- A native of Missoula, it wasn’t until Russ moved to Livingston in 2001 to take over responsibilities as Artistic Director that he realized the sun could actually shine during the winter months…and the wind blow.
- Although still deeply committed to living a life in the arts, takes his greatest pleasure these days from digging in the dirt, moving rocks, and making little dams in the creek out at his “farm in progress.”
- Having received his Bachelors of Music degree from the University of Montana, Russ is continually thrilled and a little perplexed that he spends what seems like the majority of his working hours as a carpenter, welder, or electrician. Isn’t sure anymore if there is a musical he hasn’t produced and directed.
- Grew up in TN, went to college in beautiful Chapel Hill, NC, then moved on to the DC area. Sick of the rat race, Sally decided to pack the car and move to MT where Livingston has been home for the past 17 years.
- Sally was the Executive Director of the Livingston HealthCare Foundation where she led a $10 million campaign to build a new medical center here. She fell in love with the Shane Center when her oldest daughter started attending the Young Actors’ Workshop.
- Sally’s daughters are especially excited that their mom is working at the Shane Center and she loves the day to day interactions with the wide array of interesting people. This keep her from feeling like her work is a job. When she’s not at work or engaged in frontline activism, you can find her at home with her two daughters, two cats, and one big yellow dog.
Director of Music
- Grew up in Livingston and studied piano with the legendary Urana Clarke. A job as Music Director and Cremona Player for the Illustrious Virginia City Players in 2001 launched him onto a crazy career path, and 70-something shows later he’s still “in the pit” for most Shane Center productions.
- Lives a few blocks away with his wife and young son. When he’s not working, you’ll often find him out back in the shed, where he is an aspiring instrument builder, swing trader, and epithetist.
- Justin has been integral to the success of the Shane Center on many fronts since its inception. In addition to his work at the piano, he performs a variety of duties upstairs, including graphic design and layout, marketing, website management, office IT, grant writing, etc.
- At the ripe age of five, began his theatre career in Livingston as the smallest Appleseed in a production of Johnny Appleseed.
- After spending a summer working with Russell and Justin as an Illustrious Virginia City Player, he packed his bags and went off to tour with the Missoula Children’s Theatre.
- 3 years, 40 States and 4 Countries later, is back working with his two cohorts from Virginia City. One can now spot him in the box office, on stage in his bear costume – ukulele in hand, or in one the schools directing the next generation of actors.
- Thankful to her parents for taking family trips to see live performances in her youth thereby instilling in her a life-long love of the arts.
- A transplant from the east coast, fell in love with Montana and her husband on a road trip and never looked back.
- After switching her Major from Accounting to Biology, finds herself making a living working with numbers and living the life she studied.
Operations & Events Manager
- First fell in love with this company at age 12 when she got to play an Indian Warrior Babe in Annie Get Your Gun at the old FireHouse 5. Never would have dreamed she would be working here at the Shane Center when she “grew up”.
- When she’s not busy coordinating events or working on scheming up marketing content, you may find her rock hounding on the banks of the Yellowstone, playing Panda Jenga, Spot-It, Bananagrams, Dutch Blitz or any game for that matter or perhaps out somewhere searching for wild mushrooms or huckleberries!
- Left behind the corporate broadcast world but still lives by deadlines and schedules and makes sure the rest of us do to.
- Kevin moved to Livingston in 2007 but never really set down roots until he began participating in activities at the Shane Center. It was in the 2014 production of Les Mis he found support through the welcoming family of actors and artists that has shaped his life in some pretty incredible ways.
- Currently, working towards a college education, after being away from formal schooling for more than a decade, in hopes that one day he will be able to help young people and their families as a part of the counseling and mental health community of Livingston.
- Kevin is excited to be a part of the work force here at the Shane Center. He stays busy maintaining the building and is proud that he gets the opportunity to help create a special place in this town for years to come.
Board of Directors
Paula Coleman, President
Dain Rodwell, Vice President/Treasurer
Pam Burkhardt , Secretary
Mike Art, emeritus