Staff

Dana Schultes

Executive Producer Dana Schultes (dana [at] stagewest.org) has worked with Stage West in various capacities for over fifteen years, but officially joined the staff in 2004 as Development Director. She was instrumental in tripling the company's budget since that time, especially in the areas of individual donations and grants, Dana initiated and oversaw many of Stage West's signature programs including the Festival of the Kid, Neighborhood Play Contest, Summer Conservatory and Southwest Playwriting Competition.

Mark Shum

Mark Shum (mark [at] stagewest.org), our Managing Director, is a familiar face to Stage West audiences from his many appearances here, including Wait Until DarkThe Explorers Club, Beyond Therapy, 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.

Jen Schultes

Marketing Director Jen Schultes (jen [at] stagewest.org) has worn many hats over the years: graphic designer, user experience designer, marketer, strategist, website builder, artist, teacher, volunteer, and rabble rouser. At Stage West, she wears all of those hats simultaneously; it is a very tall stack. Jen tries to ground her work in the knowledge that when you create things, every choice matters and every decision affords an opportunity to craft a unique, respectful, and worthwhile experience. She holds an MFA from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and a BFA from University of Texas at Austin.

Garret Storms

Garret Storms is our Associate Producer. He graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. His shows as an actor at Stage West include Stupid F*cking Bird, Bad Jews,The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, The Rivals, 4000 Miles, Gabriel, What the Butler Saw, and New Jerusalem. He served as director for Like a Billion Likes, Deer,The Nether, Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, and International Falls among others.

Suzi McLaughlin

Suzi has been associated with Stage West from its beginning. She has served as actress, choreographer, board operator, costume assistant, and daytime box office, and now works in marketing, information, and website editing. She has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas, and is an avid student of Irish step dance. Her Stage West appearances have included

Jake Buchanan

Video Producer Jake Buchanan is best known to Stage West audiences for his numerous appearances on our stage, most recently in Sex with Strangers, The Aliens, and Wait Until Dark, and at other theatres in the area.  In addition to a growing body of work as a stage, film, and commerical actor, Jake has produced a wide variety of videos for dozens of clients, including Stage West.  He is the co-creator of Skyhook Productions LLC, and founder of Collaborative Impulse (www.collaborativeimpulse.com).

Tonya Wilson-Brown

Tonya is Stage West's Grant Writer.  She is also an actress with Linda McAlister Talent, and has been seen in many commercials and print ads, most recently for Kaplan College, Cooks Children's Hospital, Boy Scouts of America, and Envision Healthcare. Some of her favorite stage work includes playing Lisa in Private Eyes, and Jenny in Death of A Salesman. Tonya graduated from the University of North Texas, where she studied Non-Profit Organizational Management with a focus on Grant Writing. 

Lynn Lovett

Properties Master 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 The Aliens, Murder for Two, Ann, Wait Until Dark, Sexy Laundry, The Heir Apparent,Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, The Explorers Club, Orlando, She Loves Me, A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol, Arms and the Man, Noises Off, Major Barbara, Broadway Bound, and Visiting Mr.

Tiffany Cromwell

Tiffany, our Company Manager, first worked with Stage West as Assistant Stage Manager for Ann. She graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in Design and Technology. She recently served as the Assistant Stage Manager at PCPA for several productions including Cinderella, The Pirates of Penzance and Richard III as well as Stage Manager for Much Ado About Nothing. Other credits include SM Intern for Dreamgirls at The Dallas Theatre Center and SM for Dallas Pride Festival at Uptown Players.

L. W. Miller

L. W. Miller is a jack of all trades designer who started exploring acting at the age of seven. Miller holds a B.F.A. in Theatre (2015) and an M.F.A. in Technical Theatre-Design (Lighting Emphasis, 2017). Over the past 25 years Miller has branched out from acting to include light, set, costume, sound, and projection design. Most recently he light designed Spring Awakening, Fefu and Her Friends, Pretentious Young Ladies, Aricama: A Galactic Landing, and the Exquisite Corpse Company’s new works festival titled Like Clockwork.

Evan Michael Woods

Evan wears many hats in the theatre, but the one he wears most often for Stage West is photographer. Most recently, he appeared as Jacey in our production of Like a Billion Likes, and also performed in Richard III and Measure for Measure in rep with Trinity Shakespeare Festival. At Texas Christian University, Evan has performed and costume designed for numerous productions. He also designed costumes for Stage West’s original adaptation of Romeo and Juliet at Bass Hall.

Beth Bando Bontley

Beth has honed her skills over the decades in all areas of theater. She has acted in NYC and in Boston, where she established her first acting studio. Locally she has performed with Echo, Theater 3, Circle, Runway and Artisan Theaters. She has taught at TCU, TCC, STAGE, Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Children’s Theater and Kids Who Care. Beth earned her BA in Speech and Drama at Trinity University; completed the two year conservatory at Circle in the Square in NYC; earned her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.

Sarah Ann Cordell

Sarah has worked onstage, backstage, and in the box office in several local theaters, including Granbury Opera House, Theatre Three, Dallas Children's Theater, and Hip Pocket Theater. She is happy to be working in a theater again after taking time away to care for her family.

Katherine Ahola

Katherine is returning to Stage West as our Summer Intern after her work in Festival of the Kid 2013 and 2014. She is from Fort Worth, and is currently studying for a BFA in Acting at the University of Oklahoma. Her technical credits include Hansel and Gretel, Alice in Wonderland, We Are Proud to Present… and Noises Off! at OU’s University Theatre.