Tipping Point Theatre Staff
Producing Artistic Director
James is honored to be 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 and Don’t Dress for Dinner. 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 sits on the advisory board for the Detroit Public Theatre.
Director of Development
Previously a member of the Tipping Point Board of Directors, Dan is excited to join the staff and be a part of the ongoing growth and advancement of the Theatre. Working closely with James and Lynn, 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.
Don W. Baschal
Don is excited to be a part of 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 since 2007. He was the scene shop foreman and assistant technical director at Concordia University Ann Arbor and the lead technician at 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 the Lansing based production companies, Outing Productions and Sunsets with Shakespeare.
Melynee is excited for her first full season as TPT Company Manager. She has appeared as an actor on various stages in and around SE Michigan (including TPT’s own!), as well as serving 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 EMU, teaching Voice and Articulation. MFA: CWRU/Cleveland Play House.
Rebecca is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan (U-M) where she received her BA in Creative Writing & Literature and Communications. During her time at U-M, she worked on a variety of different productions. Some of her favorites include The Rocky Horror Picture Show, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and several student-written pieces. Her favorite moment, however, was when she had the chance to write and direct her own full-length play, Once Upon A…Oh Crap. She has previously worked as an intern at Detroit Public Theatre and she is very excited to be joining the team at Tipping Point and looks forward to the opportunity to learn and grow during her time here.
Kellie is a recent graduate from Kalamazoo College, earning her BA in both Theatre Arts and Psychology. Kellie has always been involved in theatre from a young age, performing in a number of stage shows including The Learned Ladies, Carrie the Musical, Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding, and The Rocky Horror Show. She has also worked on film, and taken multiple jobs behind the scenes such as Assistant Stage Managing a production of Good Enough and Assistant Managing productions at the box office at her school. She is ecstatic to begin working with Tipping Point Theatre and hopes to expand her knowledge and experience in the professional realm of Theatre.
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.