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
Richard Yeakley – General Manager
Richard has had a life-long love of the theatre, a passion which until joining ArtsView had not included his professional life. A Longview native, Richard participated in school performances and Longview Community Theatre shows including The Sound of Music before heading to Lee University to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Communications. During that time, Richard was a four-year member of the Lee University Shenanigans Improvisational Comedy Troupe and performed annually at the Gatlinburg Improv Festival. After returning to Longview in 2012, Richard worked with the Longview News-Journal and Good Shepherd Medical Center honing his skills as a communicator and administrator.
“I am delighted to bring the skills I have developed to help ArtsView continue to grow and flourish. I have known of ArtsView since I was in high school and have always considered it a jewel for the City of Longview and the surrounding communities. I look forward to working with our outstanding staff, dedicated volunteers and active board of directors to continue to guide this organization in a positive direction and instill in East Texas kids a love for theatre and the arts through high-quality productions and creative camps and classes.”
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!
Michelle Norris – Artistic Director
Michelle graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2003 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science and International Relations. Her love of everything theatrical began in childhood allowing her to act in numerous productions throughout her lifetime. With over twelve years of educational experience and over three years of directing and teaching theatre in the community and with ArtsView, her passion to allow children to explore and cultivate their creativity and skills in the dramatic arts has continued to grow.
Michelle joined the ArtsView family as a parent volunteer when her two boys, Harrison and Christopher, began attending PATHs camps in 2012. Watching them grow in ways never imaginable, Michelle felt ArtsView was an incredible place to spend her time and actively sought out volunteer opportunities backstage, assisting with props, sets, costumes, and make-up. Fast forward a handful years, and she has been engaged in almost every aspect of ArtsView’s productions. She continues to direct and write scripts for the ArtsView Performing Troupe and enjoys sharing their shows with our community. Michelle is honored to be a part of the magic ArtsView brings to our students’ lives and to work with such a dynamic team of creative individuals.
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 taught kindergarten through 5th grade music & movement infused with drama & art, directed select choir, directed musicals, and directed the high school and middle school band auxiliary lines in the White Oak school system for 11 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 took on the position of Education Director for ArtsView in 2012. She has enjoyed watching many of the ArtsView kids grow up in the education program and is thankful to be a part of such a wonderful team of staff, directors, teachers, interns, apprentices and families.
Alisha is married to Luke and they have one son, Judah—a First Stage ArtsView star!
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” ~ Dr. Seuss