As part of the current, on-going celebration of Meadow Brook Theatre's 50th season, there will be a sporadic series of posts here on our blog about theatre artists & administrators who received experience early on in their careers here at MBT. For this first installment, we'll review those who started as an intern for a season & stayed or returned to now be a part of our permanent staff.
Sarah Lin Warren was a stage management intern in our 1998-99 season. She stayed in the metro Detroit and worked at other area theatres including stage managing shows at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre in West Bloomfield and for Second City at the City Theatre in Detroit. She also worked for Cirque du Soleil during their engagement at the Palace in the year following her internship. When a stage management position opened up here in the fall of 2000, Sarah came back to us for several seasons before leaving to work in New York City with a brief break to stage manage at Dallas Theatre Center. But the pull of Meadow Brook was too strong and she returned to us again to serve as our production manager and to do double-duty as assistant stage when we have two shows in performance and in rehearsal simultaneously.
Travis W. Walter was an acting intern during our 2002-03 season understudying many roles, appearing in small roles onstage and pressed into service for technical & administrative support. He stayed on the following season to assist Cheryl Marshall with group sales and various other projects including some more time performing onstage and also stage managing "Sisters of Swing" in spring '07. He began directing with "Murder by Poe" in fall '08 and was named as our current artistic director starting with the 2010-11 season.
Casey Hibbert was part of our first full & now standard complement of 8 season interns in 2009-10 as the scene shop intern. He stayed for a 2nd season internship the next year as the stage management intern. Casey then joined our staff working in the box office and accepting other duties including maintaining our website. When he first came here, he was moving to Michigan with his new bride LeeAnn Kostur who later on also joined our staff working in group sales and other administrative support. When he gets hours away from MBT, Casey continues to act & direct at other area theatres and appears each summer at the Michigan Renaissance Festival.
Paige Biggs Vanzo was an administrative intern in our 20101-11 season and also has stayed on since providing administrative support and currently serves as primarily as marketing & communications coordinator. She also continues to act & direct at other area theatres and appears each summer at the Michigan Renaissance Festival.
Daniel Morency was our stage management intern last season and appeared onstage in "A Christmas Carol". This year he became one of our newest full-time staff members working as Assistant Master Electrician. In addition he works part-time assisting the Technical Director of Oakland University's Department of Music, Theatre and Dance.