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Executive Artistic Director

Kathryn Willis

Kathryn saw her first production at age three. And when she found out the show was running again later than day, she saw it again, twice in the same day. Thus, her love of theatre was born. In 1998, she made her stage debut as a Jack in Raggedy Ann & Andy. Since then, Kathryn's theatre experiences have expanded from just acting to makeup, stage management, props, set design and construction, hair, PR and marketing, management, directing, and playwriting. 

In her high school creative writing class, Kathryn thought she had found her calling as a writer, and went to Grand Valley State University to pursue a bachelors in the subject. While there, she found the marriage of her two loves: theatre + writing = playwriting. Teaching has always been one of her inherent skills, so teaching at the collegiate level became her new goal as college came to an end, and to make that happen, she applied to a slew of graduate schools. After being rejected the first year, she applied again - at the same time she accepted the role of Artistic Director at All-of-us Express Children's Theatre. Again, graduate school didn't work out. In the third year of applying to playwriting school, Kathryn realized that perhaps that wasn't what she wanted to do after all. Managing a theatre and educating children had become her overwhelming passion. In that position, she could do everything she loved to do. It all made sense.