DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS WELCOMES NEW BOARD LEADERSHIP NAMING TED MUNSELLE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD FOR ITS 76TH SEASON

Dallas, TX (January 20, 2016) – Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM), the largest producer of live theatrical entertainment in North Texas, has named Ted Munselle, a business executive and civic leader, Chairman of the DSM Board of Directors for 2016.

Munselle’s love for musical theatre started early and was solidified in 1978, when he married his wife, Gay, a Music Educator and Choir Director. Gay and Ted were DSM season ticket holders early in their marriage and he jumped at the chance to serve on DSM’s Board of Directors when the opportunity arose in 2008. Since joining DSM’s Board, Ted served as Vice President of Investments and Vice President of Development before being named Chair-Elect in 2015. In addition, he has served DSM as a member of the Audit and Finance Committees.

Ted is a Certified Public Accountant and has been Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Landmark Nurseries, Inc., a wholesale nursery company headquartered in Coppell, Texas, since 1998. Before joining Landmark, Ted spent over 10 years with two national CPA firms (Laventhol & Horwath and Grant Thornton, LLP), then spent 12 years as an Audit Partner in two Dallas, Texas based CPA firms. Ted serves on the Board of Directors as Chair of the Audit Committees of four publicly traded corporations, and is actively involved as an Elder at Highland Park Presbyterian Church.

Gay and Ted have a son, Chris, who lives in Plano with his wife Kristine, and their four children (Josiah, Layla, Judah and Ivy), and a daughter, Elyse, who lives in Austin.

DSM President and Managing Director Michael A. Jenkins said, “Ted Munselle brings DSM an outstanding track record of executive and business leadership as he takes the helm as Chairman of the Board of Dallas Summer Musicals for 2016. Combining an impressive record of 39 years of achievement in his profession with volunteer leadership in support of the arts, Ted has been a big supporter of DSM for many years. As a past member of the board, he has rapidly and actively engaged in advancing the transformation of DSM and we feel very lucky to welcome him as the new Chair.”

New DSM Board Chairman Munselle said, “I am honored and excited to be able to serve as DSM’s Chair during its 76th season. I have loved the organization for many years and I look forward to working with our incredible team of officers as we lead DSM forward into the future, not only presenting the Best of Broadway to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but also providing educational opportunities to students with such programs as High School Musical Theatre Awards and Seats for Kids, to name a few. As a not-for-profit organization, we will continue to work together with our patrons, sponsors and volunteers, not to mention the City of Dallas and the community as a whole, to create a fun and welcoming experience each time we get together.”

Immediate Past Chairman of Dallas Summer Musicals is Dorsey L. Baskin, Managing Partner of Innovative Services Development at Grant Thornton LLP, with Randy Wright, Tax Partner at BDO USA LLP, serving as Chairman Elect. Ruth Altshuler holds the title of Honorary Chair, and Michael A. Jenkins is President and Managing Director of DSM.

In addition, other DSM Officers for 2016 include Vice President of Audit, Christopher McRorie; Vice Presidents of Community Relations, Nancy Natinsky; Vice President of Development, Jane Schoen; Vice President of Finance, Tom W. Watson; Vice Presidents of Marketing, Jennifer Altieri and Jay Fox; Vice President of Personnel & Compensation, Scott T. Collier; Vice President of Education and Children’s Committee, Downie Mathis; Secretary, Robert Witte; Treasurer, David Dienes; and Guild President, Juliann Krumbholz.

Members of the Executive Committee include: Ruth Altshuler; Ed Bratton; Brad E. Cheves; J. Diane Childress; O. Paul Corley, Jr.; John R. Clutts; Joshua N. Curlett; Barry Epstein; Patti Flowers; Stanley D. Gardner; Rick J.W. Graham; Gary Griffith; Charles L. Gummer; Sally Hoglund; Darrell E. Jordan; Dr. Sheffield Kadane; Juliann Krumbholz; Steven C. Metzger; Andrew N. Meyercord; Scott Night; Craig G. Ongley; Honorable James R. Pitts; Gail H. Plummer; Mark B. Plunkett; James W. Porter, Jr.; Holly Reeves; Richard L. Rogers; Kenneth D. Sandstad; Donald K. Spies; Michael C. Steindorf; Steven H. Stodghill; Paul A. Stotts; Steve B. Watson; Kit Williams; and Dr. Kimberly Yamanouchi.

Past Chairmen of the Board for DSM include: Dorsey L. Baskin; Ed Bratton; O. Paul Corley, Jr.; Stanley D. Gardner; Rick J.W. Graham; Gary Griffith; Charles L. Gummer; Darrell E. Jordan; Steven C. Metzger; James W. Porter, Jr.; Dick Quisenberry; Richard L. Rogers; Kenneth D. Sandstad; Donald K. Spies; Michael C. Steindorf; Paul A. Stotts; Steve B. Watson; and Kit Williams.  Past Chairmen O. Paul Corley, Sr.; J. Frank Miller III; Douglas Perry; and Charles Pistor are deceased.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ highly anticipated 2015-2016 Season presented by Texas Instruments will continue with THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, February 2-14, 2016; followed by DSM’s production of Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, March 11-27, 2016; WICKED, April 20 – May 22, 2016; RAGTIME, May 24 – June 5, 2016; BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, June 14-26, 2016; and closing the season will be 42ND STREET, June 28 – July 10, 2016. Dallas Summer Musicals Management Group, Inc. will also present the Broadway hit musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, February 27 & 28, 2016 for a limited engagement.

About Dallas Summer Musicals:

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas. DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through education and community outreach programs, while enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatre, educate young audiences and create important community programs. DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM Kids Club is a program created to foster tomorrow’s musical theatre audience. Through exciting activities children gain an interest, hands-on-knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts. In addition, Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need. DSM’s High School Musical Theatre Awards are patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards and celebrate the power of the arts to significantly improve all areas of education. DSM Associate Producers is a dynamic group of young professionals with a mission to support DSM by cultivating future patrons and leaders by making DSM part of the culture for young professionals in Dallas. DSM Guild is a group of individuals who share a love of musical theatre and support DSM by providing stellar service and hospitality to the cast and crew of every show. Since 2010 the experts at DSM have made significant changes and upgrades to its acoustical systems to improve the sound quality of the productions for all its patrons, including the hearing impaired, leading to the development of Hear Us Now!™; a device which utilizes five assistive listening technologies (T-coils, FM Classroom, Streamers, FM systems, and traditional headsets) to deliver a clear and direct audio signal. It is so unique that a trademark has been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Seats for Vets, DSM’s newest initiative, serves war veterans and their families by providing them discounted access to a unique theatrical experience as a way of thanking them for their service. Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors. Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible.
Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Texas Instruments and gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors and partners The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, American Airlines, and The Original Cupcakery.
For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, please call 214.421.5678 or visit our website at DallasSummerMusicals.org.

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