Quincy Community Theatre Instructors
At Quincy Community Theatre, we’re proud to employ trained theatre professionals with years of classroom experience to lead our workshops and classes.
Energetic, friendly, and knowledgable, our staff has an excellent reputation across the region as professional theatre educators who are passionate about instruction in the theatrical arts.
Whether they’re visiting a service organization or business, leading workshops in a local school or university, or teaching backstage on the QCT campus, our instructors ensure that every class participant feels safe to explore and create, is respected as individuals, and receive the personal attention they deserve.
Meet Our Instructors
Although Marion is technically a Colorado native, she grew up and has lived in Quincy the majority of her life. Marion has been actively involved in theatre for almost her entire life. She has been teaching and working with artists of all ages for over 15 years. She especially enjoys working with children and seeing them blossom through their theatrical experiences. Over the years, she has worked in the theatrical community in many capacities, including: acting, directing, teaching, developing and teaching workshops, acting coaching, technical theatre, and play writing. One of her favorite experiences was directing and teaching children at Stage Door Theatre in Conifer, Colorado. Marion has also worked around Quincy teaching classes and doing creative dramatics workshops in area schools as a Free Artist with QSOFA. Her experience includes Director for JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, GREEN EGGS AND HAM, CINDERELLA, PETER PAN, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and FAIRY TALE CHRISTMAS. Marion’s performance credits include: TWELFTH NIGHT, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, CYMBELINE, THE BAKER’S WIFE, AND THEY DANCE REAL SLOW IN JACKSON, CARMEN, EVITA, JEKYLL AND HYDE, and THE DINOSAUR PLAY. Marion believes deeply in the power that the arts have to transform lives, open minds, break down barriers, and change the world. Marion earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois.
Mindy Holthaus, Basic Training Instructor
Mindy is excited to be joining the Triple Threat Boot Camp team as the Basic Training Instructor. Mindy began her theatre career with Quincy Community Theatre when she was 11 years old. She received a BFA in Theatre from the University of Illinois and her theatre education certification from Culver Stockton College. After college, she worked in entertainment for Walt Disney World before becoming the Theatre Instructor/Director for Alton High School. Upon moving back to Quincy, Mindy has stayed active in the Quincy Community Theatre through performing, teaching, directing, and choreographing over the past several years.
Brandon Thomsen, Artistic Director
Brandon Thomsen a native of Watertown, WI, was first bitten by the theatre bug while in kindergarten, after seeing a community theatre production of THE WIZARD OF OZ. He attended Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee from which he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. He has gone on to a career in theatre: acting, directing, and teaching. Brandon joined the QCT family in June 2006 as the Director of Student Theatre, and in 2014 he was appointed QCT’s Artistic Director. “It is inspiring to know that the work of a community theatre may cause someone from the next generation to fall in love with the performing arts, just as it did me.”
Elizabeth Mannhardt, Vocal Director
Elizabeth teaches private voice and piano in downtown Quincy, IL with Mannhardt Music Studio. Recently seen both on stage and on production teams at QCT, she has performed, studied, and taught in a diverse variety of styles and locations around the world for the past 20 years. But some of her best memories were made as a student at QCLT and QCT, and most recently as Christine in PHANTOM. Elizabeth is elated to join the Triple Threat team!
Cheryl Kaiser, Choreographer
Cheryl Kaiser-Spielbauer has lost track of how may shows that she has choreographed for QCT. “I quit counting after 125!” Cheryl is the owner and director of Cheryl Kaiser School of Dance as well as the director of the Kaiser Dance Theatre. This past spring, her school celebrated their 40th season and this December will present their 15th production of The Nutcracker Ballet. Cheryl is married to her husband Mark, and has one daughter Kristy, and three granddaughters who, along with her son-in-law, all live in Colorado. Cheryl’s mom, Bengta, who is now a spry 93-year-old, is possibly both Cheryl’s and QCT’s biggest fans.