We’re able to deliver creative, impactful and educational programs thanks to the work of our talented staff. To find out more about each staff member, click on the photos below.
Margaret joined The National Theatre for Children over 20 years ago, after many years of working in the graphic arts industry. As the owner and CEO of NTC, Margaret oversees the company’s employee benefits plan, accounts receivable and payable, the company payroll and monthly financial statements, as well as general office management. Margaret is extremely proud of the work NTC accomplishes on a daily basis and is thrilled to have made a difference in the lives of so many students and families over the past 40 years.
In 1978, Ward founded NTC to deliver entertaining and engaging programs that motivate families, students and educators. For over 45 years, organizations have used NTC’s engagement strategies and tactics to enhance their reputations and visibility in the communities they serve. Ward has worked with clients in the energy, financial services, health, technology, environment, recycling and consumer products industries, among others, and has produced a news series called Kids News as well as a nationally broadcast TV series for tweens and teens called M@dAbout. As NTC’s founder, Ward is retired and now spends his days as a financial board member, advisor and pursuing new opportunities.
Becoming a full-time part of the NTC team in August 2009, Eddie has a unique perspective on NTC’s operations. A Marketing & Communications major and graduate from the University of St. Thomas, he analyzed the NTC business model and practices. As the Chief Revenue Officer and Director of Client Success, Eddie is responsible for managing NTC’s business development by creating relationships and nurturing long term clients who partner with NTC to actively engage students, teachers and families on important societal issues through the school channel. Prior to this role, Eddie has spent time executing projects in numerous areas of NTC ranging from Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service departments.
In 1998, Patrick started his career at NTC by educating and performing for children all across the country. During this experience, he quickly realized and saw firsthand the important impact that NTC’s programs have in in the lives of students and their families. This unique opportunity to make a difference in the world is why so many organizations have hired NTC over the past 40 years and it’s what keeps Pat energized and excited to come to work every day. Mr. Rowan comes from a long line of educators and has helped NTC to grow and evolve. Over the years, Pat has been responsible for all the operational aspects in producing educational programs, school assemblies, special live events, livestream events, video productions, digital activities, social media, educational curriculum, print materials, distribution and product development. He works constantly with executive management to run the business, as well as manage an immensely talented staff filled with knowledgeable, aware, creative, stimulating, fun, caring personalities, who have helped to build NTC into the largest educational touring theatre company in the country. Pat is passionate about the work we do here at NTC and leads the company from a pragmatic point of view, with clear intentions, communication, humility, collaboration, consideration, common sense, creativity and comradery. As NTC’s president, Patrick Rowan oversees all departments by keeping a finger on the pulse of the day-to-day operations and overall management of the organization. Pat is happily married to his wife, Jennifer, a High School teacher, and a proud parent of identical twin daughters and a son.
Nikki Swoboda is thrilled to be joining NTC as the Director of Marketing. A career arts administrator and education advocate, Nikki connects the dots across NTC departments to ensure a streamlined, communicative, and fulfilling experience for NTC’s clients and students – so that as many students get to have theatre in their lives as possible. She is tasked with managing business development and content marketing, acting as a liaison between NTC and various stakeholders, and supporting school communications through Marketing and other initiatives. Nikki serves on the Executive Staff and the Strategic Planning Team at NTC and greatly believes in the power of arts integration.
Prior to NTC, Nikki has served as Education Director at Stages Theatre Director, Program Director at West Coast Dance Explosion, Professor of Theatre at St. Kate’s and director to a whole bunch of original musicals at the Minnesota Fringe Festival and beyond. She proudly holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts and is published in the subjects of diversity and innovation in arts classrooms, best practices for working with youth, and body politics in movement. Her best gig of all time, however, is being on Team Theisen, where she gets to be Ben’s partner, and mom to Lynnea and Van.
Marvin joined the NTC team in August, 2021. Marvin’s career prior to NTC was in the Travel Industry, having held positions in the areas of sales, training, client relations management and technology solutions consulting. Marvin is excited with the opportunity to parlay his career experiences into a positive and success focused career with NTC.
A little about Marvin who is originally from Tampa, FL and discovered the Twin Cities by way of attending and graduating from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Finance. Marvin’s leisure time includes traveling, cooking & dining out, sports- watching and playing, listening to, primarily, jazz, r&b, reggae and classic rock music and volunteering within the communities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Jenny came to NTC with years of experience in Business Administration, Office Management, and Accounting. She started at NTC as a sales caller, help the title of Marketing Coordinator and has moved on to Office Management. As the Office Management Coordinator, she is the gate keeper of our client database. She manages NTC’s Salesforce prospect marketing, manages conference events and helps maintain budgets. She assists with coordinating NTC’s Pardot Software, MPI Data, and Conversica System. She supports Client Services and our Accounts Payable/Receivable Department. Jenny is in charge of ordering all NTC office supplies and equipment. She also manages landlord maintenance and deals with vendors for office related supplies and services. In general – she helps out where ever needed. Jenny lives in Minneapolis with her family. She enjoys photography, spending endless hours with her two crazy kids, and is always up for whatever adventures that may come her way.
Derek Meyer began his career at NTC as an actor in 2008 and performed in over 25 different shows, touring to schools across the country, through 2014. Since then, Derek has been focused on making sure that every school NTC performs for gets the same great experience. He is a graduate of The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with a degree in Theatre. When Derek isn’t at NTC, he can probably be found riding his bicycle, performing in a show, or baking something tasty.
Phone:18008583999 ext. 216
Leititia joined NTC in July 2023 as the School Outreach Director. Leititia is responsible for effectively leading efforts in providing educational outreach programs to schools and clients for the company. Leititia is a graduate from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and attained a Master of Public Health degree from Benedictine University, Lisle, IL. In her free time, Leititia enjoys crafting, volunteering within the community and being a part of the sisterhood and service in her sorority.
Jeremy Day is excited to return to NTC! Jeremy first worked with NTC in the fall of 2010 touring Energized Guyz: Conserving up Comedy. Jeremy graduated from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI, with a double major in Music Theatre Performance and Arts Administration: Running a non-profit. For the last 12 years Jeremy worked with Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre in Barrett, MN, bringing classic fairy tales (with a twist) to thousands of students in the Midwest. As an Outreach Manager, he will help facilitate bringing NTC’s theatre programs to students across the entire country. In his free time, he enjoys watching rom-coms, baking, and listening to audiobooks.
As Client Success Manager, Turi (she/her) oversees and represents NTC to all current clients. She communicates on project updates, performance schedules and additional custom client reports. Turi studied Theatre Arts and Communication Studies at Southwest Minnesota State University, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Human Resources at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. In her spare time, she enjoys playing video games, reading and spending time with family (not necessarily in that order.)
Bill Turner began working for NTC in 1995 as an actor. He was instrumental in developing characters for such shows asWhere in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and 2Smart 2Smoke. As an artistic associate, Bill began directing and building shows. As Technical Director, Bill managed set design and construction, prop design, costume development, and production budgets. He also served as Technical Producer forShakespeare in the Park. Bill also served as Director of Production, and General Manager of The National Theatre for Children. Bill currently manages the technical infrastructure at NTC.
As the Director of Video Production, Frank oversees the production of NTC’s educational video content. He is also the Creative Director for Livestream Learning Studio, an educational livestream subscription service that delivers virtual events to schools across the United States. Frank has worked with NTC for over twenty years, touring as an actor; writing for the educational TV series M@dAbout; and hosting KiDSNEWS, an educational news and current events program, produced by NTC. As a current member of the Creative Services team, Frank creatively sticks his nose in as many NTC projects as possible. Prior to his work with NTC, Frank worked extensively with the Walt Disney Company in California, writing and directing stage productions for their theme parks and teaching improvisation through Disney Performing Arts, a program that focused on teaching creative arts-related skills to students in grades K-12.
John Trones joined NTC in 2008 as a part-time employee in what was then known as the School Marketing Department, and later transitioned to a full-time tour coordinator in 2009. In 2011 Trones stepped into the role of the Director of School Communications where he coordinated the scheduling and communications efforts for thousands of schools and dozens of clients every school year. In 2017, John made the move to Director of Production where he oversees all aspects of Production for NTC. An avid musician and actor, Trones enjoys performing at a variety of venues when not at NTC.
Jon began working with NTC in 1992 as a freelance performer, writer and director. He became an Artistic Associate in 1998 and Creative Director in 2004. Since then, he has written dozens of programs for NTC and was head writer on the nationally syndicated sketch comedy program, M@dAbout. Jon has performed with Gaydar Productions, Outward Spiral and the Minneapolis-based comedy troupe HOT DISH and he co-founded 8 Ball Productions with John Trones. Currently residing in California, Jon is also an author, having published a five book series entitled We Are Heroes which explores how kids can volunteer and contribute to their communities.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Phil has lived in Los Angeles since 1983. He was a touring actor with NTC in the early 90s and at one time held the record for the most NTC performances. These days, when he’s not casting and directing NTC tours for the Southwestern U.S., he can be found performing with the improv group ComedySportz Los Angeles, where he is the Managing Director. He is a longtime ensemble member at Theatre of Note in Hollywood, where he has served as an actor, director, writer, composer and musician. He has also written and directed plays for the Repertory Theater of America in Baltimore.
You can also see Phil in a handful of independent films, including Robert Altman’s STREAMERS, and hear him on a handful of albums, including his live CD “Easily Amused,” featured on the Dr. Demento radio show.
Evan started his career at NTC as a touring actor in 2014, completing seven tours over a three-year period before moving to the Twin Cities to fulfill the role of Production Writer and Coordinator and has since transitioned to Casting & Company Manager. Prior to working full time for NTC, Evan worked for various companies and theatres across the Midwest and Eastern United States as an actor having done over 1,200 performances in 21 different states. Evan is a native of Lafayette, Indiana and a graduate of Purdue University where he studied Mass Communications and Acting. Outside of the theatre world, Evan enjoys watching sports, playing card games, doing crossword puzzles and a strong cup of black coffee.
Morgan joined NTC’s Production Department in 2015, as the Digital Manager. It’s her job to create and manage NTC’s web and multi-media materials. Besides her work at NTC, Morgan is a freelance videographer and an experimental cook/baker.
A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Seth Campbell began his career with NTC as a touring actor in the fall of 2019. He later appeared in numerous educational videos for NTC’s new livestreaming platform. In 2020, Seth joined the Creative Services team as part of the livestream and video production crew. He quickly became an invaluable resource doing everything from camera and sound design to editing video and producing livestreams. In 2023, he began his role as Company Manager, becoming more invested than ever in the success of NTC and its company of actors. In his spare time, Seth can be found hosting his own livestreams and talking about sports, as well as enjoying frequent trips back to his homeland, Madison Wisconsin.
Kezia Florence (she/her) is thrilled to be a part of the NTC team! After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a customized degree in theater and interdisciplinary design, she split her time between working on props and scenery for local theater companies, designing logos and promotional materials as a freelancer, and designing jewelry and packaging for a wholesale fashion company. After years of building a strong interdisciplinary base of design knowledge through these varied mediums, Kezia now focuses her talents on graphic design and is proud to support the NTC mission and work with visually pleasing and effective graphics and print materials.
When she’s not making magic with Adobe Illustrator, you can find Kezia roller skating (yes, I can do tricks), performing long-form improv with her group “Denim on Denim,” or cuddling her cat, Yo-Yo.
Jordan is thrilled to be continuing her NTC journey as a School Communications Manager. Beginning as a Lead Communications Rep, she worked with schools across the country encouraging them to take advantage of NTC’s amazing programs. After graduating with a B.A from Columbia College Chicago which encompassed music, theatre, management, and education she taught a wide variety of classes/workshops at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, and was an integral part of the store leadership team with Target here in the Twin Cities. As a Communications Manager, she will facilitate school programs across the country with the sole purpose of engaging, and educating students through a collective theatre experience. In her spare time, Jordan enjoys crafting, singing, and snuggling with her 12 yr old pup.
Email: [email protected]
Phone:1-800-858-3999 ext. 455
Jeannine Coulombe joined NTC in 2022 as the Sales and Marketing Content Manager. Prior to coming to NTC, Jeannine was the Manager of New Plays and Conservatory Director at Stages Theatre Company for 14 years. She developed over 25 stage adaptations of children’s literature with playwrights and composers hailing from around the country. As a teaching artist Jeannine taught students ages 3-18 for 25 years in schools and classrooms throughout Minnesota. As a theatre professional she has worn many hats and co-founded two professional theatre companies in the Twin Cities. She has worked as a professional playwright, director, dramaturg and producer. As a creative writer Jeannine has written plays for both youth and adult audiences and currently finished her first novel. As a professional writer Jeannine has written grants, blogs, digital and print marketing copy, website content, and hundreds of teacher resources guides. At NTC she is thrilled to bring her theatre, teaching, writing and marketing background together into one job. Jeannine grew up in Northern Minnesota within shouting distance of Canada. She lives in St. Paul with her husband and two daughters and enjoys hiking, reading and traveling to places she has not yet experienced.
Phoua joined the NTC team in May, 2021. As the Data Manager she is responsible for cleaning, organizing, and maintaining data. Phoua graduated from Metropolitan State University with her degree in Management Information Systems. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her two dogs.
Marissa is so excited to be continuing her work with NTC as the School Communications Manager. Marissa started with NTC as a Calling Representative in August of 2022 and quickly moved to a Lead Communications Representative by September, engaging with schools around the country to bring NTC’s free programming to as many students and educators as possible. She was promoted to School Communications Manager in April of 2023 and is continuing to encourage educators to participate in our programs aimed at captivating and enlightening students through immersive theatre experiences. Marissa has a degree in Musical Theatre from Carthage College and still performs locally. In her free time, she enjoys reading, crafts, cooking, spending time with her dog, and enjoying the great outdoors.
As the resident Technical Director at NTC, Noah is responsible for all of the technical elements of NTC’s live touring theatre as well as assisting in the successful technical direction of all in-house video and livestream productions. A graduate of the University of Minnesota and Minnesota native, Noah has worked professionally as a technical director, lighting technician, actor, stage manager and director. He spent the last two summers at Cedar Summer Stock Theatre Company in Iowa where he has worked both in stage management and technical direction. Noah has also worked as a technical director for both Project Success in Minneapolis as well as working at Minneapolis Public Schools as a technical director and an assistant director for their middle school intensive summer musical theatre camp, along with his work as a lighting technician at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre.
Becca joined the outreach team at NTC in 2022 after ten years in art education. As a School Outreach Manager, she facilitates communication with schools to bring NTC’s engaging educational theatre to students and teachers throughout the country. Becca graduated from Bethel University with a degree in visual art education and enjoys making pottery and prints in south Minneapolis. She spends her free time traveling, listening to audiobooks, and finding new ways to enjoy the outdoors.