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 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 ninth season with Tipping Point. An Arts Management graduate from Eastern Michigan University, Tracy has spent 18 years with the City of Wayne as Arts & Entertainment Director. In 2004, she laid the groundwork at The Milan 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 Actor’s Equity Association and a 2013 Wilde award “Best Mentor” recipient.
Don W. Baschal (Technical Director):
Don is excited to join 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 for the past 8 years. He was the scene shop foreman and assistant technical director at Concordia University Ann Arbor and the lead technician 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 theLansing based production companies, Outing Productions and Sunsets with Shakespeare.
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.
Andy Gaitens (Apprentice):
Andy graduated from Wayne State University in with a B.A. in Theatre. He has since directed plays and taught acting to middle and high schoolers in Rochester Hills, Redford and Detroit. Working at the Michigan Science Center, he performed educational shows for children and adults. He’s also been on the stage in several productions in Detroit working with Detroit Broadcasting Company, Film/Play Detroit, and Mercury Industrial. Andy is ecstatic to be working as an Apprentice at Tipping Point Theatre.
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).
Board of Directors
Chuck Gaidica, Chairman Emeritus
Denise Jenkins, President
Diane Adams, Co-Vice President
Mary Jo Cuppone, Co-Vice President
Heather Raschke, Secretary/Treasurer