Resident and Associate Artists make up the core of our theatre company. We create work with and for them. They are yearly designations reserved for those artists and administrators who consider the Purple Rose their creative home.
Bartley H. Bauer
Bart was given the great honor many years ago of working with Jeff Daniels to create a new theatre venue for Michigan playwrights and actors. He has designed over twenty sets for the Purple Rose including Thy Kingdom’s Coming, Stanton’s Garage and Blithe Spirit (for which he received the Detroit News Theatre Award for Best Design). He also spent the last twenty-plus years working for many different theatre groups, notably as a faculty member of Interlochen National Music Camp and as designer/technician for Jackson Community College and many area high schools, civic theatres and community organizations. Bart works for Chelsea Lumber Company as the kitchen and bath department manager. He is a Chelsea native and lives here with his wife, two sons and a daughter.
Stephanie has been stage managing for the Purple Rose since she graduated the apprentice program in 2007. Stephanie recently directed The Sound of Music for Young People’s Theatre, and has designed and styled hair for many productions in the area. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science in Theatre from Central Michigan University.
Gary has been working for the Purple Rose as the Master Electrician since 1996. He designs lighting for the annual Jeff Daniels Onstage & Unplugged concerts and is our resident special effects expert. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering.
Carey made her Purple Rose acting debut in Book of Days and also appeared in Competing Dahlia. In 2008, she made her Purple Rose debut as a playwright with the World Premiere production of Growing Pretty, followed shortly after by Some Couples May… and Wake. Her full-length works have also been given readings at Primary Stages and Ensemble Studio Theater among others. Carey was an ensemble member of The Second City Detroit touring company and studied at The Royal Court Theater in London. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Performance Studies.
Dave is honored to be part of this unique gathering of artists at this very special place and time, which is one small corner of the Big Picture. A Michigan native, Dave took advantage of his rejection from the Vietnam war (4f) and stumbling into an acting class taught by the founders of the now concluded, Boarshead Theater: John Peakes and the late Richard Thomsen, which changed his life for the better. He became a resident company member. He earned a B.A. from Eastern Michigan University, was a radio host at WBOC-Radio and TV Park in Salisbury, Maryland, and taught middle school in southern California. Dave has appeared in close to a hundred productions, including Off and Off-Off Broadway, and regional theatres. White Buffalo marked Dave’s fifth show at the Rose. His one-man show, which he also wrote, Jefferson Lives! toured Michigan schools for two years. Love and thanks to all who know and matter…how lucky can one guy get!
Matt first appeared on the Purple Rose stage in Growing Pretty and has since been seen in Best of Friends, Boeing-Boeing, Our Town, Bleeding Red, A Streetcar Named Desire and the 2008 revival of Apartment 3A. He is from Flint and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance from University of Michigan-Flint in 2001.
Angie Kane Ferrante
Angie Kane Ferrante graduated from the Wayne State University Theatre Program in 2007, and studied at The Moscow Art Theatre in Russia. After running an educational high school theatre program for four years, she founded The AKT Theatre Project in Wyandotte, MI where she is currently the Artistic Director. Angie has worked on and off stage for theatres such as Magenta Giraffe (Detroit), The JET Theatre (West Bloomfield), and The Matrix Theatre (Detroit), and was most recently the directing intern for White Buffalo at The Purple Rose.
Rainbow Dickerson joined the PRTC family in 2012 with the world premiere of Don Zolidis’ White Buffalo. She trained at the East 15 Acting Conservatory/University of Essex, London, England and at the Circle in the Square Theatre School, New York. Rainbow has worked on Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, and in numerous Regional Theatres across the country. A few things in addition to acting: Rainbow is also recognized by both the British and American societies of stage combat, was the apprentice to the former Art Director/Chief Scenic Artist of the MET, CBS & ABC TV, was the Co-Artistic Director of the former Velocity Theatre Company in NY, and a Stage Manager for the Washington Opera in D.C. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Michelle graduated from the Purple Rose apprentice program in 2001, after which she was involved in 27 productions over nine seasons. She was part of the Purple Rose stage management team during those seasons and also made her professional directing debut with The Glass Menagerie. She has also stage managed at Performance Network, Williamston Theatre, The City Theatre and The Gem Theatre. She has directed at Go Comedy! Improv Theater and Waterworks Theatre Co. and has designed for The Tipping Point Theatre, The Planet Ant and The Ringwald Theatre. Michelle received a Bachelor of Science in Theater from Eastern Michigan University. She currently works with her husband and part owner of Go Comedy! Improv Theatre as the company manager. Michelle resides in Ferndale with her husband, Tommy, and their son, Cole.
Katie is very happy to be back at The Purple Rose in the role of Managing Director. Katie has been living in Milwaukee for the past 6 and half years working as the General Manager of First Stage, a professional children’s theater that also houses the largest theater training program of its kind in the nation as well as being Wisconsin’s leader in arts-in-education programming. Katie hails from Rochester, Michigan and received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and Theater from Albion College in 2002. She is also a graduate of The Purple Rose Apprentice Program. Katie is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association and received her union card back in 2003 while stage managing at The Purple Rose. In her free time, Katie enjoys the outdoors, watching football and spending time with her two beautiful children and partner, Rob.
Stacie received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Western Michigan University and her Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Purdue University. Some of Stacie’s previous Purple Rose acting credits include Corktown, Boeing-Boeing, Our Town, Gravity, Wake, Bleeding Red, A Streetcar Named Desire and Growing Pretty. Her film credits include Game of Death, Little Murder and Mooz-lum.
Amy is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and graduated from the Purple Rose apprentice program in 2001. She has been involved with over 1,200 performances; ten of the productions have been World Premieres. Her many Purple Rose stage management credits include Born Yesterday, Across The Way, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Norma & Wanda, The Glass Menagerie and The Late Great Henry Boyle. She also assistant stage managed additional productions including Guys on Ice, Guest Artist and Honus And Me. Amy hails from Wyandotte, Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre. Amy lives in the Chelsea area with her wonderful husband and fellow theatre practitioner, Joel.
Reid G. Johnson
Reid has designed lighting for many Purple Rose productions, including nine World Premieres. Some of his Purple Rose lighting design credits include Escanaba in Love, Wake, Honus And Me, Across The Way, Let It Be, The Good Doctor, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Glass Menagerie and Sea of Fools. For much of the year, he serves as resident lighting designer at Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester. He has also designed the lighting for productions at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Birmingham Theatre, BoarsHead Theatre, Buckham Alley Theatre, The Gem Theatre, Fisher Theatre, Heartlande Theatre Company, Jewish Ensemble Theatre and Music Hall. Reid has also been associated with the Loeb Drama Center at Harvard University and the Vest Pocket Theatre.
Alex has appeared off-Broadway at The Pearl Theatre (As You Like It, Tartuffe) and Circle-in-the-Square (The Valley of the Dolls) and too many off-off-Broadway theatres to list. He toured extensively through Europe as Lennie (Of Mice and Men) and The Ghost of Christmas Present (A Christmas Carol) with the American Drama Group Europe. He is a proud member of the first graduating class of The New Actors Workshop (NYC), where he studied closely with Mike Nichols, George Morrison, and his mentor, the late Paul Sills. Alex’s first foray into the vibrant Michigan theatrical scene resulted in a 2009 Wilde Award for Best Actor in a Comedy (Panache – Williamston Theatre). His Purple Rose appearances include Some Couples May…, Best of Friends, Gravity and Wake. Alex is also a full-time Performing Arts teacher in the Ann Arbor Public Schools
David was born in Detroit and is a lifelong Michigander. He has sold or optioned numerous screenplays and won screenwriting awards from the American Cinema Foundation and Fade In Magazine; he was also chosen as one of ten finalists in the 2001 Motion Picture Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship Competition. His most recent screenplay, Shadowplayers, was optioned by Fishbowl Films. On the theatrical side, his plays have been performed throughout North America and Europe. In 2002, The Late Great Henry Boyle premiered at the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, California, and subsequently received its Midwest Premiere at the Purple Rose in 2006. In 2008, his dark comedy, Vino Veritas, premiered at the Purple Rose and subsequently enjoyed a sold-out run as part of the Nebraska Repertory Theatre’s 2009 season. His plays, Gravity and Consider the Oyster also enjoyed World Premiere productions on the Purple Rose stage. More information on David MacGregor’s plays can be found on his web site.
Janet is honored to have been with The Purple Rose Theatre Company for Jeff Daniel’s first play, Shoe Man in the Garage Theatre in 1991. She was in six subsequent Purple Rose productions: The Vast Difference, also at the Gem Theatre in Detroit; The Purple Rose Spring Comedy Festival, Completing Dahlia, Off the Map, Sea of Fools and Blithe Spirit. Janet has performed off-Broadway in the original production of A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room at Playwright Horizons and The Astor Place Theatre, in Fourtune at the Actor’s Playhouse and in Approaching Zero at LaMaMa ETC, along with off-off Broadway and regional theatre productions throughout the country. Her television appearances include Hill Street Blues, The Love Boat, As the World Turns, over 90 national and regional commercials, and numerous radio and television voice-overs. Janet is on the faculty in the Department of Theatre and Drama at the University of Michigan and is a member of SAG, AFTRA and AEA.
Michelle earned her Master of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of Wisconsin, and has taught across the country, including at the Seattle Children’s Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, the University of California – San Diego and the University of Michigan, among others. She has appeared at the Purple Rose in Best of Friends, Boeing-Boeing, Our Town, Gravity, Wake, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Poetry of Pizza, When The Lights Come On, The Subject Was Roses, The Glass Menagerie, Norma & Wanda, Blithe Spirit, Across The Way, Born Yesterday, Orphan Train: An American Melodrama, The Hole (Detroit Free Press Best Actress Award), Marcus is Walking and Book of Days. Her Purple Rose directing credits include Growing Pretty and Hope for Corky.
Vince has designed several sets for The Purple Rose Theatre Company over the last decade, including Best of Friends, Wake, Bleeding Red, Growing Pretty, Criminal Genius, Rain Dance, Born Yesterday and Leaving Iowa. His other regional theatre credits include design for the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, the Alley Theatre, Studio Arena and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Locally, he has also designed for Performance Network and Meadow Brook Theatre. His scenic design for opera includes Idomeneo for Wolf Trap Opera Company, La traviata for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Little Women for Central City Opera in Colorado, Opera Omaha and Chautauqua Opera. Currently he teaches scenic design at the University of Michigan.
Michael Brian Ogden
Brian has appeared on the Purple Rose stage in Corktown, Our Town, Bleeding Red, the 2008 revival of Apartment 3A and Growing Pretty. Also a playwright, his plays Corktown and Bleeding Red received World Premiere productions with the Purple Rose. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Western Michigan University and his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Wayne State University’s Hilberry Theatre. He also studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Moscow Art Theatre and the Society of American Fight Directors.
Wayne David Parker
Daba appeared in the World Premiere of all three plays in Mr. Daniels’ Escanaba trilogy, including da Jimmer in both the play and the movie, Escanaba in da Moonlight. He has performed in over 20 Purple Rose productions over the years. He has also appeared recently at Meadow Brook Theatre, Tipping Point Theatre and Williamston Theatre, among many others. A veteran of voice-over for radio and television commercials, he recently worked on his tenth feature film, Stone, in which he has a scene with Robert de Niro.
Jim has appeared for well over 1000 performances in over 20 plays with the Purple Rose. Jim most recently appeared as Dr. Gibbs in Our Town and John Locke in Gravity. Some of his earlier work includes Honus Wagner in Honus And Me, Escanaba in da Moonlight and the World Premiere of Book of Days. He is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Actors’ Equity Association and AFTRA. Jim likes trees.
Rhiannon made her professional debut at the Purple Rose with When The Lights Come On and has since appeared in Escanaba in da Moonlight, Consider the Oyster, Some Couples May…, Best of Friends, Boeing-Boeing, Our Town, Gravity, A Streetcar Named Desire, the 2008 revival of Apartment 3A and Growing Pretty. A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, Rhiannon resides in the Flint area after living in Ludington for many years.
Guy has been artistic director of The Purple Rose Theatre Company since 1996. His favorite directing projects include Panhandle Slim & The Oklahoma Kid, Escanaba In Love, Guest Artist, Across The Way and Escanaba in da Moonlight by Jeff Daniels; Book of Days and the Purple Rose and off-Broadway productions of Rain Dance by Lanford Wilson; Bus Stop by William Inge; A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams; Vino Veritas by David MacGregor; and Corktown and Bleeding Red by Michael Brian Ogden. Guy has received the Detroit Free Press Excellence in Theatre Award for Best Director four times. His professional acting credits include several films—Supersucker, Escanaba in da Moonlight, Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island, among others—and eight Purple Rose productions, most recently as Agostino Malatesta in A Stone Carver. He is a proud member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.
Danna, resident properties designer and production photographer, has enjoyed being part of The Purple Rose Theatre Company family since volunteering backstage for our first production, Blush At Nothing. She was the Purple Rose resource manager from 1991 to 1996, and she received her degree from Michigan State University.
Bill first appeared on the Purple Rose stage in Wake and has since appeared in Some Couples May… and Our Town. Bill’s home is Indianapolis where he has worked as an actor and teacher for almost 20 years. In Indianapolis, his theatre credits include End Days, A Number, The Action Against Sol Schumann and My Name is Asher Lev (directed by his Sanford Meisner teacher and mentor Martha Jacobs) at the Phoenix Theatre; Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night at the Indiana Repertory Theatre; and The Glass Menagerie and The Crucible at Indianapolis Civic Theatre. He also appeared in August: Osage County, a collaboration between Human Race Theatre Company and Wright State University in Dayton. He is a 2001 and 2009 Creative Renewal Fellow of the Arts Council of Indianapolis. He also teaches at Indiana Rep and Butler University and raises an eight-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl with his wife “back home again in Indiana.”
Tom was last seen on the Purple Rose stage in Corktown and has also appeared in Our Town, Escanaba, Panhandle Slim & The Oklahoma Kid, The Glass Menagerie, The Good Doctor, Let It Be, Guys On Ice and Orphan Train: An American Melodrama. Tom designed sound for the Purple Rose productions of Consider the Oyster, Gravity, The Poetry of Pizza, the 2008 revival of Apartment 3A and A Streetcar Named Desire. He has performed locally at the BoarsHead Theatre, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre, Hilberry Repertory, The Gem Theatre, The Attic Theatre and Performance Network. His many appearances include The Cherry Orchard, Twelfth Night, Moonlight and Magnolias, Summer and Smoke and Little Shop of Horrors. Tom lives in Royal Oak.
Dana L. White
Dana’s longtime association with the Purple Rose began in 1991, and his lighting design work for us includes A Stone Carver, Escanaba in da Moonlight, Best of Friends, Gravity, Escanaba, A Streetcar Named Desire, Vino Veritas, Rain Dance, Book of Days, Guest Artist, Leaving Iowa and the World Premiere production of Apartment 3A. He also lit Norma & Wanda, Escanaba in da Moonlight and The Tropical Pickle at The Gem Theatre in Detroit. His regional credits include work for The Contemporary American Theatre Festival (CATF), The Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) and Columbus Dance Theatre. Dana is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and a professor at Otterbein College; he is also a proud father and grandfather and a very lucky husband.
David Bendena (George Noonan) David made his Purple Rose debut in 33 Variations as Anton Schindler this past spring. Chicago Credits include Hyde in Hollywood (Jake) and Requiem for a Heavyweight (Greeny) with Shattered Globe; Bent (Horst) with Caught in the Act; Birdsend (Fenster) with Mary-Arrchie Theatre and Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Syracuse) with the Velvet Willies. He has also understudied roles at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater and at The Goodman Theatre. In Kansas City, David appeared as drummer J.I. Allison in The Buddy Holy Story at the American Heartland Theatre. Thanks to Guy and the whole PRTC. This one is for you, Pops.
Julia graduated from the Purple Rose apprentice program in 2007 and proudly joined the PRTC staff in 2008. She is also a graduate of The University of Michigan with a BA in Drama. She appeared in the Purple Rose production of Our Town and has understudied several shows. She has also performed at many other local theatres including Water Works Theatre, Blackbird Theatre, The New Theatre Project, Magenta Giraffe Theatre, Go! Comedy Improv Theatre, Threefold Productions, and Tipping Point Theatre where she has also designed sound for several shows.
Brian Letscher was born and raised near Detroit, Michigan. After graduating with an Economics degree and playing football for The University of Michigan, Brian moved to New York City to pursue acting. After a stint with the Public Theater Shakespeare Lab, he quickly landed roles in film (Kate and Leopold, Puccini For Beginner’s), television (Law and Order: CI, SVU) and theatre (Burning Blue).
Brian also began working with The Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan. He played the lead role of Bo Decker in William Inge’s “Bus Stop” and the production earned The Detroit Free Press’ “Best Play” award. Brian became a produced playwright when The Purple Rose developed and produced a full equity run of his first play, “When The Lights Come On”, about his experiences in the world of college football.
Since moving to Los Angeles six years ago, Brian has guest-starred in over a dozen prime-time television shows while becoming a member of The Pacific Residents Theatre Company and continuing to write and develop his own work for stage and screen.
He can currently be seen on ABC’s SCANDAL and the upcoming new show, CRISIS, on NBC.
Matt has appeared on the Purple Rose stage in Our Town, Bleeding Red and Growing Pretty. After graduating from Michigan State University, Matthew toured ten states with The Arkansas Repertory Theatre and American Family Theater. Since then, he completed the Purple Rose apprentice program and continues to teach acting at Macomb Community College.
Randy’s first exposure to the Purple Rose Theatre Company came in May of 2003 when Guy Sanville directed Signature Theatre’s production of Lanford Wilson’s Rain Dance in New York. Randy graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC where he was seen in the play Philadelphia Here I Come and was brought out to California as a Universal Studios Contract Player. In a career that spans almost 40 years Randy has performed in over 80 television shows and films, including 3 television series. Randy has, however, remained faithful to “what brung him to the party”…. the theatre, with performances in productions of Evil Little Thoughts, Crazy from the Heart, Footprints in Blood, Independence of Eddie Rose, The Paper Crown, and The Inuit. Randy would like to thank the Purple Rose for allowing him to work with such a great and talented group of actors.
Christianne made her Purple Rose design debut with Leaving Iowa and has since designed costumes for over a dozen shows here. A faculty member at the University of Michigan since 2002, her New York and regional credits include: The Florentine Opera, Indiana Repertory, Syracuse Stage Company, The Clarence Brown Theatre, The Lincoln Center Institute, The Irondale Ensemble, Theatreworks / USA, The Acting Company, NY City Opera Education, The Ma-Yi Ensemble and seventeen productions for the Juilliard School. Christianne has a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design from New York University and is happy to make Ann Arbor her home with her husband, Dave, and their not-so-little peanut.
Lynch R. Travis
Lynch is pleased to return to the stage of the Purple Rose Theatre in Superior Donuts by fellow Chicagoan, Tracy Letts. He was previously seen in Escanaba, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, Stand and Orphan Train. For the past 8 seasons, Lynch has been a Resident Director at the Blackbird Company where he has directed 9 plays including A View From the Bridge (Best Play, Wilde Awards and Ann Arbor News) and was featured in an award-winning turn as Big Daddy in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Other favorite recent local appearances include Fences at Performance Network (Best Lead Actor, PNT Subscribers’ Choice Award) and Burying the Bones at the Detroit Repertory Theatre. Lynch is currently on staff as an acting instructor at Michigan Actors Studio, where he also directs.
Will David Young
Will has been seen on the Purple Rose stage in Our Town, Gravity, Apartment 3A, Escanaba In Love, Across The Way, Months On End and Orphan Train: An American Melodrama. He has worked with repertory companies including The Cleveland Play House in Ohio and Michigan, as well as performing with summer stock companies in Minnesota, Ohio and New York. His Michigan credits include work for many area theatres. Film credits include Highland Park, Loopholes, Super Sucker, Barn Red and Frozen Stupid.
Don is a playwright, screenwriter, and former middle and high school teacher. He is currently professor of playwriting at Ursinus College just outside of Philadelphia. He has published 44 plays which have been produced over 3,000 times in 32 countries. Don’s work has appeared at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Dallas HUB Theatre, The Victory Theatre Center, Mirror Stage Ensemble, Expanded Arts NYC, Tinfish Theatre, Studio 360 and many other places.