The Unity Event

Meet the Production Staff



 Matthew Domasica (Director/Auditorium Director) Matthew is the Director of Monbeck Auditorium at Highland High School and is the Director of Highland Theatre Company. He is a 2007 graduate of Ball State Where he studied theatrical Performance and production. Matthew was a 2007 New York Showcase participant and was nominated to compete at the American College Theatre Festival in 2006. Matthew has served as a Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation viewer for the 2010-2011 season. He is a resident of Highland Indiana.  

 

 

Meet the Producing Partners

Lisa Woodruff Hedin’s passion for the arts started early and continued through to her majoring in voice performance at University of Illinois, C-U.  Following graduation, Lisa spent years as a professional actress in Chicago with a highlight being the time she spent with Different Drummer Music Theatre, where she helped to create the entire organization from the choosing of the name and the logo, to the casting of the company, to the selection of the board, the shows, the venues, the staff and more.  It was an extremely exciting five years: more than 10 shows including two world premieres at five different venues all produced by a company of less than 30 people.  Following marriage and relocation to NW Indiana, Lisa became involved with community theatre where she has now been involved in more than 30 productions across three counties in twelve different theatres.  Over eleven years ago, Lisa was again able to merge her passion for the arts with her “day” job and became the first Director of Development for South Shore Arts (then Northern Indiana Arts Association). More than five years with South Shore Arts, she assisted expansion of the organization from its parochial Northwest Indiana Arts Association roots to a current embrace of all Lake Michigan communities.  In this role she became connected to artists and people passionate about all kinds of arts across Northwest Indiana.  Lisa continues to work full time in the arts as Executive Director for Carnegie Arts Center where her mission is to transform a shuttered Indiana Harbor library building into a state-of-the-art regional arts center and create arts opportunities to enrich our diverse communities.  She teaches private voice, master classes and works to create partnerships and programs like The Unity Event.  Lisa has also spent more than ten years as a board member for Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation. A decade ago, she served on the steering committee for the Towle Theatre in Hammond, turning an abandoned century-old opera house into the now-popular premier downtown venue for music and stage productions.  In 2003, she received an award from Women of Excellence in the Arts category.  Lisa is proud to make a difference in Northwest Indiana through the arts.

 

David Markley is a graduate of Valparaiso University where he received a Bachelor of Music Education Degree.  While there he sang with the Concert Choir and the University Chorale under Eldon Balko, Marcia Lewis and Christopher Cock.  He studied voice with Ralph Klapis and Christopher Cock, Organ Performance with Martin Jean, and conducting with Dennis Friesen-Carper.  He was also active in the University Theatre having acted or conducted in several main stage productions.  Mr. Markley also provided studio accompanying for all voice faculty and was accompanist for Dr. Marcia Lewis’ 1996  Vocal Recital performing Bon Appétit, an episode of Julia Child’s cooking show set to music by  Lee Hoiby. Mr. Markley earned a Theatre Production minor having worked closely with the late John Steven Paul.  His senior directing project staged the one-act opera Trouble in Tahiti  by Leonard Bernstein.  Mr. Markley was active in the Chapel at VU playing for Morning Prayer and was the co-director and accompanist for the worship and praise team Dayspring.  Mr. Markley has performed recently with Laudate, the Valparaiso University Bach Choir, and the Vocal Camerata Ensemble of Northwest Indiana.  Mr. Markley has also worked extensively with community theatre companies having recently been nominated by the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation for outstanding Musical Direction for The Light in the Piazza, Follies, and Chess, and Outstanding Vocal Direction for Follies. In addition to his school and theatre work, Mr. Markley is the Minister of Music and Organist at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Highland.  His professional memberships include:  MENC, IMEA, ACDA, ICDA, and the AGO.  Mr. Markley has served the Highland Theatre Company as stage director for Pippin, Carousel, and The Odd Couple as well as vocal director for Oklahoma, Little Shop of Horrors, The Pajama Game, South Pacific, and Fame: The Musical.  He has also previously served as chair of the School Improvement Team (PL221) at Highland High School.  Mr. Markley is the 2004 Crystal Apple Award recipient for excellence in teaching as well as a recipient of the “Realizing the Dream” Lilly endowment professional development grant. 

 

 

Maestro Troy Webdell (b. 1970, Valparaiso, Indiana) - is the founder and conductor of South Shore Orchestra, an auditioned orchestra for musicians along the Lake Michigan shoreline including Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. Since it's inception in 2005, Webdell has transformed SSO from a 15 member chamber ensemble into a complete 65 member symphony orchestra. Under his leadership, SSO has commissioned and premiered numerous new works of music and visual art, excelled in community outreach with extensive collaborative partnerships of local businesses and organizations, and developed an active education program which includes three separate youth orchestras, an annual concert tour of China which included New Year's concerts in renown concert halls throughout Eastern China. Currently, Webdell and SSO are preparing for a 2nd tour of China in December 2011 - January 2012 once again as guests of the Confucius Institute. American born and trained, Webdell has earned multiple awards for his orchestral conducting especially in the genre of musical theatre. Some of his conducting awards have been for his musical/orchestral direction in productions of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Man of La Mancha. His primary conducting teachers have included Stanley DeRusha, William Hochkeppel and Michael Haydn as well as conducting masterclasses with Ray Cramer, Stephen Pratt, and Frederick Fennell. As an active guest conductor and clinician, Webdell has presented clinics at the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) State Convention including an instrumental conducting clinic entitled “Conducting Young Musicians Expressively,” (2005) and a music composition clinic entitled "Composing Kids!" (2009) As a composer, his works have been commissioned by public school, university, and professional performing ensembles and recorded by Triad Records and Valpo Media Arts. For the past 12 years, Webdell has been the Director of Middle School Bands and Wind and Percussion Studies with the Crown Point Community School Corporation in Crown Point, Indiana where he also conducts the Crown Point High School Theatre Orchestra for all musical productions.Webdell is a member of the Conductors Guild, League of American Symphony Orchestras, Indiana Bandmasters Association, Indiana Music Educators Association, and the Music Educators National Conference.