Michael Hernandez, Interim Executive Director
Doug Nuttelman, Interim Artistic Director
Doug has been a full time member of the Great Plains Theatre staff since 2007.
A native of the area, Doug has been involved at the theatre since its inception in 1995 and appeared in the very first production of The 1940s Radio Hour as BJ Gibson when he was 16. A graduate of Missouri State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre, Doug is an Equity actor and has worked regionally in KS, MO, KY, MT and VA. From 2007-2012 Doug served as the Production Manager at GPT. In that time he stage managed countless shows, directed a few, and painted/propped/costumed many. He is the proud father of a beautiful beagle named Mei and does art in his spare time.
Jimilee Rempe, Technical Director
Jimilee Rempe is the technical director, which includes set design and construction, and lighting design. Originally from Manhattan, Ks, she has been a resident of Abilene since August 2008 with her husband Tony. Jimilee received her B.A. in Speech/ Theatre in 2003 from Missouri Valley College. Jimi focused on acting and directing in her undergraduate studies, but found a cozy little home in the backstage areas. She has worked in many theatres around the country, her favorites include The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock, Missouri, The Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and of course the Great Plains Theatre. Locally she served as lighting designer and show director for the Manhattan Arts Center and light design for the Junction City Little Theatre. She also spent a year as a Drama Coach for Manhattan High School. Jimi joined the GPT staff in 2009 and has had a blast ever since.
Dorianne Rees, Education Director
Dorianne Rees joined the GPT staff at the beginning of the 2012 Summer season. Doe previously resided in Topeka where she worked at Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy teaching acting and improv to kids of all ages . She was also the leader of Topeka’s youth improv troupe, Laughing Matters Jr. Doe enjoys performing on stage as well and was seen in The Nerd (2012) and Guys and Dolls (2012) at GPT. Possessing an excitement for exploring theatre with all ages, she looks forward to the continued development of the Education Program at GPT.