Curt Wollan // Executive Producer & Director
“If you don’t find something you like to do, you’ll have to work the rest of your life.”
Curt is the President and Executive Producer / Director for Troupe America, Inc. He graduated from Luther College with a degree in Speech and Theater with an emphasis in Directing and went on to receive a M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Iowa.
In past seasons, Curt directed the national tours of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE 1940′S RADIO HOUR, MR. PICKWICK’S CHRISTMAS, BIG RIVER, PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES, DRIVING MISS DAISY, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, OIL CITY SYMPHONY, ON GOLDEN POND and Stephen King’s GHOST STORIES. He produced three national tours of FORBIDDEN BROADWAY with Big League Theatricals of New York, three tours of Dylan Thomas’ A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES, five tours of Victor Herbert’s classic, BABES IN TOYLAND and the world premier tour of SCHOOLHOUSE LIVE! Based on ABC’s Emmy Award winning cartoon series. He also directed the national tour of THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI with the Lamb’s Theater Company in New York, THE ODD COUPLE (starring Jamie Farr and William Christopher), MOON OVER BUFFALO (starring Gavin MacLeod), HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY (starring Jason Petty), THE SUNSHINE BOYS (starring Dick Van Patten and Frank Gorshin), SAME TIME NEXT YEAR (starring Mackenzie Phillips and Adrian Zmed) and COTTON PATCH GOSPEL (starring Gary Sandy) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
In the Twin Cities area, Mr. Wollan’s productions have been seen at the Theatre-in-the-Round, Chimera Theater Company, Children’s Theater Company, and the Venetian Playhouse. Since 1979, his work has been seen most frequently at the Plymouth Playhouse where he produced and directed such long-running hits as A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD / A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE, PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES, DIAMOND STUDS, A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE, COTTON PATCH GOSPEL, the regional premier production of NUNSENSE, HOW TO TALK MINNESOTAN THE MUSICAL, and I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE.
Mr. Wollan is the recipient of the Twin Cities Drama Critics Circle “Kudos” Award in Directing and is listed in Who’s Who in America and American Entertainment. Mr. Wollan is also the Executive Producer/Director of StageWest Entertainment, Inc. [StageWest ] and the Summer Hit, The Medora Musical [Medora Musical] and [www.medora.com].
Scott Herbst // Production Manager
Scott has been working professionally in the Twin Cities and surrounding area since graduating from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre. His work is predominantly in the Musical Theatre genre of the industry as a lighting designer and stage manager for many shows both locally in the Twin Cities area and on the road. His work with Troupe America (producers of the Plymouth Playhouse) has taken him around the country on many national tours and he has had the pleasure of working with actors like Jamie Farr and William Christopher of M*A*S*H fame, and Gavin MacLeod of Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Love Boat. In addition, Scott has served as part of a team of production managers for Zoom 7 handling various venues for the Mary Kay Career Conference. As well as his work at the Plymouth Playhouse, Scott enjoys gardening and remodeling his house in Edina, Minnesota with his lovely wife Mary and their two college age children.
Linda Twiss // Publicist
Linda has an extensive background in public relations/communications, marketing, special event planning, sales and advertising that spans 38 years. Some of those organizations include The Guthrie Theater as group sales manager, communications manager for the Cricket Theatre and History Theater, Box Office Manger for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, marketing consultant for New Music Theatre Ensemble, and The Theater Exchange. Also, she was the marketing/public relations consultant/booking agent for the nationally known folk/rock music group TROVA with Red House Records. Linda has been a part of numerous non-profit boards and advisory groups including the advisory board for launching the nationally recognized tourism magazine Midwest Itineraries, a founding member of I Love A Parade, an arts organization providing work opportunities, support and advocacy for women who have experienced chronic homelessness, The Lyric Theatre and Hometown Theatre. Currently, Linda serves on the Tour Minnesota Association Executive Board and co-chairs the marketing committee, the advisory board for Girl Friday Productions, the board of Rural America Arts Partnership in southeast Minnesota and chairs the Marketing committee which includes the Jon Hassler Theater and is a part of the advisory board of Tiger Oaks Publications of Plymouth Magazine.
John Tsafoyannis // Managing Director
John is an MFA recipient from the U of Minnesota, he has been working as Troupe America’s General Manager since 1987. He has served as Artistic Director for the Sunshine Dinner Theater in Illinois, as well as a free lance director in Chicago, Madison, and Minneapolis. Directing credits include: A Little Night Music( Court Theatre),, Candide (Court Theatre), Knock-Knock (Chimera Theatre), School For Wives (Theatre In the Round), The Sound Of Music (Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse), South Pacific,(Sunshine Dinner Theatre) Mr. Pickwick’s Stories Of A Christmas Evening (Troupe America’s national tours), The Odd Couple (Sunshine Dinner Theatre), Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Appleton Dinner Theatre), The Legendary Stardust Boys (Chimera Theatre) and The Fantasticks (Troupe America’s national tour).
Daniel Herman // Production Stage Manager
Dan is in his 17th year as Production Stage Manager for the Plymouth Playhouse. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, Dan worked as Stage Manager with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and the North Carolina Brevard Music Center followed by a tour as Prop Master with the Acting Company founded by John Houseman. Returning to the Twin Cities, he became Production Stage Manager for Brass Tacks Theatre and also worked for Mixed Blood Theatre, The Southern Theater and the Mystery Café as Stage Manager and Prop Master. Dan has five boys with his wife Shannon.
Laura D. Thaisen // Playhouse Manager
Laura holds a degree in Theatre Arts and Film Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. In addition to managing the Plymouth Playhouse, she is a freelance stage manager and actor. She held an apprenticeship at Williamston Theatre in Michigan where she became a candidate for the Actor’s Equity Association. In the Twin Cities, Laura has recently stage managed for Stages Theatre Company, as well as Synapse Theatre during the Minnesota Fringe Festival. She currently resides in Minneapolis with her adoring cat, Earnie.
Linda Durnan // Assistant Manager
Linda was raised being told that little girls are made of sugar, spice and everything nice. Taking this lesson to heart, she provides a great customer service experience at Plymouth Playhouse. In her free time Linda enjoys running and gaming. She currently lives with her husband in Champlin, MN.
Ryan Thorsen // Assistant Manager
Ryan Thorsen is a local actor, writer and theatre enthusiast who is thrilled to be working with Troupe America at the Plymouth Playhouse. He graduated from Minnesota State University in Mankato with Bachelor’s degrees in Theatre and English. He hails from Northfield, MN and currently lives in Minneapolis.
Susan Tillman // Group Sales
Susan has worked at the Plymouth Playhouse for the past 35 years. Besides working in Group Sales for the Playhouse, her acting credits include: ”Pump Boys and Dinettes”, “Nunsense” and “How to Talk MN”. She lives in Tonka Bay with her husband, Greg and enjoys caring for her 3 grandchildren 2 afternoons a week.
Tim Drake // Group Sales
Tim began working in the Group Sales department of the Plymouth Playhouse in 2003. Though he’s primarily employed as an actor at the Playhouse, he’s spent a great deal of his working life in sales. Tim’s previous employers have been the Carlton Celebrity Theater, the Plymouth Place Hotel, and the Dayton-Hudson Corporation. Tim enjoys the many challenges that a career in sales can offer, and also enjoys the many challenges of working with his dear friend Susan.