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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 “The Game's Afoot,” “Harris Cashes Out,” “Lysistrata Jones,” “Falling”, "The Andrews Brothers" and “You Never Know.” 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" and "The Comedy of Errors" for WaterWorks 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 is currently attending Baker College.

Sarah Lin Warren (Production Manager/Assistant Stage Manager) This is Sarah's 7th 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/ Communications Coordinator) holds an AB in Theatre and a CNP (Non-Profit Professional) certification from Indiana State University where she graduated in 2010. This year marks her 5th as a Michigan transplant. Paige moved north from Indiana to take an internship in theatre administration at MBT. Since moving to the mitten, she’s taken a full-time position with the theatre in Marketing and Communications. She also assists in the box office, group sales and development. In addition to her office experience, Paige is a performer, writer and director who's had the recent privilege of having work produced in last year's Detroit Box Fest and this year's Fringe Festival.

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 15 years ago, later moving up to supervisor. Her newest job off hours is being grandmother.

Casey S. Hibbert (Box Office Associate) is in his 6th 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 11th 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 eighth 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 joining the staff at Meadow Brook this year. 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 five 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."

Cobey Buckner (Scene Shop Foreman) has worked in our scene shop for several seasons and last year moved up to the position of scene shop foreman.

Chris Nelson (Scenic Carpenter) is returning to us for a 4rd year in the scene shop after serving as the scenery intern for the first 2 years and is ready for another great season. A recent graduate of Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne with a BA in Technical Theatre, Chris spent a year with First Presbyterian Theatre in Fort Wayne, IN as Technical Director before he came to Meadow Brook Theatre.

Eric Niece (Scenic Carpenter) is returning to the MBT scene shop full time after interning in 2009-10. When not building scenery, Eric works as an actor, singer, and acting teacher throughout the Metro Detroit area. Some of his favorite roles include Mercutio in Uncovered Theatre’s production of "Romeo and Juliet", Rocky in "The Rocky Horror Show" and Princeton/Rod in "Avenue Q". Both "Rocky Horror" and "Avenue Q" were at the Box Theatre. Eric is also an avid CrossFitter.

Gwen Lindsay (Scenic Artist) is looking forward to her second 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. 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.

Scott Ross (Assistant (Master Electrician) is happy to be returning to Meadow Brook Theatre as the assistant master electrician. Since completing the Meadow Brook electrics internship for the 2010-2011 season Scott became the Lighting Designer/Master Electrician for Henry Ford Community College where he worked on productions including "Grease", "Ruined" and "The Three Musketeers". Scott has also worked for other Metropolitan Detroit theatres including the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, The Berman Theatre, and the Jewish Ensemble Theatre.

Scott is thankful for all the support that he has received, especially from his loving fiance Allison.

Mike Duncan (Audio Engineer) is proud to be back as resident sound designer for his 10th 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

Amanda Rae Evans (Acting/Administration Intern) is a recent graduate of Oakland University with a BFA in Musical Theatre, and super excited to be apart of Meadow Brook’s 2014-2015 season. Her recent shows include her own nightclub cabaret act “From Amanda With Love”, “The Merchant of Venice” (The Duchess of Venice), “Comedy of Errors” (Antipholus of Syracuse), “Sweet Charity” (Ursula), and “Spring Awakening” (Adult Woman). She’d like to give a shout out to dad, mom, sisses, bros, the hubby Nate, and Uncle Tom and Aunt Kathy for all your love and patients through all of the crazy singing-dancing-acting-Mandyness. You all are the best! And she is also so grateful to Meadow Brook for this chance to continue learning her craft.

Danielle Hamm (Lighting/Scene Shop Intern) is excited to be joining Meadow Brook for this season. She is a graduate of Youngstown State and hails from Cleveland. In the past, she has worked on "White Christmas" with Surflight Theatre in New Jersey; "Spamalot" with the Youngstown Playhouse and "Trumpet in the Land", "White Savage" and "Lés Miserables" with Trumpet in the Land Outdoor Drama.

Angelica Kurtz (Properties/Scene Shop Intern) of Streamwood, IL, is delighted to join the Meadow Brook Theatre family this year! Angie is a recent graduate of Hope College as a Theatre major and Classical Studies minor. She has become a "jack-of-all-trades" within the art world with experience in props, costume design, graphic design and sculpture. Her latest work was a Properties Master at Festival 56 in Princeton, IL where she oversaw, acquired and built props for six shows over the course of two months. Other recent credits include being a Properties Assistant and intern at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre for two consecutive seasons, as props master for Hope College's turn of the century take on Shakespeare's "As You Like It" (Spring 2014) and costume designing Hope's production of "Stage Door" (Spring 2013). In what little spare time she has, Angie enjoys reading, doodling and Dungeons and Dragons.

Kiran-Durae Lambert (Costume Intern) having just moved to the Metro-Detroit Area from Grand Rapids, is stoked to be a part of Meadow Brook's '14-15 season. She studied theatre at Aquinas College, and has helped costume a number of shows with the Grand Rapids Circle Theatre. Kiran is currently taking a break from performing to pursue technical (and textile) aspirations. In her free time, she enjoys playing video games and hanging out with her cat, Wesley. Kiran is also proud to state that, much like Cathy Wellerstein, she is never going to go back to Ohio, and is obligated to add "AQ! Go Saints!"

Daniel Martin Morency (Stage Management Intern) graduated from Adrian College 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.

Michaela O'Neill (Wardrobe/Costume Intern) recently graduated from Sonoma State University in California with a BA in Music. For years she has been working with children's theatre camps doing costuming and wardrobe. For the past two summers she has been working for Belvoir Terrace, a fine arts summer camp for girls, creating costumes for up to 20 productions in a summer. Michaela is looking forward to joining the Meadow Brook team and developing more in her field.

Matthew Pecek (Acting/Administration Intern) hails from Cleveland, OH and is ecstatic to be living a Meadow Brook life for the next season. He graduated with a Theatre major and a Media Arts minor from Adrian College.

Matthew has had the great fortune of living a rather varied few years and has worked in and out of school as a singer/dancer, secretary, stage manager, carpenter, prop designer, set designer, instructor and director; however, acting will always be his first love. Recently, Matthew has performed in such plays as "As You Like It" (Orlando), "Titus Andronicus" (Saturninus), "Lone Star" (Roy), "42nd Street" (Billy Lawlor) and "Godspell" (Jesus). When occasionally taking time for his personal life, Matthew enjoys cinnamon rolls and indulging his personal obsession with the works of Anton Chekov. He is also a dedicated basketball player and an occasional 5K runner. Matthew cannot thank the Meadow Brook Theatre enough for the opportunity to be part of something great.

Tyler Steffens (Scene Shop Intern) I just graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Speech Communications with an emphasis in Theatre and a minor in Athletic Coaching. I have been in school for five years and have done everything I could for my college's theatre department. I graduated from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD. I will be 24 years old in October and I like long walks on the beach. Well, that is so cliche, but it doesn't sound like a bad time. I love making people laugh and cheering people up with my humor. I am not married nor do I have kids, but I do have 14 nieces and nephews which most people think is interesting. This is my first time in Michigan so wish me luck.

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