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June 13 - 23, 2024
Community Based Theatre In Sioux Falls, SD

TPP Team

Oliver Mayes

Managing Artistic Director

The Position:
In his position, Oliver is responsible for providing overall management of all functional areas of the organization in accordance with TPP’s Mission and Values. He supervises all of the staff and volunteers, and oversees all areas including artistic/production, finance, operations, administration, marketing, and development.

The Person:
Oliver joined the Sioux Falls and TPP community in Season 19 when he served as guest director for the season finale Cabaret. He then assumed the role of Managing Artistic Director at the beginning of Season 20. He is a performing arts professional whose work has been seen in several states throughout the U.S. such as Arkansas, California, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, South Dakota, and Virginia. With a background in acting, directing, producing, movement choreography, writing, and teaching, his credits span various mediums including plays, musical theatre, new play development, cabaret, dinner theatre, new media, and print/video for theatrical marketing. A committed arts education advocate, he spent 5+ years working in non-profit performing arts education recruitment, enrollment, advising and retention. Oliver holds several honors in directing, including the Kennedy Center’s 2020 Stage Directors & Choreographers Society Fellowship. He is a scholarship alumnus of the Kennedy Center Directing Intensive and an associate member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, the national union for professional stage directors and choreographers. Oliver holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from University of South Dakota and a BFA in Music Theatre from AMDA College of the Performing Arts. He lives in Sioux Falls with his dog, Sully, also known as TPP’s Manager of Morale. No, Oliver has never done a production of Oliver! but he definitely isn’t opposed to it.

Alex Newcomb Weiland

Production Specialist & Education Coordinator

The Position:
In her position, Alex is responsible for direct oversight of our mainstage productions and coordination of our educational programs. She supervises our production/education teams and all of our production or education related volunteers to ensure our productions, camps, and classes operate successfully.

The Person:
Alex graduated in 2019 from The University of South Dakota with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Dance. She has worked with multiple companies around the country, such as The Black Hills Playhouse, Bare Bodkins Theatre Company and Playwrights Horizons. Though performing is her nature, she now focuses her energy on bringing artistic visions to life on stage. If you are curious about how to get involved in our upcoming productions or education programs, please reach out to her!

Pierce Humke

Technical Specialist

The Position:
In his position, Pierce is responsible for the execution and supervision of technical elements for all of our productions, with a specific focus on carpentry, and provides operational support/oversight in the production/stage management areas.

The Person:
Pierce is particularly pleased to be placed in partnership with productions at The Premiere Playhouse. He is very excited to be part of this organization, and is eager to actively engage in this culture of Arts. His love of theatre and involvement in such began at an early age in this very city, and he is grateful for the opportunity for continued growth in such a talented, supportive, and collaborative community.

Pam Cole

Development Officer

The Position:
In her position, Pam is responsible for the coordination of our volunteer base, and execution of our outreach events and our development/fundraising efforts.

The Person:
Pam brings decades of arts and humanities based experience to The Premiere Playhouse team. She’s been enthralled by live theater since—as a first grader—she saw “Arsenic and Old Lace” performed by high school actors in her hometown gym of Walhalla, North Dakota. She is excited to share her enthusiasm for locally created storytelling with the Sioux Falls community.

Pam has worked as a graphic designer, grant writer, volunteer coordinator, and served in local and state public office. As a long term resident of Brookings, she spearheaded the effort to organize the Brookings Community Theatre, and led the organization through foundational development for five years. A life long learner, Pam returned to college at South Dakota State University as a non-traditional student of history and non-profit development in her forties. She’s lived in Sioux Falls for eight years, where she’s assisted with many social and issue based policy efforts.

Pam and her husband Mike adore living in the Sioux Falls community. They have five adult children and one border collie mix in their blended family.

Amber Sumner

Finance & Office Administrator

The Position:
In her position, Amber is responsible for all items and issues relating to administrative oversight, financial books, office management and executive assistance.

The Person:
Amber has a B.S. in Interior Design making her a true problem solver with a creative eye. With more than 5 years of business ownership in retail sales, and bookkeeping services she effortlessly handles the office, administrative and executive assistant tasks that pop up in her everyday work. She also loves meeting new people and sharing our nonprofit vision by heading the Production Collectibles table at each show.

Abby Kustak

Education Assistant

The Position:
In her position, Abby is responsible for assisting in the coordination and execution of our all abilities program, camp productions, and Education department classes/events.

The Person:
Abby is a dedicated professional with over a decade of experience working with individuals of all ages and abilities. With a background in education, Abby has made a significant impact in the lives of countless children and adults through their expertise and passion for inclusive learning. Abby enjoys sharing her love of theatre with her husband (Casey) and two kids (Beckett and Penny).

Chris Berke

Web & Media Developer

The Position:
In his position, Chris is responsible for the development and implementation of TPP’s website design and online presence, which encompasses branding and merchandise execution, graphic design, digital marketing implementation, playbill creation, maintaining and organizing office systems and photography/video production.

The Person:
Chris is a web developer and graphic designer in Sioux Falls, SD. When he isn’t designing websites he likes to read, write, play soccer, travel with his wife, Abby, and hang out with his two cats, Henry & Winston.

Kristy Morris

Ad Sales Associate

The Position:
In her position, Kristy is responsible for securing advertising partnerships with other local organizations and corporations, in addition to supporting our outreach efforts.

The Person:
Kristy has been involved with the theatre for 20 years; first as a volunteer and then as an employee. Besides being part of The Premiere Playhouse, she also works for the Washington Pavilion Box Office and for Five Star Call Center.