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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 Haunting of Hill House,” “White's Lies,” “Next to Normal,” “Life Could Be a Dream” and “70, Girls, 70.” 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 100 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 working on a farm in northern Oakland County.

Sarah Lin Warren (Production Manager/Assistant Stage Manager) This is Sarah's 6th 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).

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/Group Sales/Box Office Associate) came to Meadow Brook as an intern learning many of the tasks in the administrative area. She has stayed on and now is responsible for many of those same duties.

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 5th 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 10th 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 seventhth 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 also was the Costume Designer of The Rocky Horror Show '05-'07. Her professional career included five years in NYC working both off and on Broadway on shows such as “Zombie Prom” and revivals of “The Boys in the Band” and “I Do! I Do!” Mary also had the great honor of dressing the first 3 ½ years of “Rent” and a year of “Riverdance” on Broadway.

Eric Patterson (Wardrobe Master) From the Southwest, but a fan of Michigan’s cold winter weather, Eric spends most of his years with us and goes each summer to work for the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

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

Chris Nelson (Scenic Carpenter) is returning to us for a 3rd year in the scene shop after serving as the scenery intern for the last 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.

Katie Orwig (Scenic Carpenter) is originally from West Virginia and prior to coming to us worked for the Jewish Ensemble Theatre in West Bloomfield. In addition to building our scenery, she continues to design & construct sets for other local theatres.

Gwen Lindsay (Scenic Artist) is looking forward to her first 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)

Mike Duncan (Audio Engineer) is proud to be back as resident sound designer for his 9th 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.

’13 –’14 Season Interns

Joel Behrman (Lighting Intern) rrecently graduated Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where he received his B.S. Cum Laude with Honor in Theater. The humor in that he received a Bachelor of Science in Theater while some of his friends received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Physics is not lost on him. At Skidmore he received the Margaret Ellen Clifford Memorial Prize in Theater for being a generally awesome and pretty cool dude. But don’t take my word for it, you should meet the guy. Joel misses all the incredible people he’s gotten to work with at Skidmore and hopes he will do them proud as he moves on to Meadow Brook, which he is quite excited and a little bit scared about. But he is sure it will work out wonderfully. Joel has previously worked for The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Opera Saratoga, and the Irondale Ensemble Project.

Corey Boughton (Scene Shop Intern)is finishing his undergraduate degree at University of Michigan-Flint. He spent the last two seasons as lighting designer at The Barn Theatre (MI) for shows including "Legally Blonde", "Spamalot", "Shrek the Musical" and "Deathtrap". In the summer of 2011 he acted as master carpenter at Jenny Wiley Theater (KY.) He is excited to be working at Meadow Brook for their 2013-2014 season. He wishes to dedicate this season to his mentor Stephan Landon who recently we recently lost and to his daughter Sydney Boughton along with his family, and because of the people he is excited to be working at Meadow Brook for their 2013-2014 season.

Erin Brandt (Properties Intern) is originally from northeast Iowa. She completed her B.A. at Coe College (Cedar Rapids, IA) with a major in Business Administration and minors in Theatre Arts and Asian Studies in May 2012. At Coe, Erin was fortunate to work tech on several main stage productions and to shadow at the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse (Rock Island, IL). She is grateful for her mentors in the theatre program there as they continue to be valuable post-graduation mentors. Between graduation and joining the Meadow Brook Theatre internship program this season, Erin had the opportunity to spend several months in the San Francisco Bay Area, working as a properties intern and house staff member at the California Shakespeare Theater (Berkeley/ Orinda, CA) as well as doing electrician and props work at Magic Theatre (San Francisco, CA) and Center REP Theatre (Walnut Creek, CA). She must thank all of her friends and supervisors she met in California for sharing their wisdom, for giving her the foundation from which she will build her future theatre experience, and for being generally awesome human beings. Erin is now looking forward to see what theatre in Michigan is all about.

Izzy Bristow (Costume Intern) is a recently graduated for Western Oregon University’s Costume Design and Technology B.F.A. Program and is overjoyed to be joining the Meadow Brook Theatre for their 2013-14 season. She has had the privilege of designing several shows at her university and has been awarded the KCACTF Merits Contribution award for her work on "The Crucible" and "An Evening of Beckett Shorts." In the past four years she has studied abroad in Edinburgh, interned in Denver and with the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, and is very excited to see what the future holds both at Meadow Brook and beyond.

Joshua Lau (Stage Management Intern) was born and raised in Honolulu, HI and recently graduated from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and a minor in Music (cum laude). At Naz he has stage managed Adam Gwon's "Ordinary Days," "Spring Awakening," "Merrily We Roll Along" and "As You Like It", among others, and has received two "Certificates of Merit: Stage Management" from the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival. He was the Stage Management Intern at Bristol Valley Theatre in Naples, NY (Summer 2012) and was most recently their Apprentice Program Director (Summer 2013). He has also stage managed for the Hawaii Shakespeare and Rochester (NY) Fringe Festivals.

Thea Peterson (Wardrobe Intern) is a recent B.F.A graduate from Miami University (OH). For her senior capstone project she was costume designer on the independent film "Unbanded". She has also designed for professional dance companies including Miami Valley Ballet Theatre, Exhale Dance Tribe, and Cincinnati Youth Ballet. Over the summer she worked as a costumer at Long Lake Camp for the Arts in upstate NY. Of the shows she worked on some of her favorites include "Chicago", "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Pirates of Penzance". She is very excited to spend the next year at Meadow Brook Theatre.

Lizzie Rainville (Acting/Administration Intern) is extremely excited to be an Acting/ Administrative intern at Meadow Brook Theatre. She is a recent graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a B.F.A. in Music Theatre. Originally Lizzie is from Minnetonka, MN. Professionally she played Maryanne in "Tartuffe: The Southern Version" at Pioneer Playhouse and Queen Genevieve in Camp Creamery's production of "Merlin's Apprentice and The Deadly Dragon" for The Old Creamery Theatre. Her favorite roles in college were Doralee Rhoades in "9 to 5" and Mrs. Farley in "Playhouse Creatures". In college she was a board member for Shringara (Multi-cultural Theatre company) and played Annabelle in "Wedding Band" in one of their productions. Sending love, as always, to my Mom, Dad, Bridget, Alex, Syrena, Llamar, Jacquette and Annie.

Dave Roy (Acting/Administration Intern) is very excited to join the family at Meadow Brook Theatre. He recently graduated from Oakland University with his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. Dave is originally from Windsor, Ontario and moved to the states early in the 2000's. Recently, Dave played the role of Enjolras in Spiro Productions and The Other Mirrors' "Les Misérables". Previous credits include Gordon in "Dead Man's Cellphone", Georg in "Spring Awakening", Captain Jim in "Little Mary Sunshine" and Major Bouvier in "Grey Gardens". Much love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Chris, Rebecca and all other friends and family.
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