Mission Statement:
• To provide quality, affordable community theatre accessible to all residents of the Sioux Empire; and

• To provide hands-on learning experiences in the greater Sioux Empire community in all aspects of volunteer-driven theatre performance and production.

SECT History
Believing that local theatre is vital to the fabric of the community, a number of local theatre enthusiasts began meeting in the Spring of 2003 to explore the possibility of funding a brand-new community theatre. After input from the Sioux Empire Arts Council, the business community, the City of Sioux Falls, and local artists and educators, the Sioux Empire Community Theatre (SECT) was born.

In the summer of 2003, SECT was formally organized and incorporated with the State of South Dakota. A Board of Directors was selected, and at the first board meeting these Board members dipped into their pockets to come up with enough money for a Post Office box. In September 2004, SECT became a 501(C)(3) organization.

Volunteer Interim Executive Director: Kristen Townsend

Box Office Coordinator: Kristy Morris

Front of House Volunteer Coordinator: Bob Nelson

Staff Biographies

Kristen Townsend | Volunteer Interim Executive Director
Kristen Townsend | Volunteer Interim Executive Director

Kristen Townsend is a Sioux Falls native serving as Volunteer Interim Executive Director for SECT. Her career finds her at Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP where she is the Marketing Director. Kristen served on the SECT Board of Directors in years past, and currently serves on the Board for the Husby Performing Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion. She has appeared on stage in SECT productions of RENT, alongside her husband, Russ, in Les Miserables, and with her husband and daughters, Emerson and Alaina, in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Kristen has also appeared on-stage with Monstrous Little Theatre Company and The Pop Up Theatre Co., and encourages you to seek out the diverse theatrical productions available in our region.


Kristy Morris | Box Office Coordinator
Kristy K. Morris was employed by the Sioux Empire Community Theatre in the fall of 2012. She started volunteering for the Sioux Falls Playhouse when her son was in the production of A Christmas Story.

Kristy was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2011 for her work in the box office. She enjoys the daily interaction with customers and takes pride in making sure every customer is helped. Kristy attended Sioux Falls College and majored in English with a minor in Art Education. While attending school, she worked 7 years at Citibank in the Credit Renewal Department working her way thru school. However, Kristy found she enjoyed working in the Business World. She started in an entry level job at Morgan Stanley Home Loans and worked her way up to Area Manager of the Home Loan Customer Service Department. When the company moved out of state, she chose to stay here rather than uproot her son with a move to Dallas. Kristy and her son Zach have recently started a sports photography business together called Champion Photography. When away from the box office, Kristy enjoys crocheting, reading, writing, researching family history, restoring old photos, and spending time with family and friends.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President: Kimberly Jacobson

Vice President: Richard Weiland

Treasurer: Jackie Krouse

Secretary: Steve Veenhoff

Member at Large: Chris Carda


Board Members

Brenda Odle- Scott

Kristen Peterson

Rose Rhead

Sarah Tuntland

Bob Uecker