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.
initially joined the Starlight team as an Operations Intern for the 2002
summer season. Making a return appearance in 2003 in the same role,
he joined the Starlight staff full-time in 2004 and has progressed through
four roles within the company. Justin leads the Operations and
Facilities departments, supporting Starlight's efforts to be the best
live music and performing arts venue in Kansas City by crafting and
implementing training programs that develop and sharpen the talents
of the organization's staff, volunteers and partners, as well as looking
to improve the guest experience through all possible means. The Operations
team is ultimately responsible for the safety and
continued happiness of each and every guest to the Starlight venue,
and our House staff, volunteers, parking, food & beverage, security, Police
and GuestASSIST teams all carry that responsibility. The Facilities teams
are responsible for the overall upkeep, appearance and function of the
Theatre campus, including maintenance, operation of two of Kansas City's
world-famous fountains, horticulture/greenhouse operations,
infrastructure and utilities, capital improvements and project
management. Justin is also an Associate of Epic Innovative Events, and
he coordinates the successful operations of not just the summer
concerts and musicals but also Epic's Starlight-based private
events throughout the year. Many of the numerous programs developed and/or
supported within these departments were instrumental in Starlight being
awarded the prestigious Venue Excellence Award in 2013 by the International
Association of Venue Managers (IAVM). Justin graduated from the University
of Central Missouri with a B.S. in Construction Management, is a member of the
IAVM, is a Guest Services Professional and Trained Crowd Manager,
graduate of Disney Institute Leadership and Guest Services programs and the
very proud dad of Brylan.
Theatre and the Kansas City Zoo have continued to collaborate to provide the
staff and resources for the Act Like an Animal Camp each summer. Campers spend
part of their day at Starlight learning theatre arts and the other part at
the Zoo learning about animals. Starlight Theatre also collaborates with the
Lyric Opera in offering an education camp which offers Blue Star Awards participants
intensive, hands-on experience in set design and construction, lighting, and
other technical aspects of opera and musical theater and production.
to educational collaborations, Starlight’s production department also works
with countless theatres and groups. In 2013, Starlight collaborated with
Theatre Under the Stars for the co-production of Spamalot, and with a variety of theatres from across the nation for
the co-productions of The Little Mermaid
and Miss Saigon. Last season,
Starlight teamed up with the Kansas City Woman’s Chorus for The Sound of Music.
In 2015, Starlight is teaming up with Pittsburgh CLO to construct the set for Mary Poppins.
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