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About the Geeks

Theatre Geeks is podcast of lively conversation about community theatre, theatre in general and the performing arts, with John Shoup, Dave Dufour and Marcia Fulmer.

Marcia Fulmer
Entertainment Journalist, Theatre Mom

Marcia Fulmer is a New Jersey native, transplanted to Northern Indiana where she was the entertainment editor at The Elkhart Truth newspaper for many years.  She is a highly knowledgeable theatre buff, an accomplished actress and director. She currently publishes her blog, Marcia Marcia Marcia, where she continues her regular review and comment on local and regional performing arts.  Her daughter, Deirdre Lovejoy, is a professional actress who works in New York and Los Angeles.

John Jay Shoup
Artistic/Technical Director for Elkhart Civic Theatre

John is a life-time resident of the Mid-west, having grown up in Goshen, Indiana.  He graduated in 1985 from Goshen College with a BA in Communication, emphasizing in Theatre, minoring in English and with his Secondary Education Teaching Certificate.   Beginning as a volunteer with local community theatres, John expanded to performing with the professional companies at the Indianapolis Shakespeare Festival (Indianapolis, IN), Enchanted Hills Playhouse (Syracuse, IN), Wagon Wheel Theatre (Warsaw, IN) and The Round Barn Theatre (Nappanee, IN).

His volunteer work with Elkhart Civic Theatre in Bristol, IN began in 1984.  John built on his strengths, directing, acting, stage management as well as designing scenery, costumes, and properties; eventually becoming the Technical Director in 1999, and Artistic/Technical Director in 2004.  John has won numerous awards at State and Regional theatre festivals for his scenic and acting work.

Dave Dufour
Web Developer, Advertising/Communications Consultant, Dufour Creative Services

Dave is an advertising and marketing consultant and web developer with a lifelong love of the theatre.  In addition to consulting, he is Executive Director of Elkhart Civic Theatre at the Bristol Opera House. He began performing summers at Culver Summer Schools, Culver, Indiana.  He is a graduate of Indiana University’s Journalism School, and has a Master’s Degree in advertising from Syracuse University.

Like John and Marcia, he has been an active part of Elkhart Civic Theatre for many years, serving in many capacities.    He has won several awards for both acting and directing.  Professionally, he has been an advertising, PR and marketing executive, as well as a motivational presenter and head of his own company, Act II Associates, from 1989 to 1996.