Misty Beck – Director of Theatre
Misty is in her 17th year at PCC and her 6th year as Director of Theatre. Previously, she held the titles of Coordinator of Media Service and Director of Student Activities while working as an assistant in the performing arts department. She is a graduate of Pratt Community College and an alumna of the department as well. She completed her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees at Pittsburg State University. Misty knew at an early age that she enjoyed directing and has been singing for as long as she can remember. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and singing with both the praise band at her church and the community praise band “On the Hill”.
J.J. Rupe -- Director of Music
In his 9th year at PCC, J.J. is Director of Vocal and Instrumental Music. His performance career spans over 30 years, including performing with Louis Bellson, Arturo Sandoval, Bob Montgomery, and many others. He has held roles in musicals and operas, including the role of Rinnucio on Puccini’s Gianni Schicci. J.J. is a graduate of Fort Hays State University and holds a master’s degree from Wichita State University. In his spare time, J.J. serves as a DJ at Radio Kansas – the local NPR station as well as drumming for a variety of functions. He lives with his wife Janita, 5 cats, and Copper, his toy Shi Tsu. J.J. loves getting the opportunity to work with students and community members alike, and looks forward to the future of Performing Arts at PCC!
Jeremy Patterson – Technical Director
Jeremy attended Pratt Community College as a member of the theatre department and has really never left. His broad knowledge of and ability to fix just about EVERYTHING makes him a valuable asset to our program. Jeremy’s day job is working in the community as a copier and computer technician, but his evenings are filled with the sounds of table saws and sanders as he supervises the technical production aspect of our programs. Jeremy is also known in our program as the ultimate understudy often finding his way into the productions in cameo roles and filling in for sick cast members, etc. He is very versatile!
Leah Patterson – Assistant Tech Director/Scenic Design
Leah has been involved with the performing arts department for many years. She is our scenic design director and head painter. A gifted artist, Leah has been making magic happen with our sets for the last six years. During the day, Leah can be found working in the Nursing Department at PCC as their secretary. Leah assists in the supervision of the technical production classes and serves as our house manager as well.
Melissa Jacobs -- Choreographer
Melissa has been involved with the performing arts department for the last six years providing choreography for our musical productions, adjunct dance instruction and much more. She is the owner of Studio MJ Dance Studios of Pratt and Medicine Lodge. She has been dancing since an early age and uses her love of dance to empower our actors to do more than they think possible on stage. She lives in Pratt with her husband, Josh (an Encore/performing arts alum) and her two children Olivia and Thatcher.
Duane Hanks – Accompanist
Duane has been playing the piano for over half a century. He grew up in Southern California where he studied classical music, learned to accompany choirs, and twice toured Europe as an accompanist. Since moving to Kansas, Duane has enjoyed playing for the choirs of Pratt High School and Pratt Community College. Besides music, he enjoys model railroading, gardening, and chess. He is currently ranked as the 35th best chess player in the state of Kansas.