Professional Staff

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Jon Douglas Rake, Founder and Managing Artistic Director

Jon has spent nearly all of his adult life devoted to musical theater.  He began his career as a professional dancer and soon discovered his unique talents for choreography and directing.  Educated at the University of California, San Diego, Jon has produced, directed, choreographed or acted in well over 200 musical theater productions at the professional or community theater level on the West Coast.  He founded Tacoma Musical Playhouse in 1994 to fill a gap in the Tacoma theater scene.  TMP is the only South Sound theater company devoted to producing musicals exclusively.  His creative energy is the driving force behind the company.  Jon’s other interests include historic architecture and gourmet dining.

 

Jeffrey Stvrtecky, Music Director and Business Manager

Jeffrey earned his B.M. degree in Piano from Wheaton College and his M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Choral Music from USC.  He has conducted and studied at numerous workshops and festivals including the Dale Warland Master Class, the Oregon Bach Festival and the Aspen Music Festival Choral Institute.  He served as Director of Music at the First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood for 11 years and as Music Director of the Burbank Chorale, where he conducted concerts of major works including Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Durufle’s Requiem and Mozart’s Coronation Mass.  He was the Founder and Music Director of Tacoma Master Chorale, founded in 1994.  Jeff served as Director of Music at First Christian Church, Tacoma.  He has also maintained a studio of private voice and piano students.  He was an Instructor of Music at Tacoma Community College and Charles Wright Academy.

 

Sue Snyder, Marketing Director

Sue has over 25 years marketing, sales and distribution experience in the entertainment industry including brief stints with Washington State’s economic trade and development group and the World Trade Center Tacoma. She began her career with Sony Music in Seattle as a Single Sales Regional Coordinator and has held several executive positions within the sales, artist development and marketing departments, at Capitol-EMI Music, Warner Bros. and the Walt Disney Company, in Los Angeles, culminating in her most recent role as Marketing Director at Tacoma Musical Playhouse.  A Tacoma, WA native, Snyder holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Washington and has received several certificates in Digital Marketing.  

 

Jill Voelker, Development Director

Jill discovered a passion for fundraising and event planning with her first job out of college where she organized outdoor day camps for the Boy Scouts of America, in Denver.  She has worked or volunteered for a variety of other non-profits throughout her career raising funds for higher education, a hospital foundation, for people with disabilities and for a service dog training organization prior to joining the TMP staff. Jill has also spent over 25 years learning about wines of the world…from lots of tasting, to working in a winery tasting room in Oregon and as a wine buyer for a shop when she lived in Texas. Other interests include traveling, spending time with her Bernese Mountain Dog and quilting.

 

Kayla Littleton, Education Director

Kayla has been performing musical theater since she was eight years old and made her stage debut as “Singing Scientist #7” in her elementary musical. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts (thesis in directing) from the University of Puget Sound, right here in Tacoma. She also has a teaching certificate in Elementary (K-8) Education and taught middle school in the Puyallup School District. During her final year at UPS, Kayla served as the education intern for the TMP 2016-2017 season and has not stopped working with CampTMP since. Some of her favorite CampTMP directing credits include Aladdin Jr (Summer 2017), Annie Jr (Winter 2017), Fiddler on the Roof Jr (Spring 2018), and Mamma Mia! (Summer, 2019). Kayla is incredibly proud to be a part of the CampTMP family and to step into the role of Director of Education to continue to make CampTMP the best it can be.