Artistic Advisory Board

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Gary Wayne Barker

Gary has performed, directed and taught internationally. Saint Louis area companies with which he has performed include The Repertory Theatre Saint Louis, The Shakespeare Festival Saint Louis, Avalon Theatre Company, Upstream Theatre Company, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, HotCity Theatre, River City Theatre, Ozark Actors Theatre, HH Studios, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Historyonics. Local highlights include Boolie in DRIVING MISS DAISY (for which he was awarded the 2005 Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor) at The New Jewish Theatre, and Sam in THE HOMECOMING (for which he was given a Judy Award by the Post-Dispatch) at City Players. 


Gary is represented by TalentPlus and regularly appears in film and commercial projects. He holds an MFA in acting from Michigan State University, with advanced study at The Actors Center in New York and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Gary is a Resident Artist with Mustard Seed Theatre. He is a Professor of Acting and the Chair of Fine and Performing Arts at Saint Louis University.

Deanna Jent
Deanna Jent, Artistic Director

Deanna Jent is a Professor of Theatre at Fontbonne University, where she has taught and directed shows since the fall of 1995. Deanna has been nominated five times for the Kevin Kline “Best Director” award and won the Kline award for Best Production of 2007 for Standing on My Knees. In addition, three productions she directed (The Chosen, Going to See the Elephant, and Women’s Minyan) have won the Kline award for “Best Ensemble.” Deanna has directed at professional theatres throughout St. Louis, including the New Jewish Theatre, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Touring Company, The Orange Girls, ACT Inc., Stray Dog Theatre, and St. Louis Shakespeare. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from Northwestern University.

She is a playwright, a former Riverfront Times theatre critic and former editor of Christianity and Theatre magazine. Deanna founded Mustard Seed Theatre in the fall of 2007 and utilizes an Artistic Advisory Board of Resident Artists.

Kareem Deanes
Kareem Deanes

Kareem Deanes is a sound designer and middle school drama teacher. He has designed shows for Mustard Seed since the first season and is currently teaching a class in Sound Design at Fontbonne University.


Kareem was seen onstage in Mustard Seed Theatre shows The Good Times are Killing Meand Tartuffe.

Adam Flores
Adam Flores

Adam Flores is a proud 2007 graduate of Fontbonne University. In that same year, he partnered the National KCACTF Irene Ryan winner. He is a theatre educator and director, working with students in Parkway, Clayton, and Jefferson City Public Schools. As an actor he has worked professionally with HotCity, Non-Prophet, St. Louis Shakespeare, New Jewish, lilflo productions, and Straydog Theater. Under the direction of Artistic Director Deanna Jent, in 2008 he was nominated for a Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor.

Gary Glasgow
Gary Glasgow

Gary Glasgow is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and has appeared onstage with Mustard Seed in The Unseen and Till We Have Faces. He joined the faculty of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in 1993 and has extensive local and regional acting experience.

Nancy Lewis
Nancy Lewis

Nancy is honored to be an Artist In Residence with Mustard Seed Theatre and to be a part of this community of creative theatre professionals. She has worked with HotCity, New Jewish Theatre, Stray Dog, Shakespeare Festival St Louis, Orange Girls and, of course, Mustard Seed. She has been a member of award winning ensembles and in 2006 she received a Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play. She travels to art museums around the country performing a one woman educational theatre piece, A Conversation with Louise Nevelson. Prior to moving to St. Louis, Nancy was a ensemble member with Vanguard Theatre in Fullerton, CA. She has worked with Inland Valley Rep, Long Beach Playhouse and the L.A. County Fair. Favorite roles include Ruth Steiner (Collected Stories), Miss Helen (Road to Mecca), and Ma Wheeler (Going to See the Elephant).

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Carmen Larimore Russell

Carmen Russell is an Associate Professor of Communication Disorders at Fontbonne University, where she leads a summer theatre camp for children with assistive communication devices. She has worked as a stage manager and actress for many St. Louis theatre companies. She appeared onstage for Mustard Seed in Tartuffe, Shadowlands, andFalling and behind the scenes as a stage manager for several productions.

Kelley Weber 2016
Kelly Weber

Kelley (Ryan) Weber is Director of Theater for Clayton High School. She holds a Master’s in Fine Arts in Acting from University of Missouri, Kansas City and the Kansas City Rep. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Philosophy and Literature from Wheaton College. Kelley was an artist-in-residence in New York Public Schools and in Kansas City Public Schools on projects of social relevance. Kelley is a Master Teacher and Curriculum Specialist for the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival. She co- authored an original play, And Carl Laughed, at Clayton High School which toured St. Louis churches and was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2007.

Michael Sullivan 2015
Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Fontbonne University, the Technical Director and resident Lighting Designer. Mustard Seed Theatre lighting designs include Till We Have Faces, The Chosen, Shadowlands and An Almost Holy Picture(Kevin Kline nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design). Michael’s professional design work in St. Louis also includes lighting designs for HotCity Theatre, New Jewish Theatre, and Act Inc, and Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla, MO.

Carol Spehr

Carol Spehr was in the first Fontbonne class to graduate with a degree in Deaf Education; their class will celebrate their 50th anniversary this Fall. Carol is an Ambassador for “Nurses for Newborns” and is very active in the St. Louis Herbal Society. Carol was also one of the founding members of the Fontbonne Community Connection, a women’s giving circle that supports Fontbonne’s vision and mission. Carol has been active on Arts Boards and has been an avid supporter of Mustard Seed Theatre.

Bob Thibaut
Robert Thibeaut

Robert works for Enterprise and has been seen onstage at many St. Louis theatres. He graduated from Bishop DuBourg High School and received his BA from Saint Louis University in performing arts. TV credits include 90210, Better Off Ted, and Suite Life on Deck with Zach and Cody. Theatre credits include The Tempest and As You Like It with the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival. He performed in My Name is Asher Lev and received a Kevin Kline Award for his performance as Haskell in The Immigrant, both with New Jewish Theatre.

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Leslie Wobbe

Leslie Wobbe has worked in the St. Louis theatre community for 20 years as an actress and assistant director with several companies. She was a board member of ACT Inc. for over 15 years. A founding member of the Artistic Advisory Board for Mustard Seed Theatre, she has appeared onstage in Smoke on the Mountain, Till We Have Faces, Imaginary Jesus and Jane Eyre. Leslie has managed the Box Office and handled marketing and public relations for Mustard Seed since 2007.  She previously worked for the Arts and Education Council, Young Audiences of St. Louis, and the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission. Leslie holds a B.S. in Business from the University of Kansas and a B.A. in Arts Management from Fontbonne University.

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