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.
Michelle is a former Purple Rose Apprentice and Resident Stage Manager. She has always been behind the scenes as a director and designer and is looking forward to tackling this new avenue of the business. Michelle has also worked for many of the local theatres, Go Comedy Improv Theater, and the Michigan Science Center.
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!
Toni received her BA in Theatre Arts with a performance emphasis from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in May 2018. Most recently, she directed The Savannah Sipping Society with the Blue Ridge Theatre Guild. Her notable acting roles include productions such as Machinal (the Stenographer), The Arsonists (Babette), and Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Walkthrough), all with the BU Players. In addition to her love of theatre, Toni is a photographer, amateur roller skater, and lover of ghost stories.
Marisa Soto, 25 years old, graduated from Wayne State University with a BA in Theatre. Born and raised in Southgate MI Marisa, pursued her interest in theatre after high school by attending school in Toledo, OH. Since then she has had the opportunity to work beside great influences and Directors in the arts. From on stage to calling a play, Marisa has found her home in stage management and has also dabbled in the beauty of lighting. She is quite excited about what the future may hold for her and plans on continuing her adventures.
Shannon is new to Michigan. She is originally from Tallahassee, FL where she participated in many community and school theatre productions both onstage and off. Her most recent achievements are graduating from Knox College in Galesburg, IL with a Bachelors of Arts in Theatre and a minor in English Literature. Past credits include: Ensemble in the Summer Sunday Cabaret (Lake Dillon Theatre Company), Karen/Martha--yes, she played both characters at different times--in The Children's Hour (Knox College), and The Judge in Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta Trial By Jury (Knox College).