board of directors
Sharon Larkin – President
Rocky Shutter – Vice President
Barbara Mundinger – Secretary
Barb Sullivan – Treasurer
Pattie Boelsing - Board Member/Box Office Manager
Colleen Richer – Board Member/Business & Facility Manager
Steve Jones - Board Member
Larry Barbibeau – Board Member
Dr. Bridget Owens – Board Member
Samantha Komay - Board Member
Lori Ripley – Board Member
Sharon Frenz - Board Member
Barbara Stafslien – Board Member
Dr. Christine Jacobsen - Board Member
Christine Hennegan – Board Member
Born and raised in Tomah, I attended Tomah High School and University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. In 1964 I married Terry Larkin, worked at Northwest Telephone Company long distance and accounting departments, then taught piano and organ lessons for over twenty-five years.
In 1978, purchased a motel, mobile home park and service station complex in Tomah. Terry was a partner in Larkin’s GMC dealership, so I managed the “Lark Inn”.
Terry and I have three children, seven grandchildren and two great grandsons.
Sixteen years ago, I became actively involved with the Area Community Theatre. I helped to find a new location for the organization when they were forced to leave their longtime home at Fort McCoy and I was instrumental in the purchase of the former CenturyTel building, which ACT now occupies. As a board member, I’ve held the positions of Box Office Manager, Treasurer and Director of Development. Terry and I usher at many performances, help with fundraisers and have been involved with the recent renovations. I’ve enjoyed meeting many wonderful people through ACT.
It will be a privilege to represent all of the ACT members as their President for the next two years. Performing arts is my passion. I would hope that my business experience would be an asset in this position and at this exciting time.
brian "rocky" shutter
I have been involved with ACT for over thirty years and continue to be inspired by anything related to theatre. I have served as Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of ACT through the years. I am presently holding down the responsibility of being secretary and house manager.
I love directing plays as well as occasionally acting in some productions. I love volunteering in the box office as well. Theatre is such an important part of my life. Now that I have retired from the Tomah Area School District, I can devote even more time to such a worthwhile organization. ACT will always be a part of my life.
I am a retired teacher with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Martin Luther College and a Master of Education from the University of Central Florida. I have two grown sons and two young grandchildren.
I retired two years ago after teaching 38 years in MI, FL and CA. I became interested in theater at Brookwood High School appearing in class plays and being involved in Forensics. I have appeared in “The King and I”, “The Secret Garden”, and “Oliver” in CA. I was hooked again after appearing in “Sex Please We’re Sixty here at the Area Community Theatre. Since I love appearing on stage, I feel obligated to become involved in decision making and all aspects of keeping ACT running. You will see me selling concession, ushering, helping get out the newsletter, fundraising, cleaning or serving as stage manager.
I have served as secretary of a church council and president of the church’s pre-school board. I volunteer at La Grange EL and Tomah Museum.
I have loved theater since I was a small child, and have been involved in organized theater in various capacities since the eighth grade. Upon my retirement in 2012 from the Tomah Area School District I was ready to spend more time at ACT. I am currently the ACT Board’s treasurer, one of the box office managers, and public relations chair.
I co-directed “The Queen of Bingo” for ACT, and have taken supporting roles in “The Sound of Music and Oliver”. In February 2018 I will play Abby Brewster in “Arsenic and Old Lace”. I look forward to many years working to promote live theater through Area Community Theatre.