ACTOR PROFILES

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Katherine Banks

Katherine has performed at the Performance Network in Salvage and The Spirit House. Katherine spent ten years in Chicago where she appeared in the Jeff Award winning Men Should Weep with Griffin Theatre and in Buzz 22 Chicago’s sold-out production of She Kills Monsters at the Steppenwolf Garage. Other Chicago theatre credits include The Real Thing (Illinois Theatre Center), Leaving Iowa (Fox Valley Repertory), and A Christmas Carol (Provision Theater). She is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan and the School at Steppenwolf. She  sends gratitude to her most brilliant things, Mike and Allie. www.katherine-banks.com

Previous Tipping Point Work

The Odd Couple - Female Version (Season 9)
Every Brilliant Thing (Season 11)

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Hallie Bee Bard

Hallie is happy to be back at TPT playing with fabulous artists.  Hallie has worked with several professional theatres in Southeast Michigan, including Detroit Public Theatre’s inaugural season (Olivia in Sex With Strangers). She has taught acting to youth in Metro Detroit and around Michigan, and works seasonally as an actor at Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford. Hallie earned her BA from Alma College and was a Purple Rose Theatre Company apprentice. Hallie is a Reiki Master and mama to 3 of the most marvelous people on the planet.

Previous Tipping Point Work

Rabbit Hole (Season 2)
Crimes of the Heart (Season 4)
The Importance of Being Earnest (Season 5)
Blithe Spirit (Season 7)
A Lovely Sunday For Creve Coeur (Season 8)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Season 10)
Boeing Boeing (Season 11)

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David Bendena

David has worked regionally in Chicago and Kansas City and is now a Resident Artist at The Purple Rose Theatre Company where some favorite credits include The Vast Difference, Vino Veritas, Smart Love, 2AZ and Harvey among others. In the upcoming Purple Rose season David will appear in the World Premiere productions of Flint by Jeff Daniels and Willow Run by Jeff Duncan. You can also find David on audible.com  if you'd like him to read you a story. 

Previous Tipping Point Work

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Season 10)
Boeing Boeing (Season 11) 

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Ryan Carlson

Ryan is thrilled to be returning to The Tipping Point Stage. He was last seen playing opposite James Kuhl in the critically acclaimed drama True West. Other TPT performances include Leaving Iowa, I Hate Hamlet, Stella & Lou and many more. He has worked professionally in the world of theatre since the age of 19 including being a part of many productions with The Purple Rose, Detroit Repertory, Jewish Ensemble and The Theatre Co. Also, he is the former Artistic Director of Planet Ant Theatre. Ryan is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Union Strong! Ryan gives thanks to his loving and supportive family. He is honored to help make you escape into genuine laughter during these overwhelmingly stressful times.

Previous Tipping Point Work

I Hate Hamlet (Season 6) 
Blithe Spirit (Season 7)
Leaving Iowa (Season 8)
Stella and Lou (Season 9) 
True West (Season 10)
Office Hours (Season 11)

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Dani Cochrane

Dani is excited to be on stage at TPT again! Recent credits include: Katie in The Unavoidable Disappearance Of Tom Durnin (Meadow Brook Theatre), Kat in Mom's Gift (Meadow Brook Theatre) and Shep in Summer Retreat (Williamston Theatre). She holds an MFA from The Hilberry Repertory Program at Wayne State University.

Previous Tipping Point Work

The Rainmaker (Season 8)
The Odd Couple - Female Version (Season 9)
Boeing Boeing (Season 11)

MaryJo Cuppone

MaryJo is a founding member of Tipping Point Theatre and currently serves as a Vice President of their board. She is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA. Some of her favorite roles include Jean in Good People (Wilde award nominee: Best Actress in a Drama), Celia in Calendar Girls, Terry in Sideman, Lola in Damn Yankees and Tina in Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding

Previous Tipping Point Work

The Ladies Foursome (Season 10)

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Dave Davies

Dave has been an improviser/actor for over 20 years. He has performed at several theaters and clubs in and around Metro Detroit as well as internationally from Canada to Puerto Rico. He has extensive experience teaching improv through Second City Detroit, Planet Ant, Tipping Point, and several other venues. He has additionally taught several corporate improv workshops throughout the United States and to some pretty amazing Detroit Public School kids through the YMCA and the Detroit Creativity Project. Dave is also a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and can be seen in several movies including A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, Restitution, Lifetime channel’s Last Man Standing, Needlestick, and the upcoming second season of Comedy Central's Detroiters. Dave has been in the cast of several shows here at Tipping Point over the past decade. 

Previous Tipping Point Work

Don't Dress For Dinner (Season 1)
The Dinner Party (Season 2)
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (Season 3)
The Last of the Red Hot Lovers ( Season 4)
The Love List (Season 5)
Looking (Season 6)
Murder at the Howard Johnson's (Season 7)
The Kings of Unionville (Season 7)
The Rainmaker (Season 8)
Leaving Iowa (Season 8)
The Foursome - Director (Season 9)
Don't Dress For Dinner (Season 10)
Sexy Laundry (Season 10)
Boeing Boeing - Director (Season 11)
The Impossibility of Now (Season 11)

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Aral Gribble

Aral is thrilled to work at the Tipping Point! Aral is a Michigan Native who studied Theatre Performance at U of M, but more importantly and he used to perform on the stages of Pinckney High School. To see some of his previous work, check out his website here!

PREVIOUS TIPPING POINT WORK

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Season 2)
The Red King's Dream (Season 7)
Invasive Species (Season 8)
Boeing Boeing (Season 11)

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Sarah Hawkins Moan

Sarah Hawkins Moan is delighted to be making her Tipping Point Theatre debut!  A native of Indiana, Sarah has been working as an actress, director, and educator across the country for the last ten years. She received her MFA from Wayne State University and apprenticed with the Commonweal Theatre Company in Lanesboro, MN.  Past shows include Failure: A Love Story (Gertrude Fail) at Planet Ant; Motherhood Out Loud at the Matrix; Who Am I This Time? And Other Conundrums of Love (Doris/Gloria) at Open Book Theatre, Romeo & Juliet (Juliet’s Nurse - Wilde Award-nominated performance), Boeing Boeing (Gloria), and Big Love (Lydia) at the Hilberry Theatre. Regionally, Sarah has worked with with the Commonweal Theatre Company (Lanesboro, MN), CLIMB Theatre (St. Paul, MN), and Creede Repertory Theatre (Creede, CO).  Currently, Sarah makes her home in Hazel Park and teaches at Eastern Michigan University and Henry Ford College.

Previous Tipping Point Work

Office Hours (Season 11)

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Terry Heck 

Terry Heck is very happy to be returning to Tipping Point Theatre where she last appeared in a favorite role of Sonia in in Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Wilde Award nomination). Other favorite roles include Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest (Rogue Award), Prof in Taking Shakespeare (Pulsar Award) Marty in Circle Mirror Transformation (Wilde Award for Best Comedy), Zlata in Necessary Targets by Eve Ensler (Detroit Free Press Award) and Suzie in Don’t Dress for Dinner (The Dean Goodman Award for Acting Excellence/ San Francisco). Other professional credits include appearing Off-Broadway in Howard Korders’s Episode 26 at the Lamb’s Theatre as well as regional theatre work at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Center Repertory in San Francisco, and Actor’s Theatre of St. Paul. Locally she has been seen at Tipping Point Theatre, Performance Network, Purple Rose Theatre, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Meadowbrook Theatre and Jewish Ensemble Theatre. Terry is a professor and Co-Director of Theatre in The School of Communication, Media and Theatre Arts at Eastern Michigan University. She is also the proud wife of actor/director/teacher, John Seibert and mom of actor Joseph Seibert.

Previous Tipping Point Work

The Importance of Being Earnest (Season 5)
Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Season 8)
Office Hours (Season 11)

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Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson is thrilled to be making his Tipping Point debut in Office Hours. He earned his BS in Musical Theatre from Ball State University before moving to South Korea where he taught and made theatre for four years. He then returned to the States to earn his MFA in Acting from Wayne State University where he met his new beautiful bride Taylor Morrow! He is very grateful to be transitioning to the Michigan professional theatre world with this role, and looks forward to further opportunities, both with Tipping Point and in the community. 

Previous Tipping Point Work

Office Hours (Season 11)

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James R. Kuhl

Past TPT acting credits include Austin in True West, Starbuck in The Rainmaker and Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest as well as writing The Kings of Unionville and directing numerous TPT shows.  An MFA graduate of the Hilberry Theatre program at Wayne State University, as well as The Purple Rose Apprentice Program, James has worked as an actor with The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Boarshead Theatre, Spotlight Theatre, Croswell Opera House, and the Summer Studio Theatre in Illinois.  Thank you to the cast, crew, and staff at TPT for helping to make all of this possible.  As always, thank you to the loves of my life, Hallie, Aidan, Vera and Gavin.

Previous Tipping Point Work

The Last of the Red Hot Lovers - Director (Season 4)
The Cocktail Hour - Director (Season 4)
The Mystery of Irma Vep - Director (Season 5)
The Importance of Being Earnest (Season 5)
Fiction - Director (Season 5)
I Hate Hamlet - Director (Season 6)
Murder at the Howard Johnson's - Director (Season 7)
The Kings of Unionville - Writer (Season 7)
Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike - Director (Season 8)
The Rainmaker (Season 8)
The Outgoing Tide - Director (Season 8)
Stella & Lou - Director (Season 9)
American Wee-Pie - Director (Season 9)
Don't Dress For Dinner - Director (Season 10)
True West (Season 10)
Every Brilliant Thing (Season 11)
Ripcord - Director (Season 11)

Patrick Loos

Patrick is a proud Detroit resident who studied theatre at the Wayne State University as a member of the BFA program, and has been acting in and around the area since 1998. He has appeared on many stages including Planet Ant, The Ringwald Theatre, Matrix Theatre, Open Book Theatre, Williamston Theatre, The Theatre Company at UDM, and others. Recent credits include Manolo Costazuela in The Odd Couple (The Female Version at Tipping Point Theatre), Skip in Summer Retreat (Williamston Theatre), Liberty Valance in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Tipping Point Theatre), Martin Macabee in Rennaisance Man ( The Penny Seats Theatre), and Joel in Beau Jest (Williamston Theatre). He would like to thank James, Tracy, his castmates, everyone at Tipping Point, and his family for all their support.

Previous Tipping Point Work

The Foursome (Season 9)
The Odd Couple (Season 9)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Season 10)
Ripcord (Season 11)
Northern Aggression (Season 11)

Sonja Marquis

Over the years Sonja has worked at TPT as both an actor and sound designer for numerous shows. Other credits include: JET, The Dio, Theatre Nova, Encore Musical Theatre Company, Performance Network, Purple Rose Theatre Company, The Ringwald and Planet Ant. Sonja is also an improviser with ComedySportz Detroit, a director with the Plymouth Uptown Players (PUPs) youth theatre, and a theatre arts instructor for Plymouth Community Arts Council’s summer camps.

Previous Tipping Point Work

Crimes of the Heart (Season 4)
Ordinary Days (Season 6)
Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike (Season 8)
The Odd Couple - Female Version (Season 9)
Sister Robert Ann's Cabaret Class (Season 9)
Don't Dress For Dinner (Season 10)
The Ladies Foursome (Season 10)

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Maggie Meyer

Maggie Meyer is so happy to be back at Tipping Point Theatre! She last appeared onstage here in Red King's Dream, Crimes of the Heart, and Rabbit Hole. Most recently, Meyer gratefully took part in the ensemble cast of Disgraced at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, and Dot at Detroit Public Theatre.

Previous Tipping Point Work

Rabbit Hole (Season 2)
Crimes of the Heart (Season 4)
The Red King's Dream (Season 7)
Boeing Boeing (Season 11)

Angela Kay Miller

Angela is an alumna of the internationally known organization of Up With People, an Associate Artist at The Purple Rose Theatre Company and a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. Some other theatre credits include; Our Town; The Vast Difference; Godspell; Lend Me a Tenor and The Light in the Piazza.

Previous Tipping Point Work

The Cocktail Hour (Season 4)
Month's On End (Holiday Show)
The Odd Couple - Female Version (Season 9)
The Ladies Foursome (Season 10)

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Amy Morrisey

As a resident of Northville, Amy is crazy proud of the quality of theater Tipping Point brings to the city. Several years ago, she took an improv class here and got hooked (thank you Dave Davies). Since then she’s performed at several theaters in the metro area. Some favorite roles include Dinah in the Dixie Swim Club at the Dio Theatre; Maggie in Jake’s Women at Two Muses Theatre; and the Greek Chorus in How I Learned to Drive at Two Muses.

Previous Tipping Point Work

The Ladies Foursome (Season 10)

Michael Brian Ogden

Brian is an Artist and Playwright in Residence for The Purple Rose Theatre Company, a member of the Society of American Fight Directors, holds his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the Hilberry Theatre at Wayne State University, and has appeared in plays at the JET and Royal Oak Shakespeare Company. He is also a Firefighter/EMT.

Previous Tipping Point Work

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (Season 3)
Young Americans (Season 10)

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Wayne David Parker

Wayne David Parker is excited to be back at The Tipping Point. He was last seen here in last season’s 10th anniversary revival of Don't Dress For Dinner as well as last summer in American Wee Pie. Other appearances for Wayne at TPT include Murder At The Howard Johnson'sLooking, and The Love List. He was also seen last season at The Purple Rose Theatre in Smart Love, where he is a resident artist. Wayne has appeared in over 200 stage productions, 19 movies, and has had a long career as a voice over artist. He teaches Acting For The Camera and Voice over at Wayne State in the Hillberry program. Much love to his whole wonderful family, especially Trish.

Previous Tipping Point Work

The Love List (Season 5)
Looking (Season 6)
Murder at the Howard Johnson's (Season 7)
American Wee Pie (Season 9)
Don't Dress for Dinner (Season 10)
Office Hours (Season 11)

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Nancy Penvose

Nancy is delighted to return to the Tipping Point stage. Nancy is originally from England and has a degree in Theatre from Nottingham University England. Nancy has performed at several other theatres throughout Southeast Michigan: Shakespeare in the Park with Waterworks Theatre, The Dio, Two Muses, as well as The Snug & Riverbank theatres in Marine City. Nancy is also a proud member of the Greenfield Village Actors Company at The Henry Ford. Nancy has also developed a puppet theatre company ‘Once Upon a Puppet’, which travels around Michigan and provides the experience of live performance through the art of puppetry to children.

Previous Tipping Point Work

Blithe Spirit (Season 7)
Boeing Boeing (Season 11)

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Katie Terpstra

Originally from Zeeland, Michigan, Katie has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Hope College. Her other training includes a year-long apprenticeship with The Purple Rose Theatre and a summer acting apprenticeship with the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. Katie has performed in theaters throughout Southeast Michigan and has portrayed Laura Ingalls for several summers at Greenfield Village. Now based in New York, Katie's most recent projects include a leading role in a 360-digital VR film directed by award-winning Argentinian director, Jose Celestino Campusano, and a featured role in a film starring Andie MacDowell, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Formerly, Katie used to work at TPT as the administrative coordinator.

Previous Tipping Point Work

Month's On End (Holiday Show)
Young Americans (Season 10)

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Ruth Crawford

Ruth has appeared at The Tipping Point in Old Love, The Importance of Being Earnest, Southern Comforts and Rabbit Hole. Locally, she’s worked at The Purple Rose in Harvey and Morning’s at Seven; at Williamston Theatre in A Painted Window; at the JET in Rites of Passage; at The Performance Network in Good People and at The Meadow Brook Theatre in Calendar Girls, Legands, 70, Girls, 70, Mary Stuart, and Enchanted April.

As a member of The Colony Theatre in Los Angeles her work included roles in The Cocktail Hour and Ring Round the Moon.

Ruth is featured in a number of movies and TV shows filmed in the Detroit area, including a recurring role in Detroiters, as well as Low Winter Sun, Flipped, and Trust.

Previous Tipping Point Work

Rabbit Hole (Season 2)
Southern Comforts (Season  3)
The Importance of Being Earnest (Season  5)
Old Love (Season  7)
Ripcord (Season 11)