Ian Fraser Ernsberger has been acting for 30 years, directing for nearly 20 years and has worked multiple shows as the lighting/sound designer and Stage Manager for 15 years. For the last 5 years, Ian has been the acting coach for MTVarts and their youth artsIQ program. Ian is also the Managing Producer for The Alcove Dinner Theatre, which he has been with since its inception in 2004 and is a Working Board Member of MTVarts, where he has been a part of the group since their creation in 2007. Besides Mount Vernon, Ian has also appeared in shows at The Renaissance Theatre and Mansfield Playhouse in Mansfield Ohio, The Coshocton Playhouse in Coshocton, Ohio and professional Summer Stock theatre Weathervane Playhouse in Newark Ohio. Ian has been the recipient of numerous awards from The Ohio Community Theatre Association, BroadwayWorld.Com and The Ohio State University.
Michael Sears has seven years of experience handling replacement parts orders and logistics for worldwide distributors of a locally manufactured product. He works closely with software and web developers for a better experience for both external and internal users. He previously worked for 5 years as a Marketing Manager and Event Coordinator for an industrial truck distributor with multiple locations in North and South Carolina. Mike earned an Associate’s degree in Business with a focus on Marketing and Promotion. However, his various life and work experience makes him a jack-of-all trades and that fits right in when working with theater and the arts.
"After moving to Mt. Vernon, Ohio with my wife and daughter in 2013, we did not know about MTVarts or that we had moved to a community that was so supportive of the arts. We definitely had no idea that we would all become involved and get so much enjoyment out of being a part of the arts community. My daughter, who was only three years old at the time we moved here, has discovered a love of singing, performing, and learning that has helped develop her confidence and overall well-being."