About NTC

NTC is a premium provider of educational programming with operations in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. We work directly between schools and clients to promote beneficial behaviors and life skills to students in grades K-12 on a local, regional and national level. Since 1978, we have formed connections and helped develop relationships between thousands of schools and corporations, nonprofits and governmental organizations.

NTC’s award-winning programs add immense value in fostering community outreach for our clients, providing measurable connections to your community. By connecting with NTC, clients become more than brands and are instead seen as advocates in the community. The impact of our work is validated by third party evaluations and hundreds of favorable testimonials from clients, administrators, teachers and parents. Although students are the initial recipients of NTC’s educational programming, the students’ parents are often the primary target audience. We see a Trickle Up™ effect from our programming, in which students pass along beneficial behaviors and influence the participation of family decision-makers that comprise our clients’ customer base.

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Our programs are free for schools and are customizable to accommodate specific messages for clients. Through formats including live performance, in-class discussion, graphic novels, print curriculum, and digital games and activities, we present topics such as health and wellness, STEM disciplines, energy conservation, safety, financial literacy, water and environmental stewardship in ways that engage and empower students. In doing so, we are helping our clients to be forces of change for students, parents and communities.

Staff

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  • Australia
  • Client Services
  • Creative Services
  • IT
  • Sales and Marketing
  • School Communications
  • WARD EAMES
    WARD EAMES
    Founder and President
  • MARGARET EAMES
    MARGARET EAMES
    Chief Executive Officer
  • EDDIE EAMES
    EDDIE EAMES
    Chief Marketing Officer
  • PATRICK ROWAN
    PATRICK ROWAN
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Nikki Swoboda
    Nikki Swoboda
    Director of Sales and Marketing
  • Marvin Martin
    Marvin Martin
    Client Services Manager
  • FRANK MACIEL
    FRANK MACIEL
    Creative Producer
  • BILL TURNER
    BILL TURNER
    IT Director
  • JOHN TRONES
    JOHN TRONES
    Director of Creative Services
  • MARYLYNN MENNICKE
    MARYLYNN MENNICKE
    Director, School Communications
  • TOBIAS BENN
    TOBIAS BENN
    Managing Director, Australia
  • PHIL WARD
    PHIL WARD
    L.A. Operations Director
  • AMANDA LEVY
    AMANDA LEVY
    Creative Director, NTC Australia
  • Jessica Hansen
    Jessica Hansen
    Business Development Assistant
  • JENNY PFARR
    JENNY PFARR
    Office Management Coordinator
  • MATT LEVINE
    MATT LEVINE
    Content Manager
  • BEN RATKOWSKI
    BEN RATKOWSKI
    Sales Account Manager
  • JON TAYLOR
    JON TAYLOR
    Creative Director
  • NATE METCALF
    NATE METCALF
    Technical Director
  • EVAN JACKSON
    EVAN JACKSON
    Casting & Company Manager
  • MORGAN MARX
    MORGAN MARX
    Digital and Video Manager
  • JILL VAN HEEL
    JILL VAN HEEL
    Art Director
  • DEREK MEYER
    DEREK MEYER
    Tour/Distribution Manager, School Communications
  • MELISSA KIM
    MELISSA KIM
    Data Manager
  • TURI JYSTAD
    TURI JYSTAD
    Tour/Staffing Manager, School Communications
  • SOPHIE WIDMAN
    SOPHIE WIDMAN
    School Communications Manager
  • KAEL NARLOCK
    KAEL NARLOCK
    Tour/Media Manager, School Communications
  • HELENA MAGALHÃES
    HELENA MAGALHÃES
    School Communications Manager
  • GRANT HOOYER
    GRANT HOOYER
    Representative, Print Distribution
  • NICK GOUDIE
    NICK GOUDIE
    Production Manager
  • SARAH BARKER
    SARAH BARKER
    School Communications Coordinator, NTC Australia
  • ALICIA ATTWOOD
    ALICIA ATTWOOD
    School Communications Supervisor & Content/Activation Manager, NTC Australia
  • MEGAN KOZAK
    MEGAN KOZAK
    School Communications Supervisor & Services Manager, NTC Australia
  • JACK SUMNER
    JACK SUMNER
    Design & Digital Manager, NTC Australia
  • MEG HOULT
    MEG HOULT
    People, Casting & Culture Manager, NTC Australia
  • EVAN LEVER
    EVAN LEVER
    Client Services & Business Development, NTC Australia
  • LEWIS CARAMIA
    LEWIS CARAMIA
    Marketing & Business Development, NTC Australia
  • MEG MCKIBBIN
    MEG MCKIBBIN
    School Communications Representative, NTC Australia
  • FINN ALEXANDER
    FINN ALEXANDER
    School Communications Representative, NTC Australia
  • ELISE ANDREWS
    ELISE ANDREWS
    School Communications Scheduling
  • KAYA BYRNE
    KAYA BYRNE
    School Communications Representative, NTC Australia

Clients

NTC Clients

News

The National Theatre for Children Combines Virtual and In-Person Learning for 2021-22 School Year

September 8th, 2021

In the 2020-21 school year, the COVID-19 pandemic shifted NTC’s approach as it did for so many others. No longer able to visit schools in person, NTC pivoted to create an all-virtual format consisting of livestream events and interactive e-learning packages.

 

Teaching Kids About Safety

July 14, 2021

Check out Edison International’s 2020 Community Impact Report, to see how NTC assisted Edison International in teaching elementary students how to prepare for wildfires, plan for disasters or emergencies and how to stay safe around electricity. (page 25 of the report)

 

Tarrant Regional Water District Virtual Learning Program Teaches Local Kids About Water Conservation

May 4, 2021

Texans know our weather can be crazy. In February, all of Tarrant County suddenly discovered a newfound interest in our water supply after the Texas winter storm and power outages.

 

Ready or Not Livestream Events Bring Wildfire Preparedness E-Learning Program to Students in Southern California Edison’s Service Area

May 4, 2021

Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), has partnered with The National Theatre for Children (NTC) to educate students and their families about wildfire preparedness in SCE’s service area.

 

Leppington Public School leads the way in battery recycling

April 30, 2021

What do you do with your old batteries? Chuck them in the bin? Well there’s a whole generation of kids at Leppington Public School who are ready to school you on the importance of battery recycling.

 

PPL : A Commitment to Public Safety

April 20, 2021

PPL Electric didn’t allow the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent it from teaching children about electrical safety. Shifting gears during the pandemic to ensure safety and eliminate the risk of spreading the virus, PPL Electric and The National Theatre for Children teamed up to . . .

 

SWEPCO Brings Electrical Safety E-Learning Program to Students and Families

April 5, 2021

Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) has partnered with The National Theatre for Children (NTC) to educate students and their families about electrical safety with a new livestream program called “Captain Wattage.”

 

Schools win prize in National Battery Recycling Challenge

March 30, 2021

Schools across Australia participated in the 2020 Big Battery Rescue recycling challenge, sponsored by Stockland in partnership with The National Theatre for Children…

 

PSO announces safety partnership with National Theatre for Children

March 23, 2021

Public Service Company of Oklahoma announced it has partnered with The National Theatre for Children to educate students and their families about electrical safety in their communities….

 

Long Beach Teams Up With National Theater Company For Free, Downloadable Content For Teachers, Parents

February 12, 2021

Last October, three Long Beach city departments announced a partnership with The National Theatre for Children (NTC), a production company that creates education plays and programs for children.Together, the NTC produced free…

 

Students learn about energy conservation

January 28, 2021

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Local students recently participated in an interactive class with Dominion Energy, which teamed up with the National Theater for Children to present “The Clue That Turned Blue” to K-5 students…

 

‘Ready or Not’ Play Goes Virtual to Teach Kids About Wildfire Safety

November 2, 2020

More than 500 students from Kordyak Elementary School in Fontana – Opens in new window recently learned some timely lessons on how they can help their families plan for a disaster or emergency during livestreams…

 

Power firm, children’s theater teach safety

September 30, 2020

Southwestern Electric Power Co. has partnered with The National Theatre for Children to educate students and their families about electrical safety. The livestream program is available for grades K-5 in…

 

Fairview Park’s Lewis F. Mayer Middle School students visited by ‘Energy Agents’

March 25, 2020

FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio — Lewis F. Mayer Middle School students were recently visited by the “Energy Agents.” The funny duo featuring National Theatre for Children actors taught the sixth-, seventh-…

 

Interactive program teaches Clarksville students about energy conservation

March 12, 2020

CLARKSVILLE — Activities such as a game show competition and an improv skit helped local students learn about energy efficiency during a recent event. The National Theatre for Children (NTC)…

 

Greenlawn Elementary Students Get Lesson In Energy Conservation

December 6, 2019

Greenlawn Elementary School Students Get a Lesson in Energy Conservation Live theater performance presented by PSEG Long Island receives high marks Students at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School in Greenlawn…

WARD EAMES
Founder and President

In 1978, Ward founded NTC to deliver entertaining and engaging programs that motivate families, students and educators. For nearly 35 years, organisations 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 is in the third year of producing a nationally broadcast TV series for tweens and teens called [email protected] Under Ward’s supervision, NTC has developed the art of teaching using live theatre into a science of its own. With a keen eye for talent, he has assembled a staff filled with knowledgeable, aware, creative, stimulating, fun, caring personalities, building NTC into the largest educational touring theatre company in the country. As founder and president, Ward Eames oversees all departments by keeping a finger on the pulse of the day-to-day operations of the organisation.

MARGARET EAMES
Chief Executive Officer

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.

Phone: 763-452-1103
Email: [email protected]

EDDIE EAMES
Chief Marketing Officer

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. Now as the Director of Marketing, Eddie is responsible for managing NTC’s business development and content marketing areas and is tasked with creating relationships with corporate, governmental and non-profit sponsors who want to 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 Client Services, Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service departments. http://www.ana.net/content/show/id/32228

Phone: 763-452-1115
Email: [email protected]

PATRICK ROWAN
Chief Operating Officer

As NTC’s COO, Pat is responsible for the management and oversight of all the operational aspects in NTC’s Theatre Production, Print Production, Digital Production and School Communications Departments. This responsibility of daily operations at NTC includes all programs and school assemblies, special live events, video, digital activities, social media, educational print materials, distribution and product development. He works with executive management to help grow the business as well as on budgets, directing, hiring, training, leading tactical staff meetings, creative sessions, troupe logistics, scheduling, school activations and strategic planning. Patrick began his career at NTC in August of 1998 as a touring actor, educating and performing for children all across the country and has since built sets, props, costumes, hired over 1,400 actors and helped produced 1,000’s of educational programs, including NTC’s nationally syndicated TV show [email protected]™ and has helped make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of students and their teachers and families all over the US. Pat is passionate about the work we do here at NTC and is happily married to his wife, Jennifer, a High School teacher, and proud parents of identical twin daughters and one son.

Nikki Swoboda
Director of Sales and Marketing

Nikki Swoboda is thrilled to be joining NTC as Director of Sales and 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 Strategic Planning Committee of NTC as well 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.

Email: [email protected]

Marvin Martin
Client Services Manager

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.

FRANK MACIEL
Creative Producer

Frank Maciel’s first paid acting gig was touring Los Angeles with Alice in Waterland for NTC in 1989. After moving to Minneapolis from his native California, he worked as a Tour Coordinator at NTC, writing scripts for the company on the side. Frank hosted Kids News, an NTC educational video project launched in the early 90’s, and worked as a staff writer for the TV show, [email protected] About. Recently, he supervised Acting Out! — NTC’s first peer to peer anti-bullying program, coaching student groups from four Minnesota high schools. Frank’s quirky resume includes improvising with Comedy Sportz in the Twin Cities & LosAngeles; hosting the afternoon kids’ show, Club Fun TV on KMSP Channel 9; startling guests at Disneyland as Sally Mae, the Ugliest Girl in Frontier land; appearing on television in improv and sketch comedy based programs; and one of his favorite jobs — behind the scenes work on a game show hosted by Dick Clark, getting the chance to chat up Betty White, Ed McMahon, Rip Taylor, Dawn Welles, and Adam West. He even helped push the original TV Bat mobile when it died unexpectedly outside the soundstage! Currently Frank’s duties as NTC’s Manager of Product Development include work on marketing pieces, RFPs and grant applications while heading up the Business Development Call Center as well. He lives in the Loring Park area of Minneapolis and FINALLY has underground parking.

Phone: 763-452-1129
Email: [email protected]

BILL TURNER
IT Director

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.

Phone: 763-452-1113
Email: [email protected]

JOHN TRONES
Director of Creative Services

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.

Phone: 763-452-1108
Email: [email protected]

MARYLYNN MENNICKE
Director, School Communications

As Director of School Communications, MaryLynn oversees the team who coordinates NTC’s programs at schools across the nation and who are dedicated to providing a phenomenal experience for educators who work with us. MaryLynn is proud to be part of the mission of NTC in providing quality educational theatre to students – for FREE! MaryLynn started working at NTC in 2010, after several years freelancing as a performer and educator in the Twin Cities. In addition to her work at NTC, she currently serves as the Director of Music at a Lutheran church where she directs the choir and plays piano, cello and ukulele. She also is an avid world traveler. Her last tally: 5 continents and 19 countries visited!

Phone: 1-800-858-3999 ext. 226
Email: [email protected]

TOBIAS BENN
Managing Director, Australia

As Managing Director of NTC Australia, Tobias manages all day to day operations of the Australian business including corporate and government client relationships. Tobias is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and also of Live Performance Australia. Tobias is a qualified chartered accountant with over 30 years experience across a range of industries, including running his own theatrical production company since 2000. Starting his career at Ernst & Young, Tobias has worked in a variety of financial services and mining companies including the National Australia Bank, Perpetual Trustees, Western Mining Corporation and Mayne Group. Tobias has worked extensively in the entertainment industry and through his own production company developed the largest educational theatre company across Australia and New Zealand, which is now part of NTC, the largest global educational theatre group.

PHIL WARD
L.A. Operations Director

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.

Email: [email protected]

AMANDA LEVY
Creative Director, NTC Australia

As Creative Director of NTC Australia, Amanda draws on extensive experience in both education and performing arts in Australia and overseas. Originally trained as a performer at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Amanda spent over 18 years performing in professional musical theatre, theatre and television throughout Australia and overseas, in cities such as New York, Seoul, Singapore and Edinburgh. Amanda received three Victorian Green Room Award nominations for Best Female Artist in a Musical and her performance credits include the Australian Premiere of Sunset Boulevard with Hugh Jackman, Fiddler on the Roof with Topol, Annie with Anthony Warlow, the Australian Premiere of The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown, Prodigal and Virgins by Dean Bryant and Matthew Frank, as well as television shows such as Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Stingers and Satisfaction. As a teacher in some of Melbourne’s most established performing arts schools (Stage School Australia, Johnny Young Talent School) Amanda began to observe the power of theatre as an educational tool. This led to the establishment of Perform Education, an award winning educational theatre company working with schools throughout Australia and New Zealand. As Creative Director for the past 20 years, Amanda has overseen performances touring to millions of students, covering curriculum areas such as Literacy, Cyber Bullying, Energy Sustainability, Mental Health and Wellbeing and Financial Literacy. Amanda continues to be inspired by the power of theatre to entertain, educate and empower children – simultaneously!

Jessica Hansen
Business Development Assistant
JENNY PFARR
Office Management Coordinator

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.

Phone: 763-452-1119
Email: [email protected]

MATT LEVINE
Content Manager

Matt Levine started with NTC as a School Communications Representative in November 2016, and soon after made the move to Client Services. Working with corporate, government, and non-profit clients, he helps facilitate partnerships that bring educational opportunities to schools throughout the country while enhancing clients’ visibility in their communities. Outside of NTC, he is a novelist, screenwriter, freelance editor, and avid movie-watcher.

Phone: 763.452.1135
Email: [email protected]

BEN RATKOWSKI
Sales Account Manager

Ben Ratkowski is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he was raised as an only child—a fact that his three sisters lament. He now lives in North Saint Paul, Minnesota with his wife Rachel and his two kids, Patrick and Natalie who are immersed daily in Ben’s “dad jokes.”

Being around theatre his entire life lead Ben to having a bunch of fun stories—ask him for a story if you dare wish. Eventually, it also lead him to the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Ben has worked in the theatre professionally for over 20 years with such companies as Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre, American Shakespeare Center, M&W Productions, and Boulevard Ensemble Studio Theatre. Ben is excited to continue to empower people through the magic of theatre in his new role as NTC’s Sales Account Manager.

Email: [email protected]

JON TAYLOR
Creative Director

Jon serves as Artistic Director at The National Theatre for Children. He 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. He has written dozens of programs for NTC and was head writer on the nationally syndicated sketch comedy program, [email protected] During his free time, Jon writes and performs with various theatres in the Twin Cities. He 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. 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.

Phone: 763-452-1127
Email: [email protected]

NATE METCALF
Technical Director

Nate Metcalf has been one of the most active performers in NTC’s history. After 10 years on the road as a touring actor, Nate still holds the company records for most tours (over 50) and most performances (well over 4,000)! Even now that he’s in the office, he’s still a little hard to pin down. Serving as the Technical Director, Nate oversees the construction of all NTC’s props, costumes, and scenery. When not in the shop he can be found at his laptop working on the script for a new show, or staying in touch with his actors on the road. He has written (or co-written) over 30 shows for NTC. Outside of the office, Nate can’t stop writing, turning his talents to scripting one-acts, ten-minute plays, and currently, his first full-length endeavor. He can also be found horsing around with several of the community theatres around town. A lover of all game shows and trivia contests, Nate had a moment in the sun when he went on the tv show Jeopardy! in 2007 and walked away with enough money to pay for his wedding to the Lovely Jolene. The two currently live at Fort Awesome, with their trusty guard DOGS, Spaghetti, Norman and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Phone: 651-592-8232
Email: [email protected]

EVAN JACKSON
Casting & Company Manager

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.

Email: [email protected]

MORGAN MARX
Digital and Video Manager

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.

Email: [email protected]

JILL VAN HEEL
Art Director

From small town treasures to some of the biggest names in retail, Jill Van Heel, NTC’s Art Director, has been thriving in the world of design for over twenty years – and what a ride it’s been. Jill has worked for some of the top retail companies in North America as well numerous print shops, newspapers, travel agencies, etc and believes design is much more than aesthetics. It’s a science, a strategy. There’s a method to the madness. Jill holds a BS in Graphic Design, AAS in Multimedia Technologies and a diploma in Commercial Art & Design and has had her hand in just about every type of project. In addition to NTC, Jill also works as a makeup artist for MAC, is addicted to lip gloss and has an extreme love for 80’s hair bands, country music and just about everything in between. She loves to see live music (has been known to travel over eight hours to see a show), collecting obscure items from the 80’s, traveling anywhere that isn’t hot and humid, is serious about her Diet Coke and Vanilla Iced Nirvana from Dunn Bros., laughing for no reason, doing arts and crafts when time permits, playing old school Super Mario Bros with her nephews and embracing her crazy cat lady status.

Phone: 763-452-1136
Email: [email protected]

DEREK MEYER
Tour/Distribution Manager, School Communications

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 worked for the company in a variety of roles in the Production and School Communications departments. In his current role as Distribution Manager, Derek makes sure all program information and materials get to the schools in conjunction with their scheduled programs. 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: 1-800-858-3999 ext. 216
Email: [email protected]

MELISSA KIM
Data Manager

Email: [email protected]

TURI JYSTAD
Tour/Staffing Manager, School Communications

Turi Jystad came to NTC in 2017 as a School Communications Representative. As Staffing Manager, she now works closely with representatives on daily schedules, training and hiring needs. Turi studied Theatre Arts and Communication Studies at Southwest Minnesota State University. In the evenings, Turi works as a stage manager and enjoys playing video games, reading, spending time with cats and learning new yo-yo tricks.

SOPHIE WIDMAN
School Communications Manager

Sophie came to work at NTC in August of 2018 after graduating from Ripon College with a degree in Theatre and Music. Sophie was first hired as a School Communications Representative where she called schools across the country informing them about our incredible programs. In February of 2020, Sophie was promoted to be one of the School Communications Coordinators, helping negotiate tours and plan marketing strategies for NTC’s programs. Now as a School Communications Manager, among many other things, Sophie is primarily responsible for planning, tracking and updating the strategic communications for all scheduling and activation campaigns. While not at work and in her spare time, Sophie enjoys acting in the performing arts community, attending shows throughout the area and exploring state parks.

Email: [email protected]

KAEL NARLOCK
Tour/Media Manager, School Communications

Kael joined NTC in fall 2018 as a School Communications Representative. They enjoy making a positive impact on the lives of students through theatre, since Kael has a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a focus on Social Justice. They have worked in theatre and performance for five years and the service industry for six years, making them a perfect fit for School Communications! Kael’s spare time is spent snuggling with their dog Lily, performing in plays, musicals and films in the Twin Cities, playing video games and designing costumes for Cosplay conventions.

Email: [email protected]

HELENA MAGALHÃES
School Communications Manager

Helena started to work at NTC as a School Communications Representative in the fall of 2018 after graduating from the University of Iowa with a BFA in Dance. Now, as a School Communications Manager, she facilitates school programs all across the country. Through marketing, strategic expertise and coordination with the School Communications team, Helena aims to share NTC’s free educational programs and resources with as many students and educators as possible. Besides her work with NTC, Helena is a company member of Concerto Dance by Jolene Konkel and enjoys spending time biking, baking, reading and with friends.

Email: [email protected]

GRANT HOOYER
Representative, Print Distribution

Grant Hooyer is the Print Distribution Coordinator for NTC. He is in charge of shipping and distribution of printed materials for the schools our actors visit. Grant has also been a touring actor for NTC, performing in shows like The Treasure Trove of Conservation Cove, Men in Plaid, and The Energized Guyz. Originally from Sioux Falls, SD, he graduated from Augustana College with B.A.’s in Psychology and Theatre. Grant moved to the Twin Cities in 2013 to pursue theatre, and has worked for various companies around town such as Theatre in the Round, Lyric Arts, and Artistry.

NICK GOUDIE
Production Manager

Nick crossed the ditch from New Zealand to join NTC in 2020. He has a background in theatre, having graduated from NASDA with a Bachelor of Performing Arts. Since then he’s performed in schools all over Australia. Now working behind the scenes, he’s the resident production manager, helping to plan upcoming tours and programs, as well as managing our touring teams on the road. When he’s not at work, Nick likes to play guitar, as well as run ‘the tan’. You may also find him outside in the garden, enjoying a game of Catan, or away on a weekend tramp.

SARAH BARKER
School Communications Coordinator, NTC Australia

Sarah joined NTC 2 years ago as the Communications Coordinator, leading the sales team and bringing over 10 years’ experience within the Public Relations sector in London. Sarah and her family moved from the UK 9 years ago to start a new life in Melbourne and now would not want to live anywhere else. She graduated with a Bachelors of Honours Degree in Performing Arts in London, where her passion has always been the arts. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys camping, surfing, and skiing with her family and is always up for whatever adventures that may come her way.

ALICIA ATTWOOD
School Communications Supervisor & Content/Activation Manager, NTC Australia

Alicia has worked with NTC for 7 years in the School Communications Team and is the Content and Activation Manager. Prior, Alicia performed professionally in Musical Theatre and is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne where she grew up. Alicia also teaches Pilates at various boutique studios around Melbourne. She is passionate about all things health and fitness and loves camping, travelling, watching a good movie, delicious food and enjoying a wine with friends.

MEGAN KOZAK
School Communications Supervisor & Services Manager, NTC Australia

Megan joined NTC as a School Communications Representative in 2017. In her current role as Communications Supervisor, Megan works closely with the rest of the Communications team and manages scheduling for all current NTC tours. As a 2015 graduate of the WAAPA Music Theatre course, Megan has also completed two school tours as an actor. Originally from Perth, she now works in the Melbourne office and spends most days drinking copious cups of tea.

JACK SUMNER
Design & Digital Manager, NTC Australia
MEG HOULT
People, Casting & Culture Manager, NTC Australia

Meg started her career with NTC as an actor in 2004 and performed in several productions over the years before joining us in the office in early 2010. Meg is genuinely passionate about bringing theatre into schools and educating students, teachers and families on important health/social issues. She takes pride in ensuring that everyone from our actors to our clients enjoys a seamless and positive experience from their very first contact with the company. Now a mother of 2 young performers who keep her extremely busy at home, Meg juggles her time to stay as involved with the company as possible and ensures we find and cast the best people for each role.

EVAN LEVER
Client Services & Business Development, NTC Australia

Evan started his career at NTC as a touring actor in 2017’s National Science Week show ‘Global Gamble’. He continues to perform for NTC and also works in school communications and client services. Originally from Adelaide, Evan trained at the Victorian College of the Arts and has appeared in Muriel’s Wedding the Musical, Legally Blond, Rent, Anything Goes, La Cage Aux Folles and Cat Steven’s Moonshadow the Musical. If he sounds like your perfect match you can find him on Instagram @evanlever

LEWIS CARAMIA
Marketing & Business Development, NTC Australia
MEG MCKIBBIN
School Communications Representative, NTC Australia

Originally from Perth, Meg moved to Melbourne after completing a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA.) Whilst appearing in works with Australian Shakespeare Company, Melbourne Shakespeare Company and La Mama Theatre, Meg returned to Perth with the company in 2018 and joined the Communications team after visiting over 40 schools for Book Week that year. Outside of NTC, Meg enjoys yoga, piano, baking, and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in Counselling.

FINN ALEXANDER
School Communications Representative, NTC Australia

Hailing from Perth, Finn graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2017. Alongside acting contracts, he joined the team in his role as a communications representative in February 2019. In his spare time, Finn enjoys a humble life of cooking, gardening, and surrounding himself with his friends and family.

ELISE ANDREWS
School Communications Scheduling

Elise comes to NTC with an extensive background in performing and arts administration. As a vocalist and actor she has appeared on stage for The Production Company, Tokyo Disneyland, Disney Special Events and P&O Australia to name a few. As an actor her credits include The Secret Life of Us and Neighbours. For the past 10 years she swapped to the other side and worked as a booking agent, contracting talent onboard cruise ships worldwide. Elise is thrilled to be working at NTC, combining her passion of arts with the love of learning. Outside of work, you will find Elise running after her two young children Harper and Jesse who keep her busy. Elise, her husband and kids love their Bayside living and can often be found down at the beach, along with their dog Hollie.

KAYA BYRNE
School Communications Representative, NTC Australia

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