2013 Lake Superior Theatre Company
Denise Clark- Director of Beacon on the Rock and Superior Broadway
Denise Clark, a Northern Alumnae, has been in the theatre business since the early 80’s, both as a director and as an actor at a variety of venues. Favorites include: Mother Superior in Nunsense, writing and directing Scrooge at NMu, directing Life on the Fly for Lake Superior Theatre, and all the singing she has done with many talented people over the years. Many thanks to her family for their support of these crazy little endeavors. Denise works as a behavior analyst at Pathways Community Mental Health.
Moire Embley- Director of Honk Jr.
Moire Graduated from Northern Michigan University with a minor in Theatre in 2010. She began her training in theatre when she attended an artistic camp in Georgia during the summer of 2000. Shortly after returning to Marquette she started her work with the Marquette Arts and Culture Youth Theatre, assistant directing their first production Annie Jr. Moire also has 9 years of classic vocal training, traveling to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall with the Marquette Senior High School’s Redman Choral in 2004. Most of her theatrical knowledge has been acquired through experience. She has been involved in many local theatrical productions over the last 22 years such as; Forest Robert Theatre’s productions The Scarlett Pimpernel in 2002, Oklahoma in 2003 and Closer than Ever in 2006. Lake Superior Theatre’s Beacon on the Rock in 2001 and 2008, Marquette Senior High School’s The Music Man in 2000 and Guys and Dolls in 2004. Moire assistant directed the Lake Superior Youth Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast with Monica Nordeen in 2009 and continued directing for the Lake Superior Theatre in the summer of 2010 for the productions Little Women and A Home for Me. Currently Moire continues to work as an acting and vocal coach.
Shelley Russell- Playwright and Director of Beacon on the Rock
A professor of Theatre Arts at NMU, Russell teaches a variety of courses, including Playwriting, Stage Combat and Acting Shakespeare. Russell has directed over fifty productions, including Beauty and the Beast, Rent, Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan and most recently, Legally Blonde. Russell, who enjoys all aspects of the theater, has acted and sung in numerous productions, created dance and fight choreography, designed costumes for over forty productions, and written plays and musicals which have been honored by the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Competition, the American College Theater Festival, the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Michigan. From 1999 to 2002 dr. Russell served as executive director for the Lake Superior Theatre, during which time the theatre received several awards including the NEA director's Challenge Award. In 2011 dr. Russell was honored by N.M.U. with the distinguished Faculty Award. Before coming to NMu, Russell worked professionally as an actor and director in California, Texas, Florida and Ohio. Russell’s dramatic works range from the mystery and pathos of Holdin’ Our Own, a drama about the final hours of the lake boat, Edmund Fitzgerald, to the romantic musical comedy, Points North. But the common thread is Lake Superior. Water, Woman, her most recent playscript, is set for performance at the Invisible Theatre in Boone, NC for 2014. As her body of writing suggests, her commitment to the region’s natural resources and to women finding their voice in environmental protection is unwavering.
Jeff Spencer- Director of Pirates of Penzance
Jeff Spencer graduated from Indiana university, Bloomington, in 1989 with a degree in Theatre/drama. while there, he appeared on the Mainstage in Macbeth, Little Shop of Horrors, Cloud Nine, The Misanthrope, and The Oresteia. He also did work in the black box setting, including roles in Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, and originating the role of Frank in The yoofo Club. Since moving to Marquette, and making his local debut in the PAAC’s Godspell, Jeff has become a staple of the Lake Superior Theatre stage, where he has appeared as Rutledge in 1776, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Moonface in Anything Goes, Bill in Keepers of the Light, and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He played the role of Howie in Vertigo’s debut production, Rabbit Hole, the title role in Macbeth, Jamie in The Last Five Years, and directed Fat Pig. Jeff serves on the First Nighter’s Club Advisory Board, the board for Lake Superior Theatre, and ended a six-year stint as the drama Club Advisor and director at Marquette Senior High School.
Jill Grundstrom- Choreographer
Jill Grundstrom has a B.S. from Northern Michigan University in Secondary Education with majors in English and French, and a M.A. in Dance Education from New York University in New York City and Genoa, Italy. She continues to train with The PULSE, jazz dance legend Luigi in New York City and has worked, taught, and trained with American Ballet Theatre in New York City and is certified in their National Training Curriculum. She was also the author of the dance blog for Cat Deeley’s Official Website (the host of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance) during seasons four through seven. She is currently on staff at Marquette Center for Dance and Northern Michigan University. Miss Grundstrom’s choreography credits include: Beauty and the Beast (MACC Youth Theatre), Kids Sing Broadway (MACC Youth Theatre), Little Women (MACC Youth Theatre), Alice in Wonderland (MACC Youth Theatre), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (NMU), Annie, Jr. (Lake Superior Youth Theatre), The Little Mermaid Jr. (Lake Superior Youth Theatre), Legally Blonde (NMU) and L.A.-based pop singer Adam Whittington. She was the recipient of the MACC Outstanding Performing Artist of the Year Award in 2011.
Jalina Olgren- Production Stage Manager
Jalina Olgren is from Ishpeming and is a recent graduate of Northern Michigan University where she majored in theatre and media production & new technology. She has been involved in many productions with the Forest Roberts Theatre including: Legally Blonde- Stage Manager, Avenue Q- Production Manager, Bears- Sound Designer, 1776- Sound Designer, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee- Stage Manager, Compleat Female Stage Beauty- Sound Designer, Peter Pan- Stage Manager. This is her third season with Lake Superior Theatre, she was Stage Manager for Lake Superior Theatre in 2009 and Sound Board Operator in 2008