The Kansas Settlers Band


The Kansas Settlers Band consists of Diane Bulan, Franci Witte, Chris Hudson, and Sam Wright.


Diane Bulan is a professional actor, director, acting coach, puppeteer, electrician, and stage manager. She has been a teaching artist for KCYA since 1998. Diane received a BA in Theatre and Film Studies from the University of Kansas in 1993.


Franci Talamantez-Witte is a local performer, teacher and director.  She studied theatre and dance at Kansas State University and all throughout her childhood in Wichita, Kansas.  Franci has a major love for all things children, theatre, music and dance.  She performs all around the KC area and has been teaching with KCYA since the summer of 2018.


Chris Hudson received his Bachelor’s degree in 1996 from the UMKC Conservatory of Music. A talented guitarist and instructor, Chris has played at the Kemper Museum, Eden Alley and currently teaches private instruction at KCYA’s Community School of the Arts.


Sam Wright earned his BFA in Theatre from Emporia State University in 2002. Since graduating, he has acted for The Coterie Children's Theatre and Wyandotte Players. When not performing, Sam spends his time waiting tables in Westport, recording music and playwriting.


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