Executive Director - Deborah Nelson Pick
Deborah Nelson Pick is the Founder and Executive Director of Prairie Fire. She has over 30 years of professional theatre experience in the areas of acting, directing, choreography, and design. She has also worked with physically and developmentally challenged children. Originally from Wisconsin, Deborah has made her home in Minnesota since attending the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She established PFCT in 1987. Deborah oversees the artistic direction of Prairie Fire designing the sets and costumes and collaborating on the development of scripts and music.
Artistic Director - Jeremy Day
Jeremy Day was born and raised in Spencer, WI. He earned his bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theater Performance and Arts Administration in 2009 from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. Jeremy first toured with Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre in the summer of 2006 as Captain Hook in Peter Pan. Since then, he has toured with Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol, The Wizard of Oz, and Tom Sawyer. Jeremy has been involved as a Camp Director for the last 5 years including: Jack and the Beanstalk, Alladin, Pinocchio, Snow White, and Robin Hood. He previously served as the Managing Director and took over as Artistic Director this summer.
Tour Manager - Lauren Longyear
Lauren hails from Stamford, Connecticut and spent her collegiate career at Ashland University in Ashland, OH where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre. Lauren began her career performing with various regional theaters including Maples Repertory Theatre in Macon, MO, Festival 56 in Princeton, IL, and Horn in the West in Boone, NC. Lauren shifted her work to children's theatre, performing in national tours of Cinderella and Pippi Longstocking with American Family Theatre, then later performing and teaching at Birmingham Children's Theatre in Alabama. Lauren joined PFCT in 2013 and has since toured in productions of Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jack and the Beanstalk, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Robin Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Tom Sawyer, and The Wizard of Oz. She now happily steps into the role of Tour Manager, coordinating with all our tour teams, assisting with script and music creation, fabrication, and editing, hiring, as well as assisting in our summer camp. Lauren is thrilled to be part of such a wonderful team providing exciting and nessesary arts exposure to children across the Midwest.
Technical Director - Bryan Farthing
Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Bryan earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Alfred University in Alfred, NY where he had the opportunity to work with The Children's Learning Initiative, a program focused on outreach to at risk kids exposing them to the benefits of higher education.
Before coming to Prairie Fire, Bryan worked in Auburn, NY with Merry-Go-Round Theatre and in Fairbanks, Alaska with Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre. He joined PFCT in 2011 and has toured many PFCT shows including Tom Sawyer, Alladin, Cinderella, Robin Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Peter Pan, and Pinocchio. This season, Bryan stepped in the position of Technical Director, overseeing set and prop construction, maintenance of our vehicle fleet, as well as artistic consultation regarding scripts, hiring, and touring. Bryan is excited to take on this new position with PFCT, a company so dear to his heart.