Staff and Lead Volunteers
KYLE KAUFMANN | Producer/ Artistic Director/ Technical Director
DEBBY ASH | Producer/ Artistic Director/ Choreographer
Debby Ash is a Producer and Choreographer for Forever After Productions. Debby has choreographed a number of shows including Seussical, Peter Pan, Aladdin Jr., Beauty & The Beast, Annie, Les Miserables, Willie Wonka Jr., West Side Story, Mulan Jr., Singing In The Rain, My Son Pinnochio, Hairspray, The Wizard of Oz, Little Women, Grease, and recently Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Debby owns and operates Dance BEAT Performing Arts Center in Plymouth where she directs and instructs recreational and competitive dance programs. Debby has worked as a professional instructor/choreographer and local business owner for over 20 years and resides with her husband and four children in Canton.
STEVE DEBRUYNE | Director
Steve grew up in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada before moving to Michigan as a teenager with his family. He attended Howell High School, where he discovered a love for the stage. At 21, Steve made the move to New York City to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. For over 10 years, he’s been working as a professional actor and director. Some of his favorite acting credits include The National Broadway Tour of The Full Monty as Malcolm, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors and Joe in Damn Yankees at The Encore Musical Theatre Company in Dexter, MI both credits earning him a Michigan Wilde Award Nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. For the past two years, Steve has worked one-on-one with The Today Show’s Kathie Lee Gifford and The Rosie O’Donell Show’s John McDaniel on their original musical version of It’s a Wonderful Life as Clarence Oddbody, the bumbling Guardian Angel trying to earn his wings. He was invited to Gifford’s home in Connecticut to record the music for the concept album of the show along side Broadway’s Gregg Edelman, Daniel C. Cooney, and Jessica Grové. Steve has also performed onstage opposite Broadway’s longest running Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Sarah Litzsinger, and original Wicked cast member, Walter ONeil. Steve’s favorite directing credits include Little Women The Musical and The Light in the Piazza starring Broadway’s Barbara Scanlon, which earned a 2012 Wilde Award nomination as Best Musical in Michigan. Steve now lives in Pinckney with his two best friends - his beagles, Lucy and Desi.
OLIVIA RHOADES | Director/ Choreographer/ Class Instructor
Olivia is a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University, working toward her master’s in speech/ language pathology. In college, she minored in Drama and Theater for the Young. Olivia has been involved with theater for eight years both on stage and off. Since beginning work at Forever After Productions, she has choreographed High School Musical, Cinderella, Camp Rock, Aladdin Jr., Seussical Jr. (director), Footloose, and Annie Jr. (director). Olivia also teaches dance at DanceBEAT Performing Arts Center and Plymouth-Canton Community Education.
MELANIE GROSS | Director/ Graphic Artist/ Drama Camp Coordinator
Melanie Gross is a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University where she obtained her BBA in Marketing, with minors in Theatre and Graphic Design. Melanie has been involved with Ever After/ Forever After Productions for the past 9 years, beginning as a participant back in 2004. Past roles include Tiger Lily in Peter Pan (May 2006), Belle in Beauty and the Beast (May 2007), and Vi Moore in Footloose (July 2012). Since joining the staff in 2010, Melanie has acquired a number of different titles including Graphic Designer, Stage Manager, Drama Camp Instructor and Coordinator, and most recently, Director. She has enjoyed watching Forever After grow into the company it is today, and is proud to be a part of the FAP community.
LORI CAIRO | Director/ Stage Manager/ Drama Camp Instructor
Lori is a junior at Eastern Michigan University pursuing her degree in Arts Management with a double minor in Management and Theatre. Lori has been stage managing/directing many shows with FAP since they opened their doors in 2009. She is currently in FAP’s touring production of Charlotte’s Web. Lori also works at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill as the Volunteers Coordinator and a House Manager. She enjoys sharing her passion and love for theater with such an amazing group of young actors!
ALLISON HUNT | Director/ Assistant Choreographer
Allison is very excited to be involved with Forever After Productions. She graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts. Allison has worked as an actress/singer in both New York City and Southeast, MI. For Allison directing is a chance to share the love she has for theatre with her cast and audiences. Allison would like to thank her wonderful family for their continued love and support!
LINDA VENABLE | Music Director
Dr. Linda Venable received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in vocal performance from The University of Michigan in 1992. She also holds a Master of Music in vocal performance and a Master of Sacred Music from Southern Methodist University as well as a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Wittenberg University. She has taught private voice lessons in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area for over 25 years and is certified by the Institute for Contemporary Commercial Music at Shenandoah University.
Linda has been with Forever After Productions since 2007 and been the music director of 20 shows so far. She loves the challenge of finding just the right way to help a singer get the best sound for their character. Seeing shows come together, watching kids grow and develop as people as well as singers, actors and dancers is a real joy for her. In addition to her work with Forever After and her voice studio, Venable Studio, Linda produces a Benefit Concert every year for the American Heart Association.
BRANDON WALDENMAYER | Stage Manager/ Drama Camp Coordinator and Instructor
Brandon Waldenmayer is a freshman at Eastern University, majoring in Elementary Education. He has been involved with theatre for several years with Forever After Productions and the Park Players. Past roles include Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray (January 2011), The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz (May 2011), Danny Zuko in Grease (January 2012), Charlie Brown in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Park Players), Reverend Shaw Moore in Footloose (July 2012), and most recent Wilbur in Forever After’s touring production of Charlotte’s Web. Brandon also teaches drama to kids with Caught In The Act Productions in Plymouth and has studied voice for many years.
HOLLY PLATIS | Stage Manager
Holly Platis is a Music Therapy student at Eastern Michigan University. She has been involved in many Forever After Production shows including Singing in the Rain (Kathy Selden), Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad), The Wizard of Oz (Glinda), Camp Rock (Mitchie), Little Women (Marmee) and Footloose (Rusty). Holly is very proud to be a part of the FAP family.
STUART SELEWSKI | Assistant Technical Director
Stuart has been a volunteer with Forever After for 5 years and has been involved in more than 15 productions. Stuart enjoys all technical aspects of working in the theatre, especially building sets and working on stage during shows. He is grateful for the many friends he has made due to his involvement through the years. In his free time, he enjoys camping with his family and picking on Kyle Kaufmann. A special thanks to his wife who, “holds down the fort” while he volunteers. Stuart would like to thank everyone attending the show for coming out to give their support and encouragement to all the hard working and talented kids and young adults in the show.
MICHELE GRIMM | Props Master
Michele Grimm first got involved with Props during the 2005 version of The Wizard of Oz, simply signing up as a back-stage volunteer. She was quickly tasked with applying her engineering skills — both organizational and creative — to the design, management, and wrangling of props for all FAP shows. From 19th century period pieces, to banquets fit for a fairy tale king and queen, to a nose that can grow to be 8 feet tall — Michele has managed to beg, borrow, and create a huge range props that add to the character of FAP shows. You will even find her back stage when her kids are otherwise occupied. The 2012-2013 season will see the 29th Main Stage production that Michele has worked on for FAP or EAP. She loves the opportunity to work with all of the kids and see them grow up. She offers special thanks to the wonderful individuals who step in to help with show management of props for the times when she wants to see a production “from the house” or is on the other side of the world!
JOSHUA KAUFMANN | Projection Designer
PIP BICKFORD | Sound Designer
LINDA BRACKEN | Costume Design
MATHIAS WILDERMUTH | Master Carpenter
MIKE THOMAS | Master Carpenter
PAUL WINGAR | Master Carpenter
JEANNINE PAPANASTASOPOULOS | Volunteer Coordinator
TRISH CRAWFORD | Scenic Painting
CHRISTINE ZUERNER | Volunteer Hours Coordinator
SANDY SELEWSKI | Scholarship Fundraising
LINDA MUSE | Publicity
BILL MUSE | Set Construction
PAUL DESCHAMPS | Special Effects