The Appalachian Center for the Arts

The App Family

Shannon Kirkpatrick-Daniels​

Executive Director

Shannon has called Eastern Kentucky home since 2011. Originally from Milwaukee Wisconsin, she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Throughout her career she has held many positions in the theatre world including stage management, props design, costume design, performing, teaching, directing, and much more. At its start in 2019, she became the Production Manager for The Appalachian Center for the Arts, allowing her to continue sharing her love and passion for the arts with Eastern Kentucky. “It has been an absolute joy to be a part of the artistic lives of my community. I’m excited to have the opportunity to continue celebrating the creativity of this region.” She offers immense gratitude to her husband, Robert, their son Milo and Scout T. Dog for their unwavering support.

Erick Buckley

Director of Education

Erick was most recently seen across the country and on Broadway in Motown. He was the first person in the world to perform both the roles of Marius and Jean Valjean in the Broadway production of Les Misérables. He has appeared in the original Broadway production of The Addams Family where he performed the role of Uncle Fester with Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth. On Broadway and nationally he has appeared as Dave in The Full Monty, Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera, Gangster #1 in Kiss Me, Kate and Roger in Grease!. He has appeared at theaters around the country as Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys & Dolls and the Padre in Man of La Mancha. Erick has been a professor at NYU, NYFA, and The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. He has also toured as a featured soloist in concerts from Tampa to Tokyo and Barbados to Berlin. His favorite roles are husband to Shannon Kirkpatrick Daniels and father to Miranda.

Jennifer Hart Yonts

Marketing Director and Graphic Design

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and a Master of Arts in Communications and Public Relations. She has been working as a freelance Graphic Designer, Website Designer and Photographer for 20 years. She also loves painting, sketching, and interior design. She is proud to be a part of such an experienced creative team at The APP and is looking forward to working on all of the programs and productions the APP will have in the future.

Malcom Gabrielle Johnson

Sound Design/Engineer

Happy to be returning to theatre after a long hiatus, he started a path as an actor later than most pursuing a BA in musical theatre performance at Northern Kentucky University. Having tried a hand at several aspects of theatre, his sights rested on technical theatre and sound. He looks forward to the great work coming out of the App.

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