Meet The Team
Todd Brooks has been on the board of SNAP! Productions for over twenty years. He has served as president for ten years. He is a graphic artist for a local Omaha company and prepares taxes seasonally for H&R Block. Performing since he was five, Todd has continued to entertain audiences across the region. Whether it is behind the scenes as a director, accompanist, arranger, writer or backup vocalist or on stage as an actor or singer, he can usually be found involved in some kind of arts endeavor. He continues to sing and play the piano for cabarets, churches, special events and performs with many professional choral groups.
Matt attended Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. Majoring in Theatre Arts. He also was a member of the New Theatre Conservatory, (formerly The New Ehrlich Theatre) and the New Theatre Apprentice Company, in Back Bay, Boston Mass. He has taken classes at The Groundlings in LA, and embarrassed himself at open mic nights throughout the Bay Area in Northern California. From Voice Over work to independent films, and animated projects in Europe, he has tried to familiarize himself with as much of the Performing Arts as possible. Coming to the Omaha area has been amazing. Seeing such a thriving Theater community, with so many opportunities has been inspiring.
Joey (director/actor/musician/properties/costuming) has tackled many directing opportunities with enthusiasm, "Music Man", "Beauty & the Beast" at Sioux City Community Theatre earned several ICTA (Iowa Community Theatre Association) Awards: Director, Costumes, Music Direction, Music Ensemble, Choreography and Best Scene Transitions. The following are shows that also earned ICTA Nominations: "Green Day's American Idiot", "Heathers", "Dog Fight", "Spring Awakening", "A Night With Shel Silverstein", "Jekyll and Hyde". (She has acted/music directed in many others as well.)
Since moving from Sioux City to Omaha in 2020, Joey's acting productions in the Omaha area include, Omaha Community Playhouse: "Bridges of Madison County" (Barbara Ford Award) (OEAA Nomination) "Ragtime" (OEAA Nomination), Once (OEAA Nomination), "On an Anxious Night in November 2020" (Alternative Programming), "Blue Barn's: Heroes of the Fourth Turning The Rose: Ella Enchanted" (OEAA Best Musical), "Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed". "Fringe Festival: Run for Cover", "All for One Theatre: Cinderella". Other theatrical appearances include: Lamb Theatre, Shot in the Dark, Evelyn Larson Theatre and Sioux City Community Theatre. Joey is active on the SNAP! and Bellevue Little Theatre Play Selection Committee, Theatre Arts Guild (TAG) Board Member, Opportunity Corps STEAM and took part of the Directing Fellowship at OCP 2021/2022. A teaching artist at SNJ Studios snd Rave-On productions, contemporary worship Music Leader - at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Papillion. (2019-now)
Artistic Director/Board Member at The Evelyn Larson Theatre/ Shot in the Dark Productions from (2013-2019). Directing/music directing/acting in 32 shows.
Joey hopes to continue the positive momentum that SNAP! had on the community. She has big love for theatre, for its actors, the process and respects the time and effort it takes to put on a quality show. Joey is ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Huzzah!
Michael’s love of theatre sparked when he was in the 2nd grade at Kirby Elementary School in San Antonio, Texas where he portrayed Linus Van Pelt in a production of "A Charlie Brown Christmas". His passion grew more with his first high school musical, South Pacific at Papillion/LaVista High School. He continued to pursue his love of theater during his Air Force career and was fortunate enough to go on a 6 week tour of Europe with Neil Simon’s Chapter Two. Upon his return to Nebraska after serving 6 years in the Air Force, Michael attended Tarkio College where he studied Theater Performance with a focus on Musical Theater. This paved the way for him to become an Equity Stage Manager for the Firehouse Dinner Theater. Michael then crossed paths with David Catalan and Michal Simpson and a handful of others who had this crazy idea of doing theater projects to Support (the) Nebraska Aids Project and that is when SNAP! Productions was born. Our first production was Safe Sex. Being a gypsy theatre company at that time we performed at various venues until we found our home on California Street in a partnership with the Shelterbelt Theater. Michael has performed with SNAP! in numerous productions and is best known for his zany portrayal of Hedda Hopper in the favorite holiday production of "Christmas with the Crawfords". Michael is very excited to once again become a member of the SNAP! family and serve on the board.
As a theater and music lover, Heather is excited to serve on the SNAP! Board of Directors. She has years of experience serving on Boards throughout the community, most recently as the President of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association-Nebraska Chapter. She has also been active in the local theater community, acting and singing in several shows. Professionally, she is in private practice as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, serving the Omaha and Council Bluffs communities.
Max Souza Doocy
Max has been a singer since the age of 6, starting with the Golden Gate Boys Choir in San Francisco, California. Passionate about music he continued with music through high school and received a full vocal music scholarship at Regis University in Denver and double majored in Political Science and Business Marketing.
Max currently works as the Director of Marketing & PR for the Old Omaha Team at Better Homes and Gardens. He also works abroad for a corporate training company based out of Portugal. Max is excited to bring the ability of using social media for public outreach, web design, and some Omaha connections willing to help re-brand SNAP!.This board of diverse forward thinking people will be perfect for reaching that goal. He does the same kind of work for two local boards as well, and can’t wait to assist with getting SNAP! Productions back to the public eye, and back to the loved and followed organization it once was.
Madelyn Hubbard is an arts manager and theatre professional in Omaha, Nebraska where she was born and raised. Madelyn truly loves the arts. Being a part of the process from the first design meeting to taking down the last piece at strike is what drives her every day to become a better professional. Please read more at her website:
Through her production management and artistic eye, Madelyn looks forward to furthering SNAP!'s mission to educate the audiences around us. She hopes to bring forward more misunderstood and unheard voices of our surrounding communities through SNAP!.
Felicia Rose Ariza
Felicia Ariza graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a Vocal concentration (trained in Musical Theatre and Opera). She’s been doing theatre since high school and has done everything from musicals to plays to operas. She started doing theatre in the community in the fall of 2021. Shows she’s been a part of are: "Big - The Musical", "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "Grease", "Footloose", "A Christmas Carol", "Cinderella", and "The Woods" with Chanticleer Community Theatre. Theatre has been a vital part of her life and she wants to help make a positive impact.
Mark Van Kekerix
Mark is a passionate supporter of performing arts, having served on the board of River City Mixed Chorus for more than 10 years, most of that time as Treasurer (and he sings a bit, too!). Mark has also served on the boards of a number of local diversity-related nonprofits. And he helped found and lead the LGBTQ+ employee resource group at his employer, Deluxe Corporation, where Mark’s day job is managing teams of software developers. Mark is looking forward to working to bring diversity-focused community theater back to greater visibility in Omaha. Mark and his husband Bob share a home with two spoiled black labs, and enjoy frequent visits from three rambunctious grandsons!
Stephanie has always been a fan of the arts. She brings over twenty years of finance and tax background to the board. She currently works as Accounting Manager for Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate where she also has her real estate license. She has over twenty years of tax knowledge working at H&R Block. She was born in Arkansas and grew up outside of Denver. When she moved to Omaha, she was impressed with the thriving arts scene. She is looking forward to getting involved in the arts community and joining the SNAP! Board.
Longtime board member of SNAP! Gary looks forward to getting SNAP! back on its feet.
Gary Planck has worked in theaters around the Omaha area as an actor, director and producer. He has appeared on stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse in “The Manchurian Candidate”, “The Grapes of Wrath”, “Gypsy”, “On Borrowed Time” “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” and “The Full Monty”. At the Bellevue Little Theatre He performed in both musicals and plays such as “To Kill and Mockingbird”, “1776” and “Oliver!” He has also performed at the Blue Barn Theatre in “Psycho Beach Party” as the Great Kahuna and in “Talk Radio”. He performed a variety of roles in three later productions of “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” his favorite being the priest. As a director he has overseen many one act plays in "Shelterskelter" and From "Shelterbelt with Love" at the Shelterbelt Theatre and the play “M*A*S*H*" at the Bellevue Little Theatre. Gary worked with the Nebraska Theatre Caravan as both a Technical Director and Assistant Technical Director for the Professional Touring Company and for 7 seasons of “A Christmas Carol”. With his production company 2x4Productions, Gary has produced and directed Christmas shows such as “Murder Under the Mistletoe”, “North Platte Canteen”, “The Office Party” and “The Bad Elf”. In 2021 he produced “Tilly’s Christmas Extravaganza” at Harold’s Coffee House. Gary is pleased to continue serving on the SNAP! Board.
Aimee is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the new SNAP! board. She has been on stage for 13 years, and has recently ventured into the role of stage manager. Aimee is currently an Elementary Education major at University of Nebraska at Omaha, but nothing rivals her passion for theatre. She hopes to combine the two someday and work with children in theatre full-time. A lover of learning, Aimee is a sponge, ready to soak up every new skill or piece of knowledge that she comes across. Grateful for the opportunity to be a part of SNAP!, Aimee is ready to help re-build a beautiful theatre space with the rest of this amazing board.
Rider is incredibly honored to be on the board of SNAP! Although he is newer to community theatre, it's truly a passion that is continuously growing with every new experience! He is a performer through and through; being found on stage singing, dancing and acting, or off stage singing, dancing, acting but as a restaurant server/ bartender, bringing the utmost energy into anything he's involved in! His broad mind and adjustability aids in the line of taking direction as well as expressing his artistic flair! He is SUPER excited to join this incredible board of talented individuals!