Fringe Festival

Fringe Festival BannerThe Forest Roberts Theatre presents

FRINGE FESTIVAL

February 2016

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February 11 at 7:30 PM International Stud/Love Notes

February 12 at 7:30 PM The Colored Museum/The Soul Truth

February 13 at 1:00 PM The Colored Museum/The Soul Truth

February 13 at 7:30 PM International Stud/Love Notes 

February 18 at 7:30 PM Love Notes/The Soul Truth

February 19 at 7:30 PM International Stud/Love Notes

February 20 at 1:00 PM International Stud/The Colored Museum

February 20 at 7:30 PM The Colored Museum/The Soul Truth

 

Tickets are $15 for the General Public, $10 for Students, and $5 for NMU Students and can be purchased at any NMU EZ Ticket Outlet.

WARNING: PLAYS CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE AND THEMES

What is a Fringe Festival?

The concept of a Fringe Festival can be traced back to Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1947, when eight theatre groups were shunned from the Edinburgh International Festival because they weren’t part of the official program. The eight snubbed actors decided to stage their productions anyway, right on the “fringe” of the official festival—thus, the concept of a Fringe Festival was born. The official Edinburgh Fringe Festival was created in 1958, and is one of the largest theatre festivals in the world.

The Fringe Festival at the Forest Roberts Theatre follows this idea, albeit on a much smaller scale—our Festival was put together to allow graduating seniors to showcase their capstone projects. Two of these are Love Notes, written and directed by senior Javonte Thompson, and Harvey Fierstein’s The International Stud, featuring senior Ryan White as director and lead performer. The Festival also provides an opportunity for a premiere of an original short play, The Soul Truth, written by Professor Paul Truckey, as well as another chance to see scenes from George C. Wolfe’s The Colored Museum, directed by Ansley Valentine. Patrons will have the opportunity to see two different productions on the alternating evenings of the Festival, providing a different experience for each performance.

The Productions

Love Notes

Two girls, Amber and Kristen, with two stories linked by Kyle, who is a
good friend of Amber and a brother to Kristen, each search to fill a void.
Amber longs for appreciation from her boyfriend of nearly two years while
Kristen desires recognition for being more independent. They both feel as
though love can help fill their emptiness.

The Soul Truth

The big question, is there an existence after death? One woman, after taking
her own life, discovers there is.  To her unhappy surprise, she is
confronted by a questioner who forces her to expose the truth of her soul.

The Colored Museum

Tony-Award winner George C. Wolfe’s groundbreaking play, The Colored Museum, has electrified, shocked, and delighted audiences of all colors. “A black comedy” broken up into 11 “exhibits” or sketches, The Colored Museum takes a satirical look at prominent themes and identities of African American culture and what it means to be black in contemporary America. The show will be performed one time in full. Select scenes, "exhibits", from the show ill be performed in the Fringe Festival as well. 

The International Stud

“International Stud” presents with two characters who are at different places regarding their understanding of themselves. Arnold is comfortable with himself as a gay man and is in search of a lover who is also a friend. Ed, however, is in denial as to his sexuality and, therefore, incapable of giving himself to anyone as either friend or lover.

 

The International Stud

produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.

 

The Colored Museum

Originally produced by Crossroads Theatre Company, New Brunswick, NJ

(Lee Richardson, Artistic Director)

Original New York production by New York Shakespeare Festival,

produced by Joseph Papp.

The Cast

The Soul Truth

The Questioner

Javonte Thompson

The Soul

Monica Nordeen

The Voice

Dra Hintsala

The International Stud

Arnold

Ryan White*

Ed

Dakota Vogel

Lady of Blues

Alexandra Marks

Love Notes

Kyle

Joseph Carlisle

Megan

Breanna Harvell

Amber    

Mallory Olson

Nick

Charles Owsley

Kristen 

Cecilia Smith

Kathy

Adrianna Stephens

Zach

Ethan Bott

John

Brandon Sanford

Eliza   Taylor Ehle

Scenes fromThe Colored Museum

The Photo Session

Girl

Morgan Waller

Guy

Nathan Morgan

The Hairpiece

The Woman

Morgan Waller

Janine

Samantha Cole/Javonte Thompson

Lawanda Veronika Whigam

Symbiosis

The Man

Nathan Morgan

The Kid

Marcus Tucker

 

Last Mama on the Couch Play 

Narrator

Nathan Morgan

Mama

Veronika Whigam

Walter-Lee-Beau-Willie-Jones

Javonte Thompson

Lady in Plaid

Morgan Waller

Medea

Jaxine Rivera

 

Creative Team Members

Production Managers Liz Trueblood, Joe Carlisle
Technical Director David Pierce
Lighting Designer Abby Schneck

The Soul Truth

Director Keli Truckey
Production Stage Manager Lily Howder, Dorsey Sprouls

The International Stud

Director Ryan White*
Production Stage Manager Anna LaBreche, Javonte Thompson

Love Notes

Director Javonte Thompson*
Production Stage Manager Laura Thompson, Joe Hinman

The Colored Museum

Director Ansley Valentine
Costume Designer Cecelia Holt
Production Stage Manager Coop Bicknell, Jacob DeLong

 

Additional Staff

Deck Master Dra Hintsla
Run Crew Allison Luciano, Cecelia Holt, Maddie Rayner, Abby Persoon, Emily Kinne, Dane Wurmlinger

 

† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

* indicates work done in partial fulfillment of the senior capstone project.

 

 

Forest Roberts Theatre Staff

Costume Shop Supervisor Ann Juidici
Costume Shop Crew

Helen Boburka, Hannah Danforth, Cecelia Holt, Regan McKay, Erin Perry

Scene Shop Foreman Steve McClain
Carpenters, Electricians and Painters
Calen Liverance, Dakota Vogel† , Emily Kinne† , Anna LaBreche† , Tom Lee, Dorsey Sprouls
Assistant Box Office Manager Nathan Morgan† 
Box Office Staff Jill Vermeulen, Elizabeth Trueblood† , Sam Cole, Tom Lee, Jacob DeLong† , Alysa Spivak
Photographers Leora Lancaster
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† indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

 

 

The Soul Truth Cast Bios

Monica Nordeen (The Soul) is excited to be in the world premiere of The Soul Truth. Other local roles have included: Maude Mix in A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables and Ariel in The Tempest at NMU; lead roles in Lake Superior Theatre's productions of A Thousand Clowns, Twelfth Night, The Love List, and Lake Stories. In NYC, Monica performed leads in Hamlet, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Laundry & Bourbon, Robin Hood, School for Scandal, Arsenic & Old Lace, and several original plays. Her B.A. in Theatre and Mathematics is from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

Javonte Thompson (The Questioner) is a senior graduating in April 2016 with his Bachelor's Degree in Theatre and Entertainment Arts. He is originally from Detroit, MI. Javonte has been involved in theatre for nearly ten years and has appeared in a number of productions at NMU, including Cootie Shots (2015), Haunted Theatre (2013), Legally Blonde (2013), and The Ten-Minute Play Festival (2012). In his free time, Javonte enjoys video games, weight lifting, and playing competitive sports.

 

The International Stud Cast Bios

Alexandra Marks (Lady of Blues) is a recent NMU graduate with a B.S. in theatre and entertainment arts with minors in music and dance. During her time at NMU, she performed as Abigail Adams (1776), Penny (Fallujah), Kate Monster (Avenue Q), Paulette (Legally Blonde), Ensemble (Les Miserables), Adriana (A Comedy of Errors), The Narrator (She Kills Monsters), Laura (A Paper Tiger in the Rain), Mama Morton (Chicago), and Jack's Mother (Into the Woods). She has also performed with the Lake Superior Theatre as Mama Gina (Beacon on the Rock), Ruth (The Pirates of Penzance), Fastrada (Pippin), and Jane (Quilters). She would like to thank her family for their love and support!

Dakota Vogel (Ed) is a junior theatre major at NMU. Dakota's performance credits at the Forest Roberts Theatre include Player in A Comedy of Errors, Monster Chorus in She Kills Monsters, and Antonio in Twelfth Night. His technical credits include Assistant Stage Manager (Chicago and Little Shop of Horrors), Production Stage Manager (California Suite), Director (A House of Cards) and Assistant Director (Tribes). He thanks his friends and family for their support.

Ryan White (Arnold/Director) is extremely excited to be finishing off his academic career with International Stud as his capstone project. Previous performance credits include Legally Blonde, A Comedy of Errors, She Kills Monsters, and Holdin' Our Own at the Forest Roberts Theatre, as well as Pippin at the Lake Superior Theatre. Previous production credits include directing in The Ten-Minute Play Festival (Forest Roberts Theatre). He has also assisted with makeup for various productions at the Forest Roberts Theatre and with the Superior Arts Youth Theatre. Ryan would like to thank his family for their love and support as well as the cast and crew of International Stud for their hard work!

 

Love Notes Cast Bios

Carly Bellock (Grandma) is loving her second year here at NMU. She transferred here last year from the College of Dupage located in the suburbs of Chicago. This is her fourth year studying for her degree as a communications major. Carly is also feeding her passion with a double minor in theatre and dance. She fell in love with the stage in her debut during her first dance recital at the age of three. The theme was "The Little  Mermaid" and she played a guppy. Since then she has done modeling in Chicago, signed with two different agencies in downtown Chicago, and won a Show Choir National Championship in 2012. One of her favorite times onstage was with Jane Lynch on Windy City Live her senior year of high school. Since then, some of Carly's recent roles have been a Laker-Girl in Spamalot (Lake Superior Theatre); June in Chicago, Bunny in The California Suite, and Valentine/Priestess/Servant in Twelfth Night (Northern Michigan University); as well as Jessica Cranshaw in Curtains (Wheaton-Warrenville High School). She would like to thank her mom for her constant love, support, and inspiration.

Ethan Bott (Zach) is a sophomore theatre major at Northern Michigan University. Past performance credits include Aaron Schultz in Legally Blonde, Marius Pontmercy in Les Miserables, and Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods at the Forest Roberts Theatre; Joe Trenary in Beacon on the Rock and Pippin in Pippin at the Lake Superior Theatre, and Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid with the Superior Arts Youth Theatre.

Joseph Carlisle (Kyle) is a fourth year acting student at NMU. He hails from Albuquerque, NM, where he completed most of his theatre degree, before moving to Michigan. Joseph hopes to become a professional film actor, following his graduation next year. He would like to thank all who have welcomed him and given him the opportunity to hone his skills as a performer, here in Marquette.

Taylor Ehle (Eliza) is an environmental studies and sustainability/French major at NMU, with an avid love for theatre. She is thrilled to be taking on the role of Eliza in Love Notes, as this is a character she can easily relate to. A native of Marquette, Taylor was active in Marquette Senior High School's drama club, participating in Neil Simon's Rumors, Harvey, and the premiere of Ex Dating.

Breanna Harvell (Megan) is performing in her second production at the Forest Roberts Theatre. Previously she was an evil, heart-eating cheerleader succubus in She Kills Monsters (2014). Things Breanna enjoys include bunnies, juice boxes, dancing in the shower, the Pokemon Ampharos, and eating Fruit Loops without milk.

Mallory Olson (Amber) is a junior this year and she's pretty stoked to be performing at the FRT again! In addition to high school, Mallory previously appeared in Haunted Theatre and She Kills Monsters (Monster Chorus) at the Forest Roberts Theatre. She loves hiking and petting cats.

Charles Owsley (Nick) is a sophomore from Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI, just thirty minutes west of Traverse City. This is his second Black Box production, and he's so excited to be a part of Love Notes. Past performance credits include The California Suite (Mort Hollender) and Salesgirl (Marvin) at the Forest Roberts Theatre, as well as Joey Evans in Pal Joey and Fagin in Oliver!. He expects to graduate from NMU in 2018 with a B.S. in communication studies and a minor in international studies.

Cecilia Smith (Kristen) is very excited to be a part of the Fringe Festival, as it is a wonderful display of the many talented individuals involved with the Forest Roberts Theatre Department. Here at NMU, she has previously performed in The Ten Minute Play Festival, Haunted Theatre, and she participated on run crew for Tribes. She is also a newly inducted member of Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre fraternity. She wishes for everyone involved in the Festival to "break a leg" and enjoy the shows!

 

Colored Museum Cast Bios

Samantha Cole (Janine) is a junior from Detroit, Michigan majoring in psychology grad prep scheduled to graduate in December 2017. She earned her associate's degree in December 2015. Sam hopes to open her own psychology practice focusing on relationship counseling and family matters. Previous performance credits include A Comedy of Errors (Captain) and A Paper Tiger in the Rain (Jess) at the Forest Roberts Theatre.

Nathan Morgan (Guy/Narrator/The Man,) is a junior biology major from West Branch, Michigan. While at Northern, he has been involved in many FRT shows both on and off the stage. Previous performance credits include A Comedy of Errors (Angelo) and Ten Minute Play Festival. He is also the assistant box office manager for the Forest Roberts Theatre. 

Jaxine Rivera (Medea) is a freshman at Northern Michigan University majoring in theatre. She graduated in 2015 from Stevenson High School. During her high school years, she performed in all the children plays from 2011-2015; though for community service, she enjoyed her time with her beloved group. In recent events, last Halloween she participated in Haunted Theatre at the Forest Roberts Theatre (Voodoo Priestess for the adult show, Puppet for the children's show).

Javonte Thompson (Walter-Lee-Beau-Willie-Jones/Janine) is a senior graduating in April 2016 with his Bachelor's Degree in theatre and entertainment arts. He is originally from Detroit, MI. Javonte has been involved in theatre for nearly ten years and has appeared in a number of productions at NMU, including Cootie Shots (2015), Haunted Theatre (2013), Legally Blonde (2013), and The Ten-Minute Play Festival (2012). In his free time, Javonte enjoys video games, weight lifting, and playing competitive sports.

Morgan Dania Waller (Girl/The Woman/Lady in Plaid) is a senior from Chicago, IL. She is a public relations major and political science minor. Her plans after graduating are to work and attend graduate school overseas while studying public affairs. She is very outgoing and she loves to dance! She has been dancing since the age of three and modeling since the age of thirteen. In her free time, she likes to travel; her dream is to travel the world and see what it has to offer.  

Veronika "Roni" Whigam (Lawanda/Mama) is originally from Detroit. She's been in a few shows previously, in high school and middle school, such as Lindsey Borden, Dream Girls, Once Upon a High School, and a few more. She is currently an undeclared major, but plans to graduate in 2020.

 

The Soul Truth Crew Bios

Lily Howder (Production Stage Manager) is a sophomore theatre and entertainment arts major at NMU. Recent production credits include Tribes by Nina Raine (Ruth), A Gaggle of Saints by Neil LaBute (Sue), and The Ten Minute Play Festival. This is her first time stage managing and she is very grateful for the opportunity. She wants to thank her friends and family for always encouraging her and wants to thank the great group of people she got to work with during this show!

David Pierce (Technical Director) David came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been Technical Director for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company.  David holds a BS in Construction Management from Ferris State University and an MFA in Theatre Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires.  He’s also a boisterous Tigers fan!

Abby Schneck (Lighting Designer) is a senior at Northern studying theatre management. She has appeared in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) and She Kills Monsters (Farrah) at the Forest Roberts Theatre. She also performed in Quilters (2015) at the Lake Superior Theatre. Past production credits include Assistant Stage Manager (1776 and Les Miserables), Stage Manager (A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking and Haunted Theatre) and Assistant Lighting Designer (Into the Woods). In high school she appeared in Godspell and A Christmas Carol and stage managed/directed The Philadelphia Story. She is super excited to be a part of this production. She would like to thank the rest of the production team, and her friends and family for their unconditional love.

Dorsey Sprouls (Production Stage Manager) is in his fourth year at NMU, where he majors in theatre. He is excited to be stage managing for the first time with Soul Truth. He has participated in many shows during his time at Northern, including the FRT productions of A Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Syracuse), A Paper Tiger in the Rain (Ben Flynn), Little Shop of Horrors (Orin Scrivello, Skip Snip, etc.), The California Suite (Stu Franklyn/Billy Warren) and Twelfth Night (Feste). He also took part in the Lake Superior Theatre production of Spamalot (Prince Herbert, Historian, etc.). He would especially like to thank the creative team of the Fringe Festival and his eternally supportive friends and family.

 

The International Stud Crew Bios

Emily Kinne (Properties Master) is a senior theatre major at Northern Michigan University. She has been an Assistant Stage Manager for many productions at the Forest Roberts Theatre, including Les Miserables, Avenue Q, Legally Blonde, and Compleat Female Stage Beauty. She has stage managed A Comedy of Errors, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Into the Woods. She also worked as an ASM on the Lake Superior Theatre production of Pippin. She has designed props for Les Miserables, Pinocchio, Jack and the Beanstalk, A Paper Tiger in the Rain, and Into the Woods, all at the Forest Roberts Theatre.

Anna LaBreche (Production Stage Manager) is a theatre and entertainment arts major with a minor in art and design. Since being at NMU, she has directed a ten-minute show, Guys, in the Ten-Minute Play Festival at the Forest Roberts Theatre. From there, she also competed in the SDC Directing Competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). She has also worked on A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking (Light Board Operator), Little Shop of Horrors (Assistant Lighting Designer/Light Board Operator) and Cootie Shots (Assistant Stage Manager/Co-Costume Designer/Assistant Lighting Designer/Co-Scenic Designer). This past summer, she was the House Manager at Lake Superior Theatre. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support!

David Pierce (Technical Director) David came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been Technical Director for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company.  David holds a BS in Construction Management from Ferris State University and an MFA in Theatre Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires.  He’s also a boisterous Tigers fan!

Abby Schneck (Lighting Designer) is a senior at Northern studying theatre management. She has appeared in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) and She Kills Monsters (Farrah) at the Forest Roberts Theatre. She also performed in Quilters (2015) at the Lake Superior Theatre. Past production credits include Assistant Stage Manager (1776 and Les Miserables), Stage Manager (A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking and Haunted Theatre) and Assistant Lighting Designer (Into the Woods). In high school she appeared in Godspell and A Christmas Carol and stage managed/directed The Philadelphia Story. She is super excited to be a part of this production. She would like to thank the rest of the production team, and her friends and family for their unconditional love.

Javonte Thompson (Production Stage Manager) is a senior graduating in April 2016 with his Bachelor's Degree in theatre and entertainment arts. He is originally from Detroit, MI. Javonte has been involved in theatre for nearly ten years and has appeared in a number of productions at NMU, including Cootie Shots (2015), Haunted Theatre (2013), Legally Blonde (2013), and The Ten-Minute Play Festival (2012). In his free time, Javonte enjoys video games, weight lifting, and playing competitive sports.

 

Love Notes Crew Bios

David Pierce (Technical Director) David came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been Technical Director for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company.  David holds a BS in Construction Management from Ferris State University and an MFA in Theatre Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires.  He’s also a boisterous Tigers fan!

Abby Schneck (Lighting Designer) is a senior at Northern studying theatre management. She has appeared in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park) and She Kills Monsters (Farrah) at the Forest Roberts Theatre. She also performed in Quilters (2015) at the Lake Superior Theatre. Past production credits include Assistant Stage Manager (1776 and Les Miserables), Stage Manager (A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking and Haunted Theatre) and Assistant Lighting Designer (Into the Woods). In high school she appeared in Godspell and A Christmas Carol and stage managed/directed The Philadelphia Story. She is super excited to be a part of this production. She would like to thank the rest of the production team, and her friends and family for their unconditional love.

Javonte Thompson (Director) is a senior graduating in April 2016 with his Bachelor's Degree in theatre and entertainment arts. He is originally from Detroit, MI. Javonte has been involved in theatre for nearly ten years and has appeared in a number of productions at NMU, including Cootie Shots (2015), Haunted Theatre (2013), Legally Blonde (2013), and The Ten-Minute Play Festival (2012). In his free time, Javonte enjoys video games, weight lifting, and playing competitive sports.

Laura Thompson (Production Stage Manager) is a junior theatre major and has previously appeared in Les Miserables (Forest Roberts Theatre), A Comedy of Errors (James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre), Chicago (Forest Roberts Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Forest Roberts Theatre), and Into the Woods (James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre). Laura is thankful for the opportunity to stage manage for the first time and to be working with so many friendly people on this production of Love Notes.

 

The Colored Museum Crew Bios

Coop Bicknell (Production Stage Manager) is a junior theater major at Northern Michigan University. Previous production credits include Legally Blonde: The Musical (Assistant Stage Manager) A Paper Tiger in the Rain (Production Stage Manager) and She Kills Monsters (Assistant Stage Manager) at the Forest Roberts Theatre. Coop would like to thank his family, his friends, his lovely girlfriend, and the talented cast and crew of The Colored Museum for their support.

Jacob DeLong (Production Stage Manager) is a senior theatre major with a Dance minor at Northern Michigan University. Some of his recent performances include Prince Siegfried in the Marquette Center for Dance production of Swan Lake, Chip Tolentino in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Vista Theatre, White Rabbit/Pied Piper and Dance Captain in Shrek: The Musical, Devil/Dance Captain in All Shook Up, Corny Collins Kid/Dancer in Hairspray (all at the Elkhart Civic Theatre), and Him in An American in Paris, Ensemble/Student in Les Miserables, Frat Boy/Dance Captain in Legally Blonde, George Reed in 1776, and Dreamer in The Secret Garden at the Forest Roberts Theatre. He has recently been the assistant to the choreographer for Seussical Jr., as well as assistant choreographer for Aladdin Jr. and The Wizard of Oz(Superior Arts Youth Theatre). He has also choreographed for Kids Sing Broadway at SAYT.

Cecelia Holt (Costume Designer) is a junior zoology major who is very excited to be designing costumes for the first time at the Forest Roberts Theatre! She has been in shows in her hometown as well as at the FRT, and some of her favorite roles have been Brooke Windham (Legally Blonde), Sylvia (All Shook Up), Fiona (Murders in the Heir), and Agnes (She Kills Monsters). She is so excited for this opportunity!

Anna LaBreche (Properties Master) is a theatre and entertainment arts major with a minor in art and design. Since being at NMU, she has directed a ten-minute play, Guys, in the Ten-Minute Play Festival at the Forest Roberts Theatre. From there, she also competed in the SDC Directing Competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). She has also worked on A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking (Light Board Operator), Little Shop of Horrors (Assistant Lighting Designer/Light Board Operator), and Cootie Shots (Assistant Stage Manager/Co-Costume Designer/Assistant Lighting Designer/Co-Scenic Designer). This past summer, she was the House Manager at Lake Superior Theatre. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support!

David Pierce (Technical Director) David came to NMU from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY where he had been Technical Director for the Department of Theatre and Dance. Other TD credits include Adirondack Theatre Festival, Little Theatre on the Square, and Four Seasons Theatre Company.  David holds a BS in Construction Management from Ferris State University and an MFA in Theatre Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In his spare time, he loves to be outdoors. He enjoys hiking, boating, fishing, biking, and bonfires.  He’s also a boisterous Tigers fan!

Anthony Pruett (Assistant Director) has a professional Performance Certificate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. He is currently a senior in the international studies program with a certificate in Spanish and a minor in theatre at Northern Michigan University. He has appeared most recently in Holdin' Our Own (J.X. Jamrich Auditorium), The California Suite (James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre), Chicago (Forest Roberts Theatre), and Willpower (Kaufman Auditorium). 

Ansley Valentine (Director) is Director of Theatre at Northern Michigan University. A seasoned actor, director and choreographer, recent productions include Hello, Dolly!; Annie Get Your Gun; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change; The King and I; The Sound of Music; and Mrs. Warren's Profession. His resume boasts professional and academic theatres across the country (including productions with the Indianapolis, Detroit and Alabama Symphonies). He holds a Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts from Wabash College.