Russell Wooley, Artistic & Managing Director of LART, Production Director
Teacher - ATA, High School & Adult Acting
MFA Theatre, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (1973)
BFA Theatre, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (1971)
In 1979, Russ & Diana founded LAMB and they've been doing it ever since. Russ brings over 40 years of experience to the theatre ~ he has produced and/or directed over 200 productions, and has acted in more than 120 productions. In addition to overseeing the artistic aspects of the theatre, Russ also teaches our older students and adult classes when they are scheduled. Russ also serves as Adjunct Professor at both Morningside College and Western Iowa Tech Community College teaching theatre courses in acting and theatre history; he additionally teaches Acting at the University of South Dakota. When not on the stage as an actor, Russ often still has a hand in the show behind the scenes as a director.
Diana Guhin Wooley, Executive Director LAMB Arts LTD
LAMB School Dir. of Education, Teacher - Voice, Acting
MFA Music (Vocal Performance), University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (1986)
BA Theatre/Music Education, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (1976)
Besides being well-known for her work with LAMB, many Siouxlanders remember Diana from their days in school; she worked as a music teacher in the Sioux City Public Schools for 20 years. Her dedication to arts education has seen her involved with everything from Briar Cliff University & Morningside College to local programs like Boys and Girls Home, Celebrate Autism & Upward Bound. Diana is an IA Arts Roster Teaching Artist and Performing Artist. Besides being an experienced teacher, many of you know her to be an outstanding performer as well - in addition to her many memborable performances on our stage, Diana has been featured by the SC Symphony, Siouxland Municipal Band, All America Band and other area orchestras and bands.
We are LAMB Arts LTD.
From the school to the theatre, we are super proud of our professional staff.
Donny Short, Resident Choreographer/Music Director
MA Educational Leadership - Curriculum & Instruction, Wayne State College, 2015
BS Elementary Education (with a Reading endorsement), Music Concentration, Morningside College, Sioux City, IA (2013), Graduated Summe Cum Laude, 4.0 GPA
Donny serves as our Resident Choreographer and Musical Director; he is also our Digital Music Technicial, creating the fantastic music tracks that you hear during our musicals. Donny is also a member of LART's acting company. He has appeared on our stage in many roles, and occasionally steps behind the scenes to direct. Donny has danced for over 20 years; during that time, he has been part of a national tour and performed in The Nutcracker on the Orpheum stage. Out in the community, Donny is a Consulting Teacher at Liberty Elementary in Sioux City, with a Masters and is the Assistant Speech Coach at East High.
THE LAMB SCHOOL
Director of Education: Diana Guhin Wooley
LAMB School Teaching Staff: Diana Wooley, Russell Wooley, Brock Bourek
LAMB Arts LTD 501(c)3:EIN 20-369-4629
Karen Sowienski, Resident Costumer
Associates in Theatre/Costuming, LA Theatre Academy, Los Angeles, CA (1981)
Karen is an irreplaceable part of LAMB. She has been a darling of our stage and the genius of our costume department almost since the beginning of LAMB itself. Before coming back to the Sioux City area, Karen also worked with professional theatres (Gaslight Theatre, Denver; Gene Dynarski Theatre, LA) onstage and off. Her love of theatre started in childhood and she is thankful that it is still such a large part of her life. Her favorite shows (in an onstage role) were The Miracle Worker, Not Now Darling, Noises Off, and Driving Miss Daisy. Her favorite costuming achievements were during LAMB's productions of Secret Garden and Sweeney Todd.
LAMB Arts LTD/LAMB Arts Regional Theatre (LART)
Executive Director LAMB Arts LTD: Diana Guhin Wooley
Artistic & Managing Director: Russell James Wooley
Artistic Director THE Young People's Theatre at LAMB: Diana Guhin Wooley
Theatre Administrator: Brock Bourek
Box Office Manager: Lindsay Washburn
Resident Choreographer/Music Director: Donald E. Short III
Resident Costumer: Karen Sowienski
Shop Technicians: Greg Richards, James Wooley
Melody Beaulieu, Teacher
Melody Beaulieu has been a LAMB Theatre student for eleven years and is one of the youngest teachers we have employed to work with our precious students both here and in our outreach collaboration projects such as the Siouxland Y, Camp Imagination, Jackson Recovery Women and Children's Shelter. She has had a wealth of onstage experience at LAMB as well; performing in the last two Shakespeare comedies, Metamorphoses and many, many other productions.