Our Staff

Michael Cochran

Executive Director
Michael Cochran in his 34th year with MHT has a Bachelors degree in theatre from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. He attended Graduate school at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and Graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre from Southern IL University at Carbondale. Michael is a past board member of Arts KY and the Kentucky Theatre Association and is currently on the board of American Association of Community Theatre. He has worked in a variety of professional theatres and theme parks. In addition Michael has worked professionally in dance, television, and film and has won awards for design and acting. His original play ETERNITY was selected as one of the winners of the AACT NewPlay Fest 2018 and was published by Dramatic Publishing. He is married to April Cochran who is the Education Director for MHT and has a daughter Jade. Michael and April were awarded the City of Paducah Mayors Award of Merit and the Chamber of Commerce Summit Award for their 30+ years of work at MHT. Contact info for Michael Cochran 270-444-6828 ext. 214 m.cochran@mhtplay.com

April Cochran

Education Director
April Cochran is the founder of FOOTLIGHTS and STORY THEATRE programs for MHT, as well as having served as president of the Kentucky Theatre Association, and board member of the American Association of Community Theatre. April has worked as a creative drama specialist and director of children’s theatre productions for over 30+ years for school systems, parks and recreation programs, professional theatre and community theatres throughout the Midwest. April was awarded the Distinguished Merit Award from the American Association of Community Theatre in 2011 for her work at MHT and in Western Kentucky Schools. April and Michael were awarded the City of Paducah Mayor's Distinguished Merit Award in June of 2013 for their 30+ years of work at MHT. Her greatest joy is her role as mom to Jade Lee, a budding artist who attends McCracken County High School. Contact Info for April 270-444-6828 ext. 211 acochran@mhtplay.com

Marsha Cash

Buisness Manager
Marsha has been with the theatre for over 20 years starting first as an administrative assistant and then becoming the box office manager, bookkeeper, and many other roles. She is an actress who has acted in over a dozen productions, she is also a face painter specializing in unique makeup designs for adult and kids, a writer, a painter, and a story teller. Contact Info for Marsha 270-444-6828 ext. 115 mcash@mhtplay.com

Cindy Miller

Development Coordinator
A former past president of the Market House Board of Directors Cindy joined the staff in 2012. Cindy is involved in many areas of the theatre have been musical director for many of the youth and adult productions including Les Misearables, Willy Wonka, Alice in Wonderland, and many more shows. She is the proud parent of daughter Kye, Maria, and Katy all whom have acted onstage at the theatre. She is married to the talented musician and attorney Tom Miller. Contact Info for Cindy 270-444-6828 ext. 117 cmiller@mhtplay.com

Travis Hensel

Facility & Equipment Coordinator
Travis Hensel joined the MHT staff Jan. 7 2015 to help coordinate and maintain the many buildings and facilities at MHT. He is married to Emi Hensel and they have three children Jack, Nora and Jude. Travis graduated with a BS in Education from Murray State University and taught at Hendron Lone Oak Elementary before leaving for 1 year with his family to work in Uganda at Beyond Uganda Ministries. They are in the process of adopting their newest daughter from Uganda! Contact Travis at thensel@mhtplay.com or 270-444-6828, ext. 217.

Janice Peterson

Wardrobe Supervisor
Janice Peterson has been involved at the Market House since 1987 when she first auditioned for Painting Churches and captured her first role in Heidi. Janice is now our go-to person for help with costumes. Janice was born, raised and educated in Nebraska where much of her family still resides. She has three children and six grandchildren who currently also claim Kentucky as home. When not occupied with theatre or grandchildren Janice can be found at her computer. She also spends time outdoors attending to the number of dogs and cats that claim her as guardian. Contact info for Janice is 270-444-6828 ext. 215

Katrina Franklin

Box Office Assistant
Katrina Franklin has worked at MHT since 2011. Katrina has a degree from Murray State University in Public Relations and Communications. Katrina got involved with MHT when her daughter Addie Beth tried out for Annie as one of the orphans and has been around the theatre ever since. MHT is a family activity as her husband Tim Franklin and son Nathan have also performed in plays at the theatre. Katrina is a behind the scenes person who prefers to watch family members onstage and enjoys her role in the audience. Contact for Katrina is 270-444-6828 ext. 112 info@mhtplay.com

Jim Keeney

Master Carpenter
Jim Keeney has been with Market House Theatre since April of 2006 as a staff member. Jim began his theatre life as a St Mary High School student volunteering at Market House Theatre before he headed off to Western Kentucky University to get his Bachelors Degree in Technical Theatre. Jim is married to Kathy and is the proud father of Elizabeth.

Alex Hilkey

Marketing Director
Alex is a Murray State University Graduate with her Masters in Marketing and Public Relations. Alex joined the MHT staff Feb. 12!