summer lukasiewicz

executive director

summer is an accomplished producer, director, actor, playwright, and educator.  She is a long time artistic associate of flatwater, having appeared in twelfth night, angels in america, parts 1 and 2 and the weir as well as being heavily involved in the development of the 2017 summer youth education.  


Stephen buhler

Education Director, Humanities Advisor, Co-Founder, and Past Board Chair

Steve is Aaron Douglas Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received his doctoral degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. Previously Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program at UNL and research fellow at the Huntington and Folger Shakespeare Libraries, he has also served as actor, composer, director, dramaturg, musician, sound designer, and text editor for Flatwater Shakespeare and other theater ensembles. He has conducted workshops on the teaching and performance of Early Modern Drama and is the author of Shakespeare in the Cinema: Ocular Proof, along with several articles and book chapters on Renaissance literature and its connections with the performing arts. 

administrative staff

Linda Zinke, Operations Manager                                                                                                                                                                                         

artistic staff

Stephen Buhler, Dramaturg

Michelle Zinke, Production Stage Manager

patrick lambrecht, Richard Imig, technical Directors and Set Designers

Richard Schroeder, Lighting Designer and Consultant

Kat Burton Cover, Julie Douglass,  Janice Stauffer, Costume Designers

John Nollendorfs, jenny gegg Photographers

BoB Hall, Red Thread Graphic Designers


board of directors

Larry Weixelman, chair

william bryant, vice chair

Kelly Medwick, Treasurer

Linda Willard, Secretary

Diane Bartels

Diane Gonzales

Melissa Lewis




Bob hall

Former Artistic Director, Co-Founder

Bob Hall graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Master of Arts in Theatre in 1969 and for the next 24 years worked in New York City as a theatre director. He is also a published playwright, with his co-adaptation of Dracula running Off Broadway for two years.  He was the Artistic Director of the Nebraska Repertory Theatre from 1987 to 1992, and relocated to Lincoln in 1997.  He has been a comic book artist and writer since 1975, working for Marvel, DC, and Valiant.  Most recently he has shown his artwork at the Iron Tail and Eisentrager/Howard Galleries.  He is Founder and Artistic Director of The Flatwater Shakespeare Company.  He is married to Paula Ray.