Robin Irwin (Executive Director) bio coming soon!
Erick Buckley (Director of Education): was most recently seen across the country and on Broadway in Motown. He was the first person in the world to perform both the roles of Marius and Jean Valjean in the Broadway production of Les Misérables. He has appeared in the original Broadway production of The Addams Family where he performed the role of Uncle Fester with Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth. On Broadway and nationally he has appeared as Dave in The Full Monty, Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera, Gangster #1 in Kiss Me, Kate and Roger in Grease!. He has appeared at theaters around the country as Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys & Dolls and the Padre in Man of La Mancha. Erick has been a professor at NYU, NYFA, and The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. He has also toured as a featured soloist in concerts from Tampa to Tokyo and Barbados to Berlin. (His favorite roles are husband to Robin Irwin and father to Miranda)
Shannon Kirkpatrick-Daniels (Production Manager) has called Eastern Kentucky home since 2011. Originally from Milwaukee Wisconsin, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Throughout her career she has held many positions in the theatre world including Props Design, Stage Management, performing, teaching, directing, and much more. She is very excited for the opportunity to share her love and passion of the theatre and arts with the Eastern Kentucky community.
Eric Franzen (Production Designer) favorite designs include The Addams Family, Oliver!, Tarzan, Dracula. Having worked professionally for years on various touring/cruise ship productions such as Phantom of the Opera, Rock of Ages, and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. Eric was happy to settle on land and call Pikeville home and enrich the youth of the area with his skills and knowledge. Other activities that Eric is involved in, is being an adjunct instructor at the University of Pikeville and The App Youth Ensemble Studio, enriching the theatre students with knowledge in costume design, costume construction, and stage make-up. Eric would like to first thank his family for the continued support in his artistic endeavors, the community of Pikeville for their support and Robin Irwin and Erick Buckley for their support as well!
Hillary Harkins (Marketing Director) bio coming soon!