David Kozinski - Production Manager / Set Designer/Technical Director
David Kozinski is proud to begin his tenth season with Spotlight Productions. He joined the Spotlight team in 2003 with Miracle on 34th Street. He accepted the position of Production Manager in 2007 while continuing to serve as the resident Scenic Designer and Technical Director. David has a Bachelor of Science degree for Design/Technical Theater from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He has worked with many community theaters and served as the Assistant Production Manager for the St. Louis Muny in 2000 and 2001. David has been nominated four times for a Best Performance Award for Set Design with Arts for Life (West Side Story – 2004, Jekyll & Hyde – 2004, Peter Pan – 2005, Seussical – 2006) and was proud to accept the award for Best Large Ensemble Musical Production for Big, the Musical in 2008. He serves as the Technical Manger of Theaters for Rockwood throughout the year. David is looking forward to bringing one of his favorite Disney tales to life on stage this summer!
Michael Covert - Assistant Production Manager/Set Designer
Michael is currently a student at Southeast Missouri State University. Michael is a proud member of the Fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha which has instilled many of his leadership values that he exemplifies in all of his work. He is majoring in Telecommunications and Computer Networking. His passion for the arts led him to Spotlight Productions. Michael has been part of the Spotlight family for six years working on productions including Beauty and the Beast (2008), Big the Musical (2008), Willy Wonka (2009), Cinderella (2010), Wizard of Oz (2011), and Annie (2012). In addition to being the Assistant Production Manager, Michael enjoys working on the scenery for the productions.
Sherry Liliensiek - Director
Sherry began directing for Spotlight Productions in 2009 with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. She is excited to begin her fifth season with the company! Sherry has a Bachelor’s degree in English with emphases in Speech and Theater from SIUE. She has experience acting and directing with multiple community theaters in the St. Louis area including Curtain’s Up Theater Company and Kurtain Kall productions. She has been nominated twice for a Best Performance Award with Arts for Life (Best Comedic Actress - 2009, Best Actress in a Cameo Role - 2010) When she’s not acting or directing in the community, she has a day job teaching Speech and Theater at Selvidge Middle School in Ballwin, MO. After teaching during the day, she directs the after school drama program, which performs two shows per year; one musical and one play. Sherry is looking forward to the upcoming season and can’t wait to get started!
Tali Allen Liddell - Music Director
Tali Allen is an award-winning pianist and vocalist who is looking forward to her third summer with Spotlight. She has worked in performing arts education for the past ten years, and has taught general music, drama, musical theater, and private piano/voice on all academic levels. She has directed, music directed, and accompanied an enumerable amount of both professional and youth productions throughout Nashville, TN, Chicago, IL, and St. Louis, MO. Most recently, Tali led a series of professional development workshops on theatre education and performance for the teachers of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. She currently runs her own private lesson studio, and directs for several schools and parks & recreation departments throughout the city.
Mary Fedak - Choreographer
Mary is returning for her fifth year as choreographer with Spotlight Productions having choreographed Willy Wonka, Cinderella, Wizard of Oz, and last year's Annie. She has been very active in community theater for over 15 years as an actress, dancer and choreographer and has been nominated for several acting/choreography awards for Arts for Life and won an award for best choreography for her work on Fiddler on the Roof for FMT. She actively performs/choreographs for the St. Louis Strutters, St. Louis Showstoppers, and the Missouri River Cloggers, which she also co-directs. She will be appearing this summer at the Muny Opera in Nunsense. She has been teaching Economics for over thirty years at UMSL and Washington University. She is also the proud wife, mother of three and grandmother of two twin year-old grandchildren, and she cannot wait to start working on this summer's Little Mermaid!
Alecia Brandenburg - Stage Manager/Lighting Designer
Alecia is currently a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia majoring in Technical Theatre and minoring in Art. Though she enjoys working with various production companies, she loves coming back to work on productions with Spotlight every summer. She has been a member of the Spotlight team for seven years holding a variety of positions including Lighting Assistant for Willy Wonka (2009) and Cinderella (2010); Lighting Designer for Wizard of Oz (2011) and Annie (2012); and Stage Manager for Big the Musical (2008), Wizard of Oz (2011), and Annie (2012). She has also done various other things for other past productions as well. In her spare time, she likes to watch the Weather Channel to explore her lifelong interest in Meteorology.
Jordan Shelton - Assistant Director
Jordan is currently a student at Missouri State University pursing a degree in Speech and Theater Education. She is also active member of her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and the Chief Justice on the Panhellenic executive board which has allowed her to work with many types of people and develop her leadership skills. Jordan began her time in Spotlight as an actor with Aladdin Jr. (2007) and has been working with Spotlight Productions ever since including Beauty and the Beast (2008), Willy Wonka (2009), and Cinderella (2010). Jordan has also taught workshops for Spotlight during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Jordan is excited to work with Spotlight as the Assistant Director on this production and can’t wait to see what every ones hard work will bring to the stage this summer!
Rebecca Cain - Camp Assistant
Rebecca is a 2012 graduate of Webster University with a BA in History and minors in French and Religious Studies. She has always been involved with theater productions from a early age; along with 12 years of vocal training. She was a stage manager for Kirkland Fine Arts Center at Millikin University, an Education Intern at the Missouri History Museum, and now she is a PRE-K teacher and Educational Curriculum Writer at a Pre-School in South County. She is excited to work with the cast and crew of The Little Mermaid.
Justine LaViolette - Camp Assistant
Justine LaViolette just finished her sophomore year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is studying Forensic Science and Insect Biology, with minors in dance, philosophy, and chemistry. She is involved in the dance department, and dances in the semester performances. She has taken dance since the age of 3, and was very involved with DaySpring School of the Arts not only in ballet and pointe, but also musical theatre, tap, drama, art, and piano lessons. She is the recipient of an Arts For Life award for her portrayal of Dinah in "High Society" with Hawthorne Players. She was also nominated for AFL awards for "Jane Eyre," and "Titanic" (with Spotlight Productions).