Summer Lukasiewicz, executive director

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Summer is an accomplished producer, director, actor, playwright, and educator. She has worked extensively with young people, directing shows at the Lincoln Community Playhouse and Blue Hill Community Schools. Her most notable productions for Blue Hill include MACBETH in 2014 and THE LARAMIE PROJECT in 2016. In 2017, she was recognized with the Dale E. Black Outstanding Young Teacher of Speech and Theatre Award. Past projects also include writing, directing and producing original works, such as 872 DAYS and VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL. 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.


Linda Zinke, Operations Manager

Linda has many years of experience in the nonprofit world.  She previously served as a Head Start program director/Early Head Start Director, as well as Executive Director of the Nebraska Association for the Education of Young Children.  She continues to teach at Bellevue University and is currently teaching a Master’s Level class, Sustainable Funding for Nonprofits.  She has a BA from Iowa State University and an MA from Bellevue University.  She has 5 children, 3 grandchildren, and MacGuyver. 

Stephen Buhler, Dramaturg

Stephen is Education Director of the Flatwater Shakespeare Company and Aaron Douglas Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has served as dramaturg for nearly all of Flatwater Shakespeare's productions and as humanities adviser for Flatwater Shakespeare's youth programs. He is the author of Shakespeare in the Cinema: Ocular Proof and was the 2015 recipient of the City of Lincoln Mayor's Arts Award for Artistic Achievement – Literary Arts.


Michelle Zinke, Production Stage Manager

Michelle has been the primary stage manager and/or production manager for Flatwatwer Shakespeare Company since 2003. She has been involved with over 25 shows with Flatwater Shakespeare Company, and over 50 productions in Lincoln since December 2000. She is the 2016 recipient of the Mayor’s Arts Artscene Award for backstage work. Michelle has a BA in Spanish/Anthropology from Central College and an MA in Leadership from Bellevue University. 




Larry Weixelman, Chair

William Bryant, Vice Chair

Linda Willard, Secretary

Kelly Medwick, Treasurer

Diane Bartels

Lauren Silverman Durban--performer, writer, radio host (KX 96.9), former TV journalist, and mom of four.

Gwyndylynn Evans

MarthAellen Florence

Jeff Korbelik--winery manager and former newspaper features editor

Melissa Lewis Nuss--manager ne retirement systems, actor, singer, poet


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.