MIchael SpicerDuring the 17 years that Michael Spicer has been Executive Director, SCT has been the National Winner of AACT-Fest 2001 with its production of Wit, the recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award for organizational excellence, and the Twink Lynch Award.

Michael earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Virginia. He has directed and acted for theaters across the United States, and has taught workshops in various aspects of theatre for the American Theatre Association, the American Association of Community Theatres, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the Southwestern Theatre Conference, the Texas Non-Profit Theatre Association, and the Association of Kansas Theatres. Michael currently serves on the board of the American Association of Community Theatres.


J. R. was born in Charleston, South Carolina, promptly moved to Denver, Colorado, until he was 10, then spent the rest of his years growing up in Wichita. At Goddard High School he found a love for the theatre and pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre at Sterling College with a minor in Psychology. After Sterling, he went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Theatre at Kansas State University. While studying at KSU, he took a summer internship at the Salina Community Theatre. After graduating, he started working full time at SCT and has been here ever since. J. R. has been involved with many of the technical upgrades at the theatre, both in the Kephart stage and the addition. He has received several awards from the American Association of Community Theatre for AACT Festivals, including Outstanding Achievement in Scenery & Lighting for the National Award Winning Wit in 2001. He also is known for making coffee at SCT. J. R. has a wife, Katie, and two daughters, Melissa and Dillen. You will most likely find him toiling away in the shop, playing in the booth, or feverishly searching the web for new lights he wants to buy.

Shannon GarretsonShannon is from Salina Kansas earned her bachelor’s degree in theatre from Kansas Wesleyan University and has a masters degree in theatre with an emphasis in drama therapy from Kansas Sate University. During her time there she won the National Student Service award for drama therapy from the National Drama Therapy Association. Shannon is a registered drama therapist who specializes in working with adolescents at risk and people with disabilities. Shannon worked as a drama therapist and activities coordinator in Johnson County, Lawrence and Eudora before returning home to Salina to work as the education director (a job that she job shadowed in high school watching Ms. Deb Wall work her magic). She couldn’t be happier than to work with kids every day sharing the amazing intricacies of theatre.

Jill is a graduate of Fort Hays State University with a degree in Theatre and Minor in Music. She has many years of Theatre and Music performance experience under her belt, and in addition to her duties in the box office and with volunteers, you’ll often see her performing on the SCT stage.

Daysha SuttonDaysha is from Byers, Kansas in rural Pratt County, and a graduate of Washburn University with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. She manages all of SCT’s financial records and assists in the box office. Daysha also takes care of enrollment in CTA classes, and oversees mailings.

Jenn grew up in Emporia and attended Emporia State University, where she studied Theatre, Business, and Marketing. Jenn and her husband, Josh, have three children. Josh works as the Curator of Exhibits at the Smoky Hill Museum, and often helps with stage production at SCT. Jenn began costuming shows in 2009 with Summer Stage and has since costumed Legally Blonde: The Musical, Shrek: The Musical, and the CTA production of Anne of Green Gables. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, sewing, and watching her kids’ activities. “I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to be part of such a talented, generous, and accepting group of people here at Salina Community Theatre and look forward to many fun years ahead!”


Dorothy has been a volunteer at SCT since 1971, working in all aspects of theatre production. She is a retired medical practice Administrator, graduating from Benedictine college with a double major in Business Administration and Healthcare Administration.  In recent years she has spent her time at SCT organizing the props room and working backstage as props crew chief on several productions. Dorothy recently joined the SCT staff as volunteer Production Manager. In that capacity she organizes production staff and facilitates communication between Theatre staff and the public.