Footlights Productions has a mission: As a non-profit organization, we strive to raise money for other non-profit organizations through Theatrical and Musical Entertainment. We produce Musical Events, Theatrical Events, Silent Auctions, Bachelor Auctions, Art Shows and Auctions -- and many more events.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
William C. Walker, Chairman: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Sarah Adams: NDSU
Freddi Birdwell: CEO, Red Bird, Inc.
Garrett Henderson: Becky & Garrett's Treasures
David Raulston: JC Penney
Sharon White: Whisper Room, Inc.
ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
James Fisher, Director
James is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville, with degrees in Theater and History. Having previously earned a degree in Computer Science, he spent fifteen years writing programs for the hospitality industry before pursuing his career in Theater. When asked, “Why Theater?”, he responded, “ I want a career in something I love, and History and Theater have always consumed my passion”.
Though an accomplished Actor, James has earned rave reviews for his insightful techniques in Directing. To view James’ extensive resume, please click here.
DeWayne Kirchner, Costumer/Designer
De Wayne Kirchner, a Missouri native, began his career at Drury University, the college from which he hales, as a professor teaching design to many of his classmates. Needing a summer job, he applied at the prestigious Stage Door Manor Performing Arts Camp for children in upstate New York. For thirteen summers he returned to the Catskill Mountains as lead designer, working with (then) current performers Mandy Moore, Natalie Portman, and Bryce Howard. Kirchner’s success at Stagedoor carried him to New York City where he designed at Radio City Music Hall, MTV Music Awards show, Disney, countless Broadway and Off Broadway productions, as well as designs for Marylyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr., and Diahann Carroll. Kirchner’s last production in New York was the traveling production of “Tommy.” At the request of Dollywood, he made the journey to Pigeon Forge, designing park productions for four years, including designs for Dolly Parton when she visited the park.
Kirchner garnered outstanding reviews and constant notice for his work as designer and costumer at the Oak Ridge Playhouse before turning his talents to those of resident designer at the prestigious Designs by De Wayne in Knoxville. Costume design naturally bleeds into Interior Design and Wedding Planning. “It’s in the genes,” Kirchner said. Designing beautiful interiors with a fresh new approach is his passion. De Wayne says, “It is important as a designer, to grasp the client’s vision and help them see it come to life with a fresh new approach to old techniques.” To view De Wayne’s extensive resume, please click here.
Tracy Walker, Artistic Director/Producer
A graduate of Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music and Theater Production and Design, and has recently completed her Master’s Degree through Middle Tennessee State University in Professional Studies with a concentration in Strategic Leadership. Tracy has directed a number of shows in Wisconsin, and made her Tennessee directorial debut with the Tony Award winning Musical, RENT, by Jonathan Larson.
A talented musician, Tracy currently performs as a vocalist, trumpeter and auxiliary percussionist with Soul Candy & the Traffic Jam (Rock & Soul, Rhythm & Blues Band), as well as on trumpet with Ensemble Swing Time. An accomplished actress, Tracy has appeared in films, commercials and television (most recently in the TV series, "Snapped: Killer Couples" and “Nashville”) but admits that her first love is that of live theater: “There’s absolutely no feeling in the world like that of performing before an audience – it’s incredible and unquestionably exhilarating!” To view Tracy’s extensive resume, please click here.
We also understand and promote the importance of education, and are in the midst of organizing scholarship opportunities for high school students who wish to pursue a college education involving the arts. Please "stay tuned" for more information!
In the meantime, why not read a little bit about some of our featured Musical Groups we work with: