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.”
Jeff also 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.”
Guest Relations / Head Costumer
Tiffany joined the LifeHouse Theater staff at the beginning of 2021, but had been involved with the organization for many years before. She has performed in numerous productions and has costumed many more.
Tiffany is a 2021 graduate of the University of Redlands.
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.
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.
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.