Gaslight Playhouse, Inc.
P.O. Box 84
Kendallville, Indiana 46755
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Our board is dedicated to making Gaslight Playhouse, Inc. a strong organization in the community. Each member strives for excellence and growth in the local arts!
To contact a board officer, please send an email to one of the provided email addresses below.
Kim has been involved in Community Theatre since elementary school starting out in Pennsylvania and then moving to Ohio. While in Ohio she served on the Board of Directors for two community theatres, taught youth theatre classes and was a Choreographer for several high schools and community theaters. For a few years while raising a toddler she worked full time in theater as a Drama Director for two high schools, acted in weekly Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre shows and directed musicals at the Outdoor Summer Drama ‘Trumpet in the Land’ and directed several youth summer theatre camps and workshops. Recently, she served as the director for the 2018 Gaslight Holiday Spectacular and proir to that was the assistant director for Gaslight's Sleeping Beauty. Kim has been a resident of Fort Wayne for the past 15 years and works full time as a Medical Specialist for Motorists Insurance Group. She is on the Steering Committee for ‘Taste of the Arts’ for Arts United serving as the Performing Arts Chairman. She also serves as the co-director for the Miss Fort Wayne Scholarship Program, a preliminary pageant to Miss Indiana and Miss America. She also enjoys volunteering for other community events throughout the year.
Jo Drudge was born and raised in Bremen, Indiana where she is a proud Bowen baby, which means that former Governor Bowen delivered her. She now resides in Rome City with her two black cats, Salem, and Serena. Jo is a retired media specialist/librarian for the East Noble School Corporation. However, she is still employed by East Noble as the middle school drama director. Jo received her bachelor’s degree in English from Lakeland College (now University) in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and her master’s degree in Library Science from Ball State University. Jo has served on the Gaslight board since 1990. Retirement has given her time to travel, read, and enjoy the theater – all three of her favorite past times. She has hosted six AFS foreign exchange students from Norway, Italy, Finland, Austria, Panama, and Ukraine and still enjoys hearing from them. Jo is very active in the community as an elder in the Presbyterian Church, and currently as an AFS volunteer, treasurer on the Kendallville Public Library Board, vice-president of the Gaslight Board of Directors, a member of the Gamma Lambda chapter of DKG, and in charge of publicity for the Noble County Community Concert Association. Being involved with Gaslight Community Theatre, she has performed in many productions, directed, and coordinated the Children’s Summer Theatre Workshop for children in 2nd through 8th grades since 1987. Jo is an avid Wizard of Oz fan and has collected many items from the movie and books. She proudly displays her memorabilia in her sunroom – known by her great-nephew as my “Dorothy Gale Room.” Many know that her final directing production will be The Wizard of Oz.
Lee Ann DePew
Lee Ann DePew is a community-orientated professional in the field of education. She has taught students ranging from the elementary level to adult. Lee Ann works as an Information Specialist/Technology Trainer with the Kendallville Public Library, and has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Saint Francis. Her field of study is Special Education - Mild Disabilities. She is also certified as a library assistant. Lee Ann has been involved in theatre since childhood. She has worked in many different areas within various theatre organizations ranging from high school, college, and civic, and has directed musicals as well as straight productions. She has been a part of Gaslight Playhouse, Inc. since 1986 and a member of the Board of Directors since 2002. Her main philosophy comes to play in everything she works for especially theatre – Lee Ann believes that: “All people are gifted.... Some Just Open their packages sooner than others!” Community theatre is where packages that have not been opened get to be. Another avenue of interest that Lee Ann has, is pageants and modeling. She served as the Executive Director for The Miss Limberlost Scholarship Pageant in 2007. Lee Ann also enjoys having the opportunity to judge pageants on the local, area, and regional levels, and when the opportunity arises to do some modeling, she does enjoy that too.
Bonnie Koontz became Treasurer of Gaslight in August 2017. She lives in Kendallville and works as an office manager at a telecommunications company in Ligonier. In her free time, you can find her spoiling her grandchildren, reading, wine-trailing, spending time with family & friends, trying to keep up with her newly acquired chocolate Labrador, Piper and of course, being actively involved with each Gaslight production in some way or another. Bonnie was involved with theater in high school and returned to the stage when she portrayed the role of Ouiser in Gaslight’s May 2017 production of Steel Magnolias. She followed that with helping behind the scenes in Gaslight’s November 2017 production of Over the River and Through the Woods and since that she has by co-directed the last two Gaslight Holiday Spectacular. Bonnie is passionate about helping resurrect Gaslight to its former grandeur with productions the community will look forward to seeing, talk about for weeks after, and hungrily anticipate the next. Her main focuses for the upcoming months will be fundraising for Gaslight by way of co-directing a Mystery Theater and continuing to reach out to the community for help in securing a permanent home for Gaslight.
Craig Munk is the longest serving member of the Gaslight board, serving since he founded the organization then known as “Kendallville Summer Theatre” in 1975. He is best known for his role as the director/producer of East Noble Theatre. Craig has directed many productions in his time. In 2016 he was nominated for a Tony award and has been awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash award twice. This is the highest award the Governor of Indiana can award a civilian. In April of 2016 Craig and his wife, Karen appeared on the NBC Today Show and was interviewed by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hota Kotb. Although Craig is retired from his 50-year career at East Noble, he is still very active. Craig was named the Indiana Community Theatre: Person of the year in 1991. He serves the producer and a board member of the Miss Indiana Scholarship Pageant. He also serves on the Apple Festival board, the Kendallville Patriotic Pops committee, and the Gaslight Playhouse Board of directors. When talking about theatre in Noble County, it is certainly hard to not mention Craig Munk. He has brought arts and culture to this community.
Bob Avery has been on and off the Gaslight Playhouse Inc. board since 1984. In 2006, he retired from teaching secondary English for 39 years. 33 of those years were at East Noble High School. He first became involved with high school theatre as a second-year teacher in Ohio back in 1968 where he directed their fall play. In 1973, he and his wife, Sue, were hired by East Noble and moved to Kendallville. He is probably best known for directing East Noble’s “Evening of Theatre” for 43 years until his retirement from directing high school theatre in 2016. He has been involved with Gaslight Playhouse from its beginnings in 1975, both as an actor and as a director. His recent Gaslight directing credits include, Steel Magnolias and Wait Until Dark. As an actor, he appeared as Norman Thayer in On the Golden Pond, A Funny Thing Happened, Arsenic and Old Lace, Dial M for Murder, and most recently charmed local audiences as Bobby in Run for Your Wife. Theatre seems to be the one thing in his life from which he is unable to retire from.
Jenna Boese has been involved in theatre since age 3. She has done productions through her church (First Church of God), East Noble Middle and High School, and Gaslight Playhouse, Inc. Some of her roles include Lucy in A Charlie Brown Christmas, Perdita in 101 Dalmatians, Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone, Betty Meeks in The Foreigner, Duchess in The AristoCats, Tansy McGinnis in The Nerd, Annelle Dupuy-Desoto in Steel Magnolias, Emma Cristano in Over the River and Through the Woods, Mary Smith in Run for Your Wife, and Aurora in The Spell of Sleeping Beauty. She currently attends Purdue University Fort Wayne and studies Communication Sciences and Disorders. She works at the local Strand Theatre.
Michael Johnston has been involved with many aspects of tech theatre since 2010. Michael began as a Crewman/Light and Sound Tech for East Noble Middle School, where he crewed, lit, and ran sound for a variety of shows. He then went on to crew shows at East Noble High School, later becoming the Head Light Tech. Michael has worked on shows at East Noble such as: Disney's Little Mermaid, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Mary Poppins, The Aristocats, and many more. Michael is an Honorable Kentucky Colonel (the highest honor the Governor of Kentucky can bestow). He is an East Noble Alumni and currently holds an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science form The Mid-America College of Funeral Service. Michael works full-time for Young Family Funeral Homes in Kendallville, Wolcottville and Hudson. Michael also works part-time as the Technical Director of Theatre for East Noble High School.
Karen Munk joins the Gaslight Board after being involved with the program since its beginning. Most of her involvement has been in costuming, but she has also been seen on stage in South Pacific, Mame, Nunsense, Steel Magnolias, and Brigadoon. Karen was the East Noble Theatre Assistant Director for 48 years and received a Sagamore of the Wabash from Governor Pence upon her retirement. A retired registered nurse, Karen now owns "Special Moments Alterations." She has been involved with the Miss America Program for over 40 years and presently serves on the board of directors of the Miss Indiana Scholarship Program.
Kim Mettert is currently teaching music for East Noble Middle School and is the Assistant Director for the East Noble Show Choirs. She taught elementary music for 8 years at Westview Schools where she directed and produced 12 plays. Prior to that, she was the Middle School Choir Director for Middlebury Schools. She holds a B.S. in Choral and General Elementary Music from Ball State University. She has also been in Gaslight Playhouse productions. She has played Fastrata in Pippin, many characters in I Love You, You’re Perfect. Now Change, and sang in a Valentine cabaret. She also has numerous experiences in theater and vocal performance throughout high school and college but is too old for that to matter anymore.
Josh Ogle is from Kendallville, but currently lives in Huntertown. He has two dogs, Snoopy and Jax, and a cat, named Frankie. He got his start with Gaslight Playhouse in 2003 as an 8-year-old in the Children’s Theatre workshop, where he was involved since his “graduation of the program” in 8th grade. He has worked with different theatre organizations including; East Noble Theatre between 2010-2014 and appeared in productions with the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, IPFW Theatre, and Fort Wayne Music Theatre. Some of his favorite roles include, Shrek in Shrek: The Musical, Danny Zuko in Grease, Joly in Les Misérables, Mortimer in The Fantasticks, and John Smith in Run for Your Wife. Josh joined the Gaslight Playhouse board of directors in the Summer of 2013 and was elected president of the board in August of 2017. After serving as the board president for one term, he declined re-election to focus on his job, and he now serves as a board member of our organization. He is the director of theater at East Noble High School, where he teaches theatre arts and the stage craft classes. As the director of East Noble Theatre, he directs a winter musical, a spring musical, and the Apple Festival’s favorite musical revue, Raise a Ruckus. His directing credits with Gaslight include our 2017 Gaslight Holiday Spectacular, and An Evening With Rodgers & Hammerstein. Josh is excited to work with a group of people that care about making Kendallville a better place, by growing the arts and culture in our community.
Sheryl is the executive director of the Noble County Convention & Visitors Bureau. She served as Noble County’s Bicentennial coordinator from 2013 to 2016, working with the Indiana Bicentennial Commission and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development to manage the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay through Noble County. She is a member of the Auburn Arts Commission since 1998, serving as its president since 2002. Sheryl’s art experiences include playing the alto saxophone from age 10 to 18 in elementary, middle and high school. She switched to baritone sax at Manchester College (now University) and played in Symphonic Band for three years. She started tap dance lessons at age 37 and continued for 13 years, performing in the studio’s annual dance review and working backstage. She currently takes guitar lessons with Jason Davis of Fort Wayne. Her chief talent is identifying the talent in others. She was assistant director, crew, and cast member for her church’s annual Advent dinner theater for 12 years. She wrote the script for the production in two of those years in order to coordinate the production’s message with the pastor’s Advent theme. She and her husband, Lowell, live near Fairfield Center in DeKalb County on the family farm once owned by her maternal grandparents. They raise Belgian draft horses, Shorthorn cattle, hay and crops with their son, Jeremy. Their daughter, Dawn Prentice Yingling, also lives nearby. She is a dancer and professional choreographer, working with the Fort Wayne Civic Theater, Youtheater, Honeywell Center and several show choirs in northeast Indiana. Sheryl and Lowell have five grandchildren.
Lydia Tremaine was raised in Kendallville but now lives in Huntertown. She got her theatrical start in Gaslight Children’s Theatre Workshop at a young age. Some of her favorite roles include Mary in Mary Poppins, Janet Vaan De Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Rosemary in How to Succeed. She also appeared as Barbara Smith in Gaslight’s Run for Your Wife, a vocalist in An Evening With Rodgers & Hammerstein, and she directed The Spell of Sleeping Beauty. You have probably heard Lydia sing around Kendallville and Fort Wayne. She has been featured as a vocalist in various local events. She is also very involved in the Miss America Organization. She serves as Miss Indiana 2018 and advocates for her platform Act Now: Keeping the Arts Alive. She has won talent 12 times throughout the last four years in various local pageants, including the preliminary talent and interview awards at the Miss Indiana pageant in Zionsville, IN. In September of 2018, she placed in the top 15 at Miss America in Atlantic City, and won a national talent award for her vocal performance of That’s Life. Lydia is currently a part time performer for Your Party Princess. She joined the board back in August of 2017 and is excited to direct and perform in shows.