The Amen Corner Creative
Melonnie Walker is a theatre historian, educator, and alum of UMKC’s Master of Arts program in Theatre History. She is the Associate Artistic Director for KC Melting Pot Theatre and has served as the resident research and production dramaturg for five seasons so far. She is an advisory board member of the August Wilson Society and Regional VP for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Melonnie is grateful for her theatre family here at KCMPT and she is inspired to do the work that preserves and uplifts black theatre history for future generations.
Stage ManagerLaura Burt
Laura Burt is a stage manager and actor from Kansas City, Missouri. She has worked with several theatres in Kansas City including: OCTA, City Theatre of Independence, The Barn Players, Buffalo Room, Fringe Festival, Tradewind Arts, Relevance Productions, KC Melting Pot, and Theatre Lawrence. She is a licensed counselor in the Kansas City area who works primarily with women. Thank you to KC Melting Pot, the Supers, her family, and her amazing partner Richard.
Assistant Stage ManagerRichard J. Burt
Richard J. Burt is a Kansas City-based performing and technical theatre artist. He is happy to return to KC Melting Pot Theatre for his fourth company production. Educated in stagecraft and design at Northern Arizona University, he has served as technical director and scenic designer for many local productions since moving to KC in 2010. As an actor, he has appeared onstage most recently with OCTA, Theatre Lawrence, and the Bell Road Barn Players, and has also appeared in several local short and feature-length films. Love to L & S & SF.
Set DesignerDoug Schroeder
Doug Schroeder is a Kansas native. The Amen Corner is his thirteenth design for KCMPT. Schroeder received a B.F.A. in technical theater from Emporia State University. In addition to working as the technical director for KCMPT, Doug also is the production manager for the Kansas City Women’s Chorus. He would like to thank his partner Chris Palmer for his assistance with set construction and Linda, Harvey, Nicole, and Lewis for the opportunity to work on this classic play.
Light DesignerWarren Deckert
Warren's 50+ years of theatre experience includes being the Artistic/Technical Director for Great Bend Community Theatre, Technical Director/Designer for the Bethel College Drama Department and union membership in I.A.T.S.E., Local 190, Wichita, KS. He has directed or designed over 225 plays, musicals and operas. Highlights include Road to Yonder (Dallas Theatre Center), Man of La Mancha, Cosi Fan Tutte, The Pirates of Penzance (Bethel College), Bernice at Bay/The Butterfly Effect, Gidion's Knot, Any Questions? (KC Fringe Festival), The Taste Test, For Colored Girls... (KC Melting Pot Theatre).He is an assistant house manager/volunteer coordinator at KC Repertory Theatre and a technical director/board member for Just Off Broadway Theatre.
Sound DesignerDennis Jackson
Dennis Jackson is a Kansas City native. He has learned the craft of live theater by working with some of the best actors and directors in K.C. He most recently appeared in “Thoughts of a Colored Man.” He has appeared in local productions of “Like Six O’Clock,” “Dying To Party,” “Piano Lesson,” “Two Trains Running”, “King Hedly”, “Barbecue,” and “A Raisin In The Sun” just to name a few. Dennis is also passionate about sound design, having often supported the very productions, in which he appears. He has also designed sound for “Skeleton Crew,” “Is God Is,” “Fairview,” and “Black Man, Mo.” Thanks to director Melonnie Walker for the opportunity to craft the sound design for this production. Special thanks to Harvey and Linda Williams.
Daniella Toscano is a costume designer originally from Las Vegas, NV. She received her MFA in Costume Design from the University of California, San Diego. In addition to being a theatrical costume designer, she also has experience in multimedia design, working with graphics and video as another method of storytelling. She designed Lori Laitman's The Three Feathers (Steamboat Opera), Branden Jacob Jenkins Everybody (UCSD Theater), and the new play premiere of Elephant (Benchmark Theatre). She loves the feeling of being swept away into different worlds, experiencing the full gamut of human emotion through the characters on stage, and strives to have this effect on others through her work. Daniella is back after doing the costumes for The Piano Lesson and STEW last season.