Artistic Staff

Jayna Fitzsimmons,
Artistic Director
Jayna is an instructor in the theatre department at Augustana University where she directs productions and teaches courses in acting, theatre history, playwriting and improv.  She has a B.A. in theatre arts from SMSU, an M.A. in theatre with emphases in theatre history and literature, directing, acting and Elizabethan drama from USD, and is currently working toward her PhD in English at USD. Originally from the Sioux Falls area, Jayna grew up enjoying Bare Bodkins performances.  Now, in her fourteenth summer working with Bare Bodkins, Jayna is thrilled to be serving as the producing artistic director of the company and has enjoyed collaborating with this season's incredibly gifted company!
Robert Fitzsimmons,
Production Designer
"Rj" is co-owner of Bare Bodkins and the husband of Jayna Fitzsimmons. He has a B.F.A. in technical theatre and design from Western Kentucky Universtiy and has worked for Augustana University, the Black Hills Playhouse in South Dakota, Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, Jenny Wiley Theatre in Kentucky, and the Arundel Barn Playhouse in Maine.
Debbi Jones,
Debbi Jones is ecstatic to return to the Mill with her friends at Bare Bodkins! She is so grateful to live in this beautiful city doing what she loves. During the day Debbi is the Dakota Academy of Performing Arts Coordinator at the Washington Pavilion, the Executive Director of Monstrous Little Theatre Company, and a member of Improv Falls. Some of her favorite past roles include Lady of the Lake in Spamalot (Sioux Empire Community Theatre), Cecily in The Importance of Being Ernest (University of Sioux Falls) and Catherine in The Foreigner (Prairie Repertory Theatre). In her free time, she loves to travel, eat bagels, and read. Debbi would like to thank her husband Bobby, her family, friends, and loving Father for being her constant inspiration, teachers, and support!
Alex Newcomb Weiland,
Alex Newcomb Weiland is extremely excited to be back with the Bare Bodkins theatre company! Alex just graduated from USD with her degree in musical theatre. Native to Sioux Falls, Alex is happy to be back in the area doing what she loves and surrounded by the people she loves.  Some of her favorite roles she has played have been the Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, Gretchen in Boeng, Boeing,  Irina in Three Sisters, and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. . She would like to thank her Mom and Dad, her siblings, friends and entire extended family for their never-ending support and love.
Tristan Love,
Tristan is excited to return to Bare Bodkins this year--you may remember his work last year in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Tristan is a senior theatre and accounting major at Augustana University. He wishes to thank his family, the whole of Augie's faculty, the many friends who have become family, and a huge thank you to Bare Bodkins and other companies who seek to make the arts more accessible.

Jeff Larsen,
Jeff is excited to be returning for his sixth year with Bare Bodkins. He is a graduate of Augustana University where he earned his B.A. in Theatre and Philosophy. In addition to working in the area as an actor/director/designer, Jeff serves as the Artistic Director for Monstrous Little Theatre Company. He currently manages the box office at the Washington Pavilion. Some favorite roles of his include Wally Ferguson in The 1940s Radio Hour, Henry in Next to Normal, Ariel in The Tempest, and as "himself" in The Complete History of America (Abridged). Jeff would like to thank his family and friends for their incredible and unending support.
Ryan Howe,
Ryan hails from Ola, SD, home of the nationally-acclaimed Ola Players. He is super excited to cross Bare Bodkins off his bucket list after seeing their last two shows. Ryan serves on the Board of Directors for both Monstrous Little Theatre Company and the Mighty Corson Art Players. When he isn't onstage, Ryan occupies his time by painting, writing poetry and pretending he can sing musical theatre even though he's a bass.

Dakota Driver,
Dakota is excited to be returning for his second summer with Bare Bodkins--you may recognize him from his work as actor and fight choreographer for Macbeth. Dakota loves dedicating his time to acting both on stage and on camera as well as creating fight choreography.  As an actor, Dakota relishes the opportunity to play multiple characters and switch from serious to comedic roles.  Dakota would like to thank his family and friends for their constant support!