David Minton (Executive & Artistic Director) has directed, produced, and acted in professional theatre for the last 30 years. Before coming to Takoma Park, David produced and managed off-Broadway theatre in New York. Before New York he directed the Addison Centre Theatre in Dallas, Texas, and led the development of its new state-of-the-art facility called by Theatre Crafts magazine “a Theatre for the 21st Century”. He has an M.A. in English Literature and an MBA in policy and planning. Besides directing, David instructs stage combat rehearsals and is a playwright. He joined Lumina as Co-Director in 2000 and became the Executive Director in 2007.
Julie Reiner (Managing Director) has been involved in some aspect of theatre for 30 years, beginning with back stage and production work at the University of Maryland’s Tawes Theatre, and then moving on to co-found The Children’s Chorus of Silver Spring and the Sogo African Rhythm Ensemble. Ms. Reiner studied theatre and business at Montgomery College and the University of Maryland and has a degree in Business Administration. Ms. Reiner joined the Lumina staff in 2003.
Wendy R. Eck (Costume Designer and Maker) has worked with Lumina for over 10 years, first as a volunteer, then as apprentice to the Director and Costumer, Jillian Raye. Wendy became Designer & Costumer in late 2006 and has now designed more than 40 shows. Wendy has always spent much of her free time designing and sewing clothes, as well as other craftwork, for herself, family and various craft shows and small businesses.
Wendy has college degrees in Psycholinguistics and Nursing, and a graduate degree in Elementary Education.