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 son, Wesley and partner, Rob. Katie is expecting her second child in January 2014!
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.
Katie Frye Hammond
Katie is proud to be a part of the Purple Rose team. With a strong background in non-profit fundraising, she believes in both being available and accessible to our donors and patrons, as well as involved in and with the surrounding community. Katie serves on the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce board, as well as the Hope Community Center and Young Professionals of Lenawee boards (Adrian, MI.) Sharing the PRTC story, maintaining a positive relationship with friends of the theatre, and raising funds to support the mission of the Rose are her three professional goals as Development Director. Katie graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. In her spare she is an adjunct professor at Jackson College and enjoys coaching her daughter’s soccer team. She is the proud mom of two very special girls who adore theatre and the arts: Emma and Lilian.
Angela brings to the PRTC 16 years of accounting experience from the for-profit world. She is very excited to be working for a non-profit, which was her goal upon completing her Masters Degree in accounting from Eastern Michigan University in 2012. When she is not doing accounting she enjoys music, photography and volunteering at Mosaic Feline Refuge. Angela currently resides in Ann Arbor with her wonderful husband Ari and two cats—Ashley and Oliver.
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.
Lisa Van Eyck
Lisa recently completed her Bachelor of Applied Arts from Central Michigan University in December 2012 before joining the PRTC 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 at PAWS Chicago and the Gene Siskel Film Center.
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 niece and nephew.
Box Office Assistant / Production 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.