By Matthew Staats – Age 10 Mary Burkey is TYA’s technical director, which means she oversees the production of set, props, costumes, sound and lighting. She has been working with TYA since spring 2011, when she had an internship at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and saw TYA and decided to join TYA using her experiences on set, props, costumes, acting and visual art. Kids have the opportunity to be on the creative team and have their ideas come to life. Mary gets to work with youth in the summer and Rising Stars shows, but she also likes to work with her own creativity for the mainstage and storybook shows. To prepare for The Mad Adventures of Mr. Toad!, she made sure she knew the source, “A Wind in the Willows” by Kenneth Grahame and then she read the script with the designers so they all were familiar with it. Then they brainstormed designs that could show the story to children. Finally, they decided as a group waht was going to be used for the show.