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Larry A Brechner  (Producer / Director / Lighting Designer)

Larry served as the Auditorium Director from 1998-2016 for the 1000-seat School Town of Munster Auditorium servicing school system and community/commercial clients. He established the student based Auditorium Staff, setting professional level standards for its operation.

As Producer/Director for the Munster Theatre Company, Larry unified the separate drama club and spring musical into a single theater production entity, producing two plays and two musicals per season and linking the middle school program directly to the high school program.  During his tenure, he produced over 60 productions that includes directing the very successful  musical productions:  Beauty and the Beast, Seussical, How to Succeed in Business, Into the Woods, The Secret Garden, Children of Eden, Grease, Carousel, Guys & Dolls, Godspell, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Mame, Once Upon A Mattress, The Music Man, Pippin, Brigadoon, Working, The Sound of Music, Snoopy!!!, South Pacific, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Cinderella, Hello Dolly!, Fiddler on the Roof, and Oklahoma! plus several non-musical productions. 

With over 40 years of professional and educational theatrical experience, Larry worked as the Theatre Administrator for The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, and as the Production Manager/Resident Lighting Designer for The Center's resident professional Equity theater 1992-98.  Prior to that he was the Auditorium Director for 13 years at Highland's Monbeck Auditorium, and Producer/Director for the Highland Theatre Company. He also served as an adjunct professor of theater for the Media and Fine Arts department of Calumet College, Purdue Northwest, and severed as a consultant/community arts coordinator with Indiana University Northwest's new 500 seat theater.

Over his entire career as Auditorium Director/Lighting Designer Larry has done 300 professional/community concert events and over 1000 school concert/events receiving critical acclaim for his work and recognized as an award winning lighting designer with a variety of theater and opera companies.

Larry completed his Doctor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Studies in 2007. He received both his Bachelor and Master's degrees from Purdue University Calumet (now Northwest) in Telecommunications and Theatre Production Management. He was honored with the 2010 Purdue University Calumet Alumni Leadership Award, and in 1997, Purdue honored him with the prestigious Distinguished Corporate/Community Service Award. Since 1980, Larry is a voting member for the Grammy Awards, and in 2017 was honored with Lifetime Voting Membership.

In January 2016, Larry was inducted into the Indiana Thespian Hall of Fame for his outstanding long-time service as a director in educational theater.

Larry serves on the Board of Directors (and current chair) for Lakeshore Public Media - Lakeshore PBS / Lakeshore Public Radio 89.1FM (where he has often be seen/heard as a on-air pledge host) and is Vice-Chair, Chesterton Art Center.  Previous board service include: Northwest Indiana Opera Theatre, Hobart Arts League, Southern Shore Arts Association,  Main Square Players, LakeNET, and Leadership Northwest Indiana. 

In 1999, Larry received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Association for Community Leadership at the annual national conference. He is married to Carol Lynn and is proud dad to Lauren and Jamie (plus grandpa to Carlie, Brooke, and Grayson). In his spare time Larry is a recognized photographic artist with many gallery exhibits to his credit, a licensed instrument-rated commercial pilot, and Extra Class amateur radio operator (WB9FQS).

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