Randall Ty Pike, Artistic Director
Randall grew up in Oklahoma and has been on stage since he was 5 years old, from talent shows to full stage productions. He found his love for theatre in high school where he won individual competition awards including state championships for poetry and humorous duet.
After high school, Randall moved on to the big town of Coffeyville, Kansas for more acting and stage craft training. He was in several main stage productions in addition to being a cast member of the long-running Rubber Chicken Factory Improvisational Comedy Troupe.
After receiving an Associates Degree in Acting at Coffeyville Community College, Randall transferred to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree as well. He studied under Dr. Robyn Pursley and starred in many main stage productions there. It was at Northeastern State that Randall was ignited with a passion to build a theatre company from the ground up.
Randall moved to Portland, Oregon and worked as the Technical Director, Master Carpenter, and Production Manager for Post 5 Theatre Company. The large Portland theatre community opened up Randall's experience with new possibilities, and challenged him to grow in his craft.
Randall is excited to join and help build Nashville's theatre community up, to bring us all to great heights.
Amber Buker, Managing Director
Amber’s dream is to help people create fearlessly, and she will ensure that Distraction is able to do just that in her role as Managing Director. Amber has been a performer and a lover of the arts all of her life. She competed in speech, debate, and jazz choir and took to the stage for performances in one-act plays and even the Miss Oklahoma Pageant.
Amber graduated with honors and a Certificate in Intellectual Property from Lewis and Clark Law School in May, 2015. Before graduation, she moved to Nashville to complete her last semester in law school while serving as the legal associate for the Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts program of the Arts and Business Council and later served as the Program Director. Amber is currently the Director of Client Relations at Bank Director.
Before moving to Tennessee, Amber helped to create a legal clinic for artists in Portland, Oregon, in conjunction with several colleagues and a group of professional attorneys. Amber also served as the Volunteer Coordinator at Post5 Theatre, where she developed and launched the company's first formal volunteer program, and as an intern for the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in 2013. All of these positions were held in conjunction with her work as a law student and her job as a legal assistant at a boutique elder law and estate planning firm.
Amber is ridiculously excited to be launching Distraction Theatre Company. She looks forward to creating fun, challenging work on the stage while helping to build up the theatre community in Nashville.