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Welcome Our New Managing Director, Kyle Los

kyle los picture 1We are very thrilled to announce Kyle Los as our new Managing Director. Many of you have seen Kyle on stage at Actors’ Theatre in shows such as Venus in Fur, Next to Normal, Spring Awakening, Reefer Madness and Sweetest Swing in Baseball. For the last three years, Kyle has managed GRid70 – a collaborative design hub which hosts creators from Amway, Wolverine World Wide, Steelcase, Meijer, and Pennant Health Alliance. Recently named one of the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty”, Kyle is being recognized as an influential leader in Grand Rapids.

Kyle has been working in many capacities for the organization and currently serves on the Actors’ Theatre Board of Directors as Treasurer. Ben Boerkoel, Board President said, “We are excited to have his abilities and passion for Actors’ Theatre as Managing Director. We have witnessed his strategic vision and a hard working no-nonsense work ethic driven by his deep and passionate heart for the work of Actors’ Theatre. We are confident that Kyle’s energy and insightful leadership will successfully lead the Actors’ Theatre family to new and exciting places.”

In speaking with Fred Sebulske, founder of Actors’ Theatre, he said, “I am delighted to hear of Kyle joining Actors’ Theatre in an official capacity. His work with Actors’ over several years as an actor, board member, sound designer, producer, and assistant director has shown him to be a well-rounded theatre practitioner with a real passion for Actors’ and its mission. This is a great step in insuring a bright future for Actors’.”
Kyle will assume his role as Managing Director starting November 3rd.

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Press Release: The West Michigan Premiere of “Next Fall”

ACTORS’ THEATRE PRESENTS THE WEST MICHIGAN PREMIERE OF NEXT FALL

Opening January 26, 2012, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids (www.atgr.org ) is proud to present the West Michigan Premiere of Next Fall, by playwright Geoffrey Nauffts. Next Fall will be presented Thursday through Saturday, January 26th – February 4th, 2012 at GRCC Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids. All currently scheduled performances begin at 8:00PM.

Next Fall is a witty, provocative and thoroughly contemporary love story, exploring faith, commitment and unconditional love. Twenty-something Luke believes in God, forty-something Adam believes in everything else… When an accident changes everything, Adam is forced to turn to Luke’s family and friends for support… and answers. Next Fall asks audiences what it means to “believe” and what it might cost not to… The New York Times had this to say about Next Fall in its 2010 review of the Broadway production*:

“There was a time when American plays like this — or at least works that aspired to this level — were as common on Broadway as street lamps… You could say that “Next Fall” is about religious faith, and how even in everyday life it separates people as much as it unites them. But the play doesn’t wear its theme like a merit badge. Instead it considers how the need to believe in something beyond other people tests relationships — among lovers, friends and family members.”

Next Fall is directed by veteran Tom Kaechele (The Little Dog Laughed, The Lieutenant of Inishmore) and features an award-winning cast comprised of Larry Young (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Dylan Harris (Mr. Marmalade), Amy Osborn (Rabbit Hole), Greg Rogers (Opus), Rob Karel (Mr. Marmalade) and Ellie Frances (The Sweetest Swing in Baseball).

Tickets are available for sale online now at www.atgr.org/next-fall and will be available beginning January 9, 2012 through the Spectrum Theater Box Office by calling(616) 234-3946.

Members of the media wishing to arrange interviews or photo access may feel free to contact Jon Clausen, Director of Development and Marketing, at jon@atgr.org or by calling (616) 234-3817.


* The New York Times. “Leaps of Faith to Transcend Urban Angst”. March 12, 2010.
< http://theater.nytimes.com/2010/03/12/theater/reviews/12next.html >

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Attention Michigan Playwrights: Living On The Edge IX Theme Announced!

2012 marks the ninth installment of the Actors’ Theatre annual 10 minute play festival, Living on the EdgeWe cordially extend an invitation to interested Michigan writers to submit a script for consideration.

The deadline for scripts will be March 1, 2012. Actors’ Theatre Literary Manager Randy Wyatt, in conjunction with the Living on the Edge committee will read all scripts.  From the initial submission, twelve will be selected for a public reading, to be held in April of 2012. All writers whose work is not selected for public reading will receive written feedback on their work by April 5, 2012.

The reading of the fifteen scripts presented on a Saturday in April (Date/Time TBA) at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain Street.  At the public reading playwrights will receive 5 minutes of verbal feedback on their piece. Based on audience response and feedback, the Living on the Edge committee will choose five finalists from the scripts read at the public reading.  These finalists will be presented in full production during June of 2012 in the “black box” performance space (Room 201 – Spectrum Theater Building).

The writers whose scripts are chosen for final production will receive $100. Everyone who submits a script for consideration will receive two complimentary tickets to any show during the Actors’ 2012-13 Season. The theme this year that writers are asked to respond to is “Evil Things”. Be sure to always keep in mind that the five scripts chosen will be performed before an audience. We always encourage writers to create pieces that will be dynamic and engaging when presented by performers on stage. We’re excited to read your submission so choose any direction that is exciting and productive for you as a writer to craft a 10 minute play highlighting an aspect of the chosen theme.

Submit the play by email to script_submissions@atgr.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and include “LOTE IX” in the subject line.  Submissions will also be accepted via U.S. mail to

Actors’ Theatre
Attn: LOTE IX
143 Bostwick NE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

on or before March 1, 2012. To be considered, the playwright must currently reside in the state of Michigan, or have resided within the last twelve months.  All submissions must include a cover page that lists your name, address, phone number, email, title of play, total number of actors, and a brief synopsis of the work. Please do not list your name on any page other than your cover so that all plays may be read with anonymity by the committee.  Final production decisions will be based on originality, ability to cast and produce, and the way the plays chosen fit together for an evening of theatre.

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Coming in January – OPUS

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ACTORS’ THEATRE ANNOUNCES THE WEST MICHIGAN PREMIERE OF OPUS by MICHAEL HOLLINGER

Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids will present the West Michigan premiere of Opus by Michael Hollinger. Opus will be presented on January 27-29 and February 3-5, 2011 at GRCC Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids. All performances are at 8:00PM.

Michael Hollinger, a former concert violist, now playwright, wrote this quick-witted and insightful play about a world-class string quartet breaking apart as their biggest break-through arrives. As they struggle to prepare for their biggest performance to date, the world-class Lazara String Quartet decides to fire their brilliant, yet mercurial, violist. When a young woman is hired as the replacement, her gifts inspire them to attempt a musical feat of epic proportions. Their rehearsal room becomes a pressure cooker as passions rise, personalities clash.

Opus is directed by Jeralyn Pinsky, who had this to say about the play:

“On a personal level, quite simply, I fell in love with the play. Opus is a witty, beautiful play with bright characters, interesting relationships and, of course, dramatic conflicts – though I don’t want to give too much away… Opus is wonderfully entertaining theatre!”

Opus features an award-winning cast of veteran stage actors including Greg Rogers (The Drawer BoyWell), Ralph Lister (Frozen), Michael Smolinksi and Steven J Anderson. Aquinas college alumni Lauren Greer will make her Actors’ theatre debut in the role of Grace. Diane McElfish Helle, violinist for the Grand Rapids Symphony and second violinist for the Perugino String Quartet is serving as musical advisor to the production.

Individual tickets sales will begin on January 17, 2011 and are $24 for adults/$20 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the Spectrum Theater Box Office by calling (616) 234-3946 or online at www.atgr.org.

ABOUT ACTORS’ THEATRE

Actors’ Theatre Company was founded in 1980 by a group of West Michigan actors, led by Professor Fred Sebulske, then Chair of the theatre program at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). This company chose a purpose of staging productions that were not available to the community of Greater Grand Rapids due to reasons of complexity, the controversial nature of the subjects, and/or their limited mass appeal.

Actors’ Theatre is committed to providing West Michigan with the best in entertaining, innovative, challenging, and thought-provoking theatre.

We believe in the inclusion of all.

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GRCC and Circle Theatre Present “A Cool Yule”

Circle Theatre and Grand Rapids Community College, along with the Grand Rapids Community College Alumni Relations are proud to announce an inaugural collaborative benefit-fundraiser entitled ‘A Cool Yule.’ All proceeds will be split between Circle Theatre and Grand Rapids Community College Alumni Relations.

‘A Cool Yule’ will include a production of the David Sedaris holiday favorite, Santaland Diaries, performed by Ryan Jarosch. Ryan is a Grand Rapids Community College Theater alumnus who works extensively in Chicago. Jarosch was born to play a sarcastic 6’ 1” Macy’s elf. Fellow GRCC Theater alumnus and Circle Theatre employee Chris Grooms directs the production.

‘A Cool Yule’ will be rounded out with a holiday cabaret (with a Motown flare) featuring Circle Theatre favorite Darion Murchinson, accompanied by veteran music director Wright McCargar. Murchinson was recently featured in the Circle Theatre production of Little Shop of Horrors. McCargar recently served as music director for the Circle Theatre production of Rent.

GRCC’s portion of the proceeds will be donated to the GRCC Alumni Scholarship. The Alumni Scholarship is awarded to six GRCC students who are dependents of an alumnus. The award is $3,000 for the school year, which is one of the largest awards given by GRCC.

Performances are December 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain Street NE. Ticket prices are $30 for the general public, $20 for GRCC Students (with valid ID). A complimentary dessert and wine reception will be held in the theater lobby following each performance. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Spectrum Theater Box Office at 616-234-3946 or visiting www.grcc.edu/theater or www.circletheatre.org . Spectrum Theater Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for nearly 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.

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