Who we are

Staff

Elizabeth Bettendorf BowmanExecutive Artistic Director

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Elizabeth Bettendorf Bowman (she/her) is a theatre artist dedicated to making the arts truly accessible. Since graduating from Northwest Missouri State University in 2012, she has made Kansas City her home and has worked at several area not-for-profit companies. She received her Master of Arts in Theatre from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is a faculty member at Benedictine College where she teaches theatre courses. She has also taught for Kansas City Kansas Community College at the Fort Leavenworth correctional facilities.

As a director and administrator, Elizabeth has worked at such companies as the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Coterie Theatre, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Act ONE Theatre Academy, Corbin Theatre, and KC Fringe. Through her work in theatre education and outreach, Elizabeth was inspired to create a theatre which reaches all corners of the diverse Kansas City community.  By producing free theatre, Elizabeth hopes to foster the creativity of our citizens and explore the truly global nature of the Kansas City region.

Nathan Bowman, Ph.D.Producing Artistic Director

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Nathan Bowman (he/him) is a theatre artist from Kansas City, MO.  Embracing an interdisciplinary approach to theatre, Nathan holds a Master of Arts in Religious Studies and his doctorate (PhD) in Theatre from the University of Kansas.

Nathan has worked professionally in the Kansas City area for over a decade and has trained at both the New York based SITI Company and at Second City in Chicago.  As an actor and technician, Nathan has worked in several area theatre, film, and television productions, including several years at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Nathan has worked internationally in Montreal and in Greece as an actor and director, most recently directing Hippolytus at the Ancient Theatre of Messene and working with the Athens Institute of Education and Research.  By producing free theatre, Nathan hopes to create an open space for intercultural exchange and imaginative new ways of telling stories.

Artistic Associates

Prisca Jebet Kendagor –Resident Playwright

67802694_2328595900554893_4100855561862512640_oPrisca Jebet Kendagor (she/her) is a playwright and producer based in Kansas City, MO. She is the 2020-22 KCPublic Resident Playwight where she has been developing “The Holy Trinity” since 2020. Her works “Stained” and “Family Spouses: A Christmas Story” have previously been featured in KCPublic’s Theatre Lab. Prisca has taught playwriting workshops at the Coterie Theatre and Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City. In 2018 her play “Adulting: A Parody” won Best of Venue at the Kansas City Fringe Festival, and ranked number three on the most attended list at the festival. In 2019 her play “T Money Is Cancelled” was critically acclaimed at the same festival. In the spring of that same year her play “Seven and Ten” was chosen to be part of The Last Frontier New Play Festival in Valdez, AK and her play “The Matriarchy” was received at the Women’s Theatre Festival in Raleigh, NC that same summer. She is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild.

Amanda Arany –Artistic Associate 

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Amanda Arany (she/her) is a creative administrator and producer based in Kansas City, MO. Her career focus is on supporting the humanity at the center of the art, and doing the work to ensure safe, compassionate, & efficient spaces for creativity to thrive. After receiving her BA in Theatre from Florida State, Amanda spent a few years working in Production Management in St. Augustine, FL before returning home to KC. Amanda worked most recently as Company Manager at Kansas City Repertory Theatre and was a member of the LORT Theatre ED&I Mentorship program (2020 cohort). Her most recent project was Co-Producing + Stage Managing La Intrevista by Freddy Acevedo, a one-act featured in KC Public Theatre’s Theatre Lab Fest (2022). She is also a founding board member of Theatre Community Fund of Kansas City. As a queer Latina woman, Amanda strives to bring an intersectional lens to every project she works on and work to break down the systemic barriers that exist within our local arts community while providing opportunities to underrepresented artists.

 

Board of Directors

Margaret Shelby – President
Eric Woods –Vice-President
Nicole Crawford –Treasurer

Katie Nall –Secretary
Elizabeth Bettendorf Bowman
Kathleen Breeden
Sarah Bronson
Gary Mosby
Nixon Wegulo
Inas Younis