Q: How has your experience with Hoosier Shakes been over the past few years?
A: It has been an interesting activity. As I have gotten older, my urge to be a life-long learner has increased. Hoosier Shakes is something that would not have been in my area of interest in the past. It seems to be a natural progression from my work with the Community School of the Arts in Marion, along with other performing arts groups in the area, (Civic Theater, Grant County Players, Dance Studios and the Drama department at IWU), to find myself involved with Hoosier Shakes and later to serve on the board.
Q: What is photographing HS like over the summers?
A: I have not really found anything I do not like to photograph, but I really enjoy theater and dance. Hoosier Shakes sticks with tradition in that these are not big, complicated productions with the audience somewhat removed from the production if it was on stage in a theater. The singular level, performers and audience, as well as the interaction during the performances is wonderful. I attend a lot of the summer performances and shoot from many angles. Some of my favorite images are reactions shooting back toward the audience members. I also find myself drawn to certain performers each year and may favor them with a higher count of pictures during the shows. I really enjoy the venues and the changes in the productions from location to location. Charlie Creek Gardens is a great venue when the weather cooperates and the performances are outside.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being involved with HS (board of directors), seeing the performances, and photographing?
A: I love the interaction with new people and my understanding and appreciation for the works of Shakespeare, though limited, certainly has increased. I enjoy the interaction with the community and wished the possibility for an arts community facility and permanent location for Hoosier Shakes could have taken place. We will see. As with many boards, getting everyone’s schedules to mesh is tough, but the meeting are generally good and convenient. I love meeting and photographing the performers and those connected with the venues and the productions. Experiencing the shows over the last few seasons and getting a chance to shoot them with a better understanding of the staging is helpful. Catching key scenes and interactions is always a goal with capturing images. I also shoot more video clips during the last season with a change in camera systems. I visited Staunton, VA this last week during the Christmas Holiday and made a stop at the American Shakespeare Center as a result of one of the actors from Hoosier Shakes. I did not have time in the schedule to take in a show, but will on a future visit. Expanding horizons and learning new things.
Eric Reaves started out his career as a high school art teacher, followed by a position as a Creative Director for a top apparel manufacturer. There he created artwork for Disney, Warner Bros., Nintendo, Barbie and several other top brands. In 1994, he began cartooning professionally when he joined Paws, Inc., the studio of Garfield in Muncie, Indiana. As assistant cartoonist, Eric helped draw the Garfield comic for 17 years.
In 2009, Eric began helping Chance Browne draw the Hi & Lois comic strip. He joined forces with Browne Creative Enterprises full-time in 2012. Having been a lifelong fan of Dik Browne’s art, Eric described drawing Dik’s characters as “a humbling, yet daily thrill!”
On occasion, he teaches as an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University, his alma mater. He and his wife of 28 years have 5 children, so his ability to relate to the Flagston family from the Hi & Lois comic strip comes quite naturally. He enjoys watching his children’s multitude of activities, creating art in a panoply of mediums, and finds relaxation in a stream with his fly rod and large trout.
Dr. Katie Wampler has experience working and learning in professional and amateur theatre companies in the United States and Europe.
In May 2011, Katie graduated from Texas Tech University with a Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Theatre. She has over twelve years experience teaching various educational levels and received a fellowship from the TEACH program at Texas Tech University, which better prepares Ph.D. students to effectively teach college students.
While pursuing her Master of Arts in Theatre from Emerson College, she worked with two professional theatre companies in multiple capacities, including arts administration and production roles.Katie lived in Bristol, England for two years where, among other responsibilities, she ran a drama club, worked with an amateur dramatics group, and was a stage manager for the Portway Players.
In 2003, she graduated from Harding University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre.
Katie submitted a paper and presented in a colloquium at the Seventh Annual Blackfriars Conference in October 2013 at the American Shakespeare Center.
Katie has had the privilege of directing Into the Woods, Macbeth, South Pacific, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Radium Girls, The Crucible, Secret Garden, My Name is Rachel Corrie, Pygmalion, The Glass Menagerie, Tuesdays with Morrie, Fear and Misery, Steel Magnolias, and Fairy Tale Barnyard (a children’s production). She collaborated with other university students in two original performances, Framed Reflections and Caution: Our Children at Work. During the summer of 2015 Katie performed in Sweet Tea Shakespeare’s production of The Tempest.
Ana holds an MFA from Regent University in Acting with an emphasis in Directing. She is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Theatre with concentrations in Acting and Technical Theatre.
Ana has worked professionally as an actor in both Chicago, Illinois and along the Virginia coast. She served as a company member for Honest Theatre Company in Chicago as a stage manager, costumer, dialect coach, and frequent actor. She is loosely affiliated with the Blue Goose Theatre Ensemble, also out of Chicago.
She is a member of the SAFD (Society of American Fight Directors) and has served as an intern for the SAFD South West regional conference: Virginia Beach Bash.
Ana is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with her darling husband. She has a passion for young actors and live theatre, and is excited to be working with Hoosier Shakes!
Craig holds the PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington, in American Literature. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he received the Master of Arts degree in English Literature. He is a graduate of Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, where he majored in English.
Craig has a deep passion for the arts & humanities. His father, a drama and British Renaissance literature scholar & a theatre history instructor, took him to my first Shakespeare play at the age of three. Craig’s family spent almost every summer of his teenage years seeing 6-10 plays at the Shakespeare festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. He has acted in plays and musicals since sixth grade (playing leads like David in a musical version of David and Goliath and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). Other acting experiences include: Taming of the Shrew, The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, Godspell, Pilgrim’s Progress, and The Merry Widow. Craig has attended approximately 20 productions at the American Shakespeare Center and attended their Blackfriars conference. He is familiar with and greatly enjoy their staging practices.
Furthermore, music has been a central part of Craig’s avocational life. He “studied” piano, violin, and French horn, but vocal is his true love. He sang in the Missouri All State Choir his junior and senior years in high school, the University of Missouri High School Honors Choir, and won the Outstanding Male Singer Award for the Missouri State High School Honors Choir Festival. He enjoys singing major choral works by Mahler, Beethoven, Brahms, and Rutter.
Rachel Marley is a professional actress, director, and theatre arts teacher. A Marion, Indiana native, Rachel received her Bachelors Degree in Theatre Performance from Indiana Wesleyan University. With almost a decade of teaching experience under her belt, Rachel has shared the joy of theatre with students through several respected organizations, including Upward Bound, Minnetrista Cultural Center, Cornerstone Center for the Arts, and currently at the Community School of the Arts where she is the Director of Theatre as well as the Theatre compANY Manager. A lover of theatre nearly her whole life, Rachel has recently found a new love and passion for film. Rachel is excited to start another new season of teaching and directing at CSA, and can’t wait to share the talents of the CSA students yet with the local community, through theatre and film!
Loretta has worked at the Marion Public Library as a library assistant for more than eight years, and at Ivy Tech Community College in disability services for near two years. As a freelance employee, Loretta works with KB Computers, The News Herald, and Office Court Reporting. Loretta earned an Associate’s degree at Indiana Business College and continued to take classes in the writing, human services, and library technician fields after obtaining that degree. Loretta serves on the boards of the Grant County Family YMCA, Woman’s Life – Marion Chapter 804, and Hoosier Shakes. Community advocacy and stimulating creativity are important to Loretta.
Matthew has earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting in 1993, a Masters of Accountancy in 1994, both from Manchester University, f.k.a, Manchester College. He also has his Jurisprudence Doctorate from Indiana University in 2000.
Matthew has been a professor in the areas of accounting, finance and business for the past nine years at Indiana Wesleyan University, while teaching in adjunct roles for the University since 2001.
Previous to teaching, 1994-2009, Matthew worked different positions in business and law, including for a small law firm in Wabash, Indiana and three different corporations in Indiana. He has been a CFO and controller for these companies.
Matthew is a licensed attorney in the State of Indiana.
Matthew currently practices law in the State of Indiana and has clients in all areas of practice, while his practice focuses on small business and tax work. He has had his own firm in North Manchester, Indiana since August of 2009.
Bobby earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technical Theatre & Design from Ball State University in 1997. He holds a Securities License and is a Registered Investment Advisor. He also is a licensed Insurance Agent in the State of Indiana.
From 1996-1998 Bobby worked as a lighting/Laser/Pyrotechnics Technician for Carnival Cruise Lines. He worked as a lighting technician from 1998 to 1999 for The Show Dept., a regional corporate lighting company in Chicago.
From 1999 to 2004 Bobby worked as the Head Lighting Designer for Emens Auditorium at Ball State University, which served as a touring venue for major Broadway & musical artists. During that time and beyond, until early 2010, Bobby served as a lead Lighting Designer and Production Manager for Majestic Productions. Majestic Productions is a Lighting, Audio, & Video production company that produces shows around the globe in the Christian, Scholastic, and Corporate industries.
Bobby Browder joined Edward Jones as a financial advisor in 2010 after more than a decade of serving in the Christian entertainment industry. The strengths in his business include pension and savings planning for local businesses, client tailored solutions for individualized financial goals, and assisting clients with generating the income necessary to sustain retirement. Hard work, dedication and a passion for helping individuals achieve their long-term investment goals has assisted him in growing a successful practice at Edward Jones. Bobby was named a regional health team leader in 2014, and has recently become a limited partner in the firm. He is responsible for 14 financial advisors in the area encompassing North Central Indiana.
Bobby was instrumental in the development of the Marion High School Alumni Association and continues to serve on its board. In addition, he is co-chairman for the Finance Committee for Marion Community School of the Arts (CSA). CSA is a performing arts school that enhances children’s lives through Music, Dance, and Visual Arts. Bobby assisted his wife in bringing the classical ballet The Nutcracker to their community as a holiday tradition by producing the production enabling local talent to work with the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra and professional guest artist from around the country.