In 1996 Roy Hine become the new Artistic Director. Roy built on the tradition of the Wagon Wheel serving as a training ground for young professionals with the addition of several guest Equity artists each year. Roy hired Wagon Wheel favorites Ben Dicke, Andy Robinson, Mickey Fisher, Jennifer Dow, and Scott Michaels for several summer seasons. Mickey, Ben, and Andy launched summer youth programs for local students ages 6 to 18. In 2007, Roy Hine passed away the day after rehearsals started for the Holiday show, Cinderella. The cast rallied to still produce the show and Scott Michaels, who was hired as choreographer, stepped in to direct the show. Scott became Artistic Director in 2008. Bruce gathered a team of loyal supporters and local individuals to start to work towards the Wagon Wheel becoming a nonprofit. The Wagon Wheel formalized as Wagon Wheel Theatre, Inc. and became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, led by Board President, John E. Hand (owner of Hand Industries) in 2010.