Theatre Faculty

Theater Faculty

School of Theatre, The Culture House, Lana Jensen
School of Theatre, The Culture House, Lana Jensen

Lana Jensen

Theatre Director, Acting

At The Culture House, Lana Jensen says, “the person comes before the performer.” As the director of the School of Theater, Lana loves seeing the tightly-knit Culture House community thrive.

Lana spends her time at The Culture House teaching, directing and choreographing. She also oversees costumes, storage, rental and organization of theatre equipment. Furthermore, Lana supervises rehearsals of many kinds. She is most passionate about the opportunities she has to teach and invest in her students.

Lana became involved with The Culture House in 2005, building on her background in performance from around the metro area. Upon high school graduation, Lana connected with The Culture House as both a performer and educator. Since then, she has taught classes and directed shows. She became the School of Theater Director in the fall of 2013.

Amy Sander, General Manager, Director, The Culture House
Amy Sander, General Manager, Director, The Culture House

Amy Sander

TCH General Manager, Production Producer, Acting, Musical Theatre, Triple Threat, Tap, ADP

What sets The Culture House apart to Amy Sander, General Manager, is the environment. “I’ve been teaching and directing for 25 years, and the difference at the Culture House is the environment. It's uplifting, encouraging and focuses on the all around growth of the student - as a performer and as a person."

As General Manager, Amy has her hand in all aspects of this environment. Although no two days are the same, Amy supervises staff, programming, scheduling, productions and marketing, plus teaches Adult Tap and a high school Triple Threat Master Class. She is also a regular director for youth and adult productions at TCH, as well as our director for our Summer Broadway Theatre productions at The Kauffman Center and Yardley Hall.

Amy grew up in Topeka and had her acting debut at age six. Hooked on showbiz, Amy spent her youth and early adult life performing in theatrical and dance productions. During college, Amy discovered she had a strong passion for working with youth and began teaching dance and directing a summer theatrical program.

After 17 years of training and teaching, Amy became the founder and director of a youth performing troupe, Topeka Youth Players (for ages 9-13). Within 10 years, Amy had worked with hundreds of youth, directed over 20 productions, choreographed and music directed more than 10, and also served as set, lighting and costume designer for almost all of the shows.

Upon relocating to Kansas City in 2009, Amy began teaching and directing at The Culture House. In addition to theatre and performance, Amy also brings a background in marketing, communications, fundraising and events. Her resume includes PR work with non-profits, health insurance, financial planning, performing arts and even zoos. Today, Amy lives in Olathe with her two children. Amy’s role as a mother is what she calls the role of a lifetime: “I’m beyond blessed!”

School of Theater, Stage Management, Choreography, Directing
School of Theater, Stage Management, Choreography, Directing

Michael James

Theatre Instructor

“In order to portray your role, you must have a clear understanding of yourself and how you connect to that role. That is what separates a performer from an artist.”

As a theater artist Michael’s work is centered on taking what he has experienced as a performer, as well as his technical theatre training, and using these skills to successfully collaborate with other artists. Michael has been involved in the arts from a very young age. He trained in Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop before transitioning into acting and performing roles such as the role of Peter in Peter Pan and Nicely-Nicely in Guys & Dolls. After graduating high school, Michael shifted his focus into technical theatre, scenic design, costuming, lighting, and stage management. For the past 5 years Michael has served as summer staff at the Culture House directing and choreographing several summer camp musicals.  Michael James received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Production Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2016. He has worked as a Stage Manager and Production Assistant in several locations such as The Coterie, Theatre in the Park, Kansas City Actors Theatre, and Olathe Civic Theatre Association. At the Culture House Michael has had the opportunity to direct and choreograph musicals such as The Little Mermaid, Mulan Jr, and High School Musical. As a recent graduate, Michael has established himself in Kansas City as a Director, Choreographer, and Stage Manager.

Contact

Olathe Conservatory Phone - 913-393-3141

Oak Park Stage & Studio Phone - 913-291-1972

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OLATHE ADDRESS
14808 West 117th St.
Olathe, Kansas 66062

STAGE & STUDIO ADDRESS (inside Oak Park Mall)
95th & Quivera (2nd floor, near Nordstrom)
Overland Park, Kansas 66214

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