About Mashup Rock & Roll Musical
Board of Directors
Mashup Rock & Roll Musical became an official Michigan Nonprofit Corporation in April of 2020. We are excited to announce our Board of Directors, who are working to help us grow our organization so we can continue to bring innovative theatre to Northern Michigan!
Kevin (he/him) is a retired family physician who practiced in Traverse City for over 25 years. He had the great privilege and pleasure of being a member of the Mashup cast of Bromeo vs the Juliettes in 2017. He has also played roles in a variety of musicals at Old Town Playhouse, perhaps most memorably as Emcee in the 2007 production of Cabaret.
Ray (we/us/all) currently owns and runs Traverse City Web Design, LLC. In addition to his position on the Rock and Roll Mashup Board, he’s held a wide variety of production positions for national media companies across the country. Ray can usually be found building and helping manage websites and online stores for a wide variety of amazing clients in the scenic north of his home state, Michigan. He enjoys snowy winters, summers spent visiting the beaches of the Great Lakes and taking bike rides with his family in gorgeous downtown Traverse City, Michigan.
Lesley (she/her) is the co-founder of Mashup Rock & Roll Musical, and has written and directed eight Mashup productions since 2013. She has also been active on numerous productions at the Old Town Playhouse, including directing Young Frankenstein in 2018 and performing in both mainstage and studio shows since 2006. Lesley teaches screenwriting and film at Interlochen Arts Academy, and helped to create the Film and New Media department in 2005. Before coming to Northern Michigan
Lesley received her BFA in Screenwriting from University of Southern California and worked in the film and television industry until she began her teaching career. While in Los Angeles, she was active in multiple theatre companies and served on the board of the Young Actors Company. She holds a MFA in Creative Writing from National University and has taught workshops and classes in theatre, screenwriting, and playwriting for students from elementary age through adults.
Tony (he/him) is the co-founder of Mashup Rock & Roll Musical, and has been the musical and/or vocal director for all Mashup productions since 2013. He has donated his talents as pianist, music director, and vocal director for several productions at Old Town Playhouse including Tommy, Mamma Mia!, and Young Frankenstein. He has also served a term on the Old Town Playhouse Artistic Committee. Tony is a musician and teacher who has lived and worked in northern Michigan since 2000. He currently serves as music minister at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Suttons Bay, is a private piano instructor, and is the producer of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio, winner of back to back bronze awards from the New York Festivals Radio Awards (2018 & 2019). Tony served on the New York Festivals Radio Awards Grand Jury in 2019. He earned his B.A. in Music from Caldwell University in 2000.
Liz (she/her) recently joined Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre as Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre. Her performing career spans musical theatre stages, classical concert halls, and opera houses in addition to music videos, film, and new media. Liz’s vocation as a performing artist and educator led to community engagements with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Maestro Riccardo Muti, composer Anna Clyne and transformative work with the Chicago-based youth development organization, Storycatchers Theatre. As a vocal technician and coach, her students have signed to top agencies, performed on Broadway and National Tours, and can been seen on major network television and film productions. Prior teaching appointments include Metropolitan State University of Denver and Falmouth University at DIME-Detroit, Saginaw Valley State University, and New York University and an inaugural position within the Department of Theatre Arts at Interlochen Arts Academy. During her time in northern Michigan, Liz collaborated with the Traverse City based Parallel 45 Theatre. As both an actor and director, she has been fortunate to share in amplifying the works of three contemporary BIPOC playwrights, Nikki Brake-Sillá, Larissa Fasthorse, Monet Hurst-Mendoza. She is also an active member of both NATS and the Actors’ Equity Association. Born and raised in Southfield, Michigan, Liz holds degrees from Wayne State University, The University of Michigan and is working on a PhD in Educational Studies with a concentration in Urban Education at Eastern Michigan University currently exploring intersections of classism and racism in musical theatre education and training.
Cinder (she/her) is the attorney/owner of Conlon Legal Services and a life-long lover of the performing arts. She has been a member of Old Town Playhouse since 1985, where she has acted, directed, designed lights, served on boards, and generally tried to make herself useful. Cinder has been a member of the Mashup Board since its inception, and is humbled and proud to serve in this capacity.
Kate (she/her) has been the morning Classical host on Classical Interlochen Public Radio for nearly ten years. She comes to Northern Michigan via New York City, where she was a freelance actor, singer and playwright, appearing Off-Broadway as Judy Garland in the underground hit, Christmas with the Crawfords. She wrote and starred in several Judy Garland-themed productions, including Judy’s Christmas Garland and Judy Garland and Uninvited Company — for which she was nominated for a Nightlife Award and won a Backstage Bistro award. Before her time in New York, Kate was one of the founding on-air personalities for ZDTV, a national television network (later to become TechTV). There, she hosted “The Screen Savers,” a live daily call-in show co-starring tech guru Leo Laporte, as well as “Extended Play,” a show about videogames and the gaming industry with cohost Adam Sessler. She also puppeteered and provided the voice for Tilde, the network’s “virtual host” – work for which she won an Emmy Award. Kate has lived in Traverse City, Michigan since 2005, and is delighted by the huge amount of talent and art available to people in our area. She directed and starred in many productions for the Old Town Playhouse and Young Company, and led the OTP’s Summer Performing Arts Camp for four years. Kate has even had a chance to make a few dreams come true, including narrating stories with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, serving as the official “Word Pronouncer” for the Traverse City County and Regional Spelling Bees and hosting concerts for kids as part of her Kids Commute show.
Kristy (she/her) is a longtime community theatre volunteer and fulfilled every role from director to sound design in her hometown of Richmond, IN (Richmond Civic Theatre) where she was also Managing Director of their Youth Theatre program. Kristy is currently the program Manager for College for Kids and Extended Education Creative Arts enrichment classes at Northwestern Michigan College. Kristy enjoys volunteering at Old Town Playhouse & Mash Up Rock and Roll Musical productions.