Starlight Theatre received the 2013 Venue Excellence Award given by the International Association of Venue Managers. From 2009-2013, Starlight Theatre has continuously been selected as the “Best Live Music Venue” as awarded by the Kansas City Convention and Visitor’s Association. In 2012 and 2013, the theatre also received the silver awards for “Best Performing Art Venue” and “Best Theatre” as awarded by Ingram’s Magazine.
Starlight remains committed to promoting excellence in the art of musical theatre and believes that collaborations are vital to maintaining thriving programs for children and families. Starlight recently partnered with the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts to present children’s theatre performances exclusively for school groups. Educational materials were provided to teachers to enhance the experience for the students. In addition, Starlight continues to collaborate with the Kansas City Zoo in hosting the Act Like an Animal Camp program, a summer camp that welcomes more than 100 campers each year.
The Blue Star Awards serve as a valuable motivational tool, encouraging students to work harder to achieve success. Written feedback is thorough and unbiased, guiding the student on areas needing improvement. From the parent of a Blue Star participant who received feedback over a three-year period: The feedback from my daughter’s first lead as a sophomore stung, but it put a fresh fire under her & gave her specific things to work on. In her 2nd year, the feedback had very little sting (evidence of growth), but still no nomination. This caused her to dig deep. She studied the feedback for a peer who WAS nominated. She discovered that confidence can make a performer inaccessible to the audience; all characters must have vulnerability. This became her #1 goal for her third lead, and she was delighted to have it recognized by an adjudicator. She is now directing musicals and continues to reread the adjudicators’ comments to guide her in her work. The feedback is absolutely priceless.
Rich Baker is a passionate, experienced leader in the performing arts industry. A native of St. Louis, Rich has spent the past 14 years as president of Fox Associates, a private holding company that operates the historic 4,500-seat Fox Theatre, MetroTix, and New York-Based Fox Theatricals. He has held many exclusive management positions, and produced more than 15 plays and musicals for Fox Theatricals. Rich serves on the Board of Governors for the Broadway League, the national trade organization for the Broadway industry. He also serves on the League’s road labor, intra-industry & governance committees, and is a voter for the American Theatre Wing’s annual Tony Awards®, celebrating excellence on Broadway. He is a member of the International Association of Assembly Managers, the American Institute of CPAs, and the Missouri Society of CPAs. Rich holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he graduated cum laude. 2014 marks Rich’s first season with Starlight Theatre.
Brenda leads the accounting department efforts, including the establishment and maintenance of the organization’s accounting principles, system of internal controls, procedures for the maintenance of its accounting records and the preparation of its financial reports. In addition, she implements accounting budgetary controls, appraises operating results, operating policies, trends and opportunities and finally, assists the organization in the development of annual and long-term planning. Brenda was fortunate to be a finalist in the Kansas City Business Journals CFO of the Year in 2008. Brenda graduated from University of Missouri, Kansas City Summa Cum Laude in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Her background is in public accounting, working at KPMG as an audit manager and ran her own consulting business prior to joining Starlight Theatre in 2001.
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