Board of Directors
Laurie Atwood first walked into Ann Arbor Civic Theatre 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.
Kyrie Bristle hails from the quaint village of Clinton, where she found herself at Siena Heights University in Adrian Michigan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in theatre/speech communication, and master’s degree in organizational leadership. Participating in 40+ shows it is safe to say that theatre is her first true love. Working and living in Ann Arbor, she is beyond grateful to have performed on stage with The Ann Arbor Civic Theatre and now serve on the Board of Directors. Some of her favorite and more recent roles include Sandra (BIG FISH), Blanche Barrow (Bonnie and Clyde), Brenda Strong (Catch Me If You Can), Maureen (Rent), Doralee Rhodes (9 to 5), and Susan (Tick, Tick...BOOM).
Joyce Casale 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.
Jared Hoffert has been with Accenture for over 15 years and currently is the Commercial Operations Director for their client account team with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MI.
He received his BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Michigan where he also studied voice with George Shirley. He is also a certified stage combatant (proficient in 8 disciplines) and an emeritus member of The Crimson Pirates (www.crimsonpirates.com).
Jared first worked with A2CT in 1994 when he played the role of Don John in Much Ado About Nothing. After leaving Michigan in 1995 to pursue a career in theatre in NYC. He returned in 2012 with his wife and daughter to take up residence in Ann Arbor.
Having reestablished a connection with A2CT he has been seen (or heard) onstage in CHESS, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, and PHILADELPHIA STORY. Jared also staged the violence/fights in LSoH, BONNIE & CLYDE and recently directed WOMEN AND WALLACE in the A2CT Studio Series. He has also appeared with other groups in the SE Michigan Theatre Community (Croswell Opera House, UMGASS, etc.). He looks forward to helping build A2CT into a leader in the theatrical community for years to come.
Daisy Mull has been involved with Ann Arbor Civic Theatre for the past 10 years. Most of her involvement is due to her children who have performed in many of the Junior shows. Having gotten involved with those shows as a parent - and meeting other parents - Daisy has had the opportunity to produce and direct a few Junior Theatre productions. The most fun and favorite times she has had with Civic is when she has been able to appear on stage with her children and husband. She really does like being around teens and tweens and enjoys not only working with the Junior theatre kids, but has also been a youth leader at her church in Ann Arbor for the past 15 years. Daisy works at weircrafts.com (a local webstore) as the shipping manager. She is happy to have the opportunity to see how she can contribute to the ongoing success of Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.
Kate Papachristou, Secretary has been involved with A2CT for two years as a volunteer, actor, assistant director and is currently serving as Secretary of the Board. Kate has been singing and acting since she was a small child and has appeared on stage in the U.K., Washington D.C., and with other area groups such as UMGASS, Dearborn Area Theatre Association, and Spotlight Players. She has performed in Civic’s productions of Les Miserables, Noises Off, Tick…Tick…BOOM!, and Rent, as well as assistant directing Julius Caesar. Outside of the theatre, Kate is a clinical social worker and the Manager of Clinical and Community Services at Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County. She values giving back to the community through her work, as well as creatively though the opportunities at Ann Arbor Civic Theatre. Kate looks forward to helping A2CT grow and increasing creative engagement throughout the community by being part of the Board!
Darrell Pierce, Treasurer, 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!
Rich Roselle, Vice President, has been on the A2CT Board for over two years now and is currently serving as Vice-President. 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.
David Widmayer, Board President, has been involved in over a dozen productions with Ann Arbor Civic Theatre since first joining the organization in 2007. He has been performing on stage consistently since the age of thirteen. At the University of Michigan, he was a founding member of the school's first long-form improv comedy troupe, Witt's End. He was a frequent performer at Ann Arbor's Improv Inferno theater, and was cast in their mainstage incubator troupe. After the Inferno's unfortunate closure in 2007, he returned to scripted theatre with A2CT's production of The Tempest, and has considered Civic his artistic home ever since. Notable acting credits with A2CT include roles in Exit the King, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Death of a Salesman, How I Learned to Drive, andKing Lear. David recently served as assistant director for three productions: Anne of Green Gables, Twelfth Night, and Rent. He looks forward to directing his first show, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, in March 2016. In the spring of 2015, he co-founded the Civic Improv Ensemble with Shelly Smith. David has served on the Board of Directors since 2014, and is excited to immerse himself in Ann Arbor's vibrant theatre community for many years to come.
Heather Wing has been a part of A2CT for over 7 years. She came to the University of Michigan for a graduate degree in Social Work, and decided to stick around Ann Arbor--married with two kids 11 years later. She loves acting on any A2CT stage, and has also enjoyed working backstage, doing hair and wigs in several shows and dipping her toes in assistant directing 2014's Little Shop of Horrors. She appreciates the friendships she has made through A2CT and the opportunities it has given her to express her creative and collaborative side.