American Hero

By Bess Wohl
Oct 30 - Nov 22

At a toasted subs franchise in the local strip mall, three up-and-coming “sandwich artists”—a teenager, a single mom, and a downsized refugee from corporate banking—are perfecting the mustard-to-cheese ratio according to the company manual. But when their shot at the American dream is interrupted by a series of strange events, they become unlikely allies in a post-recession world. American Hero is a supersized dark comedy about life, liberty, and the pursuit of sandwiches.


Cast

+ Milan Malisic

Ted

Milan recently finished playing at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and has performed in numerous productions north of the border, including an award winning Taming of the Shrew at the Toronto Centre for the Arts and Finer Noble Gases at the historic Factory Theatre. After graduating from The Academy for Classical Acting at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., Milan has appeared in several television shows (Nikita/Combat Hospital/Rookie Blue), films such as The Boy Who Smells Like Fish with Carrie-Anne Moss, and, most recently, co-starred opposite Dylan McDermott and Peter Facinelli in Freezer.

+ Maggie Meyer

Jamie

Maggie studied in New York at AMDA and apprenticed at Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre. Since then, Maggie has worked at a number of professional theatre houses in and around Metro Detroit. Most recently, she was awarded the Wilde Award for Best Actress in a Comedy for her portrayal as Vanda in Venus in Fur at the Performance Network Theatre.

+ Lisa Michaels

Sheri

Lisa, a Michigan native, was most recently seen playing Jeanie in St. Dunstan's production of Hair. Other credits include Danielle in the world premiere UK tour of The Tinderbox (concluding at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), Camillo/Hermione in The Winter's Tale (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London), Cordelia in the world premiere of As Flies to Wanton Boys (The Arches, Glasgow), and Guardiana in Women Beware Women (Alexander Gibson Opera Studio, Glasgow). Lisa is a proud graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and SUNY Fredonia.

+ Lynch R. Travis

Bob / Gregory / Customer / Sandwich

Lynch works as a director, actor, teacher, and stage manager. He is an Associate Artist at the Purple Rose Theatre and served as Resident Director for the Blackbird Theatre for eight seasons. He is a recipient of awards from the Ann Arbor News for A View From The Bridge (Best Director/Best Play) and as Top Male Performer for Cat on A Hot Tin Roof, a Best Ensemble Award from the Oakland Press for Orphan Train, a Subscriber Award from Performance Network Theatre for his portrayal of Troy Maxon in Fences, as well as a Subscribers’ Award from the Detroit Repertory Theatre for the role of James Mxenges in Burying the Bones. He will return to The Rep this spring to direct Homeless and How We Got There. His many screen credits include Chicago Fire and Superman v. Batman.

Creative Team

+ Courtney Burkett

Director
Courtney is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Detroit Public Theatre. Prior to founding DPT, she served as the Director of Theatre Programs at Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit for five years. Before Mosaic, Courtney was a founding Artistic Partner with Breathe Art Theatre Project. Breathe Art was committed to producing theatre for Detroit and Windsor audiences that celebrated the peaceful international border between our two cities by producing and presenting contemporary plays. Courtney also served as the Business Manager for the University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company. While at UDM, Courtney taught in the Department of Theatre and directed and performed in Theatre Company productions. After leaving UDM, Courtney was hired by the University of Michigan to act as the Managing Director of the CRLT Players. In that position she oversaw 50 applied theatre performances annually on various campuses throughout the country. Courtney performs and directs with Detroit area theaters on a regular basis and her work has been nominated for numerous Detroit area theatre awards. Courtney received her BFA from Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts and her MFA from Wayne State’s Hilberry Theatre program.

+ Monika Essen

Scenic, Costume, and Props Designer
Monika is an award-winning, nationally-recognized artist and designer. The recipient of the prestigious Detroit Free Press Lawrence DeVine Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre, she studied interior architecture and Environmental Design at Parsons School of Design and received her MFA in scenography from the renowned Hilberry Repertory Company. Monika has designed countless productions in theatre, opera, and film. Recently, Monika designed Michigan Opera Theatre’s acclaimed production of Frida, and she is currently designing The Tender Land there. Some of her favorite local designs include The Foursome and Leaving Iowa at Tipping Point Theatre, Richard III and Woman Before A Glass at Performance Network Theatre, and God of Carnage at Jewish Ensemble Theatre. Additionally, she creates furniture, museum exhibits, interiors, and full-sensory, multi-media environments for residential and commercial clients, including the Detroit Zoo.

+ Neil Koivu

Lighting Designer
Neil’s recent lighting designs include performances by Ben Vereen, Chita Rivera, Patti LuPone, Charles Strouse, Bebe Neuwirth, Barbara Cook, and Eric Gutman’s From Broadway to Obscurity at The Berman Performing Arts Center; 1300 Lafayette East, The Scullery Maid, 4000 Miles, and The Diary of Anne Frank for the Jewish Ensemble Theatre; Collected Stories, Visiting Mr. Green, and No Child... for Matrix Theatre Company; The Public Theatre's Tempest and Now That I Can Dance for Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit; The Altruists and Play it Again, Sam for Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company; Invasion, Henrietta Hermaline's Fall From Great Heights, and The Lonesome West at The Planet Ant. Neil will be designing Mosaic Singers in Concert in March at Detroit’s Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts.

+ Sonja Marquis

Sound Designer
Sonja’s previous production credits are with Tipping Point Theatre, where she designed sound for Love, Loss, and What I Wore; The Outgoing Tide; and the upcoming Stella and Lou. When not designing, Sonja is an actor, singer, and improviser who has performed in numerous theaters in the Metro Detroit area. Her credits include performances at Performance Network Theatre, Tipping Point Theatre, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Planet Ant Theatre, The Dio, Two Muses Theatre, The Ringwald, ComedySportz Detroit, and Detroit Music Hall. Sonja also teaches theater camps, directs, and is a former mentor for Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit.


From Broadway to Obscurity

By Eric Gutman
Jan 20 - Feb 20

Dreams collide in this hilariously revealing confessional from Michigan’s own Broadway Jersey Boy. With well-known songs, dead-on celebrity impressions, and a heart-warming narrative, Eric Gutman’s autobiographical one-man musical journey From Broadway To Obscurity intimately details the rocky road to “making it”: from sweating bullets auditioning face to face with Frankie Valli himself, to rollicking backstage secrets, to his eventual life-altering change of heart. And when getting what he wants isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, Eric’s internal compass points him back to the values of his community—faith, family, and tradition.


Cast

+ Eric Gutman

Creator and Performer

Eric Gutman is a Detroit-born actor and musician whose extensive theatre and on-camera work has helped catapult him into the spotlight in more ways than one.

Eric’s grandparents bought Eric his first guitar when he was nine years old. Within weeks, Eric started cultivating the musical “chops” that would lead him down an amazing career path in the years to come.

Eric currently lives in Huntington Woods, Michigan, with his wife and two daughters. He is a regular performer at Tipping Point Theatre in Northville, JET in West Bloomfield, Meadowbrook Theatre in Rochester, and the Gem and Century Theatres in Detroit, where he has performed in countless shows, including the Michigan premier of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Next to Normal.

Before moving back home, Eric’s claim to fame was performing for almost three years in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning sensation Jersey Boys. In his run with this extraordinary show, Eric performed close to 1,200 shows in six different roles (including three of the Four Seasons), and he was one of only a few actors who played live instruments onstage. Eric has also been a company member for over fifteen years with the Off-Broadway and touring companies of Forbidden Broadway and Forbidden Hollywood, where he has played in over 100 different theatres across the country. He is also a featured performer with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Eric made his feature film debut in the highly acclaimed motion picture Real Steel. Other on-camera credits include the independent film North of South, West of East; and musical guest spots for The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC). Other broadcast appearances include regional commercials, and singing the National Anthem for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears, and the last MLB All-Star Game held at the old Yankee Stadium. Eric also lends his voice talents to many radio spots, including Genisys Credit Union and DTE radio ads.

Eric holds a BFA in Music Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and The American Federation of Musicians.

Creative Team

+ Brian P. Sage

Director
Brian P. Sage is a graduate of Wayne State University, where he earned his MFA in acting while performing as a member of the Hilberry Repertory Theatre Company. He earned his BA in theatre performance from Western Michigan University. Brian also had the honor of studying with the Moscow Art Theatre School as a part of Wayne State’s study abroad program.

Brian served as the producing artistic director of the Whole Art Theatre in Kalamazoo, MI, for three seasons and has directed a number of professional productions in a variety of different venues. Professional directing credits include The Kings of Unionville, From Broadway to Obscurity, Company, Ordinary Days, Closer, South Pacific, Falsettos, Bat Boy: The Musical, and Oliver.

Brian’s seventy plus professional acting credits run the gamut from the classics to contemporary musical theatre. Some favorite roles include Max Bialystock in The Producers, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Harry Brock in Born Yesterday, Joe Keller in All My Sons, Dr. Dorn in The Seagull, Claudius in Hamlet, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls. He’s worked for a variety of companies throughout Michigan and Illinois, including Tipping Point Theatre (Northville, MI), The Encore Musical Theatre (Dexter, MI), The Jewish Ensemble Theatre (West Bloomfield, MI), The Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire (Chicago, IL), First Folio Shakespeare (Chicago, IL), Theatre Building Chicago (Chicago, IL), and Tibbits Opera House (Coldwater, MI).

Brian is also an assistant professor of theatre at Ohio Northern University in Ada, OH.

+ Jamie Reed

Music Director
Jamie is an accomplished music director, pianist, arranger, and vocal coach. Jamie holds a music degree in piano performance from Western Michigan University. Music director credits include: Cabaret, Evita, Altar Boyz, Next To Normal, Shrek, Rent, West Side Story, The Last Five Years, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and Lippa’s The Wild Party. National Tour credits: Wicked, Book of Mormon, Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, South Pacific, and Fiddler on the Roof. After a brief stint in New York, Jamie switched gears to international music directing for Holland America Cruise Line. Jamie is currently music directing in the Detroit Metro area, where she is resident music director for Mason Street Warehouse in Saugatuck, director of music for Orchard UMC, and a vocal coach at Oakland University.

+ Jeff Sugamusto

Guitar
Jeff has performed at local theaters for the last several years and is thrilled to be playing again in From Broadway To Obscurity. Previous shows include The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Evil Dead The Musical, Legally Blonde, Rent, and tick, tick… BOOM!

+ Mike Shriver

Bass
Mike is excited to perform with the pit band in From Broadway to Obscurity. Mike has performed at community theatres across Metro Detroit in Shrek, Cats, Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde, and many other musicals. He began his musical career as a trumpet player, but he was drawn to the bass guitar at an early age and has been playing for over 20 years. When not performing in musicals, Mike plays in local bands such as the Stardust Big Band, Swingshift, and the Classics.

+ Shawn Neil

Drums
Shawn became fascinated with the drums at 8 years old after he snuck away from his parents at a local music festival and was later found behind the drum riser, air drumming along with a Juice Newton performance. Growing up in the Metro-Detroit area, he would go on to play in school band and musicals and toured the USA and Canada in the early 90’s with The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps. He later performed professionally in rock bands, musical theater and orchestras in the USA and Canada. In 2012, Shawn co-founded Groovebox Studios, a live in-studio music performance project that’s completely funded by Kickstarter and has just launched Woodshed Agency, a creative consulting agency that focuses on crowdfunding and digital storytelling for its clients. He has most recently performed in musical productions at The Ringwald Theatre and Go! Comedy’s RoboCop! The Musical.

+ Monika Essen

Scenic Designer
Monika is an award-winning, nationally-recognized artist and designer. The recipient of the prestigious Detroit Free Press Lawrence DeVine Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre, she studied interior architecture and Environmental Design at Parsons School of Design and received her MFA in scenography from the renowned Hilberry Repertory Company. Monika has designed countless productions in theatre, opera, and film. Recently, Monika designed Michigan Opera Theatre’s acclaimed production of Frida, and she is currently designing The Tender Land there. Some of her favorite local designs include The Foursome and Leaving Iowa at Tipping Point Theatre, Richard III and Woman Before A Glass at Performance Network Theatre, and God of Carnage at Jewish Ensemble Theatre. Additionally, she creates furniture, museum exhibits, interiors, and full-sensory, multi-media environments for residential and commercial clients, including the Detroit Zoo.

+ Neil Koivu

Lighting Designer
Neil’s recent lighting designs include performances by Ben Vereen, Chita Rivera, Patti LuPone, Charles Strouse, Bebe Neuwirth, Barbara Cook, and Eric Gutman’s From Broadway to Obscurity at The Berman Performing Arts Center; 1300 Lafayette East, The Scullery Maid, 4000 Miles, and The Diary of Anne Frank for the Jewish Ensemble Theatre; Collected Stories, Visiting Mr. Green, and No Child... for Matrix Theatre Company; The Public Theatre's Tempest and Now That I Can Dance for Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit; The Altruists and Play it Again, Sam for Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company; Invasion, Henrietta Hermaline's Fall From Great Heights, and The Lonesome West at The Planet Ant. Neil will be designing Mosaic Singers in Concert in March at Detroit’s Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts.


Sex With Strangers

By Laura Eason
Mar 9 - Apr 3

When star sex blogger and memoirist Ethan, tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure novelist Olivia, he finds they each crave what the other possesses. As attraction turns to sex, and they inch closer to getting what they want, both must confront the dark side of ambition and the near impossibility of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away. Sex With Strangers examines social identity and how we define ourselves as artists and humans.


Cast

+ Matt Lockwood

Ethan

Matt Lockwood is thrilled to be returning to the stage in his first production with Detroit Public Theatre! His most recent stage work includes playing the roles of Matt in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead and The Young Soldier in Last of the Boys, both with Magenta Giraffe Theatre Co. in Detroit. During his time away from the theatre, Matt was involved in numerous film/TV projects, most notably starring as the drug addled Bobby in the gritty Detroit drama Misled. He will also be seen playing the role of Shaun in the soon to be released drama Madtown starring Milo Ventimiglia, and as Eddie in the comedy The Pickle Recipe. Matt is a graduate of the acting program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in NYC, and studied extensively at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.

+ Hallie Bee Bard

Olivia

Hallie is excited to be collaborating with such an amazing group of people in DPT’s inaugural season! Hallie earned her BA from Alma College and was a Purple Rose Theatre Company apprentice. She has taught acting to youth in Metro Detroit as a Theatre Artist with All The World’s A Stage and Water Works Theatre, and served on the Board of the Michigan Youth Theater – now Full Impact Theater. She has worked with several professional theatres in southeast Michigan and works seasonally as an actor at Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford. Hallie last played Helena in Tipping Point Theatre’s production of A Lovely Sunday For Creve Coeur.

Creative Team

+ Frannie Shepherd-Bates

Director
Frannie is Director of Programs and Shakespeare in Prison for Detroit Public Theatre. She co-founded Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company of Detroit in 2008 and served on staff for nearly six years, founding Shakespeare in Prison in 2012. Since 2011, she has been mentored by Curt Tofteland, founder of Shakespeare Behind Bars, and she spoke on panels at the first annual Shakespeare in Prisons Conference in 2013 and Art X Detroit in 2015. Frannie is education director for Water Works Theatre Company and serves on the advisory board of Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival. She has directed productions and staged readings for MGT, Shakespeare in Detroit, Planet Ant Theatre, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Water Works Theatre Company, the Abreact, Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus, and the Roeper School. She has taught, directed, and/or coached for Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, Matrix Theatre Company, and Royal Oak High School. Frannie has been recognized for her work as an artist and arts advocate by the Wilde Awards and CBS Detroit, and she accepted an Arts Achievement Award on behalf of MGT from WSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance. Frannie graduated from Wayne State University with a BFA in theatre (acting) in 2006.

+ Sarah Pearline

Scenic and Props Designer
Sarah Pearline has worked as a set and projection designer in New York City and regionally with such companies as Titan Theatre Company, Circus Flora, St. Louis Symphony, Experimental Theatre Wing and Richard Foreman, Prospect Theatre Company, SoHo Think Tank, The NYC Fringe Festival, Nickelodeon Networks, and NY Stage and Film. Sarah is an Assistant Professor in the Theatre and Dance department at Wayne State University and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. Locally, she has had a wonderful time working with The Purple Rose Theatre, Tipping Point Theatre, Carrie Morris Arts Production and PuppetArt Theatre, Satori Circus and the DIA, and, she is thrilled to be working with the artists of Detroit Public Theatre on this production!

+ Cecilia Durbin

Lighting Designer
Recent designs include Love Alone (Playmakers Rep), The Life Model (On the Boards), In the Blood (Theatre Horizon [Barrymore nom.], Each and Everything (Portland Center Stage, Co-design), Long Before Afterward (Vencl Dance), Lust (HERE Arts Center), Every Good Girl Deserves Fun... (Clutch Productions), An Experiment with an Air Pump and Machinal (Duke University), I am Gordafarid (Rising Circle Theatre Collective), Measure for Measure (Epic Theatre Ensemble), The Seagull (Barnard College), Sideways Stories from Wayside School and The Seagull (Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble), The Theater at Monmouth 2014 Repertory Season. Residencies at Tofte Lake Center at Norm's Fish Camp, and the inaugural Residency 9 at Chautauqua Theatre Company. She received her MFA from NYU, and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. www.durbinlighting.com

+ Vince Kelley

Costume Designer
Vince Kelley couldn't be more excited to play a small part in Detroit Public Theatre's inaugural season. Having just returned to Detroit after a few years away, it's such an honor being asked to be involved in something so dedicated to the revival of this great city. Vince's work can mostly be seen onstage at The Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale, where he specializes in making men look like beautiful ladies.

+ Julia Garlotte

Sound Designer
This is Julia's first sound design at DPT. She is a graduate of The University of Michigan's Residential College and the apprentice program at The Purple Rose Theatre, where she is an associate artist. Julia has also been seen onstage in many southeast Michigan theatres; most recently in The (female) Odd Couple at Tipping Point Theatre, Art of Murder at Williamston Theatre and King Lear with Shakespeare in Detroit (2015 Wilde Award Winner: Best Performance, The Bard).


Detroit ‘67

By Dominique Morisseau
May 13 - June 5

In Detroit '67, award-winning Detroit playwright and DPT Advisory Board member Dominique Morisseau takes the audience on a journey to 1967 in the city of Detroit. Motown music is getting the party started, and Chelle and her brother Lank are making ends meet by turning their basement into an after-hours joint. But when a mysterious woman finds her way into their lives, the siblings clash over much more than the family business. As their pent-up feelings erupt, so does their city, and they find themselves caught in the middle of the '67 uprising.


Cast

+ Amari Cheatom

Lank

Off Broadway—Signature Theatre: Zooman and the Sign; The Public Theater: The Lower Ninth, The Book of Grace; Sundance Theatre Festival: Origin Story; When January Feels like Summer; New Federal Theatre: The Toilet; A Ballad of Sad Young Men; Age of Grace. Regional—True Colors Theatre: Cracking Zeus, Fetch Clay Make Man; Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. The Juilliard School—The Winter’s Tale (King Leontes), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Bynum Walker), King Lear (Edmund the Bastard), Beau Willimon’s War Story (Sean), St. James Infirmary (Banner). Film—The Mikki Howard Story, Deeper Than Blue, The Alchemist Cookbook; Newlyweeds (Shaka King); Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino); Knucklehead (Ben Bowman); Night Catches Us (dir. Tanya Hamilton, with Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington); Disparity of Forces. TV—Numbers (CBS), Chase, Detroit 187 (ABC), Georgetown (ABC).

+ Jessica Frances Dukes

Bunny

Center Stage: Beneatha’s Place, Clybourne Park (Best Actress for both). Off-Broadway—Playwrights Horizons: Bootycandy (Obie Award). Regional—Arena Stage: King Hedley II, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Arden Theatre: Stick Fly; Geva Theatre: A Raisin in the Sun, The Piano Lesson; Indiana Repertory: The Piano Lesson; Cleveland Playhouse: Trip to Bountiful; Woolly Mammoth Theatre (company member): Bootycandy, The Vibrator Play, Full Circle, Eclipsed, Fever/ Dream, Antebellum (Helen Hayes ens/nom), Starving; Folger Theatre: The Conference of The Birds; Olney Theatre: The Piano Lesson; Studio Theatre: Passing Strange, Caroline, or Change; Round House Theatre: Trip to Bountiful and Permanent Collection; Ford’s Theatre: Jitney; Tribute Productions: Spunk (Helen Hayes Best Actress nom); Theater Alliance: The Bluest Eye, Insurrection: Holding History (Helen Hayes ens/nom) and more. TV—The Good Wife (CBS); A Raisin in the Sun Revisited (PBS); NBC Showcase Alumni (2015). Education—MFA from Catholic University.

+ Brian Marable

Sly

Regional—Performance Network Theater: The Mountaintop (Martin Luther King, Jr.), The Piano Lesson (Boy Willie); Purple Rose Theater: Superior Donuts (Franco). Film/ TV—Have a Little Faith (Hallmark Movie), The Citizen (2012, Monterey Media), Low Winter Sun (AMC), Standing in the Shadows of Motown (James Jamerson). Education— Howard University, Wayne State University. Brian is currently exploring writing for the stage in a collaborative play titled Grow, which looks at marijuana law and property rights with 4Theatrsake, a Detroit-based theater company. Life credits include father, son, brother, Detroiter.

+ Sarah Nealis

Caroline

Off Broadway—SoHo Playhouse: Bill W. & Dr. Bob. Regional— Contemporary American Theater Festival: We Are Pussy Riot, Everything You Touch; Alley Theatre: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Asolo Rep: Venus in Fur; Magic Theater: What We’re Up Against; Denver Center, Huntington Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Playhouse, Indiana Rep, Syracuse Stage, Cal Shakes, NJ Rep. Film/TV—Keep In Touch (Best First Feature – Calgary Int’l Film Festival), I Love You But I Lied (LMN). Education—BA from UC Berkeley; ACT (SF); Caymichael Patten Studios (NYC).

+ Michelle Wilson

Chelle

Broadway—A Raisin in the Sun (Ruth u/s). New York—Public Theater: Detroit ’67 (Chelle, world premiere, dir. Kwame Kwei-Armah); Premiere Stages: Follow Me to Nellie’s, The People Before the Park; NYC Fringe Festival, The Classical Theater of Harlem, O’Neill Playwright Festival. Regional—New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Indiana Rep, Stella Adler Theater; developmental work at The Lark, Center Stage. Film/TV—Blue Bloods, ER, Reverse Cowgirl, Nehemiah, Sink, The Bicycle.

Creative Team

+ Dominique Morisseau

Playwright
Dominique Morisseau is an alum of the Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop. Credits—Skeleton Crew (Sundance, Lark Barebones, Atlantic Theater Company/Scott Rudin); Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem/NBT); Sunset Baby (Gate Theater, Labyrinth Theatre); Follow Me To Nellie’s (O’Neill, Premiere Stages). She has produced other original works with the Hip Hop Theater Festival, Penn State University, American Theatre of Harlem, and The New Group. Her three-play cycle, entitled “The Detroit Project,” includes Detroit ’67, Paradise Blue, and Skeleton Crew. Paradise Blue premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in July 2015, starring Blair Underwood and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Dominique is currently the Story Editor on the Showtime series Shameless. Awards—Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, two-time NAACP Image Award, Primus Prize commendation, Stavis Playwriting Award, Spirit of Detroit Award, U of M Emerging Leader Award, Weissberger Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper New American Play Prize, The Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation Award, and the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama.

+ Kamilah Forbes

Director
Broadway—associate director credits include Holler if Ya Hear Me, A Raisin in the Sun, Lucky Guy, Stick Fly, The Mountaintop, Def Poetry Jam (tour). Recent directing—People’s Light: All My Sons; National Black Theater: Fried Chicken & Latkes featuring Rain Pryor; Arena: Blood Quilt; True Colors: Detroit ’67; Labyrinth: Sunset Baby; 651 Arts: Circle Unbroken; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts: Scourge; Summer Stage: Sweet Billy and the Zooloos; Kennedy Center: Tribute to Marvin Gaye. Other—Lincoln Center Theater, Public Theater, Lark Play Development Center, Arena Stage, Alliance Theater. TV—credits include The Wiz Live (associate director, NBC); HBO’s Def Poetry Jam (producer); and HBO’s Brave New Voices (executive producer). Professional—Hi Arts/Hip-Hop Theater Festival: Producing Artistic Director; Kennedy Center: Curator in Residence. Education—Howard University.

+ Steve Broadnax

Associate Director
Regional and Tour—Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival: The Hip Hop Project, an award-winning, full-length original play directed, choreographed, and conceived by Steve. Writing credits include—American Taboo, Smash/Hit, Hard To Say I Love You, Sex Love, And Everything In Between. Directing credits include—Classical Theatre of Harlem, National Black Theatre, The Black Theatre Troupe, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Moore Theatre, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, National Arts Festival (South Africa). Acting credits include—Arkansas Repertory: Dreamgirls; R.L. at the Crossroads; Pennsylvania Centre Stage; St. Louis Black Rep; St. Louis Repertory Theatre; St. Louis Muny; Lincoln Amphitheatre; Westport Playhouse; Ozark Actors Theatre. Professional—Associate Professor of Theatre Head Graduate Acting at Penn State University. Education—MFA in Acting from Penn State, BFA in Musical Theatre from Webster University in St. Louis.

+ Michael Carnahan

Scenic Designer
Off-Broadway—Atlantic Theater Company: Skeleton Crew; 59E59: I and You; Second Stage: The Happiest Song Plays Last; Signature Theatre: The Piano Lesson, The First Breeze of Summer; Life Could Be A Dream, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Three Mo’ Tenors, Pygmalion, Howie the Rookie, Brando. Tours—Cheers, Live On Stage; A Christmas Story The Musical. Regional—credits include Arena Stage, American Conservatory Theater, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, Two River Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Laguna Playhouse, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Northlight Theatre, Signature Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Arsht Center, Musical Theatre West, San Jose Repertory, Center Rep. Associate scenic designer credits include: Broadway—Allegiance, The River, Peter and The Starcatcher, ANN: The Ann Richards Play, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Importance of Being Earnest, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, All About Me, White Christmas, Curtains. www.michaelcarnahandesign.com

+ Dede Ayite

Costume Designer
Recent regional—Lincoln Center Theatre: The Royale; Arena Stage: Blood Quilt, Five Guys Named Moe; The Public: Toast, The Urban Retreat, Manahatta, Hollow Roots. Other design credits include—Steppenwolf Theatre: Marie Antoinette (Joseph Jefferson Award); Dallas Theatre Center: Stagger Lee; Lincoln Center LCT3: brownsville song (b-side for tray); CalShakes Theater: A Raisin in the Sun; Two Rivers, NJPAC: The Music Man in Concert; Intar: Adoration of the Old Woman; UM, Amherst: Woyzeck; TMTC: Look Upon Our Lowliness; Improv Everywhere/BBC America: COPPER Project; soloNOVA Festival: Last Laugh; NYU: Mary Stuart; Harlem Stage: Holding it Down; Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute: Vassa; Urban Stages: Illmatic; Yale Repertory Theatre: The Piano Lesson; Summer Stage: American Schemes. International—Trinidad: Smile Orange. TV—Kurt Metzger (Comedy Central), Fox Shortcoms (FOX Network). Education—MFA, Yale School of Drama.

+ Jen Schriever

Lighting Designer
Center Stage: Stones in His Pockets. Broadway—Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed (starring Lupita Nyong’o); John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown (also filmed for HBO). Off Broadway—Signature: Night is a Room; Second Stage: Mala Hierba, American Hero; The Public: Toast, A Second Chance; Labyrinth: Sunset Baby; Soho Playhouse: Triassic Parq; Woman’s Project: Bright Half Life; Abrons: I’m Looking for Helen Twelvetrees. Regional—Goodman: Rapture Blister Burn; Goodspeed: Theory of Relativity; Studio: Between Riverside and Crazy; Woolly Mammoth: Guards at the Taj, Marie Antoinette; Signature: Sunday in the Park with George; Papermill: The Other Josh Cohen; Folger: Romeo And Juliet, The Conference of the Birds, The Taming of the Shrew; Williamstown: American Hero. Dance—Liz Lerman: Healing Wars. Opera—Metropolitan: Pearl Fishers, Die Fledermaus; Mariinsky (Russia): La Traviata, Faust, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Professional—Adjunct Professor Purchase College. Member: Wingspace.

+ Justin Ellington

Sound Designer
Broadway—Other Desert Cities. Off Broadway—New York Theatre Workshop: Fetch Clay Make Man, The Seven; Lincoln Center Theater: Other Desert Cities; MCC: The Break Of Noon, The Pride. Recent regional—Dallas Theater Center: Romeo and Juliet, Stagger Lee; People’s Light: All My Sons; True Colors: Detroit ’67 (both with Kamilah Forbes); Alliance Theater: Top Dog Underdog, King Hedley II; McCarter Theater: Fetch Clay Make Man; Stratford Shakespeare Festival: As You Like It. Other credits include—National Theater London, Royal Shakespeare Company, New York Stage and Film, Hartford Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Williamstown, Chautauqua Theater Company, Center Theater Group. Awards—2010 Grammy Award winner, 2011 ASCAP Award winner. www.justinellington.com

+ Alex Basco Koch

Projection Designer
Center Stage: Pride and Prejudice, Marley, One Night in Miami..., The Mountaintop, ReEntry (also Round House, Actors Theater of Louisville). Broadway—Walter Kerr: Irena’s Vow. Off Broadway and other New York—Signature Theatre: The Liquid Plain; Waterwell: Goodbar (Under the Radar 2012); TerraNOVA Collective: Feeder; Repertorio Espanol: En el Tiempo de las Mariposas, La Casa de los Espiritus; Urban Stages: ReEntry, The Oxford Roof Climber’s Rebellion; Ensemble Studio Theatre: Lenin’s Embalmers. International—Mori Theater, Chile: La Casa de los Espiritus. Regional—Court Theatre (Chicago): The Invisible Man (also Studio Theatre in DC); Director’s Company, Theater MITU, Electric Pear, Shalimar, SummerStage, Little Opear Theater, The New Ensemble. Professional—Technical design for New Georges at sLD and Big Art Groups Dead Set II & III. www.alexbascokoch.com

+ Lauren Imwold

Production Dramaturg
Lauren is the Dramaturgy Intern for the 2015/16 Season at Center Stage. She has interned in Education at Penumbra’s Summer Institute and in Operations at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. She has a BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in African and African-American Studies from Loyola University New Orleans. She has presented a paper (2013) and facilitated a workshop (2014) at the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference. She is especially interested in social justice oriented theater and arts education.


This activity is supported in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs + National Endowment for the Arts.

 
 

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