The Great American Trailer Park Musical Creative
Missy Koonce has been a bar owner (bar Natasha), cabaret singer, music producer, theatre producer, actress, choreographer, director, mentor and, as well as President of the AIDS Service Foundation of Kansas City. Missy has worked in virtually every theatrical venue in Kansas City in some capacity; these are a few of her favorite things: co-directing and choreographing “Batboy”, “Heathers” and “Priscilla; Queen of the Desert” (with THE Cynthia Levin), directing “The Salvation of Iggy Scrooge”, “Speech & Debate”, “[title of show]”, “Hands on a Hard Body” and “Men On Boats”, “The Revolution-ists”performing in “The Laramie Project”,“Hedwig” a memorable cameo turn as Claire in “bare” and the one woman show “Loving Lucy” at Unicorn Theatre, her knock out performance as Helene in “Pride & Joy…” and Mame in “Auntie Mame’d” produced by Kansas City Artists Against AIDS to benefit AIDS Walk 2010 and 2013, or, at AHT, “Beehive” and “The Dixie Swim Club”. Behind the scenes at AHT, you may have enjoyed her directorial offerings; “My Way” and “Duck Hunter Shoots Angel” . At The Living Room Theatre, Missy was instrumental in contributing to the creation of new works; directing and cho-reographing World Premieres - “Chainsaw; The Musical” and “Milking Christmas 1.0, 2.0 AND 3.0. Missy has directed/choreographed/performed too many shows to mention at the Coterie and Late Night Theatre…so we won’t mention them…but it was a lot. You may have caught sight of her directing “Young Frankenstein” at the White Theater, “La Cage Aux Folles” at KU or “Heathers” right here at KCKCC! Returning home, to direct “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” (with this absolutely amazing design team!!) is super darn cool, after living in Indianapolis for the last three years. While in Indy, Missy wrote “A Dry Rosé - A Lesbian Love Story or Something Very Similar”, which was selected to be produced by three playwriting competitions; two full productions in Indy and a staged reading in Brea California. This ol gal just keeps moving, Missy now resides in Colorado, so I guess we will have to see what happens next - make like a nail and press on!
Musical Director/PianistAnthony T Edwards
Anthony is thrilled to join KCKCC for his first production here! He is a native of Humboldt, Tennessee and has been privileged to be the Musical Director for theatres and churches across the country. Anthony has made Kansas City his home for over 30 years! Anthony is currently the Resident Musical Director for the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Starlight Theatre, Eventology, the Coterie Theatre, and the Unicorn Theatre. Anthony is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Missouri in Kansas City for the Undergraduate & Graduate Acting Programs. He is the music contractor for all orchestras at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre and Starlight Theatre. Anthony happily serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary for the AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City. He is an endorsed Kurzweil Artist. Anthony lives with his amazing partner Scott and two fantastic furry friends, Alistair and Darby.
Sound DesignerJonathan Robertson
Jon Robertson is a sound designer, audio engineer and composer based in Kansas City, MO. During the pandemic era, Jon has turned his attention to developing methods of improving audio sync and audio quality in live virtual performances. In 2021, in collaboration with White Snake Projects, Jon developed the audio tool, Tutti Remote, which allows for performers to easily send, receive and sync audio sources from anywhere in the world. Jon composes and designs for theatrical productions, radio plays, film and video, and his work has been featured at composition conferences and festivals such as SEAMUS, Electronic Music Midwest, Kansas City Fringe, UC Davis Summer Arts, and many others. Jon teaches electronic music and sound design, recently an adjunct at University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Kansas City Art Institute, and Missouri Western State University. Educational background: MFA Sound Design (UMKC 2015), Master of Music Composition (UMKC 2011), Bachelor of Music (University of Arizona 2005).
Lighting Designer/ StageManagement MentorLacey Pacheco
is a jill-of-all-trades. She graduated from Missouri State University with a BFA in Technical Theater with an Emphasis in Technical Direction. Lacey has worked in Kansas City predominantly as a production stage manager, but enjoys designing lights and sound when the opportunity arises. Lacey is thrilled to be joining Mama Missy and the team at KCKCC for yet another raucous musical!
Scenic ArtistLaura Burkhart
With a career spanning over five decades, Laura has had the opportunity to ply her trade as a scenic, prop, and costume designer, scenic painter and stitcher across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Hailing originally from Texas she ultimately decided to settle in " The Paris of the Plains". Since that time, she has had the privilege to work with many fine theatrical companies including Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The Kansas City Rep, The Unicorn Theater and The Coterie Theatre, where she met her great friend Gary Mosby. She is honored to have the chance to work with him again.
Props DesignerShawnna Journagan
Shawnna Journagan (Properties Designer) is a Kansas City based props designer and abstract painter. Previous productions include Kansas City Actor’s Theatre MORNINGS AT SEVEN, THE PRICE, SPIDER'S WEB, and ABOUT ALICE, as well as DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER, MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL, DRIVING MISS DAISY, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, BILOXI BLUES, and FREAKY FRIDAY at New Theatre and Restaurant. Other projects include I’LL EAT YOU LAST and HANDS ON A HARD BODY at Unicorn Theatre. Shawnna was the co-founder and Executive Director of The Living Room Theatre from 2010-2020, and designed TALK RADIO, OLEANNA, HURLYBURLY, BURN THIS, SHEARWATER, THE BALLAD OF LEFTY & CRABBE, MILKING CHRISTMAS, and many others. She also served as the resident Propsmaster at Lyric Opera of Kansas City. To view or shop her original paintings and prints visit www.shawnnajournaganart.com.
Scenic DesignerGary Mosby
is Coordinator of Theatre here at Kansas City Kansas Community College, as well as, heading the Theatre Technology area of the department. Gary teaches the theatre technology classes, including 2 levels of stagecraft and 2 levels of lighting and stage management and also designs the scenery and lighting for the department productions. In addition to his work here with the students, Gary enjoys working as a scenic designer with several local professional companies, such as Unicorn Theatre, KCRep, and Kansas City Actors Theatre. Some recent college designs would be Lobby Hero and the very popular production of Heathers the Musical and professionally, Sea Marks and Death and the Maiden “My favorite part of theatre and teaching is collaboration, sharing ideas and experiences”. You can see photos of more of Gary’s work at gmosby.com.
Costume DesignerNancy Robinson
Nancy Robinson (Costume Designer) – has designed 3 shows for KCKCC and is thrilled to be returning to work with this amazing community. She spent the majority of last year working on a film with director Martin Scorcese (starring Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DiCaprio). Locally, she has had her work appear at Lyric Opera Kansas City, where she designed a project for life size puppets (a first!), as well as MTH and the Living Room theaters. Her film work includes CSA, Jayhawkers, The Only Good Indian, Destination Planet Negro (these 4 projects with Oscar winner Kevin Willmott as director), Gone Girl, Last Ounce of Courage, and All Creatures Here Below. She worked on HBO's True Detective (Season 3) for television. She has designed for scores of television commercials, including two that aired during Super Bowls. She has won an award for costume design for the web series Redbird. She owns and operates a costume rental house in Kansas City, MO.
Stage ManagerJaden Manherz
Jaden wants to thank his friends, family, and teachers. He also wants to thank his beautiful fiancé Alena.