The ArtsView Team
An amazing group of people who meet weekly and work tirelessly to plan every event and production at ArtsView, beginning with the idea stage all the way to what happens after the last curtain falls and the lights go out. If you have a question about operations at ArtsView, talk to one of these people. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Walter Elias Disney
Jason Richards – Artistic Director & General Manager
Jason received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Directing from Baylor University and his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Nebraska. Jason has recently been working as a college theatre teacher and for the Texas Shakespeare Festival. He has been a PATHS instructor and has been on many audition committees. Jason has acted in several productions at ArtsView, beginning with his portrayal of Mark Twain in Tom Sawyer. He was also in Little Women. In 2013, Jason was Assistant Director for The Secret Garden, and Director of The Sound of Music.
“I am excited to be a part of such an outstanding staff and volunteer corps at ArtsView. I hope to keep ArtsView headed in a positive direction. My predecessors have done a wonderful job making ArtsView a great organization to work for. High quality productions and creative camps and classes have made ArtsView the place to be for area kids. I hope to keep this tradition going and keep ArtsView at the forefront of the arts movement for kids (and adults) here in East Texas.”
Meghan Potter – Technical Director
Meghan Potter earned her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Technology from Indiana University-Bloomington. Prior to joining ArtsView this year, she served as an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Faculty Technical Director for Longwood University in Virginia. Meghan is elated to finally call Kilgore her home after six consecutive seasons working with the Texas Shakespeare Festival as their Technical Director. Regionally, Meghan has worked as a freelance technician and Technical Director for theatres in Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana, New York, Connecticut, and Texas. We are excited to welcome Meghan to the ArtsView Team!
Alisha Kirkland Kimbley – Education Director
Alisha studied music at Kilgore College, then graduated with a B.A. in All Level Music Education from East Texas Baptist University. She has taught kindergarten through 5th grade music & movement, along with drama & art, in the public school system for the past 11 years. She has been directing show choirs, directing drama groups, teaching private piano and voice lessons, and directing church musicals for the past 16 years.
In the summer of 2007, Alisha became a part of the ArtsView family directing musical camps. Since then, ArtsView has been her home away from home working as a director, technical director, sound tech, choreographer, board member, education/outreach helper, workshop teacher, etc.! She is very excited and feels blessed to take on the position of Education Director for PATHS at ArtsView. Alisha is married to Luke and they have one son, Judah—a future ArtsView star!
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” ~ Dr. Seuss
Mindy Armour – Office Manager/ Marketing Director
Mindy graduated from East Texas State University in 1994 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Counseling. Although she has not practiced in a professional realm, it has given her many tools to use as a stay- at-home mom.
She became affiliated with ArtsView in 2008 when her daughter auditioned for a part in Willy Wonka. With that production she helped with set painting and make-up. Since then, she has been involved with several ArtsView Productions. Mindy also manages the ArtsView Facebook fan page.
Mindy has been married to her husband, Phil, for 25 years and they have two children, Judah and Rachel, both of whom are ArtsView Veterans. She is very thankful to be part of the team!