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Since 2010 Central Standard Theatre has been producing thought inducing, innovative theatre.  Based in Kansas City, CST offers an international angle to the local theatre scene.  With productions touring Britain, Ireland, Canada and Australia, CST offers the world a unique view of who we are in the Heartland.  We showcase our culture at theatre festivals around the world.  CST also brings the world to KC.  Since 2010, The Invasion has featured the best solo work from British, Irish, Canadian and Australian artists.

Central Standard Theatre is a 501c3 non profit organization. EIN 81-4710962

John Robert Paisley


Bob Paisley is an award winning actor and director, working with theatres across North America, UK and Australia.  He has played such challenging roles as Teach in American Buffalo, the title role in Faustus (LA Dramalogue Award), John Proctor in The Crucible, Tom in The Glass Menagerie, Heisenberg in Copenhagen, The Man in The Event and President Bill Clinton in Bill Clinton Hercules.  He has directed productions for Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Theatre West Virginia, the Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Our Town Theatre Group and Fringe festivals in Kansas City, Bedford, Adelaide and Edinburgh.  Bob is an original member of the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre in Kansas City.


Associate Producer

John Story

John Story has designed sound for CST productions Driving Miss Daisy, Bedtime Solos, A Steady Rain, The Event, and The Professor. He has worked in regional theatres across the US and has toured extensively throughout the country. His designs have been presented internationally, including the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the 2019 Adelaide Fringe in Australia, and a critically acclaimed production of Just So Stories at the 2022 Bedfringe Festival.  Mr. Story has worked in film and video, record production, broadcast audio, and acoustical design. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Sound Design from the University of Missouri–Kansas City, where he taught theatre sound technology. He currently sits on the board for Central Standard Theatre, continuing his international work.

CST Board of Directors

Bob Paisley

John Story

Leslie Holliday

John Clancy

Pip Utton

David Baxter

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