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Chapter Directors

Chad Nulik

David Hastings
&  Steve Landes 

2013 – 2017

Max Brown

Kate Lindsay

Linda Webb

Max Fridell

Lee Hitchler

Kristin Anshutz

Terry McGonigle

David Sherlock

Leslie Anne Coats

Bob Lambert
Gerald E. Snider 

History of the Kansas Thespian Festival

Past Kansas Thespian State Festival Main Stage Productions

  • 2018
    • Celtic Tales– Paola
    • Urinetown – Pittsburg
    • Fall of the House of Usher – Newton
    • Fools – Shawnee Mission West
    • Moon over Buffalo – McPherson
  • 2017
    • Title of Show -Olathe North
    • Jekyll and Hyde – Leavenworth
    • The Crucible – Blue Valley West
    • Eurydice– LaBette County
    • Peter and the Starcatcher– Olathe South
  • 2016
    • An Absolute Turkey – Blue Valley North
    • Band Geeks – Pittsburg
    • The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus – Hayden Catholic
    • James and the Giant Peach– All State Musical
    • Somethings’s Afoot– Washburn Rural
    • The Foreigner – McPherson
  • 2015
    • The Addams Family– Jefferson County North
    • How to Succeed in Business – Leavenworth
    • Deathtrap – Blue Valley Northwest
    • Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam– Paola
    • A Raisin in the Sun– Salina Central
  • 2014
    • Noises Off – McPherson
    • Hamlet – Blue Valley Southwest
    • Charlie’s Aunt – Goddard HS
    • The Nerd – Eisenhower



Educational Theatre Association was founded in 1929.

Max Brown

Max Brown has been teaching HS theatre for 42 years as of 2015.  His previous schools were:  Prairie View HS, Bonner Springs HS, Shawnee Mission East High School, Blue Valley High School and Blue Valley North HS, his present position as Theatre Director, Director of Forensics and Chairman of the Performing Arts Department.  He is the recipient of the 2006 Kansas Thespian Hall of Fame, The 2010 Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame Award, a Five Diamond Coach of the National Speech and Debate Association, Dr. Brown was also Kansas Chapter Director from 2010-2013 and continues to serve of the Kansas Thespian Regional Board to the present day. He feels blessed to have a job that gives him such joy on a daily basis and one that lets him see many of his students attain successful professional careers in the performing arts both on Broadway, Regional Theatre and TV and Film.

Terry McGonigle

Terry McGonigle, known by my students and friends as “McGoo”, is a 40 year veteran of the educational theatre classroom on both the high school and college level.    In 1973, he received a B.A. in speech communication arts with an emphasis in acting and directing from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. One year and three days later he received my M.A. in technical theatre and design from Emporia State University, also in Kansas. A native of Maize, Kansas, he has worked in professional theatre in New York, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Texas.    Although he has worked in professional theatre as an actor, technician, director and designer, his first love is teaching. In 1999 he was named as the Georgia Youth Arts Educator of the Year and in 2004, he was inducted into the Kansas Thespian Hall of Fame, and in 2006, he was inducted into the Georgia Theatre Hall of Fame. In the fall of 2008, he was honored with induction into the Educational Theatre Association’s National Teacher Hall of Fame. In the spring of 2015, Southwestern College will honor him by inducting him into their Fine Arts Hall of Fame.  Obviously theatre is his occupation, hobby and passion.  In addition to teaching, he served as the Kansas Thespians State Director for five years and has presented workshops in puppetry, costuming and makeup in 19 different states at various Thespian events.  He was the adult liaison for the International Thespian Student Officers for nearly a decade and served as the costumer for the national Thespian cast productions of Ragtime and Thoroughly Modern Millie.     He believes that we have a responsibility to give back to the community in which we live and has become an avid supporter of Habitat for Humanity and Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS.

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Dr. Gerald E. Snider

Dr. Snider was chosen Best Thespian at Riverton High School in Riverton, Kansas.  After college he began his high school educational theatre teaching and directing career in Iola, Kansas.  He later moved to Overland Park, Kansas where he developed the Shawnee Mission South High School Thespian Society; later becoming Kansas State Thespian Society Director. He was active in local community theatres and eventually taught and directed theatre at Johnson County Community College.  Retired now, Dr. Snider works with a senior citizen group called Actor’s Choice who present four to five theatre presentations each year.