Stephanie recently made her professional acting debut with The Vast Difference! She is a resident artist and graduate of the Purple Rose Theatre apprentice program. Since her apprenticeship, Stephanie has stage managed 15 productions and assistant stage managed 6, while also occasionally styling hair, wigs, and makeup here at the PRTC. Stephanie would like to thank her amazing support system: her parents for never treating her passion for theatre as a silly thing to do before law school, Guy for giving her this awesome opportunity, and Brian for encouraging her to audition and being the best partner that anyone could ever ask for in the whole world. Stephanie will be directing the PRTC's production of Redwood Curtain by Lanford Wilson this winter!
Thomas Macias, Nathan Magyar, Devan Malone & Adair Whalen
Thomas Macias, Nathan Magyar, Devan Malone & Adair Whalen make up the Fall 2013 Apprentice Class.They join current apprenti Rosemay Ford, Lauren Knox and Andrew Lupkes. The new apprenti have been learning the steps it takes to make it in their professional theatre careers and will continue to learn new skill sets as they finish out their apprenticeship. From running the box office windows, to operating the light board, building sets and cleaning toilets, they are a huge part of how the PRTC runs.They come from all areas of the state and country with different stories to share. Below is a little more on their background and past history.
Thomas Macias: Thomas was born in Hawaii and has lived in Rochester, New York for most of his life. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology this past spring with a degree in film and theater. He studied play critique in London the summer of his Junior year, and spent a few months this past summer as a wine pourer at Standing Stone Vineyards in the Finger Lakes. He is having a blast at the Purple Rose and is thankful for the opportunity to work here. Shout out to the RIT Players and RIT Improv - I wouldn't have been here if it weren't for you! _______________________________________________________________________________________
Nathan Magyar: Before coming to The Purple Rose, Nathan completed a BFA in Acting and a dual-BA in Organizational Studies and Spanish at The University of Michigan. While at Michigan, he was also a Feature Baton Twirler with the Michigan Marching Band for four years, performing in front of over 100,000 Wolverine fans every football Saturday in The Big House! While acting is his primary passion in the theatrical realm, he is looking forward to learning more about stage managing, light design and playwriting through his apprenticeship. When he's not at the theatre, Nathan enjoys reading new plays and riding his bike, which he did for over 4,000 miles this summer on a coast to coast trip (Virginia to Oregon)! _______________________________________________________________________________________
Devan Malone: Devan is originally from Northville, Michigan, home of The Marquis Theatre- the place she credits for sparking her interest in the magic of live theatre. Since her first appearance as a munchkin twelve years ago, Devan has done a variety of work in film, voice-over projects and theatre. She has performed with the Novi Theatres and Schoolcraft College, acted in student projects with M-Agination Films and was a member of the University of Michigan's Educational Theatre Company. In May, Devan graduated from the University of Michigan where she cultivated her interests in acting, creative writing and design. Past favorite roles include Miss Furnival in Black Comedy, The Ancient One in The Time Machine and Cordelia in King Lear, a role for which she designed and constructed her own Elizabethan-style gown. Apart from theatre, Devan enjoys learning Spanish, being involved in the animal welfare movement and running her online business, Devan Shea, which specializes in up cycled vintage clothing (www.DevanShea.Etsy.com.) She would like to thank Guy Sanville and Michelle Mountain for this dream opportunity to learn everything she can about professional theatre, and her fellow apprentices for their hard work, awesomeness and friendship! _______________________________________________________________________________________
Adair Whalen: Adair is originally from the Grand Rapids, MI area and is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BFA in acting and a French minor. An athlete throughout childhood, the theatre bug bit for the first time in middle school and she never looked back. Adair is particularly fond of Shakespeare, and has a growing passion for movement work. Outside of the theatre, she loves to travel, read, and hike. Adair is lucky to have a fantastic group of family and friends including her wonderful parents, and all of the great new friends at PRTC.
An East Lansing native, Nathaniel is proud to make his PRTC debut and very happy to live in Michigan again! Stage credits include original works at NYC’s Ensemble Studio Theater and The Bank Street Theater. Nathaniel has appeared on television in NBC shows ‘Law & Order, SVU’ and ‘Ed’. As a filmmaker, Nathaniel’s short film, Black Ops Arabesque, and feature work, Freaky Deaky, has made the festival circuit and won awards, appearing at Tribeca, SXSW and others. Nathaniel sends love to his family, especially Jessica and baby Asa.
Drew grew up in Ferndale MI, and attended Royal Oak Shrine High School where he captained the varsity football team. He went on to receive his B.F.A. from the University Of Detroit, studying under Detroit Theatre veterans, Yolanda Fleischer, Art Beer, Mary Bremer and David Regal. A quartet whose influence and support still shapes his career today. Drew was most recently seen in I Hate Hamlet at the Tipping Point Theatre. Other favorite regional credits include the Williamston Theatre/Performance Network joint production of Dead Man's Shoes, The Weir at the Abreact Theatre, Death Of A Salesman at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Crimes Of The Heart at Syracuse Stage. He can be seen later this spring in Performance Network's production of Richard III. It is an incredible honor to be working with such a talented ensemble, and in an artistic home like the Purple Rose. I'd like to thank you, the audience, for sharing your evening with us, and a special thanks to any personal friends or family that may be here tonight. Your support is always recognized and most appreciated. Cheers!
Katherine is thrilled to be making her professional costume design debut at the Purple Rose with The Vast Difference. She is originally from Maryland, and as a child reluctantly learned to sew from her grandmother. She earned her BA in Theatre from Cedarville University in Ohio, where she designed Flowers for Algernon and Eurydice. However, her interest in professional costuming didn't fully develop until she came to PRTC. She is a proud graduate of the Purple Rose Apprenticeship Program, during which she did costume maintenance for On Golden Pond and designed the Dark Night 2012 showcase. Since completing her apprenticeship, she has been designing costumes and sewing as much as possible! She stitched for 33 Variations and Miles & Ellie here at PRTC, as well as The Mountaintop at the Performance Network Theatre. She has designed for a variety of productions, including Anything Goes with the Burns Park Players, Resulting in This: an MFA Dance Thesis at the University of Michigan, and The Merry Wives of Windsor and Much Ado About Nothing with Waterworks Theatre Company. This winter, she will be designing Go, Dog, Go! at the Flint Youth Theatre. She is grateful to be here at the Rose and collaborating with such a talented production team for this show.
Cheryl Turski makes her Purple Rose debut as Illyana in this summer’s production of Miles & Ellie. Cheryl recently played Constance in The Constant Wife at Meadow Brook Theatre, and prior to moving to Michigan, she performed in the Boston area in The Donkey Show at the American Repertory Theatre, Proof at Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Private Lives at Wellesley Summer Players, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at Foothills Theatre and Hay Fever at the Boston Publick Theatre. She has also choreographed for the A.R.T. Institute and Mainstage with three of the productions receiving residencies in Moscow. She is currently on faculty at Wayne State University and holds an MFA from the A.R.T/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Cheryl took some time out of her busy schedule to tell us a little more about herself.
How did you get started in theatre? I got a surprisingly late start in theatre. When I shot up to 6' tall at the age of 14, I think we all knew what I was meant to do....SPORTS! So I spent of all high school on the volleyballs court, and track, until I tore my ACL at the very end of my senior year in one last fateful long jump. I had planned on continuing sports in college, but was facing too long of a recovery to make it count. Still walking with a limp, I auditioned for Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers my first week of college. And I landed the role of the cane-wielding grandmother. I was hooked and never stopped.
As an actor, how do you prepare for a role in a new play? What has your Purple Rose experience been like so far? Each role, play, director, cast, space is so different, there is no tried and true way to really prepare. So I tend to just jump in and see what happens. It works most of the time, and I always end up learning something new. It is impossible to work exactly the same way twice. The Rose has been an amazing creative experience! It is daring, fun, caring, and open. I've had a blast working with the incredibly supportive folks here.
Favorite acting experience? I was in a crazy 1970's disco version of Midsummer Night's Dream set in a real working nightclub made to looks like Studio 54. I performed in drag (as a fun-loving guy named Vinnie) with an all singing, all dancing cast for a year. Every night I went home exhausted and covered in glitter. It was magical.
Rusty Mewha plays the character, Miles, in the upcoming production of Miles & Ellie.
Rusty started doing plays and singing in choirs in junior high. It was after seeing the musical Les Miserables and the film Dead Poets Society at age 12 that he knew this was how he wanted to spend his life. Though it was a circuitous route -- which involved dropping out of theatre school, quitting acting for several years, working as a blue collar Teamster, and starting a family -- he began to pursue acting in earnest when he was 28. Since then he has acted on many of Southeast Michigan's professional stages, having become a member of the Actor's Equity Association as an understudy at the Purple Rose, as well as in film and commercial media.
Some of his favorite experiences as an actor have been eating the splendid food on film sets and doing scenes with Sigourney Weaver and Sam Rockwell. Favorite roles include Jeff (Suburbia), Hannay (The 39 Steps), Caliban (The Tempest), Jesus (Godspell), and Caleb (The Whipping Man). Rusty is a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA.
Daniel C. Britt
Daniel is currently making his Purple Rose debut as Anton Diabelli in 33 Variations. A graphic designer for over 30 years, Daniel came to acting later in life after seeing a business associate in a production of Neil Simon’s Gingerbread Lady in a very small venue. The changes that she went through in that production were something that intrigued him and set him on a journey that is now in its 18th year. Part of his training was right here at the PRTC. He would drive 4 hours for a 2-hour class, then turn around and drive the 4 hours back home to Hamilton, Ohio. He has never regretted a minute of it. So being on this stage under this director is a dream come to fruition. Daniel, who resides in Hamilton, Ohio, has worked at Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Louisville, Kentucky; Human Race Theatre in Dayton, Ohio; New Edgecliff Theatre, New Stage Collective, and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in Cincinnati, Ohio; Carnegie Center for the Arts in Covingtion, Kentucky; and Mad Anthony Theatre in his hometown, among others. Two of his favorite roles have been in Jeff Daniels plays -- Boomtown (Stu) and Guest Artist (Joseph Harris). Others include Long Day's Journey Into Night (James Tyrone), True West (Lee), Kicking a Dead Horse (Hobart) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom).
Richard McWilliams portrays the role of Ludwig van Beethoven in 33 Variations. He has appeared in over thirty productions regionally including The Price (Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre), Broadway Bound (Drury Lane Theatre), The Seafarer (Performance Network Theatre), The Tempest (Great Lakes Theater Festival), A Moon for the Misbegotten and Richard the Third (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), and Desire Under the Elms (The Guthrie Theater). New York credits include Orpheus Descending, The Night Hank Williams Died and Macbeth. "It is an honor and a privilege to be working with Guy Sanville and all these fine artists in this production at The Purple Rose. My love to Teressa and Lindsay."
Michigan native David Bendena will appear in the role of Anton Schindler in 33 Variations this spring. This will be David's Purple Rose debut, as well as his first time on the boards in Michigan in almost 15 years. A graduate of the Michigan State University Department of Theatre, David spent nearly 10 years in Chicago where he worked with some longstanding Off-Loop companies like Shattered Globe and Mary-Arrchie. David also understudied roles at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and at Victory Gardens. In front of the camera David has appeared in a handful of independent films, including the title role in Teplitz: The Tyranny of Paradox with Chicago Avenue Films, which was awarded the Silver Lei at the 2009 Honolulu Film Festival. Now back in Michigan after living on the East Coast, David is happy to be raising a family in this community and participating in the creative arts scene in and around Chelsea. A drummer since childhood, David also continues to play jazz and teach locally.
Michael Brian Ogden
Michael Brian Ogden, a Purple Rose resident artist, currently starring in The Meaning of Almost Everything, has previously appeared in Superior Donuts, White Buffalo, Escanaba in da Moonlight, Corktown, Our Town, Bleeding Red, Apartment 3A and Growing Pretty. His plays Bleeding Red and Corktown received their world premiere productions at the PRTC and he continues to write and develop new work for the stage. Brian 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 where he appeared as Elyot in Private Lives, Chance Wayne in Sweet Bird of Youth, Marc Antony in Julius Caesar, Doalty in Translations and Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra. Other stage credits include Henry V, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet at Waterworks Theatre Company, Every Christmas Story Ever Told at Tipping Point Theatre, and The God of Isaac at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre. He also studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Moscow Art Theatre and the Society of American Fight Directors.
In 2007, Matthew had two choices: join the Purple Rose as an apprentice or teach English in Korea. Much to Korea's dismay, he chose to be an apprentice and happily spent the next year being mistaken for Jeff Daniels' son by well meaning patrons. While his artistic career has blossomed beyond scrubbing the lobby toilets, he still considers the Rose to be his artistic home. Matt has appeared onstage in Growing Pretty, Bleeding Red, Our Town, and is currently starring in The Meaning of Almost Everything. In addition to his work at the Rose, Matthew has also had the pleasure of working with the Tipping Point Theatre, Williamston Theatre, and Wild Swan Theater. Occasionally you may even hear him on the radio or see him on TV. Matthew also enjoys teaching at Washtenaw Community College, inspiring the next generation of talent to move to Korea.