Founding Members

Founding Members

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Misti Boland is an accomplished motion picture production designer and writer/director. As a production designer, she has overseen art department on dozens of film projects, and
as a director, her films have both screened and won awards in festivals across the country. Her short script was a finalist in the 2013 Kansas City Women in Film screenplay competition.

Christie Scanlin Dobson


Christie Scanlin Dobson is a registered drama therapist and theater artist who transplanted back to her college town of Lawrence, KS, having started her career in Seattle, Washington in 1992. Christie worked in Seattle’s nonprofit sector for Seattle Opera, Open Circle Theatre and Seattle Children’s Theatre, as well as homeless shelters and domestic violence programs as an artist, administrator and advocate closely aligning with organizations providing arts outreach to the community. With her Master’s degree in drama therapy from Kansas State University, Christie has continued to shape her professional work around the use of expressive arts, especially theater and film, for healing and social awareness with youth. Christie acts in Lawrence, Topeka and in Kansas City, and appeared in the local feature film, Earthwork. Christie also sings for special projects and occasions, most recently with the Topeka Symphony with friends from the Americana Music Academy.

Marlo Angell

Marlo has a B.A. degree in Film/Video Production from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television. Her short film, Cigar By Car, was screened in festivals across the country including the AFI Los Angeles Film Festival. She wrote and directed the feature film Waiting For The Son, starring Lupe Ontiveros and Brian Aldiss and she produced and edited the documentaries Mariachi Estrella and From Football to Futbol. She is currently developing a full length play called His and Hers which was recently workshopped as part as the Fire Your Muse New Play Festival. Marlo works as a freelance videographer, provides media services for the Lawrence Arts Center and curates the Free State Film Festival.

Laura Kirk


After graduating from the University of Kansas, Laura started her career in New York City, where she was a founding member of the Workhouse Theatre Company and founding teacher for the Dreamyard Drama Project now Dreamyard Prep School in the Bronx.  Laura acted off Bradway, regionally, in commercials, television and film.  Laura Kirk co-wrote and starred in the film Lisa Picard is Famous, directed by Griffin Dunne.  Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, Picard was featured in many International and American festivals, then opened at Film Forum in New York City.  She executive produced and starred in the feature Earthwork written and directed by Chris Ordal, starring Oscar nominated actor, John Hawkes.  Earthwork received two thumbs up from
Ebert Presents at the Movies and was called a “flawless gem” by the Los Angeles Times.

Emmett’s Black Body will be Kirk’s fourth collaboration with Kevin Willmott starting with the film The Battle for Bunker Hill.  Bunker – embraced by the ACLU as a mouthpiece for personal rights.  Kirk starred in the film and served as an associate producer.  Additionally Kirk was featured in the 2009 Sundance premiere of The Only Good Indian starring Wes Studi.  Most recently Kirk served as executive producer on Willmott’s feature film Jayhawkers – a story of legendary coach Phog Allen and time when Wilt Chamberlain influenced desegregation of Lawrence, Kansas.