John Eric Rutherford (Artistic Director)

John Eric Rutherford, the artistic Director, is a professional performer, tenor, and also Dean of the Fine Arts Department at Independence Community College. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Otterbein College, a master’s degree from Northwestern University, and is a current doctoral degree student in music at the University of Washington. . In addition to more than 10 years of teaching experience in vocal and instrumental music, his extensive performing experience includes operatic roles with Puget Sound Opera; Columbus Light Opera; Puccini Theatre in Bari Italy; Seattle Opera and other regional groups. He has also been featured as a soloist with Door County Music Festival, Columbus Symphony, and Elmhurst Symphony. As Artistic Director, Rutherford will focus on smooth management of the Inge Festival, so that the Honorees continue to receive deserved acknowledgement of their significant contribution to the American theater. He also leads long-term strategic planning for all Inge Center activities, which includes year-round artistic programming and holding high standards for the Independence Community College Fine Arts Department.


Bruce Peterson (Managing Director)

Bruce Peterson Bruce Peterson has a background in arts and entertainment journalism. He worked many years as marketing and development associate with the Inge Center prior to his appointment as Managing Director. Bruce has aided growth of the Inge Center’s national stature and resource development, as reflected in national media coverage and numerous grant awards for support of the Inge Center’s artistic and educational programs. Prior to the Inge Center, Bruce worked as Casting Editor with Back Stage publications in New York City, the development office of the International House in Philadelphia, and as arts editor for daily newspapers in his native California. Early in his career, Bruce was editor at weekly newspapers in such picturesque towns as Virginia City, Nev., and the intriguingly named Weed, Calif.-- communities much smaller than even Independence. He holds a Master of Science degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University (Philadelphia) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting from San Francisco State University.

Terri Barbera (Company Manager)

Terri Barbera has over 15 years of office administrative experience as well as several years of leadership and managerial experience. Terri held the Quality Manger position for four years and Educational Instructor position two years previous at Innovative Marketing Strategies. From 2004-2014, she played many roles at Cessna in Independence, including customer concierge, and smooth running of communications and logistics.

Following her love for the Fine Arts, in July of 2014 Terri left Cessna to join the ICC Team.

Terri is widely known in the community with performances at numerous productions, including at the William Inge Center for the Arts, Neewollah, ICC productions, and the Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival, to name a few.  Terri is also active behind-the-scenes, helping offstage at many events such as the Dancing with the Indy Stars and the new Astra Arts Festival.


Ben Corbett (Instructor of Acting and Voice, Independence Community College)

Ben Corbett is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher (Shakespeare & Co. '12).  He teaches Kristin Linklater’s vocal progression, phonetics and accents using Louis Colaianni’s Phonetic Pillows, and Uta Hagen's approach to acting. His professional vocal coaching credits include Shakespeare Dallas, CityRep, William Inge Theatre Festival, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Barter Theatre, Burning Coal Theatre Co., Bare Theatre, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz.

Ben’s professional acting credits include two-and-a-half years as a resident actor at Barter Theatre, with additional roles at the William Inge Theatre Festival, City Rep, Blowing Rock Stage Co., Burning Coal Theatre Co., Light Opera Oklahoma, Shakespeare & Co., North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, and Shakespeare Festival of Dallas. He has served as both an actor and voice teacher at the Last Frontier Theatre Festival in Valdez, AK.  He's is a proud member of Actor’s Equity, and an Associate Editor for Oklahoma for the International Dialects of English Archive. He has launched his own voice practice,, and welcomes private clients who wish to explore the possibility and power of their speaking voices.