Staff Bios

Edited Staff Photo
TPT Staff from left to right, top to bottom: Stephen Carpenter,
Brandon Newton, Joel Klain, Lynn Wilde, James R. Kuhl,
Quintessa Gallinat, Tracy L. Spada

 

James R. Kuhl (Producing Artistic Director):

James is honored to be serving his 4thyear as Tipping Point Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director. He received his BA in theatre from Alma College and his MFA in acting from Wayne State University through the Hilberry. He completed the Purple Rose Apprentice program as well as a two-year Internship with Alma College where he helped teach classes. James is a winner of the Heck Rabi Playwriting Competition as well as a Wilde Award and Pulsar Award Nominee. TPT directing credits include Last of the Red Hot Lovers and The Cocktail Hour as well as Northville High School’s production of Romeo and Juliet. James has worked as an area actor with the Purple Rose Theatre, Williamston Theatre, The Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Boarshead Theatre, Icarus Falling, Spotlight Theatre, Croswell Opera House, Magenta Giraffe, The Blackbird theatre and the Summer Studio Theatre in Illinois. James would like to thank Hallie, Aidan, Vera, and Gavin for their constant love and support.

Lynn Wilde Concannon (Marketing and Development Director):

Lynn is thrilled to be part of the Tipping Point Theatre staff. Prior to TPT, Lynn was the Assistant to the Development Director at the Purple Rose Theatre for 13 years where she worked on fundraising and special events for Jeff Daniels. Since 1991, she has been a Pinckney Players board member. She directs, produces, and performs with this group. Lynn enjoys directing and some of her favorites include Holes, Orphan Train, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which received an award for the best musical in Livingston County. Most recently, she is directing Monty Python’s Spamalot for April 2013 performance. Lynn was last seen on stage as Jack’s Mom in Into the Woods. One of her favorite roles was Olive in the female version of the Odd Couple. She has a wonderful husband, David, and four children; Heather and Jessica are both third grade teachers, Daniel is living in LA pursuing an acting career, and Matt who is attending his last year of college.

Tracy L. Spada (Resident Stage Manager):

Tracy is very proud to celebrate her sixth season with Tipping Point. She has stage managed every show at Tipping Point, from Don’t Dress For Dinner to the present. As one of the original founders of The Educational Outreach program, Tracy has been instrumental in cultivating theatre for young artists. She has directed over 75 shows, including The Wizard of Oz, Bye Bye Birdie, Cinderella and Thoroughly Modern Millie at Northville High School. An Arts Management graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Tracy has spent 18 years with The City of Wayne as Arts and Entertainment Director. In 2004 she laid the groundwork at The Milan Performing Arts Center. Tracy has worked professionally at the Purple Rose Theatre (Orphan Train, Blithe Spirit, Leaving Iowa, Criminal Genius, The Good Doctor), The Performance Network (Strange Love and Unusual Sex, Vital Signs), and Planet Ant (The House Of Yes). Tracy is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Joel Klain (Technical Director):

Joel Klain is happy to be the new Technical Director for the Tipping Point Theatre.  Joel, a graduate of Central Michigan University and The Purple Rose Apprentice Programs, is honored to be once again collaborating with friends.  Joel is well versed in technical theatre. He has worked on shows at Central Michigan University, The Performance Network, and The Purple Rose Theatre. Along with technical directing, Joel is an experienced Sound Designer, Master Electrician, Lighting Designer, Carpenter, and metal smith.  He is pleased to have found a creative home at the Tipping Point.  Joel would like to thank his friends and wife Amy for their unending support.

Quintessa Gallinat (Company Manager):

Quintessa is thrilled to join the TPT staff this season. Her artistic credits with TPT include director for The Lady With All the Answers and Mrs. Mannerly, as well as sound designer for This Wonderful Life, Deathtrap, The Cemetery Club, Fiction and The Importance of Being Earnest. Quintessa’s directing and design work has appeared on a number of area stages, including Williamston Theatre and The Purple Rose Theatre Company. After graduating the Purple Rose apprentice program, she served there as Publicity & Programs Manager and Resident Sound Designer from 2002 to 2011. Quintessa received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Alma College.

Brandon M. Newton (Apprentice):

Brandon is very excited to be a part of the Tipping Point Team. Hailing from Grand Rapids, MI, he graduated with honors from Alma College in May 2013 with a Bachelor in Theatre and Dance with an emphasis in Scene Design. In his sophomore year he attended a class in London, England to study Shakespeare at The Globe Theatre; he just returned May 2013 from a second trip to England researching directing and design at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre and The Globe Theatre. His past production experiences include designing for the Alma College Theatre, Alma College Dance Company, the Strand Theatre, Mayville High School, and acting as a design consultant for various venues. He plans on eventually earning his MFA in Scene Design and a PhD in Theatre History. Brandon thanks his family and friends, especially his Mom, for their continued support and Victor Shonk and Tina Vivian for introducing him to theatrical design.

Ryan Fisher (Apprentice):

Ryan graduated from Albion College in 2013 with his BA in Theatre, emphasizing in Design. During the past year, he has been working at the Planet Ant Theatre as Stage Manager as well as the Scenic Designer for the show Fast Times at Nazarath High. He was also a stage manager for the Detroit Motor City Pride Festival and Planet Ant’s 20th Anniversary show. He is incredibly excited to be working now as one of the new apprentices at the Tipping Point Theatre and is ready for the new adventures that await for him there.

Nick Yocum (Apprentice):

Nick is originally from Royal Oak, and is a graduate of Wayne State University, where he received a BFA in Theatre Performance. He has been an actor in the Detroit area his whole life, having performed on stage at the Bonstelle, the Hilberry, the Baldwin Theatre, the Detroit Opera House, and many more. Select credits include Bat Boy: the Musical (Edgar),Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit), The Cider House Rules (Angel Wells), Les Miserables (Enjolras), Noises Off! (Tim), The Full Monty (Ethan Girard), and HAIR (Claude Bukowski). Nick is a strong supporter of children’s theatre, having been working with the Roeper School’s summer stock theatre for seven years, as well as directing the 2012 production of Bye, Bye, Birdie with the Stagecrafters Youth Theatre. In addition to attending Wayne State University, Nick studied acting at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia in the summer of 2013. Outside of acting and directing, Nick is a musician, set designer, and writer. nickyocum.com