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.
Joyce Casale, Vice 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.
Jacqueline Courteau started in community theater in junior high school, then earned her high school Thespian stripes working on costumes because she loved improvising things with fabric but couldn't sew a straight line--and nobody saw costumes from a close enough distance to be able to tell. She dabbled in theater in college, teaching an after-school "creative dramatics" program at an elementary school and working as assistant director and producer for several productions, before she realized that the demands of theater would preclude other academic interests and professional work. She became a science and environmental policy analyst then earned a Ph.D. in ecology, and now works as an independent natural resources researcher and consultant. She came back to theater when her kids got involved in A2CT's junior theater program and in their schools, and has done costumes, assistant directing, and other production work. She has directed three A2CTJr plays, including original adaptations of The Secret Garden and Anne of Green Gables, which were staged at Matthaei Botanical Garden (with a covert mission of getting theater kids--and audiences--outdoors). She has also worked with A2CT's Play's the Thing selection and workshopping of new plays, and was thrilled to direct a staged reading of an original musical at The Ark as a joint fundraiser for A2CT and a breast cancer support group. She is interested in working with the board to expand educational programming and community-based theater.
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.
Darrell Pierce has been on the Board for eight 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!
Adele Roy, Secretary
Brad Vincent, Treasurer has been involved with A2CT for over ten years as an actor, volunteer and, since 2015, a member of our Board of Directors. An MBA in Finance. Brad brings to A2CT forty years of experience in Finance and Accounting having served as Chief Financial Officer/Controller/ Systems Consultant for various organizations in New York, New Jersey and Michigan. Yet, the best part of his brain has always been devoted to music: A vocal soloist at age seven, a violist and trombonist, lead singer in a garage band in the 60’s-70’s, in his college touring chorus. And then years later, discovering the joys of performing in Community Theater. Favorite roles: Benjamin Franklin (1776), Sir Danvers Carew (Jekyll & Hyde). Harry the Horse (Guys & Dolls).
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.