Full-Time Staff

Kassie MisiewiczFounder & Artistic Director479.326.4010 | – Kassie founded Trike Theatre in 2008. MFA in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University, BA in Theatre from University of Notre Dame. Before starting Trike Theatre, Kassie was the co-founder and first artistic director of TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, AR, Director of Education Outreach at Seattle Children’s Theatre and Associate Artistic Director at First Stage Children’s Theatre in Milwaukee. Currently, she is a national arts integration consultant with Focus5 and a national teaching artist with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Kassie loves to travel with her family have spontaneous dance parties in the kitchen. “There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” & “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”- Brene Brown

Paul SavasExecutive Director479.326.4009 | – Paul joined Tricycle Theatre for Youth as its Executive Director in September 2017. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting with a concentration in Theatre History, with the late Dr. Oscar Brockett, from The University of Texas at Austin, 1996, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a minor in Theatre from Trinity University in San Antonio Texas, 1991. Savas has been a professional theatre artist and administrator for over twenty years and has worked as an actor (proud member of Actors’ Equity Association), director (former member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers), fight choreographer, executive director, and artistic director. He’s even been employed to play the didgeridoo. His work as Executive and Artistic Director of The Warehouse Theatre in Greenville South Carolina was recognized with the Metropolitan Arts Council’s Spirit of Collaboration Award in 2010 and as one of Greenville Business Magazine’s Upstate’s 50 Most Influential People of 2012. He is proud to now call Northwest Arkansas his home and is the proud father of little Nancy Annalynn Capps Savas. He has very little time for anything other than taking care of Nancy and running Trike! And wouldn’t have it any other way. “Just ‘cause somethin’ ain’t been done don’t mean it can’t be did.” Shel Silverstein

Shannon R. MillerHead of Production & Technical Director – Shannon joined Trike Theatre in 2017. He holds an MFA from the University of Southern Mississippi and a BFA from Marshall University. Shannon Miller began his career in 1987 as a stage technician for touring rock bands. From 1987 through the present, he has embarked on a series of challenging career opportunities that fostered his teaching, leadership, entrepreneurial strengths, and talents for entertainment design and technology. During this time, he has held positions at a variety of universities and professional theatres, including Marshall University (WV), Utah Shakespeare Festival, Millikin University (IL), Chicago Designs, Southern Arena Theatre (MS), Southern Opera (MS), Theatre West Virginia, Public Theatre of Kentucky, Barnstormers Theatre (NH), The University of New Orleans, McNeese State Univeristy (LA), Maltz Jupiter Theatre (FL), and University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Mr. Miller has also completed various designs and consultations for groups such as Christian Youth Theatre through his company, SRMDzynes. He is the founder of The Lakefront Youth Theatre Experience, a post-Katrina youth arts initiative and volunteer organization in New Orleans. These varied assignments have provided him with a unique perspective for problem solving in a variety of circumstances with many different personalities, educational backgrounds, artistic visions, and production challenges.

Chris Tennison Head of Academy479.326.4011 | – Chris has spent the last 25 years as an Actor, Director, Designer, and Arts Educator. He recently earned his MFA from the University of Arkansas, and has worked at Trike as a teaching artist for the last 3 years, recently joining the team full time as Trike’s new Head of Academy. In his hometown of Houston (Go Stros!), Chris has taught at Alvin Community College, The University of St. Thomas, Main Street Youth Theater, and The Page Parkes School of Acting. In Houston, Chris was the Founding Artistic Director of Town Center Theatre, where he was also the head of their “Tomorrow’s Acting Professionals” program. As an actor and director, Chris has worked with several theaters and educational institutions across the country. Chris’ areas of focus include: Voice and Speech, IPA and Dialects, Acting Theory, Directing Theory, Theater History, and Viewpoints. He is excited to be working full time with the Academy, and is looking forward to all the exciting programming to come.

Mollie ArmourAcademy Manager479.326.4011 | – Mollie is an Arkansas native, born and raised in Fort Smith. She received her MFA in Acting from University of Arkansas and her BFA in Acting from Oklahoma City University. She also studied for two years at Playhouse West School and Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles. She is an Intimacy Director and Somatic Voicework Instructor as well as an associate casting director and Intimacy Coordinator with Actors Casting Agency in NWA. Mollie has been a teaching artist in Arkansas since 2014. She previously taught performing arts classes at UAFS Academy of the Arts and at University of Arkansas. Many of her private acting and voice students have won multiple national and regional awards. As well as being a teacher and performer, she is also a director and playwright. She specializes in physical theatre, vocal pedagogy, acting theory, and working with students of neurodiversity. Her mission is to inspire deeper understanding and empathy through storytelling and connection.

Wesley SaucierFront of House & Marketing Manager479.464.5084 | – Wesley joined Trike Theatre as Front of House and Marketing Manager in August of 2018. She has a BA degree in Theatre Performance from Mcneese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and a BA in Speech Pathology & Audiology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Though she is primarily the “Liason of Information” for Trike. She has also served as a Teaching Artist for Trike’s Summer 2018 exploratory camps. Wesley has also performed professionally with Arkansas Staged and was a voice over talent for local commercials in Louisiana.

Laura HappelAssistant Technical Director/Master Electrician – – For 30 years Laura has kept asking “Is it ART yet?” Survivor of many many many theatrically theatrical Theatre Seasons in (41 of the 50 states) where we (the tech crew) attempted to keep the drama on the stage where it belonged, and often succeeded in failing to do so. Laura’s managed to get a good education in how Theatre actually works despite the reckless pursuit and unsuspected earning/ bestowal/ give-it-to-her-so-she’ll-stop-asking-questions-we-have-no-answers-to, of an MFA. To write it all down is too much, but to talk about it with new friends is divine.

“Logic will get you from A to B.
Imagination will take you everywhere.”
-Albert Einstein …

Elijah DeWittAssistant Technical Director/Master Carpenter – – Elijah is thrilled to be joining the Trike Theatre production team. As a native Arkansan and a graduate of the University of Arkansas, where he earned his BA in Theatre, it is a privilege to continue contributing to the Northwest Arkansas theatre community. Elijah has worked with many venues, including The Walton Arts Center, The AMP, TheatreSquared, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, The Momentary, Opera Fayetteville, and The University of Arkansas Theatre. While working in almost all aspects of theatrical production – designing lights, building sets, working backstage, and even soldering LED connections for a Blue Man Group tour – the most fulfilling aspect of his career has been meeting and collaborating with so many wonderful people. Designing lights for the inimitable Liz Callaway’s iteration of Every Brilliant Thing at TheatreSquared was an early professional highlight that will be hard to match.


“My feeble language skills could not bear the weight of such a laden experience.” – Alison Bechdel

Jessica SudduthProject Manager: 360 Trike-Sperience & CAP Residency479.464.5084 | – Jessica joined Trike Theatre in 2020 after more than a decade in education as a music teacher. She studied music education at Boston University (M.M.) and University of Arkansas (B.M.) and has taught music, choir, and voice in Northwest Arkansas since 2004. In addition to teaching in the public schools and community groups, Jessica also worked with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas’ educational outreach program and operated Jubilee Music, a music studio specializing in the needs of young learners. She was thrilled for the opportunity to return to one of her passions — the theatre — with Trike and use her teaching experience to support creativity in learning through arts integration.

Audrey Romero – Resident Actor/Teaching Artist 479.464.5084 | – Audrey first started at Trike as a summer teaching apprentice in 2018, and she joined on as a Resident Actor and Teaching Artist in 2021. She is finishing her last year at the University of Arkansas, getting a double-B.A. in Theatre Performance and Latin American and Latino Studies with a minor in Communication. She is an actor that has primarily collaborated on new play developments with the University of Arkansas, TheatreSquared, Arkansas Public Theater, and Trike Theatre. Audrey also loves to dance to hip-hop, jazz, tap, and more! You can usually find her riding her bike, playing with her dog, or watching scary movies. As a multidisciplinary theatre artist, she is thrilled to work with an organization that values and encourages the youth to explore and express themselves through storytelling.

Kylie Groom – Resident Actor/Teaching Artist 479.464.5084 | – Kylie hails from Winfield, Kansas, where she spent lots of time singing to the cows on her family’s farm. She decided to pursue a career in musical theatre and went to Oklahoma City University where she earned a BFA in Acting and a BA in Music. She then went on to receive a Masters in Music with an emphasis in Musical Theatre from the University of Central Oklahoma. Since then, she has had the privilege to perform professionally at places such as Silver Dollar City, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and Trike Theatre. When she’s not performing, Kylie enjoys passing on her passion for the arts by teaching dance and vocal lessons, in addition to our classes here at Trike Academy. She recently passed Level 1 and 2 of Estill Voice Training and is passionate about continuing to learn about the voice in singers and actors. Kylie believes that through honest and communicative storytelling, the world can become a more hopeful, loving, inclusive and unified place. She believes that she was put on this earth to tell stories and to rescue dogs. Kylie lives with her husband in Centerton with their four dogs, Athena, Tyr, Artemis, and Aphrodite.

Justin Mackey – Resident Actor/Teaching Artist 479.464.5084 | – Justin Mackey is returning to Trike Theatre as one of our Resident Actor/Teaching Artists and could not be more grateful to have the opportunity to bring theatre to young audiences once again! Justin has worked with Trike in several different capacities since 2019 after graduating with his M.F.A in acting from the University of Arkansas.

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