Pictured: Wyatt Maxwell, Ophelia Lee Rose, and Andrea Hobley.
Faust Theatre has announced the addition of three new staff members, Wyatt Maxwell as Executive Director, Ophelia Lee Rose as Executive Technical Director, and Andrea Hobley as the Director of Education. Additionally, the company recently received its 501c3 nonprofit status.
“We are excited to expand our involvement with the community, and striving towards providing compensation for all of our employees, including actors, band, technicians, designers, and all other staff,” says Lee who has volunteered at numerous nonprofits throughout the community, including LiteracyKC, Milestone Youth Center, and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
“I am passionate about bringing beautiful, sustainable, and diverse theatre to Kansas City by bridging the gap between the professional theatre community and the historically/systemically underserved communities in our area, including disadvantaged youth, LGBTQIA, racially-diverse, neurodiverse, and disabled communities of the greater Kansas City area.”
“Utilizing the tools of our profession to develop generations of citizens who understand the cultures and stories of diverse voices,” adds Hobley, who pursues her need to create, inspire and encourage through teaching, playing, and sharing.
Previously serving as Executive Director of Prior Productions, Maxwell is “excited to help Faust Theatre write this new chapter, one that will provide equitable access and education to Kansas City.”
“I’m happy and excited to have an official team who are committed to helping change the climate of theatre, both in how we approach it and how we should be treated inside of it, comments Artistic Director and Co-Founder Zach Faust. “Wyatt, Ophelia, and Andrea – along with the several members that have stuck with us throughout the years – are some of the best artists and collaborators around, and I’m so lucky to be right alongside them for this new venture, pushing Faust Theatre to newer heights.
“The company has more structure, which is exciting,” continues Faust. “We’re really focusing on centering ourselves and our shows, and challenging our audiences to confront what makes us uncomfortable and consider it – and how to deal with it in our own lives. We love Kansas City and we love the community we work with, and all we’re done talking about change – we’re actively going to make it. And have fun along the way.”
For more information on Faust Theatre, visit FaustTheatre.com.