Meet our Interns!
Katie Akers (Acting/Administration Intern)
Tyler Bolda (Acting/Administration Intern) is a recent graduate from Oakland University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. He is incredibly excited to start his journey as an Acting/ Administration Intern at Meadow Brook Theatre. His favorite roles include Charles Clarke/Ensemble in "Titanic the Musical" (Original) at The Riverbank Theater and Benny Perkins in Oakland University’s "Hands on a Hardbody". When he is not rehearsing, he can be found writing and recording music for his album, bartending at Olive Garden or in the gym working on his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu technique. He would like to thank his family for their constant love and support. Without them he wouldn’t be who he is today.
Kenneth Church (Properties Intern) graduated from Western Michigan University with his BFA in Theatre Design and Technical Production. While in school he was a scenic design focus with an emphasis in props. He designed 3 shows while in undergrad and worked as props master for 3 shows. Kenneth has worked as a Props Master at Festival 56 in Princeton, Illinois for 2 summers, a props intern for Pittsburgh Festival Opera and has recently finished a contract at Creede Repertory Theatre as a run crew member and carpenter. He is very excited to be a part of the team at Meadow Brook and can't wait to see where the season goes!
Jenna Hassan (Costume intern) graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BSc in Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising with a concentration on costume design. Her interest in costuming was sparked by her passion for Palestinian historical costumes and embroidery, all of which have cultural significance for her. Aside from costuming, Jenna is interested in history, playing music, and is dedicated to serving her community.
Constance Jedynak (Stage Management Intern)
Julia Kugler (Costume Intern)
Roxanne Waddell (Scene Shop Intern)
Cheryl L. Marshall (Managing Director)
has been working at MBT for the last 30 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 "Arsenic and Old Lace", "A Fox on the Fairway", "The Spitfire Grill", "The Marvelous Wonderettes" and "The It Girl". 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. Joel is working in lanscaping here in Oakland County, and Adam along with his wife Alicia are actors living in NYC with their son Kieran.
Sarah Lin Warren (Production Manager/Assistant Stage Manager)
This is Sarah's 12th 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).
Kellie Dugan (Group Sales/Administrative Assistant)
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 fifth 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 Attendant)
Tim is thrilled to be a full time member of the Meadow Brook Theatre Box Office staff. As a musician, Tim has contributed to several productions over the years, including "The Rocky Horror Show", "Life Could Be a Dream", "Talking With", "Macbeth" and others. He also performed at several Feet For Seat fundraisers as a member of the amazing Mike Duncan Band.
(Box Office Attendant)
Brian Kessler (Technical Director)
is originally from Indiana and a graduate of the Indiana State University’s Theatre Department. This is his 16th season with Meadow Brook Theatre and this is his 13th 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.
Cobey Buckner (Scenic Carpenter)
Mary Hughes (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 14th season as Properties Director. She has created props for over 75 shows here at Meadow Brook. Some of her favorite shows to work on include "Atomic", "Once on This Island", "Dracula: The Rock Opera", "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 "The Spitfire Grill", "Tenderly, The Rosemary Clooney Musical", "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 another season (her 13th) 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 fourth season with MBT in their 2019-2020 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 7th 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 2019-2020 season! This will be Phillip’s fourth 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!
Kyle Goetzinger (Assistant Master Electrician)
is excited to begin his post college career with Meadow Brook Theatre as the Assistant Master Electrician for the 2019-2020 season! This is Kyle’s first season with MBT as a staff member, as he has worked with us since 2015 as an over hire electrician while getting his BFA in theatre design and technology from Oakland University. Kyle was born and raised in the small town of Romeo, Michigan, where he began his love for theatre in the position of Head Sound Technician for the Romeo High School Theatre Company.
Mike Duncan (Audio Engineer)
is proud to be back as resident sound designer for his 12th 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.
Meet Our Awesome Staff!
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