New Midwest Trust Center Executive Director Returns to Midwest Roots

Yardley Hall at Midwest Trust Center

Stacie McDaniel, Excecutive Director

Meet Stacie McDaniel! The new executive director for the Midwest Trust Center (MTC) joins an exciting season at Johnson County Community College (JCCC)’s performing arts center.

“I’m overjoyed to be able to bring my knowledge, skills and experience home to the region that has my heart,” says McDaniel. She succeeds Emily Behrmann, who retired in June following a 30-year career at JCCC that included 13 years as MTC’s executive director.

McDaniel joins MTC during one of its most electric seasons in recent years. More than 40 performances fill out the 2022-23 series from the upcoming tenThing Brass Ensemble’s holiday concert to winter’s Bobby Watson Quartet, The Small Glories, “Voices of Mississippi” and Ukrainian folk-punk group DakhaBrakha to the spring’s Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Brooklyn Rider, John McCutcheon and Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, with Cirque Kalabanté wrapping things up.

“Legally Blonde – the Musical”

“Legally Blonde – the Musical,” MTC artists-in-residence Opus 76 Quartet, L.A. Theatre Works’ “Lucy Loves Desi,” Emerson Quartet’s farewell tour, the KC Jazz Disciples and various family-friendly offerings are just a few of the events rounding out the year. For the complete 2022-23 series, visit jccc.edu/MTC.

McDaniel comes to MTC from the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, where she served as director since 2015. In that role, she developed innovative, diverse and inclusive programming for their Main Stage and School Matinee series, serving more than 10,000 patrons each season.

Throughout her years of service, she cultivated partnerships on- and off-campus, was awarded for excellence in strategic planning and oversaw a long-term audience-building initiative which increased attendance by 20% over three years.

McDaniel is excited to lead the regional performing arts center as it serves its mission of enriching the community. “It’s easy to see the dedication of the MTC staff to the mission, as well as the community’s commitment to these programs. I’m truly honored to be part of that.”

–Susan Tolleson, JCCC Writer

November & December Performances
Purchase tickets: jccc.edu/MidwestTrustCenter
MTC Box Office: 913-469-4445
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Legally Blonde – the Musical”
Nov. 12 | 4 & 8 p.m. | Yardley Hall
Celebrate the ultimate Broadway tribute to girl power!

An Evening with Nigella Lawson
Moderated by Jenny Vergara, food critic and co-host of “Hungry for MO.”
Nov. 19 | 8 p.m. | Yardley Hall
Join Nigella as she recounts the people, food and recipes that have shaped her life and career.

tenThing Brass Ensemble
A Feeling of Norwegian Christmas
Dec. 2 | 8 p.m. | Yardley Hall
Explore musical traditions of the Christmas season while traveling across the old continent.

“Winterlude” – Doug Talley Quartet
Dec. 4 | 7 p.m. | Polsky Theatre
Enjoy the quartet’s colorful rhythms and harmonies as they push the parameters of jazz.
Tickets start at $25 for the above four shows.

Mesner Puppet Theater’s “Cirque du Wiener Dog”
(Grades K-2)
Dec. 7 & 8 | 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Dec. 9 | 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 10 | 11 a.m.
All performances in Polsky Theatre.
Tickets start at $5 for the five weekday shows and $9 for the two evening/weekend shows.

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