Having been at the helm of the Wichita Theatre for now 21 years, Jackson, along with his wife Lisa, have shared their vision and passion for the live entertainment business while allowing the citizens of North Texas to have access to a wholesome family entertainment venue. Jackson's principle production contribution is constantly pushing the envelope with production effects and advance staging concepts including the new Theatre180 concept implemented with Peter Pan in the summer '16.
Lisa has been side by side with President Dwayne Jackson for all 21 years of the renewed operation of the Wichita Theatre which began in 1995. While working in all aspects of operations over the years, Lisa's principle responsiblty today is as costume department and casting director. Her eye for detail plays a big role not only in costuming but in selecting the best cast available to put on the stage
Costume Shop Ass't Director
Cheryl Jenkins is the costume assistant at the Wichita Theatre. Cheryl began by volunteering 10 years ago as a costume assistant and concession helper. She became an employee 2 years later and thoroughly enjoys creating beautiful and fun costumes and then watching them come to life on stage. Cheryl, along with Lisa Jackson, have put the Wichita Theatre wardrobe department on the map and her commitment to quality for the last 8 years has been invaluable to the productions at the Wichita Theatre. She is married to Tommy and has three beautiful girls, two of which are married and all came through the theatre program.
Chris Jackson has been working around the theatre since he was in middle school. He started as a spotlight operator until he moved to the tech booth where he had a brief stint as the lighting operator before moving to his currently held position of sound engineer. Chris also works on stage building sets and on his computer creating digital art that is used in the Theatre180 digital scenery. He is always willing to whip out a paint brush when the show calls for it though. Chris is currently pursuing a fine arts degree with specialties in graphic design and drawing with a professional goal of being a concept artist for the gaming or movie industry.
Office Manager/Volunteer Coord
Amanda knows just a little bit about the running of a theatre, since she's been in the business since she was 1`. Amanda is the daughter of Dwayne and Lisa Jackson, founders of 4 Kidz Sake of Wichita Falls. She is married to Josiah Derbyshire whom she first met on stage when she was 14 and reconnected with later in life. Amanda and Josiah don't have children but treat their dogs Oliver and Linus as such. Amanda's true love is the stage and being able to bring a smile to her audiences, especially the children.
Jordan Campagna has spent her entire life in Wichita Falls, except for one short month when she lived in London. She has been involved at The Wichita Theatre since 2009 when she was 15. She started off working backstage for High School Musical 2. She moved to Stage Manager a couple of years later. Now, Jordan spends her weekends in the tech booth running music. She officially joined the staff in the summer of 2014. Her roles include prop mistress, set construction, assisting in the box office, and more. She is a senior accounting student at MSU and plans to start graduate school in the fall.
Stephanie Medenwaldt is the House Choreographer for the Wichita Theatre, where she has been choreographing shows since Christmas of 2011. Stephanie has been training in dance since she was four years and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from the University of North Texas. She is a dance instructor at Dance, Etc., where she is the Artistic Director of their Performing and Competitive Dance Companies. Stephanie loves having the opportunity to work with so many actors at the theatre and enjoys bringing life to the stage through dance. Stephanie has a loving and supportive husband, Dan, and a beautiful daughter, Everlee.
In 2003, Casey was invited by some friends to see Peter Pan at the Wichita Theatre. The minute he walked into the old art deco lobby, he was hooked and knew he wanted to be involved somehow. When the theatre became non-profit, Casey served as one of the first board members. Casey's first production experience at the theatre was running lights for Beauty and the Beast. Little did he know that an experiment in adding a looping video fire in the library fireplace would grow into something much bigger almost a decade later. Returning to Wichita Falls from the DFW area in 2012 Casey received a phone call from Dwayne Jackson saying, "I think I have a project you might be interested in". The rest is now history, and Casey directs the set design and construction phases of each production as well as the new Theatre 180 immersive digital scenery. And...never deleting files, Casey used the same experimental looping fire in the most recent production of Beauty and the Beast in 2016!
House Music Director
Chris Jarvis serves as the House Music Director for the Wichita Theatre, and has served in that capacity since 2015. He has worked on over 18 shows at the Wichita Theatre since moving to Wichita Falls in 2013. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Lubbock Christian University and works as the choir director at Wichita Falls High School. Chris has a beautiful wife, Sarah, and an energetic two-year-old son named Liam. When Chris isn't teaching, performing, or music directing, he can usually be found playing video games, riding his bike, or watching soccer.