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Wayne Shields-Hogue Named New Executive Director of Playhouse in the Park

MURRAY – Playhouse in the Park proudly announces the appointment of Wayne Shields-Hogue as its new Executive Director, effective June 1st, 2024. Wayne Shields-Hogue succeeds Lisa Copeland, who served as Executive Director for 16 years, bringing a wealth of experience and dedication to the organization.

With an extensive background of 17 years in theatre and a deep commitment to the arts, Wayne Shields-Hogue is poised to lead Playhouse in the Park into its next chapter of artistic excellence. Originally from Mount Washington, KY, Wayne has called Murray home since 2011. He has been an integral part of Playhouse in the Park, serving on the Board of Directors for two years and contributing to the show selection committee for three. His dedication to the theatre community and his leadership experience make him a natural fit for the position of Executive Director.

Wayne Shields-Hogue is currently a candidate for his Master of Arts in Teaching Artistry from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a graduate of Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts. Those academic pursuits, coupled with his practical experience in theatre, equip him with a unique perspective and insight into the industry.

“I am honored and excited to take on the role of Executive Director at Playhouse in the Park,” said Wayne Shields-Hogue. “I am deeply committed to the mission of community theatre and look forward to working alongside the talented team here to inspire and engage our audiences.”

Wayne’s official start date coincides with his upcoming production of “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” at Playhouse in the Park, which runs from June 14th to the 23rd. His leadership and creative vision will undoubtedly contribute to the success of this production and many more to come.

“We are thrilled to welcome Wayne as our new Executive Director,” said Jeremy Bell, president of the Board of Directors at Playhouse in the Park. “His extensive experience, passion for theatre, and dedication to our organization make him the perfect choice to lead us into the future.”

Wayne and his spouse of nine years, Dr. Shields-Hogue, happily reside in Murray, Kentucky.

Wayne Shields-Hogue can be reached for further inquiries at 270-759-1752 or

About Playhouse in the Park: Playhouse in the Park is a vibrant community theatre dedicated to providing high-quality theatrical experiences for audiences of all ages. Located in Murray, KY, Playhouse in the Park offers a diverse range of productions and educational programs that celebrate the art of theatre and enrich the cultural life of the community.

Information about the theatre’s upcoming productions and programs can be found at

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Jessica Paine
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