org

    Gini Sommer

    Gini Sommer

    • Volunteer Coordinator

    • Phone: 253.591.5791
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  • Jeff Jainga, Event Lead

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  • Kawana Bullock, Front of House Team Member

    Sierra Carr, Front of House Team Member

    Melanie Cole, Front of House Team Member

    Akida Dancer, Front of House Team Member

    Carissa Daniels, Front of House Team Member

    Kirsten Deane-Ajax, Front of House Team Member

    Jamie Goddard, Front of House Team Member

    Wes Hough, Front of House Team Member

    Sarah Koestler, Front of House Team Member

    Jake Nix, Front of House Team Member

    Erin O’Loughlin, Front of House Team Member

    Mara Ofengender, Front of House Team Member

    Samantha Rivera, Front of House Team Member

    Rochelle Wells, Front of House Team Member

    Kourtney Williams, Front of House Team Member

     

Finance

  • Shannon Johnson, Associate Director of Finance — 253.591.5578 — sjohnson at broadwaycenter dot org

    Shannon Johnson

    Shannon Johnson

    • Associate Director of Finance

    • Phone: 253.591.5578
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  • Aimee Takayoshi, Finance Assistant - 253.591.5351
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Marketing & Communications

  • Jared Wigert, Associate Director of Marketing — 253.573.2368 — jwigert at broadwaycenter dot org

    Jared Wigert

    • Associate Director of Marketing

    • Phone: 253.573.2368
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  • Mariesa Bus, Associate Director of Communications & Grants  - 253.573.2507 

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Operations

  • Nick Shellman, Stage Department Coordinator
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  • Warren Crain, Head Carpenter
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  • Royce Baer, Lead Technician (Rialto)
  • Josh Holcomb, Head Flyman
  • Rich Tocher, Lead Technician (Theatre on the Square)
  • Don Littrell, Sound Technician
  • Caroline McKee Silva, Trainee
  • Johann Wippich, Trainee

All stage work performed by employees that are represented by IATSE, Local #15.