Premier Arts inspires the imagination and develops the creative spirit of our community. Its focus is on youth, family, and lifelong learning. Premier Arts, the resident theatre company of The Lerner Theatre, is comprised of professional staff guided by engaged community leaders serving as the board of Directors.

Premier Arts, based in Elkhart, Indiana, is a recognized regional leader in providing diverse, professional performing arts education and entertainment. Premier Arts instills civic pride, confidence and character building for everyone engaged in its success. The region supports Premier Arts through attendance, contribution and volunteerism.

Premier Arts is a reflection of Elkhart’s diverse Community. Our Program is committed to providing:

  • A fun and safe environment
  • Lifelong performing arts education, programming, and opportunities for the purpose of expressing diverse creative talents & interests
  • Professional entertainment & customer service that exceeds expectations
  • Artistic excellence and leadership in developing the total theatre experience in the downtown Elkhart Arts & Entertainment district

PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Craig Gibson

Craig Gibson

Exec. Artistic Director

Zak Harrington

Zak Harrington

Technical Director

Ashlea Harrington

Ashlea Harrington

Director of Education

Melissa Harty

Melissa Harty

Costume Coordinator

 
Tanner Smale

Tanner Smale

Director of Marketing & Communications

CREATIVE TEAM

Craig Gibson

Craig Gibson

Director

Zak Harrington

Zak Harrington

Technical Director

Michael Rand

Michael Rand

Vocal Director

Ashlea Harrington

Ashlea Harrington

Vocal Director

Jessica Dubois

Jessica Dubois

Choreographer

Liesl Bell

Liesl Bell

Vocal Director

Quinci Julian

Quinci Julian

Choreographer

Andrew Kreider

Andrew Kreider

Light Technician

Tanner Smale

Tanner Smale

Scenic Painter

Ryan Smaka

Ryan Smaka

Stage Manager

Kris Seymore

Kris Seymore

Stage Manager

 
Dean Tuggle

Dean Tuggle

Theatrical Technician

Abbie Thompson

Abbie Thompson

Company Manager, Child Care Coordinator

Chris Trowbridge

Chris Trowbridge

Company Manager

Kevin Mayer

Kevin Mayer

Theatrical Technician

Tom Bidigare

Tom Bidigare

Stage Manager

Sarah Robinson

Sarah Robinson

Dance Instructor

Kim Trowbridge

Kim Trowbridge

Child Care Coordinator

Paul Hanft

Paul Hanft

Advertising Specialist

Stephanie Krol

Stephanie Krol

Public Relations Director

Matthew Pippenger

Matthew Pippenger

Theatrical Technician

Shane Davisson

Shane Davisson

Lead Seamstress

 
Annie Mohr

Annie Mohr

Sewing Team

Ruth Ann Ashton

Ruth Ann Ashton

Sewing Team

Susan Ott

Susan Ott

Sewing Team

Jan Bechtel

Jan Bechtel

Sewing Team

John Twichell

John Twichell

Sewing Team

Valerie Corson

Valerie Corson

Sewing Team

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Bond

Lindsay Banks Borden

Elizabeth Naquin Borger*

Jeannelle Brady

Patty Brotherson

B.J. Jellison

Alexis Martin Klose

*Denotes Emeritus Member

Katie McCormick

Kristin Mereness

Beth North

JJ Osterloo Bond

Lisa Gilkey Schoetzow

Patty Sullivan

Alice A. Martin*