Meet Our Awesome Staff!
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Meet our Interns!
Benjamin Beardon (Costume Shop Intern) is a recent high school graduate from Idyllwild Arts Academy, where he studied design and production for theatre for two years. He served as a student designer and crew member for various productions such as Medea, Hamlet, Hotel Cassiopeia and many more. Most recently he had worked as the costume designer with a new company, Spotlight Productions, for the show RENT in Santa Barbara, California. In the fall of 2018 he will attend the University of Cincinnati, College - Conservatory of Music to obtain a BFA in Stage Design, Props and Scenic Art.
Colin Benfield (Prop Shop Intern) is a graduate from East Texas Baptist University School of Fine Arts with a BA in design and technical theatre. While there he worked on the past ETBU productions of These Shining Lives (as wig and make up head), A Midsummer's Night Dream (as Technical Director), Last Train to Nibroc (as Lighting Designer). Thanks to his department's modest size, he has been a part of almost every area of the theatre world from the lighting crew to costume designer. Colin is excited to be stepping up and branching out as he joins the Meadow Brook Theatre team.
Trace Craver (Scene Shop Intern) is a recent graduate of East Texas Baptist University with a B.A. in theatre performance. Although he loves performing, carpentry is a passion of his as well. He has built shows such as Urinetown, Proof, Metamorphoses and has even set designed Barefoot in the Park. He is very excited to work with Meadow Brook this season! Aside from theatre, writing and recording his own music has always been something he enjoys as well.
Elizabeth Gibbons (Stage Management Intern) attended and worked at Chaffey College in California as the House Manager and participated in productions such as Hair and Tartuffe. She was also their House Manager for two seasons when she was not involved with a show. Working at Lewis Family Playhouse as the Stage Manager for Cabaret honed her skills and passion for theater management. She looks forward to an exciting season at Meadow Brook Theatre.
Grace Hazlett (Costume Shop Intern) attended Emerson College, where she studied Cinematography and Production Design. While at Emerson, she worked as a designer on several student film and television productions, including "Paranoia Playhouse" (2015) and "A Story Without Words" (2014). She is very excited to be working in theatre at Meadow Brook.
Sara Kmiec (Acting/Administration Intern) just returned from her second internship with Walt Disney World Entertainment. When not interning she studies Musical Theater at Rochester College and has been seen there as Pennywise in Urinetown, Emily Webb in Our Town and as herself in Uncovered Theater Company's production of Godspell. Sara loves rock climbing, getting bubble tea and organizing rooms. She is extremely grateful to be a part of 2017/18 Meadow Brook season and would like to thank every parent, teacher and friend who has helped her get here. Much love to everyone!
Brendan Lindberg (Acting/Administration Intern) is a recent graduate of Oakland University, having obtained a BFA in Musical Theatre, Class of 2017. While studying at Oakland, some of his favorite roles include Will Parker in Oklahoma!, the Waiter in She Loves Me, and Larry/Dance Captain in A Chorus Line. In his spare time he enjoys taking Fitwall, and shopping. Brendan looks forward to chasing his dreams in New York City, and hopes to conquer the exciting challenges and opportunities that come his way.
Jacob Walker (Lighting/Scene Shop Intern) is a recent spring graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Technology. He hails from Eastern Alabama and recently completed his work as Master Electrician for Auburn University Theatre's hosting of the American College Dance Association's 2017 Southern Conference and as Assistant Master Electrician for Texas Shakespeare Festival's 2017 summer season. He is excited to be working with Meadow Brook Theatre!
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 160 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 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 for an industrial consultant in Pontiac, MI.
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).
Andrea Walker-Leidy (Development Director)
Andrea Walker-Leidy was appointed Development Director for Meadow Brook Theatre in May 2016. Ms. Walker-Leidy has been a long-time supporter of the arts in Michigan with past board experience including Paint Creek Center for the Arts and the Michigan Opera Theatre BravoBravo! event committee. As a marketing and community development professional, Ms. Walker-Leidy’s clients have included The Rainbow Connection, Older Persons’ Commission, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, Rochester Rotary, and Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce. With Ms. Walker-Leidy’s assistance, these organizations increased their fundraising efforts and developed their social media presence. In addition, Ms. Walker-Leidy worked for Crittenton Hospital Medical Center’s senior home care program from 2012-2016. Ms. Walker-Leidy was named Young Professional of the Year by the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 Under 40 in 2016. A resident of Rochester, Ms. Walker-Leidy is committed to creating a culture of philanthropy to support critical community organizations and programming. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Literature and Professional Writing from Rochester College.
Lee Ann Kostur (Group Sales/Administrative Assistant)
2017-2018 will mark her 8th season at Meadow Brook Theatre.
Erica Nowak (Marketing/Communications)
is a Michigan State University graduate with a BA in English. She joined MBT in the fall of 2016, and is excited to be part of the team. If you want to make Erica smile interact with us on social media! When she's not at work you can usually find her feeding the ducks at the park with her toddler Norah.
Sharon Harper (Box Office Manager)
started working on the box office sales staff here over 15 years ago, later moving up to supervisor and this season to manager. Her recent job off hours is being grandmother.
George Cronin (Box Office Supervisor)
is entering his third season as Box Office Supervisor at Meadow Brook Theatre and is delighted to work with so many creative and talented people.
Andy Gaitens (Box Office Associate)
is going into his second year of selling tickets at Meadow Brook Theatre. He has sold tickets to many shows at MBT, including Mom's Gift, I Love a Piano, and Shear Madness. He lives in Ferndale with his new wife, Maria.
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
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.
Jasmine Radetski (Scenic Carpenter)
is a graduate from Hastings College in Nebraska with her BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in Studio Arts. She just recently finished a season here as the scene shop intern and is thrilled to be joining the full time staff. Though she is far from her original residence of Colorado, she is excited to keep learning and growing as a theatre professional.
John Wright (Scenic Carpenter)
returns to our scene shop staff full-time for a 2nd year.
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)
is starting her 12th season as Properties Director. She has created props for over 60 shows here at Meadow Brook. Some of her favorite shows to work on include Atomic, Once on This Island, From My Hometown, Reunion and Shout! The Mod Musical. In addition to her work in Props, Kristen is also a Scenic Designer and Scenic Artist. Some of her favorite sets that she designed here over the years include Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Mom's Gift, The Explorers Club, The Bikinis, Cole Porter's You Never Know, The Haunting of Hill House and Enchanted April. She has also designed and/or painted sets for Peanut Gallery Players, The Encore Musical Theatre, Planet Ant, Water Works Theatre Company, the JET, Performance Network and the Hilberry and Bonstelle Theatres at Wayne State. She holds an MFA in Theater - Scenic Design from Wayne State University. All my love to my husband, Matt, who never complains about all the time I spend pursuing my passions. Hugs to all my family, both those I'm related to by blood and by choice. And a big thank you to my family here at Meadow Brook Theatre.
Liz Goodall (Costume Shop Manager)
is happy to be returning for her eleventh 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 Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Mary Stuart, The Constant Wife, ATOMIC, The 39 Steps and Dracula: A Rock Opera. She has also designed for the Hilberry Theatre, Tipping Point Theatre and Water Works 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.
Shireen Unvala (Wardrobe Master)
is excited to be starting her work with Meadow Brook Theatre in their 2016-2017 season. She holds a B.A. from Greensboro College in Theatre: Costume Emphasis. She has previously worked for Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Belvoir Terrace, Hershey Park Entertainment, and Triad Stage. For her full employment history, visit her website: www.shireenunvala.com
Gwen Lindsay (Scenic Artist)
is looking forward to her fifth season at Meadow Brook as Scenic Artist. She is a local area multi-purpose 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 designs include scenic and props for Sizwe Bansi Is Dead at the Matrix Theater and lighting for Hamtown Races at The Planet Ant 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.
Phillip Hall (Assistant Master Electrician)
is an entertainment technician specializing in lighting and digital media. This is Phillip’s second season at Meadow Brook Theatre. Born and raised in the small town of Flowery Branch, Georgia, he graduated from Columbus State University (Columbus, GA) with a BFA in theatre design and technology. He is fresh out of heading entertainment technology at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas as their Head Electrician. Phillip has designed and/or managed many productions at CSU including: The Rocky Horror Show (KCACTF Honorable Mention for lighting design), Reawakening Rebekah (World Premiere), The Velveteen Rabbit, The Secret Garden, Dora the Explorer: Live! and more! He also spent last summer as a lighting designer and electrician at Interlochen Center for the Arts in northern Michigan, where he designed lighting for Oliver! and The Wendy: A Story of Peter Pan.
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.