Joyce Casale, Board President, is enjoying her second run on the Civic Theatre Board. She was first a Board member when Civic Theatre was on Platt Road. Currently she’s the chairperson of the Fundraising Committee. Joyce is a retired public school teacher and Union advocate. She worked for the Michigan Education Association for 20+ years. Currently Joyce reads freshman applications for the University of Michigan admissions office and she continues to be an active in the community to promote political issues and candidates. She’s a season ticket holder for the Detroit Tigers.
Joyce enjoys working behind the scenes for Ann Arbor Civic Theatre. She has been a producer for many shows and enjoys supporting the creative process. Joyce also enjoys ushering and working in the ticket office or house managing. She cherishes the many friends she has made over the years through her work at Civic Theatre.
Pat Johnson, Secretary is an Instructional Designer for the University of Michigan Health System and an Anatomy & Physiology Instructor at Washtenaw Community College. He grew up in Southern California where he was involved in all facets of theatre. On moving to Michigan he took a long hiatus but couldn't stay away forever and got involved again at the beginning of 2013. He has been happily involved with Ann Arbor Civic in both performance and technical aspects of theatrical production since April 2013 when he was lucky enough to have been cast in the A2CT production of Chess.
first walked into Ann Arbor Civic Theater 35 years ago, when she auditioned and was cast in the show "Bedroom Farce". Many of the people she met in connection with that show are her best friends today.Every show she has had the opportunity to be in has introduced her to people that she never would have met in her day to day life. She has and continues to love the moment when the cast list goes up and if her name is lucky enough to be on it, her next thought is, Who am I going to have fun with and get to know. she has lived in Ann Arbor for 42 years,and owns Children's Creative Center. She says, "One of my proudest connections is to A2CT. It has provided me with some of my best memories, as well as taught me the importance of working as a team. There are no small parts, and every volunteer whether on or off the stage plays a major role in the success of each production." Now, she's able to serve this organization in a new capacity, as a member of the board. She looks forward to being a part of the vision as well as part of the journey.
Elijah Cox is A2CT's youth board member. He is a senior at The Early College Alliance at Eastern Michigan University through Ypsilanti Community High School, where he participates in swimming, marching band, concert band, mock trial and theatre. He is hoping to attend Northwestern University next fall. He first started out with A2CT as a Junior Theatre participant in the 6th grade. Now, as a two-time Junior Theatre assistant director, he still loves A2CT for giving the community opportunities to see and perform in local quality productions.
Michele K. Desvignes Schilling
Breeda Miller tours nationally in a one-woman show, records audio books and speaks to conferences on the topic of using humor to survive caregiving. In her spare time she works for the University of Michigan in Events for Medical Development and Alumni Relations.has been an active member of A2CT for the past five years. She has appeared on stage in a variety of shows - but never a musical. Breeda's first experience with Civic was Hound of the Baskervilles and she has never looked back. Civic Theater played a profound role in Breeda's life as she was the primary caregiver for her mother and cared for her 24/7 for two years. During this stressful time, Breeda allowed herself the "luxury" of participating in Civic shows and those rehearsal nights were a tremendous mental health break for her. Breeda's mother was very proud and was able to see her perform just before she passed on.
Rich Roselle, Vice President, has been on the A2CT Board for over two years now, is currently serving as Vice-President and is a member of the play selection committee. He did his first show with A2CT in 1980 and has performed in nearly 20 productions since. Although there have been many great moments, one of his favorites was playing the entire jury in A2CT’s production of Chicago and having the director, Jim Posante tell him to do whatever he could to upstage Bev Pooley and Laurie Atwood. It was a real treat. Outside of the theater he works as an educational program manager for a large software company called Infor, loves biking, golf, his lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
Charlie Cook, Treasurer
David Beaulieu has been involved with A2CT for almost ten years, having appeared onstage in more than a dozen productions. By day (as well as by night, weekend and holiday), David uses his years of theater experience entertaining passengers and traveling to glamorous locales as a flight attendant for Delta Connection. In his fourth year and second term on the Board of Directors, David is pleased to be involved with and support one of the best community theaters in the area.
Alen Fyfe is retired after spending 20 years with the U.S. Postal Service. He is also a Vietnam Veteran serving there in 1967-68. He has been active in community theater since 1987 when he got his first role as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady and has been at it ever since. He joined with A2CT in 2010 performing in Miss Saigon and has been hooked on A2CT ever since. He is very impressed with the quality of performers that are part of Civic and is very glad to share a stage with any of them. Alen recently married his partner Mark and has lived in Ann Arbor for 5 years.
Darrell Pierce has been on the Board for seven years and served as President for four of those years. He's a native Ann Arborite, whose parents were Civic season ticket holders for as long as he can remember. After 21 years in Chicago, he was able to return home and it has been his pleasure to re-connect with A2CT and to serve on its Board. Ann Arbor is a diverse, intellectually engaging community that values the arts. Its Civic Theatre should be outstanding – and it is!
Catherine Zudak has been a volunteer with A2CT for twelve years. She started as a House Manager, and has been producing, acting and directing ever since. Ms. Zudak loves the way A2CT has grown from a four show season to it's current 12+ show season. She is particularly fond of the new play festival and the Studio Series. Some favorite individual shows include Chicago, A Funny Thing..., Death of a Salesman, Wake Up...and The Scarlet Pimpernell. She lives in Ann Arbor with her beloved husband, Robert, her darling children, Marina and Jay, and her very old dog, Paradox. She is a former social science researcher, an aspiring playwright, and when not busy doing creative projects, she works as a freelance writer and graphic artist.