Who We Are

Shelley Smith: President, Board Member, Artistic Director

shelleyShelley has been involved in numerous theater productions as director, playwright, producer, choreographer and performer as well as in many other capacities. Other theatres she has worked with include Stages Theatre Company, Eden Prairie Players, Eat Street Players, Gallery Theatre Company, Homeward Bound Theatre, Foxhill Studios and the University of Minnesota. Shelley has a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota (as well as many graduate credits), with an emphasis in Directing and Theatre Management, and a B.S. in Business and Marketing from St. Cloud State University. In addition, Shelley has received acting, movement, dance and vocal training from the Guthrie, Live Action Set, Zenon Dance, Macphail Center for the Arts, Mary Laymon Studio and Lauren Hill Alexander Technique Studio. Furthermore, Shelley has done extensive work in producing theatre including: directing, producing, creating, writing, music, set, costume and props design, volunteer management and promotion. She is current President of the Board for Chain Reaction Theatre Project, and she has served as Chair for the Eden Prairie Player’s Advisory Committee. Previous to Shelley’s theatre career, she worked as a Product Manager for First Minnesota Savings Bank. She is currently a volunteer at Oasis for Youth, a drop-in center for homeless youth in Bloomington.

David Durkee, Board Member

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David_bw_150David returned to theater in 2009, having taken a long break after college, under Shelley Smith’s direction in an Eden Prairie Players production. He has been active in Eden Prairie Players since then as an actor, occasional director, advisory committee member and co-chair, photographer, graphic designer, and electronic communications director. He also performs occasionally with other groups in the area. He sees his mission in community theater as bringing high quality theater opportunities to people in the community, and is always glad to see someone coming back to theater later in life, as he did.
Professionally, David has been developing computer software for over thirty years. He’s concentrated in his career on creating software tools for creative people, and creating great user experiences. He has developed desktop publishing software for MultiAd Services and worked on a variety of applications for Adobe, including Encore DVD, Flash Professional, Edge Animate, and rich text editing software used in Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and others. He is now working as an independent software developer as DWDurkee, LLC. His current projects are Comic Strip Factory, a comic strip creation application for Macs, and web-based software for theaters.
After having performed in Chain Reaction Theatre Project’s production of Choices, David is excited about the company’s mission. He looks forward to bringing his experience and talents to contribute to Chain Reaction’s projects.

Jenn Herron, Board Member


Jenn- head shotJenn has been a friend and supporter of Chain Reaction Theatre Project prior to its inception and is honored to focus energy on this influential work. She has a gift and passion for relational communications. From interpersonal listening to connecting with a larger audience, she is driven by cultivating impactful messages. Her desire for creating meaning in the world was enhanced through finding recovery from addiction in 2008. Jenn understands and has empathy for social values and concerns, and seeks to listen and learn from both the marginalized and privileged in an effort to transform culture.

As a volunteer, Jenn serves as Communications Director for Bloomington Fastpitch Association, is an ally and advocate for the LGBTQ community, and has a long history of leadership with church and educational efforts. Prior to spending time at home with her two children, Jenn earned a B.A. degree in Professional Communications and worked in the advertising, journalism, and marketing industries. She recently graduated from Luther Seminary with a M.A. in Theological Studies, concentrating in Congregational Community Care. Jenn is currently seeking employment in the area of mental health and addiction, or any intersection that has a need for compassion and connection.

Jack Neveaux, Chairman of the Board

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Jack NeveauxFor 10 years out of college and after graduate school, Jack held various “roles” as a set and lighting designer, scene technician and technical director at places such as the Minnesota Opera, Minneapolis Children’s Theatre, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Cabrillo College and the University of California, Santa Cruz theatre program. More recently, Jack has directed several local community theatre productions: “Of Mice and Men,” “Music Man,” “Death of a Salesman” and “Cheaper By the Dozen”; and has played in numerous productions including “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Cinderella,” “Sound of Music,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Honk!,” “8” the play, and “The Uninvited Guest” while also contributing to the design and technical aspects of those shows.  Jack is currently a board member with 4 Community Theatre, and has served on the boards for many community projects, the arts and youth activities.

Jack is currently a college professor in the Twin Cities, teaching business law at graduate and undergraduate levels in several academic programs.  He is also an attorney in private practice in Wayzata, with 30 years of experience actively representing clients in business and personal matters focusing on corporate and transactional issues, including drafting and reviewing a wide variety of documents such as entity formation and governing documents, purchase, construction, manufacturing, distribution, consulting, IP and finance contracts. As a trial lawyer, Jack advocates for clients in a variety of adversary matters – through negotiation, litigation and ADR, in state and federal courts.

Karin Van Dyke, Secretary of the Board


Karin Van Dyke black&whiteKarin is an active community service volunteer, with over twenty six years of experience serving organizations focused on assisting the elderly, low income, and disadvantaged members of our community.  Her broad experience and business, management and writing skills enable her to make strong contributions to the nonprofit organizations she serves.  Her most recent volunteer activities include working with the LeagueAires, the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, and the preparation of tax returns for low-income families through AARP.  Her experience working with nonprofits makes her well qualified to focus on the mission of the Chain Reaction Theater Project.

During her extensive professional career at Donaldson Company, Inc., Karin provided leadership in various accounting, finance, risk management and shareholder communication roles.  Karin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in German Studies from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, and both a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and an MBA in General Management from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

Laura Schmidt, Intern

lauraLaura Schmidt is a current student at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities studying English and Journalism. Her ties to theater include doing theater reviews for the Minnesota Monthly and playwriting. She has experience in communications, PR, social media, and blogging. And she’s thrilled to be helping Chain Reaction Theatre Project tell important stories in the Twin Cities.