TIP Administration Contact Information

 

For Ticket Information and Purchases Please Contact:

The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center - Admin Assist - 913.826.3012
 

Theatre Administrative Offices inside The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center:

8788 Metcalf Ave
Overland Park, KS 66212
Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


The Theatre in the Park - Outdoor Amphitheatre:

7710 Renner Road

Shawnee, KS 66218

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The Theatre in the Park - Indoor Blackbox Theatre

8788 Metcalf Ave

Overland Park, KS 66212

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TIP Staff

 

Tim Bair
Producing Artistic Director
913.826.3011

Sarah Saugier
TIP Production Manager
913.826.3055

David Powell
TIP Technical Director
913.826.3056

     

Guy Gardner
Associate Artistic Director
913.826.3062

Rachel Rendina
Admin. Asst.
913.826.3012

Ruth Bigus
Public Relations
MEDIA requests only


TIP Advisory Council

 


 

Melissa Evans (Vice Chair) After graduating in 2001,  Melissa attended Neosho County Community College on a theater scholarship in performing arts. While there, she dabbled in smaller productions. After college, she left the Midwest for Philadelphia, where she performed here and there. Her favorite role during that period was the young Missy Cougar-wildcat in Pecos Bill and the Ghost Stampede. 
 

After getting married in 2007, she and her husband thought it'd be a good idea to come back to Kansas City and start their family. Returning home, Melissa dedicated her time to starting the nonprofit Sleepyhead Beds, where she served as the Operational Director and oversaw the volunteers who made that organization such a great success. After the birth of her second child, she decided to take a step back and focus on being a mom and all the tasks that come with that very important role.  But theater has always been her love and passion and she's so excited to be a part of it all again. 
 

Jackie Hancock (Member at Large) grew up in Overland Park and has spent many evenings at Theatre in the Park over the years. Her love of the arts began early with piano and the flute, where she performed in many ensembles throughout high school and college. Currently, she lives in Leawood with her husband and two children.

Jackie is the CFO for Virtus, a fast-growing insurance agency based in KC.  Prior to Virtus, she was the Vice President, Controller for Cboe Global Markets, Inc., a publicly held exchange operator and began her career in the Kansas City audit practice of Deloitte and Touche.  She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and management information systems from Saint Louis University, is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Series 27 license.
 

 





 

Jane Massey (Past Chair) has had a 40 year career with the National March of Dimes culminating in acting as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 1996 to 2012.  She also served on the National Non-Profit Leadership Alliance Board of Directors for eight years.  Jane has been awarded the March of Dimes President's Award for Excellence in 2011 and the W.R. Russell National Leadership Award in 1994. Jane is also a Kansas State University Foundation Trustee.



 

Gayle Maurin’s (Member at Large) love of the arts began in grade school where she sang in the Cathedral choir and performed  two ballets annually at the Nelson-Atkins. She sang her way through high school in multiple groups.  At SMU, Gayle co-founded a regional  theater and upon returning to KC to work for Hallmark, simultaneously co-founded the Renaissance Festival of KC.   

Adding to her SMU MBA, Maurin pursued a post grad year at the Yale School of Drama which opened new doors – NEA fellowship, PBS, a global international cultural exchange program then back to PBS in NYC to secure funding for 70% of the national program schedule. 

In between, Gayle has served on the Board of Directors for the Junior League, Edgar Snow Memorial Fund, SMU alumni association, Yale Club of NYC and founded the 50 Vanderbilt Foundation.  An outdoor enthusiast and sailor, Gayle loves her days at her family cabin on a lake as well as traveling, having visited 50 states and 40 countries to date.   
Maurin is thrilled to be back in her hometown and looking forward to continuing to make a contribution to the performing arts in KC.
 

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Meredith Neill (Member at Large) Originally from Kansas City, Meredith spent 21 years as a military spouse, moving 10 times in 21 years including a two-year tour in Okinawa, Japan.  She brings a combined 20 years of experience in education, finance and budget management.  She currently works for the De Soto School District, in the Human Resources Department.  Meredith and her husband have loved exploring local theatre at every new duty station. Meredith looks forward to working with the Advisory Council and giving her time to the and families of Johnson County. In her free time, Meredith enjoys spending time with her family, and exploring coffee shops and local walking trails.

 

Photo of Tom Nelson

Tom Nelson (Member at Large) is a Kansas City transplant since 2016, having lived in various places across the country and around the world prior to that.  He received his BS (Int'l Marketing/Russian) from the University of Alabama and his MBA (Marketing/Entrepreneurship) from Notre Dame.  Currently, he works at H&R Block running customer success/retention strategy for the Tax Software department.  

Tom also founded and presided over the Young Professionals organization at H&R Block and was on the board of the KC Chamber’s genKC.  His passion hobby is theatre, having performed in over 30 shows, and was most recently seen on the TTIP stage for Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow) and Into the Woods (Wolf/Prince).  

 






 

Jim Royer (Sertoma Club Representative) is a native “Kansan”, having been born in Topeka and raised in Johnson County.  He is a graduate of Shawnee Mission North High School and a graduate of Kansas State University.  After working in Idaho for three and one-half years in the Nuclear Engineering field, he came back to Kansas to do graduate work at Kansas State University and then started  a career with IBM in Kansas City.  In 1975, Jim became a member of the Shawnee Mission Sertoma Club and instigated the project to build a new outdoor theater in Shawnee Mission Park.  As chairman of the Theater Fund Raising Committee and with the help of my fellow Sertomans, he spent the next five years raising money to build the new theater.

In 1979, IBM moved him to a job in St. Louis and he turned over the leadership of the theater project to a fellow Sertoman, Reuben Sell.  He completed the fundraising and worked with the Johnson County Park and Recreation District during the construction of what is now The Theatre in the Park.

During this time, Jim met and married his lovely wife, Donna Knoell and moved to Atlanta, Georgia.  Jim and Donna both missed their Kansas roots and moved back to Prairie Village in 1988.   Jim is currently retired from IBM and enjoying serving on the Theatre Advisory Council, working with his church, being involved with the Johnson County Sertoma Club and traveling.
 

Jonathan Thomas Head Shot

 

Jonathan Thomas (Chair) returned to the Kansas City area from San Francisco in 2018, where he became the Senior Development Manager at ArtsKC. While in San Francisco, he served as the Development Manager for The Walden School, a music program for aspiring composers and musicians. Always finding ways to fit music into his life, Jonathan performed as a soloist and professional chorister with the Grammy Award-winning San Francisco Symphony Chorus and the small ensemble Cappella SF.  Before moving to San Francisco in 2014, Jonathan divided his time between building an insurance agency and singing professionally in the Kansas City area.

He has performed with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Chorale, New Theatre Restaurant, and the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers and is a strong believer in the impact of the arts in the Kansas City community.

Jonathan spent most of his childhood in Olathe, Kansas and earned his Bachelor of Music from the University of Kansas in 2001. Jonathan’s passion for the arts motivated him to step away from his insurance agency and concentrate on fundraising and administration in the arts. He is excited to continue that journey with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.   
 



 

Tim Bair (Producing Artistic director) grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and began his long theatrical career at a very early age as “Paddy the Pixie” in the not-too-well-known musical - Santa’s Elf Saves Christmas (in fact… he’s not too sure it was ever heard of again!) He went on to perform on The Theatre in the Park stage for many years, and eventually took his first step into the “production” side of things when he choreographed OKLAHOMA, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, and WEST SIDE STORY for the park.

Tim left Kansas and tap danced his way around the world as a featured dancer and vocalist on a world cruise, and ended up in New York City (every Midwestern theatre boy’s dream!) where he chosen for the companies of the 42ND STREET European tour, and MY ONE AND ONLY starring Jodi Benson (the famed voice of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.) While in NYC, he danced with The Foot and Fiddle Dance Company for 10 years, and was the Artistic Director of The Millbrook Playhouse, in Mill Hall, PA, one of the county’s oldest remaining straw hat summer stock theatres.

In search of warmer weather, Tim trekked west and made his home in Phoenix, AZ, while traveling to many cities in the USA as a regional theatre Director and Choreographer.

Landing finally in San Jose, CA, Tim served as the Artistic Director of the American Musical Theatre of San Jose. While working with AMTSJ, he co-wrote (book, music and lyrics) and produced the original production Christmas Dreamland.

Tim returned home to Kansas City in 2010, where he currently serves as the manager of Fine and Performing Arts for JCPRD and the Producing Artistic Director of The Theatre in the Park, a Kansas City institution, the largest outdoor community theater in the country, and the place it all started so many years ago.