Staff

Jim Covault

Co-Producing Director (jimcovault [at] stagewest [dot] org), Jim joined Stage West in its first season. He has most recently directed our productions of The Rivals, Starbright & Vine, The Taming of the Shrew, What the Butler Saw, The Real Thing, and Arms and the Man.

Nate Davis

Nate has just joined Stage West as its Technical Director.  He served as Technical Director/Master Carpenter/AV Department Director for Artisan Center Theater from 2012 to 2014, and has handled the same responsibilities for the annual Column Awards last year.  He has also set up and managed special events for the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas.  His skills range from animation and graphic design to videography and set design.

Peggy Kruger-O'Brien

Joined Stage West as Stage Manager, and is also Company Manager. She has stage managed over 100 shows at Stage West, and has assisted with costume design for several shows, including 4000 Miles, This, Copenhagen, A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol, The Norman Conquests, The Seafarer, Private Lives, Johnny Guitar, and Jacques Brel.

Lynn Lovett

has been associated with Stage West since 1989, working originally in development and box office. She has provided props and set decoration for such memorable sets as She Loves Me, Arms and the Man, Noises Off, Major Barbara, Private Lives, [sic], Comic Potential, Broadway Bound, and Visiting Mr. Green, and has been a recipient of a Live Theatre League award for her work.  She is an antiques aficionado, and has a BA in English and an MA in Urban Affairs from UTA.

Suzi McLaughlin

has been associated with Stage West from its beginning. She has served as actress, choreographer, board operator, and costume assistant, and now works in marketing, website editing, and daytime box office.

Michael O'Brien

Has been the theatre's resident lighting designer for the past 32 seasons.  Mr. O'Brien has held positions with Irving Arts Center, Lyric Stage, Eagle Audio & Lighting, Shakespeare in the Park, Fort Worth Theatre, Bill Fegan's National Tours, SHOWCO, Ft. Worth Stage Lighting, and the annual Christmas production of The Littlest Wiseman. He has also served as set designer for Stage West, designing the set for 1988's Housewives.

Jerry Russell

Founder/Director Emeritus, 1936-2013. Jerry's professional career encompassed more than a hundred stage roles and an equal number of directing credits over the past 25 years. As founder and producing director of Stage West, much of his work has been here, but he also performed with many area theatres.

Dana Schultes

Co-Producing Director, Dana (dana [at] stagewest [dot] org) has worked with Stage West in various capacities for over ten years, including stage management and sound design.

Mark Shum

Mark (mark [at] stagewest [dot] org), our new Business Manager, is a familiar face to Stage West audiences from his many appearances here, including Orlando, The Taming of the Shrew, Thank You, Jeeves, Arms and the Man, and The 39 Steps.  But he also has extensive business experience. He served as Subscriptions Manager and Bookkeeper at Dallas’s Theatre Three, and then spent four years as Business Manager for Plano Repertory Theatre.

Garret Storms

Garret Storms is our Production and Administrative Assistant. He graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. His previous shows at Stage West include The Rivals, 4000 Miles, Gabriel, What the Butler Saw, and New Jerusalem. He served as Assistant Director for She Loves Me, and is Co-director for Orlando.

Tonya Wilson-Brown

Tonya is Stage West's Grants and Community Programs Manager.  She is also an actress, and has been seen in many local commercials and print ads, most recently for Cooks Children's Hospital. Some of her favorite stage work includes playing Claire in Proof, Lisa in Private Eyes, and Jenny in Death of A Salesman. Tonya studied Non-Profit Management with a focus on Grant Writing at UNT, and graduated in December of 2013.