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For Immediate Release: December 14, 2023 

Contact: Kassi Blue-Scates, Office Coordinator



The Black Hills Playhouse to Welcome Three New Board Members

Stephanie Rissler (Vermillion), Anjelica Sasse (Rapid City), and Cynthia Robertson (Rapid City) have been elected to the Black Hills Playhouse Board of Directors. The Black Hills Playhouse Board of Directors volunteers time to set the strategic direction of the organization, raise funds, and help with physical plant projects, as well as work through committees to assist staff. Their time and dedication to forwarding the mission of the Black Hills Playhouse is essential to operations.

Stephanie Rissler works for the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations as a Communication Manager. She is also the current Chair for SD Game, Fish, and Parks Commissions and was the senior producer of SD Public Broadcasting for 24 years.. Stephanie sees potential in serving as a liaison between the BHP and the GF&P Commission and hopes that her expertise in marketing and communications will have a positive impact on the Playhouse. She is a native of Wyoming and graduated from Black Hills State University with a Bachelors in Mass Communications. Stephanie is a strong advocate of volunteering and serving the people of South Dakota and believes her statewide connections will be an asset to the BHP.

Anjelica Sasse is a Compensation Analyst for Black Hills Energy. She is a USD-appointed board member, continuing the strong relationship between the BHP and USD. Anjelica is the 2024 Chair of the Rapid City Arts Council and sits on the board of the Rapid City Young Professionals Group. She grew up doing theatre productions at Central High School in Rapid City and she hopes to help connect and engage younger and diverse audiences for the sustainability of the Black Hills Playhouse. Anjelica graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communications and later graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines with a Master of Science in Engineering Management. She is passionate about the arts and being involved in her community. She lives in Rapid City with her husband Jake.

Cynthia Robertson is a Homeschool Educator and former public school teacher. She is excited to work with others who share similar interests and to learn more about theatre in general. Cynthia feels her passions align with the goals of the Black Hills Playhouse’s education programs and hopes to continue to cultivate her child’s interest in theatre by being a member of the BHP board. She was born in Korea and was raised in Japan and Italy before making her home in Rapid City. Cynthia has a degree in Literature with an emphasis on Childhood Development and holds a South Dakota teacher certification. She resides in Rapid City, where she is a frequent volunteer in the community.

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