Yvonne A.K. Johnson (Executive Artistic Director) of Spokane Valley Summer Theatre, a professional not-for-profit company producing musical theatre and an educationally focused summer camp program for students. She is also the CEO of Johnson Theatrical Management based in New York City. Her talent base extends from artists performing on Broadway, the West End and regionally across the country. Previously, she was Executive Artistic Director for the national award-winning Spokane Civic Theatre and Company Director and Producer of the national award-winning CLIMB Theatre, Inc., in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Over the past 30 years, she has produced and directed over 250 productions for various schools, universities, community and professional theatres throughout the US and UK. Johnson has continually been an advocate for Theatre in Education throughout her career, founding two Academy programs for youth grades K–12 at Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin and establishing the Spokane Civic Theatre Academy in Spokane, Washington. As an Executive Artistic Director, Johnson has a proven track record of producing high quality artistic productions with record breaking financial success. She has led numerous capital campaigns and her independent work in board development and strategic planning has her traveling coast to coast working with various arts institutions.
Johnson is passionate about creating and producing new musical theatre and contemporary play works. She is the co-founder of JTR Productions where she created the internationally successful, original musicals LIFE 101, Spring in London and Jack the Ripper: A Musical Mystery. She holds several advanced theatre degrees including a B.A. at Carthage College in Speech, Communications and Theatre, an M.A. in Contemporary Theatre Practice from the University of Essex in Colchester, England and an M.F.A. in Directing from Minnesota State University. From 1996 until 2001, Johnson served as the Artistic Director of Kassiopia Theatre Company in London, England. Johnson has directed various North American tours of Irish full-length and one-act plays for producer John Gleeson and Milwaukee Irish Arts, including Greatest Hits and Blood Guilty.
Michael J. Muzatko (Resident Scenic Designer) received his Bachelors of Arts Degree from Gonzaga University in Music Education K-12 and Opera Performance. He holds teaching endorsements in the Arts, English Literature, Theatre, and a degree CTE Technical Theatre and Design from EWU. He has also served as choreographer and clinician for the arts throughout the Pacific Northwest, Canada and parts of Europe.After his first passion of teaching, Michael is a professional Actor, Dancer, Director, Choreographer, and Clinician throughout the Pacific Northwest, Canada and parts of Europe. He has worked with most of the arts organizations in the area including his appearances with CDA Summer Theatre, Ballet Spokane, Garden City Ballet, Connoisseur Concerts, Spokane Opera, the Spokane Symphony and Chorale, Spokane Civic Theatre, and the past four seasons of the professional summer theatre company, Spokane Valley Summer Theatre where he has been seen as Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Harry Bright, Mamma Mia!, Mr. Bumble in Oliver!, Norman Petty in The Buddy Holly Story, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden and this past summers critically acclaimed Into the Woods where he played the Baker. Michael has served as Board President for Ballet Spokane, The Spokane Chorale, The Washington Alliance for Theatre Educators and Spokane Civic Theatre. Mr. Muzatko has worked with the Disney “Imagineers” in developing their worldwide theme parks internship program. He was a finalist for the National Disney Excellence in Teaching award and the Central Valley School District Meritorious Service award. He is also the recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Education award for the state of Washington and is proud to be the Theatre Director/Coordinator for nationally award winning Central Valley High School Theatre Department and Performing Arts Center. Mr. Muzatko is also the recipient of the 2018 CVSD Meritorious Service Award and the Robert and Margot Ogden lifetime achievement award for his dedication, passion, and continuous work to promote the arts and live theatre in our community.
Linay Robison (Resident Costume Designer) is excited to be Costume Designer and Puppet Creator for this fantastic season at SVST. She has helped with costumes in previous seasons for CVHS and SVST and had great fun creating Milky White for Into the Woods.
Logan Tiedt (Season Lighting Designer) is graduating from Southern Oregon University with a BFA in Lighting Design and BS in Music. In his fourth season with SVST, he designed both The Sound of Music and Mamma Mia!. Past credits include Elektra (SOU); Into the Woods (SVST); The Secret Garden (SVST). He has also designed for the Oregon Fringe Festival and the Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU (Music and Theatre Performances).
Amanda Guarisco (Co-Production Coordinator) is over-the-moon excited to be a part of the SVST team once again. This is a busy summer, but she is more than ecstatic to be a part of such an amazing theatre. Amanda is currently finishing the education program at Eastern Washington University. She hopes to one day teach theatre at the high school level.