Leadership

Robb Hunt
Executive Producer

Robb Hunt helped found Village Theatre in 1979 and has been involved as producer for the theatre ever since. Robb was an avid performer for many years with experience as a principal actor and dancer in several Puget Sound theatre companies. With a background in business, Robb was a strong hand as a consultant in the field of Arts Management; several of his clients included The 5th Avenue, the Metropolitan Museum, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Symphony, The Museum of Flight, The Carnegie, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Robb is dedicated to commissioning and developing musicals and has been the driving force in the inclusion of new musicals in Village Theatre programming. He has collaborated on the creation of productions such as Eleanor, Next to Normal, The Ark, and Making Tracks. Village Theatre has become an active member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and Robb has served on its New Works committee and on the Board of Directors. He has also served as a peer panelist and evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Jerry Dixon
Artistic Director

Jerry Dixon, Artistic Director for Village Theatre, has directed The Full Monty, Show Boat, The Curious incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and premieres, or developments, of Take Me America, Great Wall, A Proper Place, and Hart Island. Dixon has developed, and directed world premiere productions of Ferguson, Barnstormer, and Funked Up Fairy Tales. He has been a directing participant in the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, Playwrights Horizons, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Festival, and the National Alliance of Musical Theatre (NAMT). Writing credits include original songs for Laugh Whore (Broadway & Showtime), USO, CBS, VH1, Comedy Central, “The View,” and the original musical Guess Who’s Coming for Chitlins?. Dixon’s guest soloist concert work includes: Belgian, Taiwan, Finland National, and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestras. He directed Lincoln Center’s American Songbook for Tony-winner LaChanze, and Tony & Pulitzer Prize winners Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey. As an actor, Dixon starred on Broadway in original casts of Once On This Island, Five Guys Named Moe, If/Then, and Off- Broadway in Steve, Bright Lights Big City, and tick, tick… Boom!. Television and film credits include: “Vineyards”, “He’s With Me”, “Gotham”, “Everwood”, and “Peacemaker.”

Board of Directors

Officers
  • Jill Klinge
    President
  • Bruce Wanta
    Vice President
  • J. Patrick Ostrander
    Treasurer
  • Julie Bailey
    Secretary
  • Beth Meidinger
    Past President; Vice President, Board Development
  • Lissa Griffith
    Vice President Board Operations
  • Twyla Lucas
    Vice President, Strategic Fundraising
  • John Seethoff
    Vice President, Capital Initiatives
Board Members
  • Dan Anderson
  • Aaron Coe
  • Eric Emans
  • Carrie R. Holmes
  • Gwendolyn King
  • Lisa McQueen
  • William McSherry
  • Leslie Peng
  • Matt Poischbeg
  • William Rall
  • Lydia Rapidah
  • Trina Schurman
  • Todd Thull
  • Don Weston
  • Judy Yu
Emeritus Board Members
  • Barb Coplen
  • Steve Hazlerig
  • D. Edward Jones
  • Gary Kneepkens
  • Peggy Swistak
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