Performance Network Theatre
Staff

 

David Wolber, Artistic Director
David became the Artistic Director at Performance Network Theatre in 2007. At the Network, he directed Dead Man's Shoes (Best New Script - Wilde Award 2012, and a co-production with Williamston Theatre) The War Since Eve (Best New Script 2011- Wilde Award), Sonia Flew (a co-production with the Jewish Ensemble Theatre), Christmas Carol'd, The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead (Best Local Play - AnnArbor.com 2009), Exits and Entrances, Souvenir (co-director in a co-production with Boarshead Theatre), The Clean House, A Doll's House, Language Lessons (Best New Play - Ann Arbor News 2007), The Stillness Between Breaths (Best New Play - Oakland Press), Necessary Targets by Eve Ensler, The White Rose and more. As an actor, David has performed at the Network in Retreat From Moscow, A Life in the Theatre, Take Me Out, The Home Team (Favorite Male Performer-Comedy - Wilde Award), The Spirit House, The Maiden's Prayer and Three Days of Rain (Best Actor - Ann Arbor News, Best Ensemble Awards - Oakland Press) among others, as well as A Streetcar Named Desire (Outstanding Ensemble Performance - Oakland Press) for Chimera. He has performed with the JET, Detroit Repertory Theatre and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. David is a member of Actors' Equity Association and Americans for the Arts, and has served on several committees for The Arts Alliance of Washtenaw County, the National New Play Network, the Cultural Alliance of Southeast Michigan, and the Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance.

Board of Directors

Ron Maurer - President
Tom Crawford - Vice-President
Steve Gerber - Vice-President
Tom DeZure - Treasurer
Zach Barnes - Secretary
Wadad Abed
Barbara Bach
Norman Bash
Steve Calef
Gene Dickirson
Joe Grimley
David Herzig
Steven Klein
Linda Levy
Jessica Litman
Stephen Palms
Myra Poplin
Phil Stoffregen

Erin Sabo, Managing Director
After interning with PNT twelve years ago, Erin Sabo received her Bachelor's Degree at Albion College in Speech Communications and Theater and her Masters of Fine Arts in Producing Theater and Film from California Institute of the Arts. While at CalArts, Erin had the privilege of working with Suzan-Lori Parks and Raelle Myrick Hodges on the West Coast Premiere of "In The Blood" and Karin Coonrod on an avant-garde approach to "All's Well That Ends Well." She also received the Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences grant for her work on "Me and You and Everyone We Know," directed by Miranda July. While producing work for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for CalArts, Erin also worked as the development and marketing assistant for REDCAT, located inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex, during its inaugural season. After graduating from CalArts, Erin moved to New York City where she worked with MCC Theater, Telsey and Co. Casting, Fire Dept. Theater Company, Trevor Brown Productions and ran her own event and production company.

Carla Milarch, Associate Artistic Director
In her thirteen years at Performance Network, Carla has filled many roles including: Actress, Director, Sound Designer, Dramaturg, TreeTown Festival Producer, Development Director, Artistic Director and Executive Director. At the Network, she directed Red, The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Shop of Horrors (Best Musical - Wilde Award), The Baker's Wife, The Fantasticks, Ice Glen, She Loves Me, The Sins of Sor Juana, and Special Relativity (Best Play - Wilde Awards). She has also served as Dramaturg on all of the Network's World Premiere's including Dead Mans Shoes (Best New Script - Wilde Award), The War Since Eve (Best New Script - Wilde Award), Christmas Carol'd, It Came From Mars, Geoffrey and Jeffrey, Language Lessons (Best New Play - Ann Arbor News), The Stillness Between Breaths (Best New Play - Oakland Press) and The Home Team (Best New Play, Oakland Press). As an actor, Carla has performed at the Network in Dirty Blonde (Best Actress – Wilde Awards), A Doll's House, Boston Marriage, Spike Heels, Defying Gravity, The Spirit House, Necessary Targets, Sin, Elizabeth Rex, It's All True, Stop Kiss, The Maiden's Prayer, Struggling Truths, As Bees in Honey Drown, Not Waving, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, ...And Associates, Some of My Best Friends Are, and Inverted Pyramid, well as A Streetcar Named Desire (Outstanding Ensemble Performance - Oakland Press) for Chimera. Additionally, she has designed sound for 15 shows at PNT. Other awards include "Best Overall Season/Artistic Direction" and "Most Valuable Performer" from the Oakland Press, "Outstanding Contributions to an Ensemble" from The Detroit Free Press, and the Between the Lines "Angel" award for outstanding contributions to the LGBT community. Carla is the Board Chair of the Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance, a member of Actor's Equity Association, the Cultural Alliance of Southeast Michigan, and the National Showcase selection committee of the National New Play Network. Recent projects and accomplishments include organizing a performance of the Vagina Monologues on the Capital Steps in Lansing and celebrating the fourth birthday of her son. She received her conservatory training in acting at Interlochen Arts Academy and State University of New York at Purchase. Carla lives in Ann Arbor with her husband Phil Powers and son, William Tyrone.

Ed Weingart, Technical Director
Ed has a BFA in Sound Design and a MFA in Technical Direction from The University of Connecticut. He served in the 102d Army Band as the sound engineer and as a musician. He was also the Audio Master and resident Sound Designer at Eastern Connecticut State University where he designed Our Lady of 121st Street, Ondine, Oklahoma, and others. At Uconn he designed the sound for Stop Kiss, Prudence, Macbeth, Restoration Comedy, Loves Labours Lost, and Galileo. He also served as the Technical Director for The Connecticut Repertory Theater's productions of Spring Awakening, Icarus, The Exonerated, Tommy, and A Flea in her Ear. For the past two years he has been the Executive Technical Director at the Tri-Arts Sharon Playhouse where he was the TD for The Wedding Singer, The 25 Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Oklahoma, 42nd Street and Rent. Ed is excited to join the PNT family and their tradition of thought provoking theater. He lives in East Lansing with his wife Jillian and their English Shepherd Kina.

Logan Ricket, Company Manager
Logan recently graduated from Alma College with a BA in theatre. He has also recently appeared in Tipping Point Theatre's Sandbox festival and the Raw Festival in Detroit. He would like to thank his family for their support, Joe for giving him so much, and Performance Network for providing him with this amazing opportunity. Play on!

Becky Fox, Children's Theatre Director
Becky has been the director of CTN since 1991, and continues because there is nothing like an audience full of children. She graduated from EMU with a degree in theatre a long time ago, did summer stock and dinner theatre until marrying a restaurant owner (The Full House in Ypsilanti). She and her husband have a darling daughter and are always busy.

Marissa Kurtzhals, Marketing Director Marissa Kurtzhals is receiving her Bachelorís of Science in Arts Management with minors in Marketing and Theatre from Eastern Michigan University. Marissa began working with Phil Simmons and R. MacKenzie Lewis as the Financial Coordinator at 8th Wonder Productions in 2010. In the winter of 2011, Marissa was the Marketing Intern at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) and returned to Michigan as EMU Theatreís Social Media Specialist. EMU Theatre experienced record breaking social media activity while Marissa developed her thesis regarding the affects of social media on the performing arts. Marissa has also had the pleasure of being in two staged readings of works by Joseph Zettelmaier; Blackwater Ballad, and Dead Manís Shoes. She has also performed at Performance Networkís Fireside of New Works Festival and other mainstage productions at EMU Theatre; Nora/Julie and Dead Manís Cell Phone. See her work in action at facebook.com/pntheatre or @pntheatre. Please email her ANYTIME at marissa@performancenetwork.org.

Megan Leno, Apprentice
Megan is excited to be in Michigan and part of Performance Network Theatre. Megan comes from New York where she grew up and attended the State University of New York at Potsdam. She graduated with a BA in Theatre with a concentration in Stage Management. Megan stage managed a youth touring ensemble while at SUNY Potsdam which performed two shows: Romeo and Juliet and an improvisational show called Cinderfella at various schools. Her other credits include Molly Brant, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Red Lamp. She also had the opportunity to be the Dramaturge for The 'Lunge Campaign. Megan would like to thank her mom and dad for all their love and support and her best friends, Sarah and Bakhur, for always being there for her.