Todd Henry (Executive Director)
Todd is a graduate of the LSU Theatre Department and a rostered artist with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. At LSU he studied under John Dennis, Walt Wilson (Shakespeare & Co), and Barry Kyle (RSC) and was seen on stage in productions including Inherit the Wind, Galileo, Summer and Smoke, Two Gents, Accidental Death of the Anarchist, The Rivals, and Merchant of Venice to name a few. After graduation he spent 7 years in Los Angeles where he worked with such theatre companies as The Evidence Room, Blank the Dog, and LA Connection Comedy Theatre and appeared in several commercial, music video, TV and film projects. He has been employed at Playmakers for the past 8 years where he has been seen in many productions including Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, How I Became a Pirate, Godspell, and the world premiere of Hallmark’s Live! From Club Dead. He has been with Playmakers since 2008 and has worked his way up from Artist in Residence, Tour Manager, Education Director, Managing Director, to finally Executive Director. Outside of Playmakers he serves as the Louisiana State Coordinator for the National Poetry Out Loud Initiative.
Danielle Adams (Education/Tour Director)
Danielle is a Baton Rouge native who graduated from The Runnels School. She attended the University of South Alabama for two years on the Laidlaw Performance Scholarship as well as the ABWA musical theatre scholarship. She studied theatre performance and voice and performed in A Year with Frog and Toad, Buried Child, and Bargains and received a Best Actress of the Season department award. While completing her degree at LSU, she served as dramaturg for the LSU Studio production Fat Pig. Danielle holds a Louisiana Teacher Certification and spent several semesters serving as the Talented Theatre instructor for grades K-6 across four schools in the Zachary Community School District. Danielle has worked for Playmakers in many capacities over the years acting in both mainstage and touring productions, serving as Tour Manager, and teaching classes. She has played such roles for Playmakers as Pinkalicious, Junie B. Jones, Pippi Longstocking, and Dorothy Gale.
Colt Neidhardt (Artistic Director)
Colt Neidhardt is an Actor and Director who has worked regionally with Swine Palace, Nebraska Shakespeare, Kansas City Fringe, The Post Playhouse, Great Plains Theatre Conference and others. He holds an MA in Directing from The University of Nebraska-Omaha and recently completed his MFA in Acting at Louisiana State University.
Recent credits include: Swine Palace’s As You Like It, Clybourne Park, Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, SPILL, Romeo and Juliet, All My Sons and School for Lies; Nebraska Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Comedy of Errors; OCP’s Streetcar Named Desire and August: Osage County.
Neidhardt is proud to be a native of the great plains of Nebraska and is even more proud to have Louisiana serve as his adoptive home.
Joshua Allred (Artist in Residence)
Josh is a Texas native and recent graduate of LSU where he received his degree in Theatre Arts Administration with a Business minor. While at LSU he worked with Swine Palace Productions as a Marketing and Development Intern, researching and writing grants as well as aiding in the development of recruitment materials for the LSU Department of Theatre. As an actor he has been seen in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Barfee (LSU Mainstage), Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew (Swine Palace) and Howie in How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back (Playmakers/Swine Palace). He has also performed with Summer Stock Austin for four seasons in such shows as The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors, Oklahoma! andSweet Charity. Recently he has worked with both the Manship Theatre and Playmakers as an instructor and stage manager for their summer camps. He is very excited to be working with Playmakers!
We all look forward to meeting you at the theatre!