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Josh Inmon, 26
Marketing Associate at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts;
Director/Choreographer/Faculty at Springfield Little Theatre and Drury University
For being only 25 years old, there is perhaps no one making a bigger impact on the Springfield theatre scene than Josh Inmon. Consider: During the day at Missouri State’s Juanita K. Hammons Hall, Inmon is responsible for marketing and assists with conceptualization and fine-print contract work for the Hall’s uber-popular Broadway series. Inmon has been working for his alma mater as a student worker, then as a grad assistant, since 2008, taking over his current role last May.
But it doesn’t stop there.
Inmon, a Springfield native, cut his acting and dancing chops on the Landers Theatre stage. Now he is the director of Springfield Little Theatre’s YES Troupe—its group for talented young thespians. “Since I started as one of them, to now be leading them is pretty cool,” says Inmon, who has been teaching dance for SLT since he graduated from high school. Inmon’s love for dance extends to the nonprofit sector, where he’s a regular participant in the Springfield Catholic Schools’ Dancing With OUR Stars fundraiser.
Finally, since fall 2011, Inmon has served as choreographer for Drury University’s theatre department. He even directed the musical Curtains in 2012 while the theater department head, Robert Westenberg, was on sabbatical.
Marketing Associate - Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts
Director/Choreographer/Adjunct Faculty - Drury University
Director/Choreographer/Education Faculty - Springfield Little Theatre
Bachelor of science in Communication, Missouri State Univeristy
Master of arts in Theatre, Missouri State University
1. How did you end up at your current job/profession?
I started performing at Springfield Little Theatre in high school, and really just worked my way up from there. I initially just wanted to perform, but quickly realized that there was so much more to the arts than just that. A big mentor of mine, Lorianne Dunn (a 20 under 30 alum!), really inspired me. I began teaching some of SLT’s education classes while in college, and then began choreographing and directing shows shortly thereafter. I began working at Juanita K. Hammons Hall as an undergraduate at Missouri State before becoming a Graduate Assistant in the Marketing Department. After graduating with my master’s, I was fortunate to obtain my current position as the Marketing Associate.
2. Where do you find passion to do what you do?
I grew up loving the arts. My parents were always supportive and let me pursue whatever I wanted to do, and I believe that has allowed me to achieve what I have done today. In the last couple of years, I have also really found it inspiring to teach the next generation of artists. I started my training at Springfield Little Theatre, so to be able to share my training with a new group of students there and at Drury University has been a very rewarding experience.
3. Tell us about your family.
I’m happy to have the company of my cockapoo, Spanky, and my cat, Pippi. (Please don’t judge—I didn’t name them.)
4. What are your hobbies (when you’re not working)?
I’d have to say I’m pretty lucky that all of my jobs are my hobbies! I really enjoy performing, as well as doing anything arts-related. I’m also quite the nerd when it comes to aviation.
5. Are you involved in any charitable organizations? (If so, what are they, and what is your role? Why is it important to you?)
I have volunteered the past three years with Springfield Catholic School’s “Dancing with Our Stars” fundraiser. It has been really neat to do something that I love while helping a great cause. I’ve also been fortunate enough to work with three awesome dance partners. I have also participated with the Children’s Miracle Network and the Cattle Baron’s Ball.
7. How would you define the secret to success?
I don’t think that you can be successful unless you truly love what you do. I also think it is important to be well-versed in every aspect of your career. I am really fortunate to be able to be a director/choreographer/educator at SLT and Drury while also being able to work entirely on the business and marketing side of the industry at Hammons Hall.
8. What's your favorite thing about your career?
Every day is different! It sounds cliché, but I love going from designing an ad or program at the Hall to working with my amazing students, then heading off to pick up a touring cast member for a media interview before going to my own rehearsal that evening. I’m also lucky to be able to be an educator while still in a position to see lots of new shows at the Hall in which I can take away new ideas for my students.
9. What's your favorite thing about working in 417-land?
I love the size of 417-land. I don’t think I would be able to have the opportunities I would currently have if it were any bigger or smaller. I can help promote a Broadway show at the Hall while also directing and choregraphing a show at a local theatre or university.
10. If you could go back and give the high school version of yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Education is important, take advantage of all of the opportunities you can, and get through that algebra class. Writing your master’s thesis is SO much easier.
11. What was your “dream job” at age 5?
I wanted to either be a pilot or own my own restaurant. A fear of flying and a few years in the food industry quickly changed those dreams.
12. List three traits that define a successful career:
Create your own path, learn from every experience, never settle.
13. Why are you a 20 under 30?
I hope that I have exemplified what Springfield’s artistic community has to offer. We have so many amazing individuals who work in many facets of the arts, and I am humbled and honored to be recognized as one of them.
14. What projects do you have on the horizon at your job that you’re excited about?
I am looking forward to choreographing Drury’s upcoming musical this fall, as well as continue to teach there and at SLT. We also have an awesome Broadway line-up at the Hall, so I am excited to start promoting that. Another project that I look forward to every spring is the Y.E.S. Troupe senior showcase at SLT. I was one of those students not too long ago, so to be their leader now and see them go through the amazing education program we have there is always rewarding.
15. What completed project are you most proud of?
I just finished directing a show at Springfield Little Theatre. Like I previously mentioned, I got my start with that organization, so it was really a neat experience to have an influence on the next generation of performers and to have come full circle.
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