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About Us

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Central KY Theatre is located in beautiful Springfield, KY, and performs at the historic Springfield Opera House originally built in 1900. "Central Kentucky Community Theatre" was started in 2006 to provide opportunities to the citizens and youth of Springfield and surrounding counties to experience and participate in live theatrical arts. After 10 years of producing shows and educating students, Central Kentucky Theatre has entered into a unique partnership with the City of Springfield in an effort to bring quality, artistic, theatre to our community.


CKT provides a variety of types of shows including straight plays, improv comedy, cabarets

musicals -- with opportunities for all skill levels and ages.CKT is proud to host a brand new Performing Arts Academy, which offers a variety of theatre classes for students k-12 

In addition CKT is  partnered with Mid Kentucky Arts, which produces evenings of chorus concerts featuring talented performers from across Central Kentucky.


Creativity ● Collaboration ● Community

 Central Kentucky Theatre seeks to provide excellent artistic experiences, education, and quality entertainment to Central Kentucky by engaging in the creation of quality theatre art directly empowered by our community.

Daniel Bannister

Executive Artistic Director

Daniel is an actor by trade and a clown by choice. He is a graduate of Campbellsville University where he received a B.A. in Music ('19).  He has been a traveling professional actor for the last 4 years and in that time has used his talents in various roles: mostly as director, writer, music director, and teacher.

Daniel has performed and taught professionally across Kentucky, Indiana, and Florida. He is passionate about creating  theatre within the vibrant and ever growing artistic community Kentucky has to offer.  

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Hollie Bannister

Education Director

Hollie has been a performer since she was 11 years old. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Campbellsville University ('18). She has been a professional actor for 8 years and has taught theatre to children and adults for 5 of those years. Hollie has performed and taught professionally all across the Bluegrass, Indiana, and Florida. While in the professional theatre world, she has worn many hats. She’s been a director, actor, teacher, stage manager, costume/set designer, production manager, music director, and anything “the show” needed her to be. She has established a creative and efficient teaching style to help cater to all types of learners by creating a safe space to explore their creativity while being part of an ensemble. Hollie is a firm believer that theatre is for everyone because theatre is about everyone. 

Teresa Tedder, Mid-Kentucky Arts Director

Teresa Tedder is a pianist, conductor and accomplished composer/arranger. She has been the conductor and artistic director of Mid-Kentucky Arts since 2001. Ms. Tedder, an assistant professor of music, formerly taught at St. Catharine College where she was Artist-in-Residence.  Teresa is also the director of music for St. Dominic Church in Springfield. She is an ASCAP composer and writes in many musical genres including choral, instrumental ensemble, and piano. Her publications number over 150 and her compositions include traditional, classical, jazz, piano solos and duets, sacred anthems and choral masterworks. She was named the 2007 Commissioned Composer for the Kentucky Music Teachers Association.  Her latest commission, Contemplare, was performed in October, 2016, to high acclaim.  

CKT Board

Debbie Wakefield - Chair Person
Jerry Grider - Treasurer

Mark Thomas - Secretary

Mary Grace Lewis

Jenny Kawa

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