WAYNE R. SCOTT
Founder and President
Wayne R. Scott is the president and founder of LifeHouse Productions, Inc. and LifeHouse Theater of Redlands, CA. He is a writer, composer, producer and director who has authored 30 original musicals and numerous other widely produced works. He has also produced and directed eight musicals at the internationally known Redlands Bowl, including “Disney’s Mary Poppins,” “Annie,” “The Sound of Music,” and “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” for the Redlands Community Music Association.
A UC Riverside political science and religious studies double major, Scott holds a master’s degree in theological studies. His master’s thesis, a musical version of the novel “Ben-Hur,” has been widely produced to audiences of many thousands and earned him his seminary President’s Award for Creative Biblical Thinking.
Scott has also served the California State Legislature as a field representative and office manager for Assemblyman William R. Leonard; as a social studies teacher, Vice Principal and drama department founder for Arrowhead Christian Academy (where he wrote the school’s alma mater); and as an associate pastor with Trinity Church of Redlands.
In addition to his original musicals, Scott is the author and designer of the popular “Bethlehem Marketplace” walk-through adventure, an annual Christmas interactive production seen by thousands of guests at select locations around the United States. He also wrote a thirteen episode nationally distributed video series for children, “The Kids of Rainbow Cove.”
He has also written, produced and narrated numerous commercial video productions for a variety of companies and non-profit organizations, including Hospital Chaplains of America, Mission Aviation Fellowship, and Ronald McDonald House.
Scott has won nine Inland Theater League awards for writing, composing, and directing. He has also received two Inland Theater League Awards for acting and a special citation for founding LifeHouse Productions.
Among Scott’s critically acclaimed productions are original versions of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Treasure Island,” “Oliver,” “ Beauty and the Beast,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “ It’s A Wonderful Life,” “Scrooge,” “Anne of Green Gables,” “ Little Women, “ “Esther,” “ Joseph,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Cinderella,” and “ Aladdin.” He has also co-authored original musical versions of “Pocahontas,” “Moses,” “The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk,” “Florence Nightingale,” “Anne of Avonlea,” “The Secret Garden,” “Tom Sawyer,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and others. He has dramatized many of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories and the works of Anton Chekov.
A theater unique in the nation, LifeHouse produces original musicals nearly every week of the year to more than 30,000 guests and season subscribers. Located in a historic Redlands building, which Scott’s company remodeled in 1999, LifeHouse Theater features 210 stadium-style seats. LifeHouse Theater received a California Legislature Resolution honoring the theater’s work and community service. LifeHouse also offers programs in musical theater production for youngsters. In addition, LifeHouse Productions also tours musicals and offers “LifeTales,” a musical biography series for school students that features curriculum guides available to educators. The critically acclaimed series profiles “Alexander Graham Bell,” “Abraham Lincoln,” “Jackie Robinson,” and others.
Jeff officially joined the staff in 2006 but has been associated with LifeHouse Theater as a performer, director and volunteer since its inception in 1992.
Jeff graduated Azusa Pacific University with a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism. He has applied those skills as a freelance writer/reviewer for the San Bernardino Sun newspaper and as publicist for both Junior University and LifeHouse Theater. Before coming to LifeHouse, Jeff worked at National Oak Distributors, working in sales, marketing and IT departments.
Jeff has performed in over 40 productions with LifeHouse Theater, with some of his most memorable roles being the Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz,” Fenris Ulf in “The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe” and Drusus in “Ben-Hur.” He has also performed with such organizations as Junior University, Redlands Bowl Association and Heartland Players. Jeff has also directed over 45 different productions including “Treasure Island,” “Pilgrim’s Progress,” “The Foreigner,” and “Little House on the Prairie.” He has been nominated for numerous Inland Theatre League awards for performing and directing and received an award for his direction of “Aladdin.”
Most recently, Jeff wrote and directed the original musical “Alice in Wonderland” which he also directed in it’s premiere run at LifeHouse Theater.
Debbie first came to LifeHouse Theater as a patron during its first full theatrical season in 1995. Her daughter, Brenda, was cast in her first LifeHouse show, “The Wizard of Oz” in 1996 which caused the entire family to get involved. Her son, Steven, helped with lighting and her husband, Mike, ran the sound. Debbie volunteered regularly as an usher, selling concessions and assisted with costuming until she was hired in March 1999 to work as a reservationist, eventually moving into the positions she now holds.
Debbie is thrilled that she is able to work for a ministry organization with such wonderful people. Her creative contribution can be seen on the performers as she is the resident costumer.
Sally has been involved with the theater for as long as she can remember. Professionally, she was a teacher for fifteen years while raising three boys and being a ministers’ wife. During her teaching years, she worked with many theater projects, including a boys’ choir who lovingly called her “Sergeant.”
She and her family moved to Redlands in 1970 and Sally continued working in the theater, producing a “Fractured Follies” for the Redlands Community Hospital and working as the stage manager for the musicals at the Redlands Bowl. She also was a part of many community associations including The Redlands Bowl Association, Assistance League, Breakfast Club, and the Kimberly Crest docents.
She has always loved the LifeHouse Theater productions, bringing her grandchildren as often as possible as well as many friends. Working with Wayne Scott at the Bowl gave her the opportunity to work with LifeHouse as Executive Secretary, a job she cherishes. She feels a commitment to and camaraderie with the wonderful people she has come to know and love.
Diana enjoys her work in the front office with reservations, public relations and publicity. She feels privileged to have worked with a variety of people and personalities over the years.
Diana began as a LifeHouse volunteer in 1994, as usher for the Arrowhead Bowl productions of “Ben-Hur” and “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” She continued as a volunteer in the lighting & sound department for several years and was delighted to join the office staff in 2000.
Diana majored in music at Crafton Hills College. Though preferring not to get involved in the performance aspect of theater, Diana has been featured in a couple Inland Empire productions, including “The Sound of Music” at the Redlands Bowl (directed by Wayne Scott) and “Fable,” another local production. She has also served as Music Director in various Inland Empire churches.
Diana has been married to her husband, Ken, since 1986 and they have two lovely grown daughters, Laura and Amy, both happily married- which also makes her a delighted mother-in-law!
Rachel began working at LifeHouse Theater in 2014. She was introduced to LifeHouse through her mother, who has been a volunteer here at the theater for many years. She enjoys all of the organizational aspects of LifeHouse and is instrumental in taking care of the many and varied projects of the theater.
Rachel is a native of the area and graduated from Redlands East Valley High School. She enjoys photography, camping and all things fun as long as it is with her boyfriend, Nick and her dog, Wednesday.
Janna joined our staff in 2016. She is a native of Redlands and graduate of Redlands High School. She attended College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California where she studied interior design.
She retired from Beaver Medical Group/Epic Management in 2012 after 35 years of service. As much as she loves retirement, she decided that she still had a few good years of service left in her and has come to LifeHouse Theater working in our Box Office. Janna has always loved live theater and counts it a privilege to work in such a friendly, Christian environment.
Janna is a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland and enjoys singing in her church choir.
Dane has enjoyed stories from an early age, starting with his grandfather’s bedtime tales. As years passed, he quickly discovered that the stage was the best way to capture and experience the power of stories. And when he realized that human history is God’s redemptive drama and the universe his stage, Dane’s imagination was ignited to see Christ magnified through the performing arts.
Dane studied drama at Biola University, theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and holds an M.A. in Humanities from Faulkner University, writing his thesis on the idea of God as Dramatist-Director. He currently teaches theater and English at Lake Arrowhead Christian School.
Since 2012, He and his wife have founded and led youth theater programs in KY, TN, and CA, running drama and improv camps during the summers to provide additional training for students of all ages. Alongside his wife, Dane has written and directed a number of productions including, “Arabian Nights,” “Robin Hood,” “Peter Pan,” and “Anne of Green Gables.” He currently directs and writes for Arrowhead Theatre Arts, a theater program in Lake Arrowhead, serving students in 4th-12th grade.
He also serves as Executive Director of Stage & Story, a ministry dedicated to cultivating the Christian Imagination. Through conferences, workshops, and camps, Stage & story seeks to partner with like-minded Christians and organizations to provide mentorship through the performing arts.
Machir Lakofka considers herself an itinerant costumer-for-hire, with freelance experience spanning from community and children’s theatre to university and professional companies throughout Southern California.
She holds Bachelor of Art degrees in Fine Art – Graphic Design and Theatre Design/Tech from California State University, San Bernardino (2011). Her first exposure to LifeHouse Theater was as an Intro to Theatre student writing play reviews in 2007. A couple years later at the urging of one of her college friends involved at the theatre, Machir volunteered for set painting for LifeHouse’s production of Sense and Sensibility. Her first costuming production at the theatre was Man of La Mancha (2013). Since then, she has become part of the rotation of costumers for the past few seasons.
Past costume design credits include: Julius Caesar, Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Courtyard Shakespeare Festival), Peter and the Starcatcher, The Hiding Place, Life is a Dream, Pirated!, Fahrenheit 451 (California Baptist University, Riverside), Oklahoma! (Redlands Bowl), 12 Angry Jurors, Paul, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Elijah, Phantom, Revelation – the Musical, Samson (LifeHouse Theater, Redlands), Annie, Chicago, Into the Woods, The Secret Garden (Performance Riverside), The Music Man, The Sound of Music (TVP, Temecula), Snow White (Junior University), The Rainmaker (Footlighters, Redlands), Willy Wonka Jr, Honk!, Disney’s Little Mermaid, My Son Pinocchio and Seussical (Aldersgate Theater Arts).
Director/Coordinator of LifeHouse Theater Outreach
Eric has been involved in theater since childhood. he came to LifeHouse during the auditions for “The Wizard of Oz” in 2007 where he played the role of Uncle Henry and has continued to perform, playing such roles as Captain Smollett in “Treasure Island,” Bert the Cop in “It’s A Wonderful Life” and multiple roles in “Pilgrim’s Progress.” Eric has been serving LifeHouse Theater in special projects, focusing on the maintenance and improvement of the LifeHouse Theater in addition to his work with the LifeHouse Theater Outreach.
He has been married to his wife Kelly for 22 years and has two children, Jasmine and Dylan. He oversaw the music and drama ministry at his church in North San Bernardino for thirteen years and also served as the Associate Pastor for eight years where he became a Licensed Minister in 1992. It has always been his desire to use the arts to reach people’s heart for the Lord and through the opportunity that LifeHouse has afforded, it has become a reality.
Marketing Director – LifeTales and Theaterscript.com
It’s hard to say exactly when Steve first became involved with LifeHouse Theater. He met Wayne Scott in 1982 when Wayne was a teacher at ACA. Then Steve was involved with the drama ministry at a local church that Wayne headed up. Some time later, Steve’s talented kids got involved on stage at LifeHouse and soon pulled him along with them. Steve has been involved in many aspects of LifeHouse including actor, director, and producer.
Over the years, Steve has been asked to oversee several special projects for LifeHouse. Out of these special projects, has grown the opportunity to oversee the marketing of two of his favorite pieces of the LifeHouse product “family”; LifeTales and Theaterscript.com.