Our Staff

Michael Cochran

Executive Director
Michael Cochran in his 36th 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. 105 michael@mhtplay.org

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 who is a fashion design student at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Contact Info for April 270-444-6828 ext. 106 april@mhtplay.org

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. 102 marsha@mhtplay.org

Cindy Miller

Capital Campaign Gifts 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. 103 cindy@mhtplay.org

Alex Hilkey

Marketing Director
Alex received her bachelor's degree in Public Relations at Murray State University and continued on to receive her master's degree in Mass Communications. She sat as Editor of the Iota Beta chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity, at Murray State and was active in band and ensemble music. She's excited to be able to combine her love of graphic design and marketing with her love of the arts. She currently lives in with her two dogs, Georgia and Liberty Belle, and her 8 chickens! Contact 270-444-6828 ext. 113 alex@mhtplay.org

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, Norah 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 travis@mhtplay.org or 270-444-6828, ext. 107.

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.

Angela Hoerner

Costume Director
Angela has been sewing since she was fifteen and designing professionally since 2004. She and her sister opened Costume Builders, a costume design and rental house, in Harleysville, PA, in May 2012. She is incredibly grateful to her family for their loving support and is thrilled to be returning to Market House, only this time as Resident Designer! She and her sister, Tina (as Costume Builders), made their debut at Market House with the Addams Family, followed by some trolls and goblins in The Hobbit, The Mountaintop, and most recently Sister Act. Angela has a multitude of other design credits to her name, which include: Disney's The Lion King, Jr, Greater Tuna, I Hate Hamlet, Shrek the Musical Jr., Twelve Dancing Princesses, Into the Woods Jr., The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), 4000 Miles, Miles and Ellie, I Love You. You're Perfect. Now Change, Bad Dates, Sleeping Beauty and Friends, and Making God Laugh, at Montgomery Theatre in Souderton, PA. Also to her credit are Fiddler on the Roof, 1776, Joseph and the..... Dreamcoat, She Stoops to Conquer, Once Upon A Mattress, Shakespeare's As You Like It, Titanic A New Musical, Once in a Lifetime, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida - School Edition and Our Town with North Penn High School Theatre; and many more. She is so grateful to be living the dream and excited to be starting the next chapter of her career, here in Paducah! Contact 270-444-6828 ext. 109 angela@mhtplay.org

Ronda Gibson

Development Coordinator
Market House Theatre welcomes Ronda Gibson to our development team! Ronda has been involved in development for non-profits since the mid-1990’s with experience ranging from public radio to human service. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Murray State University, studying Public Relations and Journalism/Radio TV Production. Ronda and her husband Brian and son Hayes live on a farm in rural Ballard County. In her free time, Ronda enjoys her family (including their seven cats!), cooking, jiu-jitsu, and photography.