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)
has been working at MBT for the last 29 years. She became managing director in 2007 and since that time has been instrumental in the growth of MBT and its awareness in the national theatre conversation. She is proud of the work her "Theatre family" produces season after season and even more thrilled to see you, our patrons, at every play. She would like to thank Larry and the 3 Js and her 4 adorable grandchildren for their constant love and support.
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 Shear Madness, Nana's Naughty Knickers, Tenderly The Rosemary Clooney Musical, The Snow Geese, The All Night Strut and Burt & Me. 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 11th 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. In addition, Ms. Walker-Leidy is currently a Trustee on the Rochester Community Schools Board of Education. 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)
2018-2019 will mark her 9th season at Meadow Brook Theatre.
Erica Nowak (Marketing/Communications)
is a Michigan State University graduate with a BA in English. If you want to make Erica smile interact with us on social media!
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 fourth season as Box Office Supervisor at Meadow Brook Theatre and is delighted to work with so many creative and talented people. He holds an MA in Media Studies and Communications from Wayne State University and a BA in English from the University of Detroit Mercy.
Tim Baum (Box Office Associate)
is thrilled to join the Meadow Brook Theatre Box Office.
Brian Kessler (Technical Director)
is originally from Indiana and a graduate of the Indiana State University’s Theatre Department. This is his 15th season with Meadow Brook Theatre and this is his 12th season as Technical Director. Brian is also a Scenic Designer with over 20 design credits with MBT. Some of his favorite scene design credits here include "Shear Madness," "Johnny Manhattan," "Altar Boyz," "Atomic," "Lysistrata Jones," “Mary Stuart,” “Reunion: A Musical Epic in Miniature,” “Dracula: A Rock Opera,” “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” and “Boeing, Boeing". Outside of MBT he has also designed for Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, The Ringwald, Oakland Community College, and Spiro/The Other Mirror Productions. Brian has also worked in film as a Production Set Designer, at The Detroit Parade Company as a parade artist, and as the Technical Director for Delirio del'Arte. www.bkkessler.com
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.
Libby Ryan-Small (Scenic Carpenter)
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 returning for her third season with MBT in their 2018-2019 season. Shireen 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.
Gwen Lindsay (Scenic Artist)
is looking forward to her 6th 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. Some of her recent designs include scenic and props for Big Red Button at the Matrix Theater and lighting for ConteXture Detroit's inner:DETROIT:visions.
Phillip Hall (Master Electrician)
is thrilled to return to Meadow Brook Theatre as Master Electrician for the 2018-2019 season! This will be Phillip’s third season at MBT since he started as Assistant Master Electrician in 2016. Born and raised in the small town of Flowery Branch, Georgia; this southern boy has had a wild time adjusting to the exciting winter life of the jolly north!
He graduated from Columbus State University (Columbus, GA) with a BFA in theatre design and technology. During the off-season, he travels to the West Coast to teach and help lead students and peers at the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas as their ‘Head of Electrics.’ He has also spent time as Master Electrician at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Phillip has designed and/or managed productions such as: The Rocky Horror Show (KCACTF Honorable Mention for lighting design), Reawakening Rebekah (world premiere), The Velveteen Rabbit, The Secret Garden, Failure: A Love Story, Dora the Explorer: Live! and more!
Randall Baptiste (Assistant Master Electrician)
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.