Stacey, Chief Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator, came to afO with a degree in Accounting from Huntington University. While bookkeeping tasks have always been a part of her responsibilities, she has found joy in doing all kinds of different things including graphic design and building a thriving and energetic volunteer team. She has also appeared in six Home Stage Productions: Emma (Mrs. Weston), An O. Henry Christmas (Fran), The Beams Are Creaking(Sabine), Prisoner of Joy (Syntyche), 1984 (Julia) and Jane Eyre (Bertha Mason). She has an interest in directing and puts her passion for reading to good use as a member of afO’s script review team. Stacey is married to Brent and has two children, Rachael and Jonathan, who have both been involved in afO’s Young Playwright Festival.
One of the founding members of afO, Lauren, who has a B.S. in Mass Communication from Boston University, has worn nearly every conceivable hat with the company over the past 20 years: actress, playwright, musician, composer/lyricist, designer, stage hand…even costumer – once! Since 2007, she has been the Artistic Director for our Home Stage Productions, and finds it is her favorite hat of all. Lauren is also a private piano teacher with over 20 years’ experience. Lauren and husband, Dennis (another founding member), have two grown sons and one adorable granddaughter.
Jeff has worn many hats with afO. In 2007, he performed for the first time with afO (A Sentimental Journey) and returned in 2011 in a small but memorable role in Turtle Soup. Since then he has played a number of leading roles onstage (My Name is Ruth, Emma, The Beams are Creaking, A Mighty Fortress), and has also taken the primary role as our lighting designer, beginning in early 2012. Jeff has a degree in Theatre from Bethel College, extensive experience in both professional and community theatre, but at afO he has found “family” and the freedom to explore his passions in lighting design, stage managing and directing.
Director of Educational Programming
Megan attended The Academy of Arts College in Greenville, SC and acquired her degree in Theater Production while touring and working extensively with elementary and high school students all over the country. Megan’s gifts in leadership, communication and management, coupled with her passion for Jesus Christ, theatre and making Scripture come to life for young people, are an excellent fit for her role as Director of Educational Programming. Megan oversees afO’s Character Counts school programs, the Annual Young Playwright’s Festival and the development of an educational path to equip the next generation of believer-artists to impact our culture for God through the arts.
Founder/Executive Director Emeritus
Sharon has had a life-long love of theater in all its aspects. Over thirty years ago, God gave her the vision for a Christian arts organization in Fort Wayne, and this vision resulted in five people forming a small repertory theater company in 1992. Not only has Sharon always provided the visionary leadership needed to move us forward, but she has written original plays, acted in many of our productions and directed some, as well. Her administrative abilities, print design talent, public relations savvy and tremendous people skills have propelled us forward and defined our identity in our community. Sharon retired June 30, 2016.