Jeff has been a professional actor since 1976. He has written 15 plays for the Purple Rose: Best of Friends, Escanaba, Panhandle Slim & The Oklahoma Kid, Escanaba in Love, Guest Artist (2006 runner-up for The American Theatre Critics Association National Award for Best New Play), Norma & Wanda, Across The Way (2002 finalist for the ATCA National Award for Best New Play), Boom Town, Apartment 3A, Escanaba in da Moonlight, The Vast Difference, Thy Kingdom’s Coming, The Tropical Pickle, Shoe Man and The Meaning of Almost Everything. His five CDs, capturing his critically acclaimed live performances, are available for purchase in the Purple Rose lobby or online at jeffdaniels.com; proceeds benefit The Purple Rose Theatre Company.
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.
Guy has been with the Purple Rose since 1995. He has directed more than 30 plays for the Purple Rose, including more than two dozen World Premieres. 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 Bleeding Red by Michael Brian Ogden. In addition to producing and directing, he teaches workshops and lectures at the Purple Rose and around the country. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, The Screen Actors Guild and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He resides in Chelsea with his wife Nancee, daughter Rose and amazing dog Peaches.
Gerie is pleased to return to arts/culture development, joining the team of the Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, MI in May, 2014. As Director of Development, she will lead the resource development and donor relations efforts in support of the theater’s mission and programs, while expanding the philanthropic base, gift opportunities, and strategic outreach. With more than 15 years of fundraising success in Michigan, her regional positions included 5 years on behalf of health-related non-profits, Ele’s Place and Glacier Hills Foundation/Glacier Hills Senior Living Community (Ann Arbor), as well as the University of Michigan. As Executive Director (2001-06), she led the $10 million capital campaign for the 730-seat City Opera House, a multi-use community cultural center on the National Register and key venue of the Traverse City Film Festival. The project earned the 2006 Governor’s Award in Historic Preservation. Also, as corporate officer with Interlochen Center for the Arts, she coordinated the executive team and Office of the President, and Institutional Advancement roles (1987-2001), including annual and special gifts, campaign planning/research and special events. A native Californian and accomplished pianist (University of Louisville), she is also an alumna of USC’s program for Business Management for the Arts.
Amy Klain welcomes her return to The Purple Rose! Amy hails from Wyandotte, Michigan. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technical Theatre. You may also remember her as Amy Hickman, a member of Actors’ Equity Association. She began Stage Managing full time with the company after graduating from the PRTC Apprentice Program in 2001. Amy has been involved with over 1,200 performances; ten of the productions have been World Premieres. She lives in the Metro Detroit area with her wonderful husband and fellow theatre practitioner, Joel, and their feline friend Lola.
Technical Director/Master Electrician
Gary has been working for the Purple Rose as the Master Electrician since 1996. He has since taken on the responsibilities of Technical Director, Sound Engineer, Computer Network Administrator and Webmaster. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering.
Group Sales & Box Office Manager
Julia graduated from the University of Michigan’s Residential College with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama. Since completing the Purple Rose apprentice program in 2007, she has performed in Our Town and understudied several shows at the Purple Rose. 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. Julia joined the Purple Rose staff full-time in 2008.
Apprentice Chief / Literary Manager / Director of Educational Programming
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.
Lexi is so honored to return to the Purple Rose. She was an apprentice during the 2005/2006 season and joined Equity as a stage manager for the run of Escanaba in Love. In the past six years, Lexi assistant stage managed for The Second City-Las Vegas and the Broadway tour of The Producers, and while living in Los Angeles, she worked with the television and film screening company, Screen Engine. She is a Michigan State University graduate with a B.A. in Theatre and is a member of both AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Whenever Lexi gets a free minute, she loves to spend time with her precious nieces and nephew.
Lisa Van Eyck
Lisa recently completed her Bachelor of Applied Arts from Central Michigan University in December 2012 before joining the Purple Rose team. She has a major in Recreation Parks and Leisure Services Administration and a minor in Event Management. She brings with her a variety of non-profit experience from her past internship positions fundraising at PAWS Chicago and the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of Art Institute of Chicago. She is thankful for her opportunity to grow professionally at the PRTC.
Box Office Assistant / Archival Photographer
Danna has been part of the Purple Rose family since the first production, Blush at Nothing, in 1991 and served as Resource Manager until 1996. Her theatre background stems from a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Theatre from Michigan State University. As a resident artist, Danna wears many hats in many areas of the theatre, from designing props to plant care.