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.
General Manager / Artistic Director
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 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.
Jennifer Keeney’s involvement with LifeHouse Theater began in 2007 when she brought her daughters to see “Anne of Green Gables.” Soon she was volunteering with three of her four children, taking tickets, selling cookies, and doing a lot of smiling. At the urging of her oldest daughter, she auditioned for a part in the ensemble of “The Hiding Place” in 2009, which became the first in a long line of productions she and her children were involved in. In 2016, she had the honor of returning to “The Hiding Place”, this time playing Betsie ten Boom. Jennifer continued to volunteer when she wasn’t on stage, and joined the staff in 2017 as the President’s secretary. She loves working in such a friendly, Christian environment, and looks forward to doing whatever she can to have a successful production and satisfied patrons.
Jennifer has lived in the Redlands area since 1996, and loves the historic atmosphere of the town. She is the proud mother of four adult children, all of whom have been involved in theater in some way, and looks forward to the day her granddaughter is old enough to join her on stage. Jennifer continues to perform in one or two shows a season, and “loves every minute of it.”
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.
Zach first got involved, as many do, by performing onstage. During his time performing, Zach become interested in the tech side of theater, and began volunteering with the tech crew for shows he was not performing in. In 2018, Zach took the position of Technical Coordinator and keeps the lights and sound for each production at high standards.
When Zach is not performing or working with LifeHouse, he is quickly making a name for himself as an amateur magician under the name Zany Zach, dazzling audiences with a witty blend of humor and illusions, all with a family friendly angle.
Jacob Michel began acting in shows at LifeHouse Theater since he was 9 years old, with his first show being “Tom Sawyer.” Ever since then he has enjoyed being in productions at LifeHouse, including LifeTales and Sunday Night Specials. Growing up at the theater has helped him learn the importance of teamwork. He now works building sets at LifeHouse to help bring the stories to life.
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).
OLIN RICHEY, SR.
LifeHouse Writer’s Group Coordinator
Cathy Flores came to LifeHouse Theater when she joined the cast of “Jane Eyre” in 2008. Later that year, she became a member of the LifeHouse Theater Writers’ Group. Since then, Cathy has become involved in almost every aspect of LifeHouse Theater including: acting, directing, costuming, props, set painting, and even selling tickets in the Box Office, but her true passion has been for writing scripts. Cathy has written two LifeHouse Theater On-The-Air audio dramas (“Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” and “The Count of Monte Cristo”) and three LifeHouse Theater plays: 2018’s “The Snow Queen,” 2011’s “The Count of Monte Cristo,” and 2010’s “The Cross and the Switchblade,” and she plans to write many more. Cathy Flores is the Secretary for the current LifeHouse Theater Writers’ Group where she organizes and runs meetings.