Tipping Point Theatre Staff
James R. Kuhl
Producing Artistic Director
James has been Tipping Point Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director since 2009. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Alma College and his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Wayne State University. He completed The Purple Rose Theatre Apprentice Program, as well as a two-year internship with Alma College, where he helped teach classes. He is a past winner of the Heck Rabi Playwriting Competition, as well as a Wilde Award and Pulsar Award Nominee. Tipping Point credits include: Starbuck in The Rainmaker, as well as directing Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Fiction, I Hate Hamlet, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Outgoing Tide, Stella and Lou, American Wee-Pie, Don’t Dress for Dinner, and Ripcord. James has worked as an area actor with The Purple Rose Theatre Company, Williamston Theatre, The Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Boarshead Theatre, Spotlight Theatre, Croswell Opera House, and the Summer Studio Theatre in Illinois. He also sits on the advisory board for the Detroit Public Theatre.
Director of Development
Dan’s goal is to help the theatre continue to provide value to each of Tipping Point’s patrons, sponsors, partners, actors, staff and members. Dan grew up in Northville and has returned with his wife and two children in an effort to give them the same great childhood experiences he had. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and has worked in marketing and advertising for much of his career, including time with Young & Rubicam, Flash Point Communications, and his own consulting firm, Rutiger Consulting. He and his wife are also owners of The Northville Gallery Artwork & Framing in Downtown Northville. He is active with the Northville Kiwanis Club and a board member of the Northville Chamber of Commerce. Dan looks forward to interacting with as many Tipping Point supporters as possible, so please don’t hesitate to email him if you have any ideas or suggestions.
Tracy L. Spada
Resident Stage Manager
Tracy is very proud to be the Resident Stage Manager at Tipping Point Theatre (2013 Wilde Award nominee for “Best Stage Manager”) since its inaugural season in 2007. She is an Arts Management graduate from Eastern Michigan University. Tracy spent 18 years with the City of Wayne as Arts & Entertainment/Youth Theatre Director. In 2004, she laid the groundwork at the Milan High School 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 Actors’ Equity Association and a 2013 Wilde award “Best Mentor” recipient.
Melynee is not solely the Company Manager for TPT; she has appeared as an actor on various stages in and around Southeast Michigan (including TPT’s own!), and last served as Dialect Coach for TPT’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest. In addition, she has performed in, stage managed, and costume designed productions in Cleveland, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts. She works as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Michigan and Eastern
Marketing and Development Coordinator
Natalie’s passion for theatre started in 7th grade and she’s been hooked ever since. Her involvement in theatre has taken many forms through the years including acting, directing, stage managing, and prop designing. With an interest in learning all aspects of theatre, she graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Theatre Arts in 2015. After completing the TPT Apprenticeship program in 2017, she’s excited to continue to help promote and grow the theatre. Interested in seeing her work and what’s new at the point? Check out our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages!
Gabriella S. Csapo
Gabriella S. Csapo graduated from Central Michigan University in August with a Bachelor of Science in Design Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Acting. Her recent work includes directing BASH (Neil LaBute) and acting in the University's production of LOVE/SICK (John Cariani). She is very excited to for the opportunity given to her by Tipping Point Theatre and looks forward to working in the professional world of theatre.
Michelle is excited to work at Tipping Point Theatre. She graduated from The University of Kansas with BAs in Theatre Performance and English. Michelle is working towards becoming a professional director, focusing on giving voice and agency to people through highlighting their stories in performance. The few hours a day where she isn't in the theatre you can find Michelle hunting for new coffee shops, painting and face-timing with her dog.
Romina graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. Her recent works include Stage Managing Lucida from the Heck Rabi Playwriting Competition as well as Assistant Stage Managing Sister Act and A Christmas Carol at WSU. Romina is thrilled to be a part of the professional theatre world at Tipping Point.
Alexis is very excited to be joining Tipping Point as an apprentice this year! Alexis graduated with two degrees in Theatre Performance and Political Science from Oakland University this past spring. You may have seen her on stage this past year in The School For Scandal at Oakland University or in Little Door Theatre's productions of William Shakespeare's As You Like It (Phebe), or An Over Dramatic Cabaret this past summer. While not onstage or at her new apprenticeship, Alexis loves to paint and write creatively while enjoying a glass of wine. Many thanks to friends, family, and her new TPT family.