Jen Asebrook, Executive Director, became an avid fan of WTC when she moved to the Flathead Valley in 1993, loving the variety and quality of both the theatre productions and the music performances. She is now thrilled to be part the community of people that keep the arts alive in Whitefish by serving as the WTC Development Director from 2013-2019 and the Executive Director beginning in 2020. Jen oversees marketing and public relations, grant writing, and finances, as well as other administrative duties, and is continually excited to draw in new patrons to the magic of live theatre and WTC. In her past life, Jen worked as a botanist for Glacier National Park from 1993-2019, using her degrees in Environmental Science from Wesleyan University and Plant Ecology from Duke University. She will continue to find time to smell the flowers but is delighted with her new path at WTC. Jen is especially thankful for her husband Richard and sons Gabe and Sam who let her pursue all her passions.
Kim’s first show was, “Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs” in 4th grade where she portrayed a tree in the evil forest. She has been doing theatre ever since. She graduated with a BFA in Theatre from the University of Idaho and has worked in various theatres in California, Ohio, Idaho and Montana. In 2001 she returned to Missoula, Montana and began working for the Missoula Children’s Theatre as the Tour Director/Manager of their International Tour Department. She directed and performed for their Community Theatre and also was a co-founder, co-producer and director for the independent theatre Every October Productions. In 2009 Kim moved to the Flathead Valley to marry her husband, Joe, and become a stepmom to Robbie, Jordan and Natalie. She worked as a Drama Director for K.M.S and Evergreen Middle Schools and has been seen on the Whitefish Theatre Company stage in several productions. She most recently directed “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised)” and “Urinetown”. Kim is thrilled to be a part of WTC’s 40th Anniversary year and looks forward to celebrating this anniversary with the community.
Since moving to Whitefish in 1994, Gayle has had a full time job keeping the box office and business office running smoothly. Despite the appearance of her desk, she really is quite organized! The theatre became the MacLaren’s second home when their daughter Abigail discovered her love of theatre. Abigail left to seek her own career several years ago but her parents are still enjoying the challenges and the satisfaction of producing community theatre in our valley. Abigail now lives in Minneapolis and son Duncan, practices law in Philadelphia.
Sarah Bell loves storytelling in many forms. She stumbled upon theatre while still in college and found her niche telling stories through costumes. She graduated from the University of Montana in 2011 with a BFA in Costume Design and Technology. In 2012 she took a costume construction apprenticeship at BalletMet in Columbus, OH. Since then, her handiwork both as a technician and as a designer has been seen on the stages of Fort Peck Summer Theatre, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre and Bigfork Summer Playhouse. Costume designs for Whitefish Theatre Company include The Liar, Miracle on 34th Street, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Great Gatsby and Urinetown. Sarah is pleased to return for WTC’s 2018-19 season as the company’s resident Costume Designer!
Robert has been living working, and training in Montreal’s English theatre community since 2012. In that time, he’s worked professionally as lighting and sound designer, stage carpenter, event and stage technician, and most recently, Production Manager and Technical Director for the Hudson Village Theatre company producing professional shows in the summer, and supporting community productions in the winter. Although he’ll miss the Village Theatre and the Montreal community, he’s excited to be joining Whitefish Theatre Company to help maintain their high production standards, and become a part of the Whitefish community.
As a native of Eastern Kentucky — a jock, an egghead — Fred never discovered the arts until he was in college. Since then he has been hooked to the two wonderfully creative lifestyles he now leads. Fred has enjoyed his life in many theatrical dimensions. Now when he is not building sets or tending the O’Shaughnessy Center’s many needs, you can catch him in his post-hillbilly studio creating art from the way outside. “Come by the scene shop sometime and say hello and see how the gears work!”
Scotty, like his wife Gayle, found a new “family” at WTC both on stage and in the tech booth. He works with sound, lighting, projection equipment, the conference room “smartboard” and he maintains WTC’s computers. He also creates and maintains the WTC website. He has appeared in many WTC productions over the past 14 years including: The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Almost Maine, The Other Room, The Foreigner, Lombardi, Elephant’s Graveyard, Oliver!, Other Desert Cities, The King and I, Mary Poppins, The Miracle on 34th Street and Urinetown - The Musical and in the Black Curtain Trying and the musical Mamma Mia. When not at the theatre, Scotty can be found skiing on the Big Mountain or refereeing recreational, select or high school soccer matches.