Tipping Point Theatre is a group of professional theatre artists, business leaders and community members who are committed to bringing live theatre to downtown Northville and the greater Detroit area.
James R. Kuhl (Producing Artistic Director):
James is honored to be Tipping Point Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director since 2009. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Alma College and his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Wayne State University. He completed The Purple Rose Theatre Apprentice Program, as well as a two-year internship with Alma College, where he helped teach classes. He is a past winner of the Heck Rabi Playwriting Competition, as well as a Wilde Award and Pulsar Award Nominee. Tipping Point credits include: Starbuck in The Rainmaker, as well as directing Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Fiction, I Hate Hamlet, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Outgoing Tide, Stella and Lou, American Wee-Pie and Don’t Dress for Dinner. James has worked as an area actor with The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Williamston Theatre, The Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Boarshead Theatre, Spotlight Theatre, Croswell Opera House, and the Summer Studio Theatre in Illinois. He sits on the advisory board for the Detroit Public Theatre.
Lynn Wilde Concannon (Marketing and Development Director):
Lynn has been part of the Tipping Point Theatre staff since 2009. Prior to TPT, Lynn was Assistant to the Development Director at the Purple Rose Theatre Company for 13 years, where she worked on fundraising and special events. Her TPT credits include: The Odd Couple (Female Version) and a weekend fundraiser Love, Loss and What I Wore in March, 2015. She has been a Pinckney Players’ board member since 1991 and President of the board for 18 years, where she also directs, produces, and performs. Directing credits include: Mary Poppins, Spamalot, Holes, Orphan Train, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, Sound of Music and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (which received an award for the best musical in Livingston County) and many, many more. Some of her favorite roles include: Mama Morton in Chicago and Jack’s Mom in Into the Woods. She has a wonderful husband, David, and four children: Heather and Jessica who are both elementary school principals; Daniel who attends Western University, and Matt who is working in his field as a welder.
Tracy L. Spada (Resident Stage Manager):
Tracy is very proud to be the Resident Stage Manager at Tipping Point Theatre (2013 Wilde Award nominee for “Best Stage Manager”) since its inaugural season in 2007. She is an Arts Management graduate from Eastern Michigan University. Tracy spent 18 years with the City of Wayne as Arts & Entertainment/Youth Theatre Director. In 2004, she laid the groundwork at the Milan High School Performing Arts Center. She has been instrumental in cultivating theatre for young artists for more than 25 years. Through collaboration with Northville High School, Tracy has been directing NHS’s fall plays and spring musicals since 2009. Tracy was last seen on the stage at TPT’s production of Mrs. Mannerly (2013 Member’s Choice Award “Best Actress” recipient). She is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association and a 2013 Wilde award “Best Mentor” recipient.
Don W. Baschal (Technical Director):
Don is excited to be a part of the TPT family. Don has most recently been seen at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton, Michigan where his passion for technical theater has been fulfilled since 2007. He was the scene shop foreman and assistant technical director at Concordia University Ann Arbor and the lead technician at Lansing Community College’s Dart Auditorium. He has designed for Central City Dance, Forever After Productions, Happendance, Riverwalk Theatre, and Lansing Civic Players to name a few. He was the co-founding artistic director and technical director for the Lansing based production companies, Outing Productions and Sunsets with Shakespeare.
Rachael Nardecchia (Resident Master Electrician):
Rachael is delighted to be joining Tipping Point Theatre for the 2016-2017 Season. Some past favorite lighting designs include: Outgoing Tide (TPT),Wizard of Oz (Planet Ant), and The Fall of the House of Usher (Planet Ant). Rachael also managed The Blank Theatre Co. in Los Angeles, California. She is an Alumnae of The Theatre Co.at University of Detroit Mercy, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre.
Melynee Weber-Lynch (Company Manager):
Melynee is excited for her first full season as TPT Company Manager. She has appeared as an actor on various stages in and around SE Michigan (including TPT’s own!), as well as serving as Dialect Coach for TPT’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest. In addition, she has performed in, stage managed, and costume designed productions in Cleveland, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts. She works as an Adjunct Lecturer at EMU, teaching Voice and Articulation. MFA: CWRU/Cleveland Play House.
Dan Ferrara (Development Director):
Dan is thrilled to join the TPT Staff. Previously a member of the Tipping Point Board of Directors, he is excited to be a part of the ongoing growth and advancement of the Theatre. Working closely with James and Lynn, Dan’s goal is to help the theatre continue to provide value to each of Tipping Point’s patrons, sponsors, partners, actors, staff and members. Dan grew up in Northville and has returned with his wife and two children in an effort to give them the same great childhood experiences he had. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and has worked in marketing and advertising for much of his career, including time with Young & Rubicam, Flash Point Communications, and his own consulting firm, Rutiger Consulting. He and his wife are also owners of The Northville Gallery Artwork & Framing in Downtown Northville. He is active with the Northville Kiwanis Club and a board member of the Northville Chamber of Commerce. Dan looks forward to interacting with as many Tipping Point supporters as possible, so please don’t hesitate to email him if you have any ideas or suggestions -email@example.com.
Jill Clements (Apprentice):
Jill is a Delaware native who graduated from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre. There she crafted a well rounded curriculum that focused on performance and production, taking a particular liking to directing and stage management in addition to performance. During her time in undergrad Jill was an apprentice for Delaware Shakespeare Festival during their summer run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as the assistant stage manager. In December she completed the apprentice program at The Purple Rose Theatre Company working on shows such as Steel Magnolias (Assistant Master Electrician), Talley’s Folly (Box Office), 2AZ (House Manager), Casting Session (Rehearsal Assistant to the Stage Manager).
Natalie LaCroix (Apprentice):
Natalie graduated from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) in December of 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. Some of her favorite Eastern Michigan productions include Urinetown, To Kill a Mockingbird, Legally Blonde, and the Student One Act festivals that took place every year. While her focus was on musical theatre performance, she also enjoyed experiences such as assistant directing Little Shop of Horrors and being head of the props crew for Anne of Green Gables. Tipping Point Theatre is her first apprenticeship and she is excited for the opportunity to continue learning and honing her skills in this fast paced environment.
Katie Nelson (Apprentice):
Originally from Northville, she has made her way back home after four years in Notre Dame, IN, where she graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Communication Studies with minors in Public Relations and Advertising. Katie has worked with The South Bend Civic Theatre as their marketing intern and Shakespeare at Notre Dame as their Arts Administration Assistant. Her most memorable roles include Pistol in SMC’s all female version of Shakespeare’s Henry V and Roxie Hart in SMC’s Chicago The Musical. She served as SMC’s theatre club president for two years and has been nominated for The American College Theatre Festival’s Irene Ryan acting competition for three consecutive years. She believes that theatre is one of the greatest forms of communication and is excited to share her passion with Northville and The Tipping Point team.
Board of Directors
Chuck Gaidica, Chairman Emeritus
Denise Jenkins, President
Diane Adams, Co-Vice President
Mary Jo Cuppone, Co-Vice President
Kate Angeski, Secretary
Heather Raschke, Treasurer