Robert "Bob" Willenbrink, Ph.D.
Dr. Willenbrink, was the Founding Dean of the School of Fine Arts at Missouri Western State University. He holds the Ph.D. from Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. Bob began his career at Hazard (Kentucky) Community where he founded the Hazard Summer Playhouse and served for many years as Chair and Director of Theatre at the University of Central Arkansas. While there he created the Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas, was the national director of the ARC Performing Arts Institute for disabled artists, and founded ACTS, a theatre performance troupe for disabled performers. He has directed over 85 productions of various styles at numerous venues. He has served as chair of Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VI, the Kentucky Humanities Council board, a director and first vice-president of the Jenny Wiley Theatre, and as the artistic director for the Kincaid Regional Theatre. Most recently he was the Department Head and Producer/Director for Missouri State’s Equity Tent Theatre. He received the Kennedy Center Bronze Medallion for Service and the Distinguished Creative Production Award at Morehead State University.
Suzanne Zantop serves as Administrative Assistant for the Maryland Center for the Arts and brings over 40 years of experience working in the performing arts in the Baltimore area. As Artistic Director of the Harford Dance Theatre, she co-created Harriet's Happiest Halloween, now in its 25th year. She worked in numerous theatrical productions in the Baltimore area, as both actor and director, and chaired the School Concert Committee of Harford County, which was instrumental in bringing professional performances and artists to Harford County's schools. In Dancing for the Arts 2015, Suzanne raised funds for the Maryland Center for the Arts on behalf of the Deer Creek Chorale, with whom she sings in the Chamber Choir and for whom she served as Treasurer and grant-writer for ten years. With her late husband, she was co-owner and hospital manager of the Fallston Veterinary Clinic for over 35 years. In her spare time, she writes a blog (www.mygreekchorus.com), studies ballroom dance, and travels. pc: vickiegrayimages.com