Lenkman and Scott Corwin, both natives of St. Louis, are the
current masquerade directors for Archon,
one of the Midwest's oldest fan-run conventions. Archon has
earned the reputation as being one of the finest venues in the
country for costuming, attracting contestants from both coasts
and Canada. Sheila and Scott took over the masquerade in 1996,
when the current director unexpectedly dropped out. They had
already been working backstage for two years at this point,
Sheila working backstage and Scott working the light board.
While the previous director had done much to improve the masquerade
from its' humble beginning, Sheila felt that much more could
still be done. Luckily, the Archon committee approved their
plans, and they began recruiting a team of retired costumers
and technicians. Their strategy was to improve the technical
support, and with the help of Mike Evans on the soun! dboard,
they did just that. Scott began writing a computer program that
would give each technician vital information to run each department.
Kevin Dulle and David Trammel were drafted to act as Backstage
Manager and Crew Chief, and Sheryl Haven to be Assistant Stage
Manager. Eileen Lenkman, Sheila's sister, took on the arduous
task of data entry and Judge's Liaison. Sheila decided to adopt
various theatrical techniques, bringing structure to what was
once rather chaotic. Their first masquerade as a team was Archon
20, and all their hard work paid off. The new masquerade was
In the five
years since then, the Archon Masquerade Team have run ten masquerades.
Six Archons, three Gateway Media Cons, and the 2000 Worldcon
in Chicago (under Nancy Mildebrandt). Sheila and Scott have
also organized costume panels that actively promote the masquerade,
and began bringing in Masquerade Guests of Honor at Archon.
When they are
not running masquerades, Sheila and Scott work on renovating
their 1920's home in Brentwood, a suburb of St. Louis. Scott
is a Senior Software Engineer for Centrics Technology, and is
an avid Paintball player. He is currently on the Board of Directors
in the costume shop at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, where
she is First Hand (assistant) to the head draper. In her off-season
she does work for other professional theatres, such as Opera
Theatre of St. Louis, Stages St. Louis, The Muny, and The St.
Louis Shakespeare Company.