Friday, September 13, 2013

Congrats to Tina Jo Wallace


Derby Dinner Playhouse, one of the oldest and largest continually operating professional dinner theatres in the country has named Tina Jo Wallace Director of Children’s Theatre and Audience Development. Tina has worked at the Playhouse as a performer, educator, and playwright since 2003. She will now head the 20-year-old education department, which produces a children’s musical theatre series of four musicals a year, and direct the Performing Arts Academy which serves nearly 1,000 students annually with workshops and camps. Tina will also manage the social media and audience development for the 39-year-old company.

Tina moved to the area in 2002 after working extensively with the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and in regional theatre. She has performed and taught throughout the region and has performed in dozens of productions on the Derby Dinner Playhouse stage. She will continue to perform on the Playhouse stage and will next be seen in DEATHTRAP and DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER. She has also co-written several children’s musicals for Derby Dinner Playhouse which have been performed around the country. She holds a BFA in Acting from Syracuse University. Owner and Producer Bekki Jo Schneider added, “Our audiences have applauded Tina Jo on stage for 10 years. Now we are excited to introduce her as a great addition to our management staff.”

Tina steps into the position recently vacated by her husband, Matt Wallace, who worked at the Playhouse for the last decade and held the position of Director of Children’s Theatre for 4 years. He is now the new Producing Artistic Director of Kentucky Shakespeare. Matt Wallace added, “Tina is the perfect choice to lead this department into the future. She has a career centered in arts education and deeply cares about the youth of our community. It’s been a privilege to work with this incredible company for the past decade and I will miss my Derby family dearly.”

The upcoming Derby Dinner Playhouse musical theatre series begins this month with MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY, followed by the World Premiere JINGLE ARRGH THE WAY: A CHRISTMAS PIRATE ADVENTURE, JUNGLE BOOK, and PRINCESS PENELOPE’S DRAGON, another World Premiere, co-written by Tina, Matt, and Derby Dinner Playhouse Musical Director Scott Bradley.

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