Staff and Board Members

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 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. (

Andy Gaitens (Apprentice):

Andy graduated from Wayne State University in 2013 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. For the past two years he’s worked at the Michigan Science Center performing 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. (

Theresa Williams (Apprentice):

Theresa is a graduate from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English where she recently served as the Assistant Stage Manager for Pinkalicious The Musical while it toured area elementary schools. She became involved with theatre at a young age through Stagecrafters Youth Theatre in Royal Oak and continued to work with the program as an Assistant Director and member of the Youth Theatre Committee as an adult, while also working on Main Stage shows such as Les Miserables, Shrek The Musical (Assistant Technical Director) and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Stage Manager). Theresa spent the summer or 2014 as an Education Intern at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, CA working with their Young Performers day camp.


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
Mark Petrosky