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Cheryl L. Marshall (Managing Director) An Ohio native, businesswoman and long-time supporter of the arts, Cheryl first came to Meadow Brook Theatre as an audience member. She first worked here arranging group sales and became managing director during the ’07 - ’08 season and has successfully led the company since.

Travis W. Walter (Artistic Director) is an alumnus of Oakland University and has worked at Meadow Brook Theatre in one capacity or another since graduation in 2002. He directed last season’s “Around the World in 80 Days", “Things My Mother Taught Me”, “Once on This Island”, “Luce” and “The Bikinis”. MBT audiences may remember seeing him onstage in “A Christmas Carol,” “Witness for the Prosecution,” “The Foreigner” and “Of Mice and Men".

Terry W. Carpenter (Resident Stage Manager/Associate Director)
has been one of Meadow Brook Theatre's stage managers since 1981 overseeing over 140 of our productions, including several which toured Michigan.

For Meadow Brook he directs the annual presentation of "A Christmas Carol" and has directed “Mindgame” & as a co-production with Williamston Theatre “Every Christmas Story Ever Told.” He directed our school tours of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" & “Julius Caesar.” In recent summers he took time away to direct "As You Like It", "The Comedy of Errors" and "All's Well That Ends Well" for Water Works Theatre Company in Royal Oak as well as co-directing our revivals of "The Rocky Horror Show" for three summers for Palace Entertainment where he also stage managed "Nunsense." For many years for Oakland University he taught the stage management course for the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. In recent summers he has stage managed for Mt. Gretna Playhouse in PA and Cherry County Playhouse in MI. Before moving to Michigan he worked for theatres in New York, Virginia, Florida and Massachusetts.

Terry is a member of Actors' Equity Association (the national union for theatrical actors and stage managers) and the Stage Managers' Association (a national organization for stage managers from all aspects of entertainment). He also serves on the LORT Committee for AEA's Central Region. In 1992 he was named as one of the movers and shakers of the backstage metro scene by "Detroit Monthly" magazine. In 2001 he was given the inaugural best stage manager award in the annual theatrical awards chosen by "The Oakland Press."

He lives in Auburn Hills with wife Linda, a veteran of the MBT costume shop. Their sons were both child actors in “A Christmas Carol” & other MBT shows. Adam along with his wife Alicia are actors in NYC & Joel works in agriculture in northern Oakland County.

Sarah Lin Warren (Production Manager/Assistant Stage Manager) This is Sarah's 8th season as Meadow Brook's Production Manager/Assistant Stage Manager. She has had the opportunity to work with an incredible amount of outstanding theater companies as well as some incredibly talented theater professionals. Sarah's credits include: The American Globe Theatre (NY), The Atlantic Theater Company (NY), New York University (NY), The Dallas Theatre Center (TX), The Second City Detroit (MI), The Michigan Opera House (MI), Cirque Du Soleil and The Shaw Festival (Ontario, Canada).

Katy Olsen (Development Director) joined MBT as Development Director in May 2014. A Certified Fund Raising Executive, she has extensive experience in development, fundraising, capital campaigns and donor relations. Prior to joining the theatre, she led Crittenton Hospital’s first capital campaign since 1967, successfully raising $10 million for construction of a new patient tower. A life-long resident of Rochester, Katy is proud to be part of the Meadow Brook Theatre family.

Lee Ann Kostur (Group Sales/Administrative Assistant) Originally from Canada. Lee Ann came to Michigan with her husband Casey Hibbert when he was hired as an intern. Now both are permanent employees and new homeowners in Auburn Hills.

Paige Vanzo (Marketing and Communications Coordinator) holds an AB in Theatre and a CNP (Non-Profit Professional) certification from Indiana State University. This year marks her 6th as a Michigan transplant. Paige moved to the mitten to become MBT's Administration intern in 2010 then joined the MBT staff as Marketing and Communications Coordinator in 2011. Paige also assists in the box office, group sales and development. In addition to her work at Meadow Brook Theatre, Paige is a local performer and playwright with a varied background in theatre. Her work has been produced most recently at the Metro Detroit Fringe Festival, Detroit Fringe Festival 2014 and Two Muses Women's Play Festival. Most recent performance endeavors include working as a professional idiot with Delirio Del Arte and joining Comedy Sportz Detroit's Minor League.

Barb Penchoff (Box Office Manager) Joining a theatre staff with unusual longevity, Barb is actually one of Meadow Brook’s newer employees, but she has years of experience with other theatres and with working for Ticketmaster.

Sharon Harper (Box Office Supervisor) started working on the box office sales staff here over 16 years ago, later moving up to supervisor. Her newest job off hours is being grandmother.

Casey S. Hibbert (Box Office Associate) is in his 7th season with MBT. His first season he was the Scene Shop intern, that next season he came back, but as the Stage Management intern. He is also a juggler, singer and actor. He was seen on the MBT stage in "Mary Stuart," "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and for 2 performances in "A Christmas Carol" as Ghost of Christmas Future. He has been in many shows in the Metro Detroit area, some of his favorites include "Evil Dead: The Musical" as Ed at the City Theatre, "On Golden Pond" as Charlie at the Box Theatre, "Into the Woods" as Rapunzel's Prince at the DATC, "Avenue Q" as Brian at the Box Theatre and "The Fantasticks" as Hucklebee at the Box Theatre. He is also an avid homebrewer.

Brian Kessler (Technical Director) is in his 12th season with Meadow Brook Theatre. He is our Technical Director whose scene design credits here include “Spreading It Around,” “Mary Stuart,”“Beyond the Rainbow,” “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” “Boeing, Boeing,” “Dracula: A Rock Opera,” “Reunion: A Musical Epic in Miniature” and “Ding Dong.” Brian is a graduate of the Indiana State University’s Theatre Department

Jeremy Burzuk (Head Stage Technician) A performer as well as theatre technician, Remy has been in charge of our backstage crews during performances for over a decade.

Kristen Gribbin (Properties Director) holds an MFA in Scenic Design from Wayne State University. Recent set designs here include “Xanadu,” “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and “The 39 Steps.” She has also designed for Planet Ant, Water Works Theatre Company, the JET and the Hilberry and Bonstelle Theatres at Wayne State.

Liz Goodall (Costume Shop Manager) is happy to be returning for her 9th season as costume shop manager and resident designer. She holds an MFA in Costume Design from Wayne State University and a BA in Theatre from Michigan State University. Recent designs for Meadow Brook include “Xanadu,” “Mary Stuart,” “Shout! The Mod Musical,” “Ding Dong,” “The 39 Steps” and “Dracula: A Rock Opera.” She has also designed for the Hilberry Theatre, Tipping Point Theatre and WaterWorks Theatre Company.

Mary Pettinato (Costume Shop Foreman)
currently designs costumes for our "A Christmas Carol". She began her theatre career at Meadow Brook in 1993 as a Scenic Artist Assistant and has since worked as a Stagehand, Props Assistant, Wig Mistress, Production Assistant, Stitcher and Wardrobe Mistress. She was also the Costume Designer of "The Rocky Horror Show" '05-'07. Her professional career has included five years in NYC working both off and on Broadway on shows such as "Zombie Prom" and the revivals of "The Boys in the Band" and "I Do! I Do!" as well as dressing the first 3 ½ years of "Rent" and a year of "Riverdance" on Broadway.

Lizzy Trawick (Wardrobe Master) is very excited to be returning to Meadow Brook for a 2nd season. After receiving her BFA in Costume Design/Costume Technology from Brenau University in 2011, she worked as the Wardrobe Intern at Centerstage in Baltimore, MD for nine months. Subsequently, she worked on the west coast tour of VEE Corporation's "Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music" as Assistant Wardrobe, and then she returned to her alma mater as Costume Shop Supervisor, where she has spent the past year and a half. She has also spent four of her past six summers working at Heritage Theatre Festival in Charlottesville, VA. Some of Lizzy's favorite productions she has worked on include "A Tuna Christmas," "The 39 Steps," "Into The Woods," "Next To Normal" and "The Wedding Singer."

Ben Pfahlert (Scene Shop Foreman)is pleased to be back at Meadow Brook where he first worked in the '90s. In the time since then he moved to the Bay Area of CA and worked at San Jose Rep building sets not only for them but also the City Theater, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, building floats for the Los Altos Festival Of Lights parade and had a kiddo. Since moving back to Michigan, he has worked for Mosaic Youth Theater, built the set for "Ernie", at The Detroit Parade Company he made floats for the America's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and he’s continued to work on and off at Meadow Brook.

William Douglass (Scenic Carpenter)

John Wright (Scenic Carpenter)

Gwen Lindsay (Scenic Artist) is looking forward to her third reason at Meadow Brook as Scenic Artist. She is a local area multipurpose designer focusing mainly on scenic and lighting design with the occasional properties design and scenic artist work. She is the in-house lighting designer for Marygrove College Dance Company. Some of her recent scenic designs have been "Picking Palin," "Soul Mates" and "Last of the Boys" with Magenta Giraffe and "The Cemetery Club" at Tipping Point Theater and recent lighting designs include ConteXture Dance Company's "Nascent Transformations" and Shakespeare in Detroit's "King Lear". Recent scenic artist works include "Ernie" at the City Theater and "The Way of the World" at Albion's Herrick Theater.

Reid G. Johnson (Master Electrician) Since 1979 Reid has designed the lighting for more than 150 productions at Meadow Brook. Many representative shows and directors noted below were MBT productions.

Reid is an Associate Artist at the Purple Rose Theatre Company. He has designed the lighting for over 20 productions at PRTC. His work there has included lighting designs for many new plays by playwrights such as Jeff Daniels, Annie Martin, Dennis North, and Mitch Albom.

Past projects include lighting three of the Comedy Night fundraisers for Forgotten Harvest at the Fisher Theatre and at Music Hall. Reid has been associated with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Heartlande Theatre Company, BoarsHead Theatre, Buckham Alley Theatre, The City Theatre, The Gem Theatre, Loeb Drama Center at Harvard University, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, The Birmingham Theatre and the Vest Pocket Theatre.

Mr. Johnson is a native Detroiter. He attended Cass Technical High School where he became deeply involved in both music and theatre, performing on a regular basis. He then went to Wayne State University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Design and Technical Theatre. Mr. Johnson was a member of the Hilberry Repertory Company while he served as Lighting Designer for the Bonstelle Theatre. Years of summer stock experience at various theatres rounded out his education.

In 2002, Reid received an Opie from the Oakland Press for Special Contribution in Lighting Design as part of the then long-standing Meadow Brook Design Team. Other award nominations include Technical Achievement for The Mystery of Irma Vep at Purple Rose Theatre in 2005

Lighting Designs produced professionally include: Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Ain't Misbehavin', I Am a Man, To Kill a Mockingbird, Amadeus, Deathtrap, Dracula, Quilters, The Road to Mecca, The Good Doctor, All My Sons, Guys & Dolls, The Rose Tattoo, Richard III, Romeo & Juliet, 84 Charing Cross Road, A Christmas Carol, Morning's At Seven, The Andersonville Trial, The Piano Lesson, The Immigrant, The Rocky Horror Show, Dancing at Lughnasa, Of Mice and Men, Little Shop of Horrors, Criminal Genius, Completing Dahlia, Let It Be, Across the Way, Blithe Spirit, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, Escanaba in Love & Panhandle Slim and the Oklahoma Kid.

Directors and Choreographers he has worked with include: Jack Allison, Gary Anderson, Andrew Barnicle, Chris Bremer, Douglas Campbell, Terry W. Carpenter, Tony Caselli, Bill Castellino, Michelle DiDomenico, Arthur Faria, Leo Geter, Randall Godwin, Dan Goggin, Michael Haney, Judith Haskell, Terence Kilburn, Philip Locker, John Manfredi, Howard J. Millman, Charles Morey, William Morris, Michelle Mountain, David Mowers, Lavinia Moyer, Randal Myler, Charles Nolte, Dennis North, Martin Platt, David Regal, Guy Sanville, Carl Schurr, Geoffrey Sherman, Robert Spencer, Susan Stroman, John Ulmer, Travis W. Walter and Henry Woronicz.

With well over 300,000 miles on two wheels, Reid wishes to thank his family for their support of his passion for motorcycling as well as Theatre.

Member: IATSE, Michigan Norton Owners, Forest City BMW Riders of Southwestern Ontario, BMW Motorcycle Owners of America, BMW-Rider’s Association, American Motorcyclist Association.

Dan Morency (Assistant (Master Electrician) graduated from Adrian College in MI with a B.A. in theater. In recent years he has been fortunate enough to work with the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Detroit Actors Theatre Company and is now very excited to be joining the Meadow Brook team. In addition to stage managing, Daniel has also worked as scenic designer, lighting designer, costume designer, properties designer and technical director. When not at the theatre, he enjoys reading and spending time with friends

Mike Duncan (Audio Engineer) is proud to be back as resident sound designer for his 11th full season at Meadow Brook. Previous designs include "The 39 Steps,""Shout! The Mod Musical" and "Boeing-Boeing." An accomplished musician, he has composed scores for several productions, including "On Golden Pond," "Mindgame" and "Rabbit Hole." Mike has worked as a designer and a musician for many production companies in Michigan and elsewhere but always considers Meadow Brook Theatre his home and family. Much love to Rob, Jessica and Sarah.

'14 - '15 Season Interns

Kimberly Alley (Acting/Administration Intern)
is a recent graduate of Oakland University with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre, and is incredibly thankful and excited to be a part of the 2015/2016 Meadow Brook season! Her recent projects include "Blithe Spirit" (Mrs. Bradman), "Persuasion" (Anne Elliott), "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (Hermia), "Evil Dead: The Musical" (Cheryl) and "As You Like It" (Celia). Love and thanks go out to her family for their never-ending support. She looks forward to learning as much as she can from this wonderful experience and can't wait to see what kind of shenanigans ensue!

Lauren Aquilina (Costume Intern) recently graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Apparel and Textile Design and a cognate in Theater. In her free time she enjoys sewing, knitting, and attempting bobbin lace making. She is a native of Michigan and is happy to be joining Meadow Brook Theatre this season.

Garett Michael Harris (Acting/Administration Intern) is a recent graduate from Wayne State University with a Bachelor in Arts. He is very excited to be working with Meadow Brook Theatre and looks forward to learning as much as he can with such a talented group of people.

Jasmine Radetski (Scene Shop Intern) I have recently graduated from Hastings College with my Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts with a minor in Studio Arts. While attending HC, I basically lived in the theatre. I was involved everywhere a pair of hands was needed. I was also a member of our scene shop crew. My passion is in Scenery. I hope to one day achieve my Master of Arts in scenic design and technical directing, but I want to get in the field and get my hands dirty. Outside of theatre, I enjoy reading, crafts, listening to music, and cooking. I am so excited to be joining Meadow Brook to learn and grow, and thank them for this wonderful opportunity.

Amy Skrodzki (Stage Management Intern) recently graduated with a B.A. in Drama from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL where she focused most of her time on Stage Management. She has spent the last two summers in Austin, TX working at an açaí café and Assistant Directing at Hyde Park Theatre. She is excited to begin her professional theatre career at Meadow Brook this year!

Christa Tausney (Prop Shop Intern) is thrilled to be joining the Meadow Brook Theatre team! She is from Garden City, MI and is a recent graduate of Wayne State University with a BFA in Technical Theatre and Design. Recent properties credits include "Peter Pan", "All's Well That Ends Well", "Guys and Dolls" and the scenic design for "Fences" presented on the Bonstelle Stage. For the past two years she has contributed to Detroit through her work at The Parade Company as a sculptor and painter for America's Thanksgiving Parade. When she isn't working, she enjoys reading books, watching movies, painting and spending time with loved ones.

Christopher Warren (Lighting/Scene Shop Intern) first began learning his trade in high school and continued to pursue higher education. He first attended the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point then the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where he was in the BFA Technical program of both Universities. After three years of University he chose to take a hiatus from schooling to seek some hands on training in the professional world. Christopher is very excited for the opportunity Meadow Brook Theatre has given him.

Mary Elizabeth Whitner (Costume Intern) recently graduated from Hope College in the beautiful Holland, Michigan, with a B.A. in Theatre and French. In addition to her costume design work at Hope, she has had the opportunities to work with Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Mason Street Warehouse and most recently Michigan Shakespeare Festival. In addition to spending lots of time sewing, she enjoys reading, finding new coffee shops, and watching re-runs of "Friends". She hopes one day to attend graduate school to earn an M.F.A. in Costume Design. Until then, she is looking forward to a wonderful season of working, learning, and getting to know the team at Meadow Brook!

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