Bears Cast Bios


Adam Lowe headshotAdam Lowe (Growl Bear) is a senior at NMU. His most recent highlight is Samuel in a professional production of The Confession. His other recent credits include William Barfee (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and Toad (A Year with Frog and Toad) at Northern Michigan University. He also was Capulet (Romeo and Juliet) and Froggy (The Foreigner.) He has conducted multiple shows including; Little Women (ECCT), and was assistant music director on The Threepenny Opera.





Meghan Marquardt headshotMeghan Marquardt (Radio Announcer) is a junior pursuing a theatre and English writing double major. She has appeared on the Forest Roberts Theatre stage as Antoinette in A Flea in Her Ear, Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and John Dickinson in 1776. Her black box experience has included playing Laertes in Hamlet. She would like to thank her friends, family and Zach for their support.





Shane Vincent headshotShane Vincent (Timmy Bear). This is Shane's second year on the Forest Roberts Stage. He has portrayed a handful of roles from a pirate in Peter Pan to his performance in 1776 as Andrew McNair the congressional custodian. He is excited for this upcoming season and hopes to show people what he is made of!






Jackie Wiles headshotJackie Wiles (Susie Wild Bear) is a senior theatre major with a minor in digital cinema. Her most recent roles include Caesar Rodney (1776), Tammy (Hairspray), Elizabeth (Encounter) and the Assassin (The Near East). It’s a great honor to be a part Bears and having the opportunity to work with a great cast and director. Jackie would like to thank all of her friends, family and Tyler for their support and love during her college career!



Production Crew


Natalie Berger headshotNatalie Berger (Assistant Stage Manager) is a freshman digital cinema and theatre major at Northern Michigan University. She has participated in ten shows, recently appearing in Grease as Jan at Ferndale High School and Bye Bye Birdie as Deborah Sue at Stagecrafters Community Theatre. She has also done sound effect design for eight shows as well as student directing Dracula. Natalie interned this summer at The Ringwald Theatre as an audition assistant for Shopping & F***ing.




Susan Boyle headshotSusan Boyle (Costume Design) is a second year post-baccalaureate theatre student. Her most recent performances include John Hancock in 1776 (Forest Roberts Theater, 2012), Rona in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Forest Roberts Theater, 2012) and Lily in The Secret Garden (Lake Superior Theater, 2011).





Courtney Brown HeadshotCourtney Brown (Production Stage Manager) is pursuing a Theatre, Secondary English Education, and Secondary French Education triple major from NMU. Her recent credits include directing The Mouse That Roared and Wonka, Jr. (Lake Superior Youth Theatre), Stage Managing--Haunted Theatre and Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Forest Roberts Theatre); Annie, Jr. and Alice in Wonderland (Lake Superior Youth Theatre). Recent Performances--How I Became A Pirate (FRT) and The Snow Queen and the Goblin (James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre).


Keli Crawford-Truckey headshotKeli Crawford-Truckey (Director) has staged numerous productions at venues throughout the country. Her recent Forest Roberts Theatre directing credits include Doubt, Harvey, and A Christmas Carol. She also staged Behind the Dandelions, The Love List, and Proof at the Lake Superior Theatre. She has worked as a stage manager in New York City on the Broadway production of Les Miserables’ and off-Broadway productions including And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little at the Producers Club, and Cloud Nine at the Bank Street Theatre. She also worked as a merchandising assistant on over a dozen Broadway productions. Keli holds a degree in Directing and Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.



Victor Holliday headshotVictor G. Holliday (Set Design) has been the designer for The Forest Roberts Theatre since 1982, and also served as technical director from 1982-2000. He earned his B.A. in psychology from St. Johns University (MN), and his M.F.A. in scenic design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Before coming to NMU, he was designer and technical director at Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey). Vic has also designed for summer and community theatres and dance companies in Hawaii, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and North Carolina. Outside of the theater, his major interests are history (particularly military and naval history) and ship modeling (pre-dreadnought steel navy), and he is an active ailurophile.



Pierce Huxtable headshotPierce Huxtable (Props Design) a theatre and electronic journalism double major, has appeared in Rent, The Mousetrap (Sgt. Trotter), A Flea in Her Ear (Camille), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Peter Pan (John), Sherlock Holmes… (Sherlock Holmes), and 1776 (John Adams) at the Forest Roberts Theatre. Roles in the past include Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Joe Benjamin in God’s Favorite, Philip Lombard in And Then There Were None, and Mr. Antrobus in By the Skin of Our Teeth.




Jalina Olgren headshotJalina Olgren (Sound Design) is a senior theatre major and has been involved in many productions at the Forest Roberts Theatre including: Compleat Female Stage Beauty- Sound Design, Peter Pan- Stage Manager, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels- Assistant Stage Manager, Of Mice and Men- Sound Design, A Flea in Her Ear- Lighting Design, Mousetrap- Sound Design, Rent-Assistant Lighting Design, Actletes- Stage Manager. She has also been a Forest Roberts Theatre Carpenter and General Technician from 2008-Present.




Kristy Priest headshotKristy Priest (Lighting Design) is a senior at NMU majoring in Theatre and Media Production. Her favorite productions she has been involved in are: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Asst. Stage Manager), Peter Pan (Asst. Stage Manager), A Year With Frog and Toad (Lighting Designer), The Near East (Production Stage Manager), The … Spelling Bee (Spot Light Operator), and 1776 (Production Stage Manager) at the Forest Roberts Theatre. She was also the Production Stage Manager at Lake Superior Theatre for the Summer 2012 Season.



Mark Rigney headshotMark Rigney (Playwright) is the author of Acts of God  (Playscripts,Inc.) and Deaf Side Story: Deaf Sharks, Hearing Jets and a Classic American Musical (Gallaudet University Press).  “Migratory Birds of Iraq,” a finalist for last year’s Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville, will shortly appear in Best Ten-Minute Plays 2012 (Smith & Kraus).  His plays have been performed in nineteen states plus Canada, and his short fiction has appeared in many venues including Realms Of Fantasy, The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review, and Black Static.  Past careers include zookeeping (surprise), location sound recording, and serving as technical director for a college theater.  His website, with links to many of his plays and original fiction, is


Alysa Spivak headshotAlysa Spivak (Assistant Stage Manager) is a freshman majoring in Theatre and Entertainment Arts with a double minor in Anthropology and Gender Studies. She’s had multiple acting roles at Adlai E. Stevenson High School and was most recently in Peter Pan (Tootles), The Brothers Grimm (Singing Telegram/Princess), and Sweeney Todd (Chorus). Her recent backstage credits include West Side Story (Assistant Stage Manager), Rabbit Hole (Stage Manager) and 1776 at Northern Michigan University (Spot Light Operator). Alysa is so excited to be working on her second production on the Forest Roberts Theatre stage!