Mitch Bean (Artistic Director) is a graduate of Central College and holds his Bachelor’s in music and theatre. Mitch recently moved from Chicago to Omaha with his wife and co-artistic director, Rachel Curtiss. Both have been working hard to continue BVT's long tradition of summer repertory as well as on many BVT sponsored events throughout the year including Willa Cather’s A Resurrection (2017 & 2018), The River Inn’s production of Murder on the Missouri, BVT's Young Performer Workshop, and It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Mitch’s past BVT directing credits include The Diary of Anne Frank, Leaving Iowa, Steel Magnolias, The Tell-Tell Farce, The Game’s Afoot, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Oh, Fudge!, and The Tender Trap. His BVT acting credits include Toad in A Year with Frog and Toad, Charlie Brown in Snoopy!!, Glenn in Rumors, and Jesus in Godspell.
Rachel Curtiss (Artistic Director) has been involved with BVT since 2012, first as a company member, then as props supervisor, director, and artistic director for the past two last summers. She graduated from Wichita State University with her BFA in theatre performance in 2013. She lived in Chicago for three years; while she was there she worked with Edge of the Wood Theatre. Some recent acting credits include M'Lynn in Steel Magnolias (BVT), Cassie in Neil Simon's Rumors (BVT), and Nina in The Seagull (Edge of the Wood Theatre). She is so happy to share the artistic director position with her husband and can’t wait for what the future holds for BVT.