Three Rivers Music Theatre engages, inspires, entertains and challenges audiences with musical productions that range from the classics to new works; we seek to achieve the highest professional quality in a supportive and encouraging environment; we provide arts education programs that promote life-long learning; and we celebrate the essential power of live theatre to illuminate our community.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
MAGGIE KOLE-HUNTER, Embassy Theatre
JANET TREADWAY, Fort Wayne YMCA
BOBBI JO CARROLL, Shambaugh Elementary School (Music Teacher)
ERIN TOMLINSON, Oak Street Health
JESSICA BUTLER, Diskey Sign Company
ADAM GOLDEN, Golden Law, PC
PRENTIS MOORE, 1st Source Bank
CRAIG VANDERWALL JR., General Petroleum, Inc.
CHRISSY WEADICK, The Second City (Chicago)
Manna recently her broadway debut in ALLEGIANCE. This new musical, which is inspired by George Takei's real life, centers around the lives of Japanese-American citizens who were held in the West Coast internment camps during WWII. Manna was overjoyed to make her debut understudying her lifelong idol, Tony Award winner Lea Salonga. Please visit http://www.allegiancemusical.com for more information!
Manna is currently touring the United States playing Tuptim in the Broadway National Tour of THE KING AND I. A Fort Wayne native, Manna is thrilled to support Three Rivers Music Theatre's artistic contributions to the Northeast Indiana community.
Jane R. Frazier is the Theatre Program Chair in the Department of Music and Theatre at Vincennes University. She has taught at IPFW, Manchester University and Virginia Commonwealth University (where she earned her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy/Acting). Jane was the producer and co-director of the World Premiere play Beta Launch by Melissa Dowty and has directed in Indiana and Virginia. Jane is a member of MATC (Mid-America Theatre Conference) and serves on the Committee on Ethics and as a visiting evaluator for NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre) She is also on the Board of Directors for the World Premiere of Alice of Old Vincennes, the musical which will be performed in May/June of 2016 for Indiana's bicentennial. She is originally from Fort Wayne and has performed with the Fort Wayne Youtheatre, Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, Arena Dinner Theatre, First Presbyterian Theatre, Bower/North Productions, and the IPFW Department of Theatre where she earned her BA in Theatre/Acting. Fort Wayne has always supported live theatre and live theatre education which makes it one of the best cities in Indiana, but with the addition of the Three Rivers Music Theatre, it encourages students of all ages in Northeast Indiana to take their talents to the next level. This is an exciting time for Fort Wayne development and I feel blessed to have a hand in developing theatre education here as well.
Melissa Hines is the Marketing Manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she helps to guide pricing and sales strategy for various organizational programming streams. Prior to joining Actors Theatre, she was based in New York City and held marketing and sales roles at Broadway.com and BroadwayGPS, a boutique group sales agency of which she is a founding employee. Melissa is a "retired" actor with many professional New York City and regional performing credits. She is a native of Leo, IN and has performed at every major venue in Fort Wayne. Melissa is a graduate of Leo High School, IPFW, and the prestigious Actors Theatre of Louisville Acting Apprentice Program. She resides in Louisville with her husband Scott, son Colin, and Corgi Holly.
Together with a spirited Board of Directors, Andy Planck and the Three Rivers Music Theatre seeks to entertain minds, engage audiences, and unite communities of all ages through strong, smart musicals, both contemporary and classic. This vital organization will introduce professional theatre to its audiences, and best of all, these shows are produced locally with the community in mind. The thirst for entertaining, meaningful arts in Fort Wayne is strong, and I'm delighted by the addition of Three Rivers Music Theatre to this community.
Mike Brouwer is a graduate of Homestead High School and has performed on stage at the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, Arena Dinner Theatre, First Presbyterian Theatre, and the Fort Wayne Youtheatre, winning two Anthony Awards and an Arena Award. He is a 2006 Cum Laude graduate of Ball State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance and holds a degree in Musical Theatre. He has called New York City home since 2007 and has performed Off-Broadway, at Carnegie Hall, and on stages throughout the United States. He can be seen in Bart Freundlich's upcoming film "Wolves," starring Michael Shannon and Carla Gugino. Other television and film work includes “Non-Stop,” “The Last Five Years,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Good Wife,” “Gotham,” and “Saturday Night Live.” Mike is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA and welcomes the addition of Three Rivers Music Theatre to the incredible arts community in Fort Wayne!
EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Andy Planck is a proud graduate of Ball State University and member of Actors' Equity Association. New York Credits include: National Tour of MAN OF LA MANCHA (Captain of the Inquisition, Muleteer), National Tour of THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE (King George III, Dr. Joseph Warren), Gallery Players (NYC) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Trevor Graydon).
Selected Regional Credits include: Paramount Theatre (Chicago) - CATS (Old Deuteronomy); Marriott Theatre (Chicago) - CATS (Old Deuteronomy, Gus, Bustopher Jones U/S), PRINCESS AND THE PEA (Papa/Biff U/S), THE NUTCRACKER (Uncle Drosselmeyer, Henry U/S); Barn Theatre (Michigan) - 1776 (Richard Henry Lee), THE FULL MONTY (Teddy Slaughter), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Avram), LI'L ABNER (Hairless Joe), HAIR (Electric Blues Soloist); Festival 56 (Illinois) - ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (Minstrel), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Dentist), TWELFTH NIGHT (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING **World Premiere** (John Absolute)
Directing/Music Directing/Choreography Credits include: Arena Dinner Theatre - THE APPLE TREE (Director, Choreographer), THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (Music Director); Bishop Luers High School - THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Choreographer, Asst. Director), LES MISERABLES (Choreographer, Asst. Director, Scenic Designer), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Choreographer, Asst. Director), HELLO DOLLY (Asst. Director, Scenic Designer), GODSPELL (Music Director), ANYTHING GOES (Choreographer, Asst. Director, Scenic Designer), PETER PAN (Asst. Director), GEORGE WASHINGTON SLEPT HERE (Asst. Director)
Andy is thrilled to return to his hometown to serve as the founding Artistic Director for Three Rivers Music Theatre. He also serves as the Voice & Musical Theatre Director for Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy. Andy is an accredited member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.