This topic is about understanding creative talent in others and yourself, nurturing/leading teams or a business, recognizing passion/opportunity, and ultimately translating your heart through your creative endeavors. Join us at the Empire House Theatre at Old Cowtown Museum on May 7th at 7p.
Kimlan Sandwiches will be catering.—
For parking, please drive past the main entrance and follow the signs for “Empire House” and park in the back parking lot. It will say reserved/employee parking- No worries-Park there anyways. The front entrance will not be open.




Ed Baker joined the Faculty of Wichita State University in Fall of 2006 as Assistant Professor, Technical Theatre in the School of Performing Arts. Ed Earned a BA in Communication-Speech/Theatre from Wichita State University in 1988 and the MFA in Theatre at Ohio University in 1991; Ed has served as Carpenter, Project Manager and Technical Director for Spaeth Design in New York City, Production Manager for TA Millwork in Wichita, KS as well as a wide And varied career as an actor and a freelance technical director / carpenter Off-broadway, off-off broadway and around the country. Besides his duties at The University, Ed is Production Manager for Id Theatre’s Seven Devils Playwright’s Conference.

His Research Agenda is rooted in Entrepreneurship as a guiding principal for the creative worker and artist.

Virtually every university in the U.S. teaches the technical skills for making a play in the theatre.  Ed is building a way to teach students the skills to make a career in the theatre. Over the next two years he hopes to work with a select group of Wichita State University students to develop two or more devices for the performing arts that will follow the ProDowser Development model.  The students involved in development will then be allowed to decide if they will Patent or leave open their creations.  They will decide whether to sell or retain rights.  The devices that they develop will be their own to do with as they choose.

There are very few jobs available in the theatre today.  There are, however, unlimited opportunities for our students as they enter the working world. By giving them the tools of creativity, innovation and invention along with the skills of the entrepreneur we provide them with more than technical ability to work for their food.  We provide them with the tools to build the Theatre Culture of the Twenty-first Century.

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Troy R. Wells is a lifelong Wichitan who first fell in love with graphic design through his parent’s album covers and skateboard decks of the 1980s and 90s. Constantly doodling on book covers grew into art classes and eventually a degree from Wichita State. Since then he has worked in everything from advertising to publishing, honing his writing skills along the way. Troy is a big fan of music, pop culture, menswear and college basketball. He is now working as communications graphic artist at the Kansas Humane Society which has him wearing multiple hats.

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Carol Lujano has worked in advertising, radio, and media in Wichita for over 30 years, seems to know everybody around town. Her latest venture finds Carol as the Owner and Publisher of Womens Focus Magazine, a local staple for nearly a decade. A native of Newton and mother of two sons who live in Lawrence, Carol has served on boards of several non-profit agencies and currently serves on the operations committee for Wichita Festivals with other “red shirt” volunteers of the community. Carol’s work ethic and zest for life have contributed to great success in all of her professional endeavors. She rises early and often works to the wee hours of the morning. Walks with her two dogs, enjoyment of the arts, and a few road trips a year are her greatest extravagances. A staple of the community, and one of the most compassionate people you’ll ever meet, you have a friend in Carol Lujano.

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