Jeff has premiered sixteen full-length plays at the PRTC over the past twenty five years: Shoe Man, The Tropical Pickle, The Vast Difference, Thy Kingdom’s Coming, Escanaba in da Moonlight, Apartment 3A, Boom Town, Across the Way (2002 American Theatre Critics Association Best New Play Finalist), Norma & Wanda, Guest Artist (2006 ATCA Best New Play Runner-Up), Escanaba In Love, Panhandle Slim & The Oklahoma Kid, Escanaba, Best of Friends, The Meaning of Almost Everything (2013 ATCA Best New Play Nominee), and Casting Session. He also acts.


Managing Director

Katie is so pleased to be managing the business of The Purple Rose. She previously lived in Milwaukee, WI and was 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. She could not have this dream job without the love and support of Rob and her two beautiful children.


Artistic Director

Guy is a professional actor, director and teacher. He celebrated his 20th anniversary as Artistic Director last May. He has directed over 50 plays for the PRTC, including 39 world premieres. In addition, he teaches workshops and lectures at the Purple Rose and around the country. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for the Chelsea Downtown Development Authority. He resides in Chelsea with his wife, Nancee, daughter, Rose, and amazing dog, Peaches.


Development Director

Gerie leads the resource development and donor relations effort in support of the Purple Rose Theatre’s mission, to engage and expand its philanthropic base and strategic outreach. Her fundraising success in California/Michigan includes positions in arts/cultural organizations (i.e. Interlochen Center for the Arts), higher education (University of Michigan), and non-profit health and human services. Her local roles with Ele’s Place and the Glacier Hills Foundation significantly advanced their event capacity and contributed revenue results. At the City Opera House (Exec. Director, 2001-06), Gerie led the $10 million capital campaign for Traverse City’s downtown community cultural center–a key venue for the Traverse City Film Festival–that earned the 2006 Governor’s Award in Historic Preservation. An alumna of USC’s Business Management for the Arts program, Gerie is also an accomplished pianist.


Company Manager

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.


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 performed in Our Town and understudied several shows at the Purple Rose. She works as a sound designer and has also performed on many other local stages including Williamston Theatre, Tipping Point Theatre, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Water Works Theatre, AKT Theatre, Blackbird Theatre, Magenta Giraffe Theatre, among others. Julia joined the Purple Rose staff full-time in 2008.


Apprentice Chief / Literary Manager / Director of Educational Programming

Michelle has been a Purple Rose Resident Artist since 1998. Michelle’s previous Purple Rose appearances include 2AZ, Steel Magnolias, Annapurna, The PRTC Spring Comedy Festival: Lovers, Liars, & Lunatics, Redwood Curtain, Miles and Ellie, 33 Variations, Superior Donuts, White Buffalo, Some Couples May…, 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 The Last Romance, On Golden Pond, Growing Pretty and Hope for Corky.


Resident Properties Designer / 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.


Administrative Assistant

Adair is thrilled to be continuing her journey at the Purple Rose joining the Development team following her apprenticeship during the 13/14 season. A graduate of Michigan State University with a BFA in Theatre, Adair spent her first year post-grad working for the National College Advising Corps. The theatre quickly drew her back and she has enjoyed understudying at the Rose for The PRTC Spring Comedy Festival: Lovers, Liars & Lunatics, Steel Magnolias, and 2AZ. In her free time Adair enjoys going to concerts, hiking, and traveling.