Spotlight: Magenta Content Team Leader Dustin Funk
In this blog post, and others to come, we’d like to take you inside the agency to highlight one of our staff’s passions or hobbies. Today, we’re visiting with our content team leader Dustin Funk, who works behind the scenes with the innovative local theater group NoExit Performance.
What first got you interested in theater?
I’ve always been a ham and a would-be class clown, but when my fourth-grade class had the unique opportunity to create and perform an original opera, I got the chance to see the entire theatrical process – and perform as one of the class’ actors. I’ve been involved in some way with the performing arts ever since, though I rarely get the chance to perform these days.
So, what exactly is this thing called AP style? In simple terms, it’s a set of standards for English grammar usage used by journalists and other copywriters, manifested in a publication called the AP Stylebook. While the AP Stylebook is marketed primarily to reporters, it’s widely known and used as the definitive reference guide by anyone creating written content for public-facing corporate communications. It contains references for grammar, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviations, spelling and numerals. The book itself is available in print or online versions and is organized into chapters for business, fashion, food, religion and sports terms, as well as media law, news values, punctuation, social media, polls, and surveys, though the various subsections have changed through the years in response to the needs of its users.
How long have you been involved with NoExit Performance?
Officially, I’ve been working as part of the board of directors since November 2015, when I first joined the company’s marketing committee. But unofficially, I’ve been involved with the company since its current executive director, Lukas Schooler, first asked me to edit various collateral after he joined the company’s leadership.
What do you like most about it?
As the premier site-specific theater company in Indianapolis, NoExit has performed everywhere from Fort Harrison State Park to the former psychiatric treatment facility at Central State. Every new show means a new space to explore. We also set ourselves apart by raising artists’ stipends every year as part of an effort to make Indy a city where artists can make a real living – and hopefully keep their talents here in the Midwest.
What is your role with NoExit?
Currently, I serve as the secretary of the board of directors.
What are the future plans?
As always, we have a packed year full of performances, including a big anniversary for our highly unusual take on The Nutcracker and a new version of Dinner that pairs a dining experience at Mesh on Mass Ave. with an exciting mystery. The highlight of NoExit’s 2019 will be The Birds, an adaptation of the Hitchcock classic in our company’s signature style.
Anything else you’d like to add? The company is always looking for new performers, volunteers and board members. Contact Executive Director Lukas Schooler at email@example.com or the board of directors’ president at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. And to keep up with the latest NoExit news, be sure to follow us on Facebook.
[Photo caption: Dustin Funk, in costume for Inherit the Wind at DePauw University in 2007.]