StoneLion is made up of awesome folks committed to providing great art at an affordable price......many times FREE... to our community. If you want to get involved we are always looking for more help.
Board of Directors
April Roy - President
Kansas City Public Library
Debby Barker - Secretary
Lakeside Nature Center
Bonnie Traner -Treasurer
Jason Coats - Shawnee Mission School District
Fred Goodson - Theater Director
Phil Kimmi - Genzyme
Tina Gipson - De La Salle Education Center
Melissa Straus - Reintjes Company
Cheryl Kimmi - KC Fringe Festival
Lance Loewenstein - Strawder & Loewenstein P.C.
Sara Truog - Library Specialist
The Core Company
Heather Nisbett-Loewenstein - Artistic Director and Company Puppeteer
Our founder and the company's guiding force, Heather has performed, designed and/or directed over 80 different productions for StoneLion, as well as, working as a puppet builder and costume designer for professional theaters. She holds degrees in theater from Boise State University and the University of Dublin,Trinity College.
Laura Burkhart - Scenic Designer and Puppet builder
Laura joined StoneLion years ago and has performed in such pieces as Kachina Drums, Winter in the Wildwood and It's a Jungle Out There. She is also the author of StoneLion's acclaimed Gwendolyn's Dragon. When not working with StoneLion she can be found at A to Z Theatrical and designing or painting for most of the professional theaters in Kansas City including The American Heartland, The Civic Opera and The Unicorn. She has at least two dozen designs for StoneLion productions including our new mask and large puppet version of Twas the Night Before Christmas and Backyard Buggin'.
Glenn D. Lewis - Resident Technical Director and Photographer
Glenn has been working with StoneLion for over 8 years now building sets and props and shooting our photos. He is also the resident Technical Director for The Unicorn Theater and technical director for The Kansas City Fringe Festival..
Jack Sharman - Composer
Jack is a professional composer and musician who recently composed the soundtrack for our popular Stellauna, Down the Drain and Backyard Buggin' productions His scores have wowed audiences at our annual Mother's Day for MOther earth pageants. He has also composed music for The Spirit of the Wood, The Snow Queen, The Magic Cauldron, Moon Rock, and his latest, The Emperor Penguin's New Clothes.
Taylor Gass - Office Manager and company puppeteer
Taylor joined the company over five years ago and has been seen in such shows as Stellaluna, Bubba and Trixie and Spelunk! She is also the organizing force of our office and assists in grant management. When you ring our phone she is who you talk to. Taylor has a degree in Theatre from Iowa State and has also performed with such companies as The Dickens Carolers and Leawood Stage Company.
Heather Nisbett-Loewenstein- Lead puppeteer
Diane Bulan, Tim Cormack, Dalene DePriest, Taylor Gass, Dan Hillaker, Todd Lanker,
Marisa MacKay, Ashley Wheat, Vigthor Zogainnason