Mark Swezey

Skip Gordon
Technical Director

Originally from New York City, Mark attended St. John’s University, Ottawa University, and the University of Kansas. After finishing school, Mark studied acting and directing at LaMama ETC in New York City. LaMama ETC is an experimental theatre where actors and directors worldwide are given the opportunity to study, create, and develop their craft with gifted artists; a
life-changing experience. Soon after returning to Kansas City area, Mark became Theatre Director at Shawnee Mission South, where he created one of the most vibrant and student-led theatre programs in the Midwest.

Mark has received numerous awards, including: 
Best of Kansas City Theatre awards for A Chorus Line and Cabaret;  Best Director for Company by The Barn Players; Best Director for Into the Woods by Greenroom Publications; The 2003 production of The Fantasticks 
was one of the Top Ten at the International Thespian Conference; He took the SM South 2012 production of Godspell  to the Kansas State Thespian Conference;
and received The Demmi Award and the Founders Award from Theatre in the Park.

Throughout his career, Mark has directed more than 350 productions. He views each production as a way to hold up a mirror to what is around us, to make the world a better place.


Skip has served as Technical Director at Shawnee Mission South since 2012. In addition, Skip is the Technical Director for Rockhurst University Theatre Department, the Technical Director for the Kansas City Fringe Festival and Director of WaterFire KC. Skip has worked with Theater companies: The Barn Players, Leawood Stage Company, Stageworx, Chestnut Fine Arts, and Stone Lion Puppets.  Before coming to SM South, Skip worked with other Kansas City area high schools, including: Desoto High School, Mill Valley High School, Ruskin High School and Blue Valley West High School.

Kristi Mitchell
Music Director

Kristi Mitchell is a local music director, conductor and actress. She has performed and directed at several professional and community theatres in the Kansas City area. She had the honor of being a featured soloist at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. during its 25th anniversary season. She directed local acators in the AIDS Walk chorus for several years and has performed as a professional Christmas Caroler with the Dickens Carolers. Kristi received her Masters of Music Education degree from UMKC, and has taught music at the Barstow School for the past 20 years where she teaches general music to 1st - 5th graders; music directs and directs the Middle School musical; and sponsors the Upper School Glee Clubs. Kristi is thrilled to return to Shawnee Mission South after serving as music director for the theatre here from 1995-2005. She had the privilege of directing the nationally recognized production of The Fantasticks at the National Thespian Conference. She enjoys being back at South, along with a great team of instructors and students eager to learn.

Ann McCroskey

Ann Pinkerton McCroskey is excited to return to Shawnee Mission South as Choreographer! Ann graduated from South in 1983, and attended KU, where she founded and coached the Crimson Girls Dance Team (now known as the Rock Chalk Dancers). Ann danced at Worlds of Fun and for the Kansas City Chiefs. Her choreography has been featured at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, the General Foods "KOOL AID" National Dance Team and the USA Pavilion as part of the World's Fair in Seville, Spain. Ann has been an instructor for NCA Pom Camps and choreographer for KC Chiefs cheerleaders. She has choreographed musicals for many local high schools. In recent years, she choreographed West Side Story, Cabaret and Camp Rock at Theatre in the Park. Ann is currently a dance instructor at Miller Marley School of Dance and Voice, where she is Director of the Entertainers and Disney Dance Troupes. 

Patrica Berning
Costumes Coordinator

Patricia brings her skills in photography, sewing, and teaching to SMS Theatre where she works as costumes coordinator. She is also the official photographer for the shows.  She has been married for 25 years to her husband Mike, and has three amazing kids; Tim and his wife Murphy, Kevin and Megan.

Kylor Greene
Lighting Coordinator

Kylor Greene received his Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre and Design from Lindenwood University in the St. Louis area. He is a native of Kansas City and his work has been seen around town with companies such as Musical Theatre Heritage, Theatre for Young America, Kansas City Actors Theatre, and The KC Fringe Festival. His previous productions with Shawnee Mission South Theatre include Les Misérables, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Jesus Christ Superstar.  He also produces shows for The Corporation, a collection of multidisciplinary artists dedicated to promoting collaborative performance. 

Aniseto Herrera
Costumes Coordinator

Seto has worked in theatre and performance for 25 years. He has previously assisted SMS Theatre with Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan. Seto has performed professionally as a Michael Jackson impersonator for 10 years, traveling the country and appearing on America’s Got Talent 2016, also performing at Missie B’s and Hamburger Mary’s in KC.