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Fine Arts

Fine Arts Schedule

24hr High School Plays (Inge) – Aug 25 – 7pm

Dead Mans’ Cell Phone (Black Box) – Oct 12 & 13 – 7pm  & Oct 14 – 2pm

The Anna Plays (Inge) – Nov 16 – 7pm

The Very Merry Xmas Carol Holiday Adventure Show (Inge) – Dec 7 & 8 – 7pm

A Holiday Extravaganza (Inge) – Dec 9 – 2pm

[Title of Show] (Inge)– March 15 & 16 – 7pm March 17 – 2pm  

She Kills Monsters (Black Box) – April 26 & 27 – 7pm & April 28 – 2pm  

Fine Arts and Inge Center Faculty and Staff

TERRI BARBERA is the Company Manger of the William Inge Center and Executive Associate of the ICC Fine Arts Department. Terri assists her colleagues, coordinate and facilitate the workings of productions and events throughout the year, while also participating in select groups within the Fine Arts programs.  Prior to ICC, Terri worked over twenty years in sales and marketing, where she practiced product education, quality assurance, regulatory FAA compliance and regulations as well as leadership in customer service and administration. She has become a local name when referring to the arts of Independence and Southeast Kansas. Terri is considered a well-balanced performing artist with over twenty years of experience performing with cover and touring groups at festivals, clubs and casinos.  All the while keeping refined skills for the classical stage intact, as Terri has also performed in over thirty-five theater productions including plays, musicals and operas.  She serves on local and national committees such as ASTRA, Chance Film Productions, Neewollah, and Montgomery County Theatre. Terri is a proud Kansas native and alumni of Independence Community College.

HARTY BLACKERT, is the Fine Arts Technical Director & Theater Manager of The William Inge Theater at Independence Community College.   He has been with ICC since 2011. He has been the driving force behind building the new Black Box Theater, the new light/sound booth, and the Inge Theater tech and stage upgrades.  For ICC, he has designed and production managed such shows as: Dog Sees God, The Skin Of Our Teeth, TEDx ICC, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, Where’s Daddy?, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Shop of Horrors, Once Upon A Mattress, South Pacific, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Spitfire Grill, Chekov’s Three Sisters, Tall Girls, Reading To Vegetables, The Emperor’s New Clothes, A Child’s Christmas In Wales, Oleanna, The Anna Plays, Laundry & Bourbon, Lone Star, Time Stands Still, The Nerd, The Princess Tea & Fairy Tale Revues, and various editions of The 24-Hour PlaysHe also designed the scenery for Neewollah’s Young Frankenstein (2013) and designed scenery and lighting for Honk! (2014).  Harty directed and conducted the music for the ICC musical, The Spitfire Grill, and was the Tech Director for the 2014 ASTRA Festival’s Say Goodnight Gracie, Hard Travelin’ with Woody, and Vincent

Dr. JAMES HENDERSON is the fine arts vocal instructor. Dr. Henderson completed his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Henderson directed the University of Texas Women’s Chorus from 2004 to 2008, the Tarrant County College SE Concert Chorale from 2009 to 2012, the Tyler Junior College choirs from 2012 to 2017, and was Artistic Director of the Deep Ellum Chorus in Dallas, Texas from 1992 to 1993. At TCC and TJC, he was also Instructor/Professor of Voice and Music Appreciation. He has served as Director of Music and pianist at various churches and parishes in the states of Oklahoma and Texas for over twenty-nine years. In addition to his church work, Dr. Henderson has fielded and taught a private voice studio for many years. James has sung under the direction of David Davidson and Maestro Andrew Litton with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and under Dr. James Morrow at UT Austin. He studied voice with Judy Springfield and Jack Pearson.

LAWRENCE C. MARKIEWICZ is the fine arts band director, and comes to Independence Community College from the NY/NJ metro region where he was artistic director of New York’s El Sistema Inspired Harmony Program, and also served as assistant artistic director/conductor for the InterSchool Orchestras of New York. From 2011-2015 Maestro Markiewicz was music director and conductor of the critically acclaimed Imperial Brass.  Markiewicz spent many years as artistic director and conductor of the Somerset Valley Orchestra and the Raritan Valley Symphonic Band.  Prior to coming to Independence Community College, Markiewicz was the brass methods instructor at Montclair State University and the orchestra director at Stevens Institute of Technology.  Mr. Markiewicz is proud to have started his career as a high school band director, in which he shepherded two programs (one urban and one suburban) to regional and national prominence.  In 1998 he was named first honorary and only American member of the British Youth Band Association.

MEAGAN MOORE is the Inge Center Office Manager in the Fine Arts Department. She is a former ICC Theater student who went on to graduate from Pittsburg State University with a BA in Psychology and minor in Communication. Meagan is originally from Wichita, KS and transplanted to Independence to attend ICC on a full Theater scholarship in 2004. She was featured as “Annie Oakley” in Annie Get Your Gun and Lady Macbeth in A Macbeth while attending. Meagan is a rural Cherryvale resident who has participated in many productions at the college as well as on the Neewollah stage over the years, such Marion in Music Man, and Ida in Honk!, Ariel in The Little Mermaid, as well as having been cast as the title role in Mary Poppins for Neewollah 2017. She is thankful for support from her loved ones, including husband, Alex, and daughter, Evie. 

Dr. PAGE PETRUCKA is the theatre acting and playwriting instructor. She is an actor of the stage and screen, theatre director, and award-winning, published playwright. She received her PhD in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University, and her Master's from Utah State University. Prior to accepting a position at ICC, she taught theatre for Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University. As an actress, she has performed nationally and internationally. Some of her favorite roles include Mrs. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (Northampton, England), Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town (Texas Tech University), and Dotty/Mrs. Clackett in Noises Off (Mercury Theatre). Her play Return to Roswell (which she both wrote and acted in) has been performed in Utah, Texas, and the Czech Republic. The play won the Texas Educational Theatre Association Playwriting award in 2013, and is currently being published by Next Stage Press. She is, however, perhaps most recognized for her roles in Hallmark Christmas movies. 

BRUCE PETERSON, (Inge Center and Festival Managing Director) has a background in arts and entertainment journalism. He worked many years as marketing and development associate with the Inge Center prior to his appointment as Managing Director.  Bruce has aided growth of the Inge Center’s national stature and resource development, as reflected in national media coverage and numerous grant awards for support of the Inge Center’s artistic and educational programs.
Prior to the Inge Center, Bruce worked as Casting Editor with Back Stage publications in New York City, the development office of the International House in Philadelphia, and as arts editor for daily newspapers in his native California. Early in his career, Bruce was editor at weekly newspapers in such picturesque towns as Virginia City, Nev., and the intriguingly named Weed, Calif.-- communities much smaller than even Independence. He holds a Master of Science degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University (Philadelphia) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting from San Francisco State University.

ERICK WOLFE, M.F.A. is the theatre movement, directing, and stage management instructor. He has been training and directing professional actors and performers for over 15 years, and continues to work with top rated performers and directors from all around the world. Working as a Director, Assistant Director, Stage Manager, Stunt Coordinator, Stuntman, Movement Coach, and Fight Director, his credits include Opera, Ballet, Theatre, Commercials, Television, and Film. Erick’s love for action and martial arts films led him to becoming an Internationally Certified Teacher with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and the Academy of Performance Combat wherein he was able to pursue a career of fight directing and stunts. He has also held the position of National Representative of Stage Combat with the Association of Theatrical Movement Educators. Erick received his B.F.A. in performance from the University of Central Oklahoma, and received his M.F.A. in Directing from the University of New Orleans. Erick teaches Movement, Theatrical Combat, Directing, Stage Management, Improvisation, Theatre History, Theatre Appreciation, Mime, Clown, and Puppetry. In his spare time, he studies historical martial arts, loves to BBQ, and is a huge Star Wars and Batman geek.