Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy


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By Mail 3028 SW 8th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66606
By Phone Box Office (785) 357-5211
  Administrative Office (785) 357-5213
By Fax
(785) 357-0719

Meet the Staff

Vickie Brokke

Vickie Brokke joined the TCTA family as President & CEO in January 2011. She brings to TCTA extensive experience in non-profit management and is well known in the Topeka community for her relationship building and fund raising skills. Vickie tells us she will not be looking for a role on stage; instead you’ll find her in the TCTA audience enjoying and appreciating all the amazing talent we are so blessed to have in our volunteers.

phone: (785) 357-5213 Ext. 105

Shannon Reilly

Shannon Reilly, Artistic Director, holds a B.A. in Theatre from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and a Masters of Fine Arts degree (M.F.A.) in directing from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He first came to TCTA in 1990 as a guest director from Kansas City to direct Wait Until Dark. He returned the following year to direct The Night Hank Williams Died and was asked to join the staff as Associate Artistic Director in September of 1992. Shannon was named Artistic Director in December of 1993 and has directed over 100 productions for the Topeka Civic Theatre. Past theatre credits include work with the Acting Company of New York, the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, and The Missouri Repertory Theatre in Kansas City. Shannon served as Education Director/Artistic Director of the Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp of Michigan. He also formed two improvisational comedy companies, Laughing Stock of Kansas City and TCT's very own improvisational company.

phone: (785) 357-5213 Ext. 123

Bethany Ayers

Bethany Ayers, Education Director, will begin her new responsibilities as head of the TCT Academy at Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy full time in June 2014. Bethany has been a volunteer at TCTA since 2006. She’s currently an elementary teacher in the Auburn Washburn school district, where she’s taught since 2010. Bethany is a graduate of Washburn University and a Master of Education candidate with Pittsburg State University.

phone: (785) 357-5213

Chelle Decker

Chelle Decker began her involvement with TCT as a volunteer in 1996. Since that time, she has spent a lot of time on stage, but also behind the scenes and as the Director or Corporate Development for the theatre. She is proud to say she’s acted in all six categories of shows at TCTA (Mainstage, Studio, TYA, Academy, Helen Hocker and Performance Company) and each was a unique and wonderful experience. After growing up in Olathe, she spent time studying at Emporia State and at Cambridge University. She is a graduate of Washburn University with a B.A. in Theatre and a B.A. in Mass Media. When she’s not “on the clock”, she enjoys volunteering at TCTA as a family with her husband and son, Teddy Mac.

phone: (785) 357-5213 Ext. 103

Lynda Denton

Lynda Sims Denton, Helen Hocker Theater Office Manager. After volunteering at Topeka Civic Theatre for over five years, Lynda joined the staff in October, 2005 as Capital Campaign Secretary for the Oldfather/Gage Capital Campaign. What an exciting project to be a part of! She became TCT’s Administrative Assistant in 2007, and then moved to the Helen Hocker Theater office in February of 2013. She began volunteering at TCT when her two sons, Don and Dan, were cast in productions in the spring of 2000. Lynda was born and raised in suburban Chicago, and she and her family moved to Topeka in 1998.

phone: (785) 251-5990

Pattie Homan

Patricia “Pattie” Homan, Maintenance Supervisor, graduated from Silver Lake High School. She has lived in the Topeka area her entire life. Pattie started working for TCTA in 1999 when the move to our Gage School location was complete. In the beginning, she came to TCTA as a Cardinal employee on loan to us for only three days. She's still here today, and is now an official TCTA staff member. The rest, as they say, is history! Her passion is the Pontiac Trans Am, and her dream is to own one someday.

phone: (785) 357-5213

Tom Hughes

Tom Hughes was transplanted at a young age with his family from Texas to Norway where he grew up. He returned to the United States for college beginning at KU and moved from state to state for several years pursuing various specialties before putting down roots in Kansas and completing a BA in Liberal Arts at St. Mary’s College. He has been a volunteer at TCTA since 1996 in many capacities including acting in Mainstage, Studio, TYA, and Academy shows and was honored with the Carmie Wolfe Volunteer of the Year Award in 2012. Having joined the TCTA staff in March of 2013, he is overjoyed now to be working at the very place where he so happily played for the previous 17 years. As Administrative Director, he provides support for all the departments at TCTA.

phone: (785) 357-5213 Ext. 102

Adam Jenks

Adam Jenks, Resident Designer & Technical Director Helen Hocker Theater, started volunteering for TCT at the young age of seven and is thrilled to be working for the theatre he has called home all his life! He graduated from Seaman High School and has been working in technical theatre ever since. He was the Technical Director/Facility Manager at the Columbian Theatre, the Production Manager at Topeka Performing Arts Center, and a Technical Lighting Consultant for XS Lighting in Overland Park. He is thrilled to be a new dad of two beautiful daughters, Teegan and Talia. In his spare time he enjoys spending it with his wife Nina and occasionally gets time to spend on the boat fishing or on a golf course.

phone: (785) 251-5990

Joanna Lassley

Joanna Lassley, Associate Artistic Director Helen Hocker Theatre, rejoined the TCTA family in February of 2013; previously, she served as the Volunteer Coordinator from 1997-2012. Jo holds a BA in Theatre and an MBA (both from Baker University) and got her start in theatre way back when as a 14 year old at Helen Hocker Theater in Gage Park. Having enjoyed being a guest director and occasional instructor at TCTA, she is thrilled to direct and teach year-round at Helen Hocker Theater.

phone: (785) 251-5990

LouAnne Maddox

LouAnne Maddox, Assistant Club Manager, moved to Topeka in October of 2010 following her retirement from the US Army, after serving for over 20 years. LouAnne holds a BA from Central WA University and a Masters in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology. She joined the staff in August of 2013. LouAnne has served as a volunteer at TCT, in several capacities, on and off stage. She is also a member of the WTCT Radio Players company. She sings with Topeka Festival Singers and travels whenever she gets the chance. LouAnne's favorite job in the world has been that of being momma to three children, Faith, Jesse, and Lisa, and Nana Lou to three grandchildren, Kendall, Kenzie, and Keaton.

phone: (785) 357-5213

Casey Cain

Casey Cain Malone, Box Office Assistant, has a thick head of red-hair and vocal cords that never stop. In grade school, check marks after her name quickly became her thing – she socialized way too much. Starting in August of 2011 she talked her way into TCTA Box Office Assistant position, where socializing is no longer a problem! Casey has a degree in Art with the emphasis in Fine Art Photography and started her own photo business in 2003. She is married to Ahmadd Malone and they just had their first child in 2011, a handsome baby boy named Cain Triton Malone.

phone: (785) 357-5213

Kerrice Mapes, Marketing Director

phone: (785) 357-5213 Ext. 124

Sara Myer

Sara Myer, Resident Designer/Technical Director for the Oldfather Theatre, has been a long time volunteer at TCTA before joining the staff side. She has been involved in countless productions since she began volunteering in 2005, and was honored with the Carmie Wolfe Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009. A true ‘techie’ at heart, it’s very unlikely you’ll ever see Sara on stage (unless she’s adjusting a mic, or fixing a set piece…). She leaves the acting and singing to her husband, Greg (also a long time TCTA volunteer) and anxiously awaits to see if their two daughters will follow in their parent's theatrical footsteps. Sara has also Technical Directed for Seaman High School, and has designed and built sets for various theatre organizations in Topeka and Baldwin City. She most enjoys being a ‘cool mom’, doodling future tattoo designs, and making endless renovations to her house.

phone: (785) 357-5213

Rebecca Radziejeski

Rebecca Radziejeski, Volunteer Coordinator, has spent her entire life in theatres and feels most at home on a loading dock or behind a light board. A TCTA volunteer since 2009, she has extensive stage managing and technical experience, and enjoys few things more than constructing a good spreadsheet. Rebecca has nearly acquired her BA from Washburn in French and History, and in her spare time, enjoys renovating her house and playing with her dogs.

phone: (785) 357-5213 Ext. 121

Eddie Shirron

Eddie Shirron, Club Manager, came to Topeka in the summer of 2000 following 31 years service as a soldier in the U.S. Army. Eddie holds a BA in Speech & Drama and a Masters in Military Arts & Science and History. He joined the staff in March of 2003. Eddie is also a volunteer at TCT, both as an actor and stage manager. He is a member of the WTCT Radio Players company. He and his wife, Joan, also a TCT volunteer, have two grown children, Carrie and Greg. Eddie is an avid golfer and hunter, and enjoys the study of the American Civil War. And, he is an amateur wine enthusiast.

phone: (785) 357-5213

Ted Shonka

Ted Shonka, Resident Designer & Technical Director/Sheffel Theatre, has worked on or acted in well over 200 productions. He received his B.A. in Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado. Ted earned his M.F.A. from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Ted is an accomplished actor and is an adjunct professor at Washburn University Theatre Department. He has performed for and built sets for the Missouri Repertory Theatre, the Unicorn Theatre, the Coterie Theatre and many other theatres around the country. He is married to Amy and, he says, they have way too many animals.

phone: (785) 357-5213 Ext. 113

Cathy Smith

Cathy Kready Smith, Box Office Manager. A born and bred Topekan, Cathy was hired as a full time employee in March of 2003, after volunteering for almost nine years. She has three beautiful and talented children who grew up around the theatre. Cathy is married to her best friend, Bruce Smith, who is a regular on stage here. Together, they enjoy hanging out at the theatre with friends, working on do-it-yourself projects at home, and traveling to visit children.

phone: (785) 357-5213 Ext. 128

Kathy Smith

Kathy Smith, Director of Donor Development, Prior to joining the TCTA family, Kathy was the Executive Director at ArtsConnect. She helped launch ArtsConnect in 2006, and is credited with bringing the arts community under a cohesive umbrella and greatly increasing community awareness. Kathy is a native Topekan; she and her husband, Randy, are raising three children that have been active in the TCT Academy and The Freshman Class.

phone: (785) 357-5213

Kate Stires

Kate Stires, Resident Costume Designer, started volunteering at TCT because her daughter Jamie was cast in a show. TCT got into her blood and she has worked on every show since then. She took early retirement from JCPenney to take on the full time job as Resident Costume Designer in 2002 and loves it! She is a KU graduate with degrees in Commercial Design, Silversmithing, and English. Kate and her husband Jay have two grown children, Kelly and Jamie, and three adorable grandchildren, Lilli, Cole, and Tom.

phone: (785) 357-5213 Ext. 125

Laurie Hebison Uhler

Laurie Hebison Uhler, Helen Hocker Theater Resident Costume Designer, caught the theatre bug in high school and has been acting, directing, and designing ever since. She has a Bachelor’s of Secondary Education in Theatre/Communications and a Masters in English, both from Emporia State University. Laurie taught theatre and English for fifteen years, worked in various community theatres, and continues to run Berkeley Square Media with her incredible husband, Dave. She learned to sew from her mother, and credits her parents for the “creativity gene.” She and Dave have five amazing kids, ages 2 to 24.

phone: (785) 251-5990

What We Offer: Theatre Information


Bringing our diverse community together to learn about, experience, and celebrate the joys of live theatre.

Five-Star Entertainment

Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy offers multiple choices for entertainment on three stages in Topeka. Our TCT Mainstage offers the opportunity to take in a dinner performance or enjoy a non-dinner show with drinks & desserts from the TCT Club. The Club offers a full bar with a wide selection of spirits and is well-known for delightful desserts. Also located in our building at 8th & Oakley is the Oldfather Theatre, a smaller more intimate space that offers a wide range of entertainment from children’s shows, thought provoking studio plays, and creative senior programming. A short distance from TCTA, Helen Hocker Theater offers a wide range of programming in Gage Park. Helen Hocker Theater is managed by TCTA in partnership with Shawnee County. No matter your taste in entertainment, TCTA offers five-star entertainment for everyone!


TCTA maintains a policy of equal opportunity without regard for race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability or citizenship, as well as other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and in the enjoyment of our programming. Our equal opportunity philosophy applies to all aspects of our programming including employment, volunteering onstage, backstage or in other capacities, participating in classes or workshops, and attending our productions.

House Rules

PLEASE—ARRIVE EARLY. Arriving early allows you time to enjoy your meal. The doors open at 6:00 PM and the buffet line opens at 6:30 PM on dinner nights. Arriving early for non-dinner tickets permits you to order refreshments from our Club. The Club takes pre-show and intermission orders for drinks and desserts up to ten minutes before curtain.

PLEASE—NO CELL PHONES, PAGERS AND OTHER ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT. Doctors on call are requested to leave these devices with your server, who will notify you in case of an emergency.

PLEASE—NO CAMERAS AND VIDEO EQUIPMENT. Copyright laws prohibit the practice of video or audio recording of our productions. Flash cameras distract performers and audience members alike.

PLEASE—NO SMOKING. Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy is a "smoke-free" environment. We appreciate your cooperation.

PLEASE—SERVICE ANIMALS ONLY. TCTA has a no pet policy. Certified service animals are welcome in the theatre provided they do not disrupt the performance. It is recommended that patrons bringing service animals alert the box office at the time of purchasing tickets, so enough space to accommodate the animal can be arranged.

PLEASE—LET US KNOW HOW TO SERVE YOU BETTER! Our audience is important to us. Thank you for joining us and enjoy the performance.

TCTA Board of Trustees



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