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Mike Headshot 1Michael 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."

Kurt Mueller

Kurt has been a lighting and sound designer in Columbus for several years and has worked with
many companies in the area. His passion for theatre ignited when he returned to college in 2014
and took a theatre class at Columbus State Community College for a gen ed credit. He received
his bachelor’s degree in Theatre from The Ohio State University in 2018
Some of his most notable shows include Secret Garden (Gallery Players,) Silent Sky (Red
Herring Theater Co,) Into the Woods (Imagine Productions,) Sheridan (MadLab,) The Legend of
Georgia McBride (Red Herring Theater Co,) and A Raisin in the Sun (MTVarts.)
Kurt won Theatre Roundtable awards for light design in 2016 (The Diviners Theater Columbus
State) and 2020 (Newsies Gallery Players.)
When he’s not designing lights and sound Kurt DJs corporate events and weddings with his
company D and M DJ Entertainment.

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Serra Barrett has a Master of Arts in Theater and has been involved with theater productions for over 25 years. She has been on the stage and back stage for many shows, including "The Music Man," "Antigone," "The Wizard of Oz," "The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe," and is currently working on an upcoming project with artsIQ. She is thrilled to be working with the talented folks at MTVarts.