Executive Staff

Libby Pedersen- Executive Director

Libby holds a Bachelor’s degree from Columbia College Chicago in Theatre with an emphasis in performance and a concentration in Elementary Arts education. In her career on stage Libby appeared in more than 150 regional productions but it was off stage working with young artists and creating youth arts opportunities that helped IGNITE her path. Libby worked toward regional arts opportunities for youthserving as Youth Programs Coordinator at Stray Dog Theatre (while there creating Stray Pups Youth Theatre), founding Ignite Theatre Company and serving as its executive director. "I could not be more proud of the Community Ignite has helped create and the SPARKs who exemplify Ignite’s mission of Great People first, Great Performers second every day and in every direction." When she’s not focused on all things Ignite Libby resides in Shrewsbury with her filmmaker husband, Jørgen and their spoiled dog, Icky. 

 KIMBERLY KAVANAGH- Managing Director 

Kimberly’s desire to connect arts and community building led her right to Ignite’s front door! With a background in non-profits, the hospitality industry, and teaching, Kimberly is no stranger to supporting her community through arts opportunities. Home and abroad, volunteering in Columbia to brings arts to young performers who truly need a voice. Kimberly’s ever-changing hair color, signature style and love of binge watching “Pretty Little Lairs” keeps Ignite’s SPARKs on their toes and dancing in the streets!

J. Keller Ryan- Director of
Operations and Production

J. Keller Ryan received his Bachelor in Theatre Arts from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Since moving to the Saint Louis area in May he has worked with various theatre companies/groups in the area including the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as an electrician, and Harris-Stowe University as the Lighting and Sound Designer for their production of The Bluest Eye. He has also worked as a Scenic Designer for R-S Theatrics’ production of Animals Out of Paper.

He looks forward to marrying Ignite Prop Master and long time love, Kristine St. Gemme in 2020.  

 Guest Artists 

AhSa-Ti Nu Tyehimba-Ford Music Director


Katherine Cai - Stage manager

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Gregory Theron- Director

Ashreale McDowell- Choreographer

Amber Linde- Imrov

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Cecily King- Choreographer

Mallory Golden Music Direction


Jennifer Buchheit- Music Director/Accompanist

Darrious Varner- School Partnership Coordinator

Maddi Weglarz-Ward- Costumer