All-of-us Express Children's Theatre has been around since 1989. During that time many children and young adults have been involved and gone on to . . . what? Do you ever wonder where they are now? Here's what a few people have shared with us. (Please use the contact form to send updates and new information, or send email to Lisa at this domain name.)
Abby Mason has started a website ( DearAbigail.net ) for creating a community of and giving advice to young women. Abby has been working as an actress (IMDB entry). She was the Lion in our 2002 Wizard of Oz and the Caterpillar in our 2003 Alice in Wonderland.
Keith Parham has been working as a lighting designer. Keith was involved from the beginning (1989) through 1993.
Meredith Blackman resides in Chicago, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.
Meredith pursued the fine arts for several years after leaving All-of-us Express. She performed in musicals, choral competitions, dance performances and vocal recitals through Haslett High School, Richard Fracker's voice studio and Happendance. After graduating from high school, she went to the University of Illinois at Ubana-Champaign to pursue a degree in theater. [More about Meredith.]
Cathy Conley is engaged, and is living in New York.
Since appearing as the Red Queen in the 1990 production of Alice in Wonderland, Cathy's pursuits have ranged from the academic to the creative. She graduated from MIT with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a concentration in Theatre Arts. Working in product development at Proctor & Gamble, she remained active in local professional theater, finally landing a role on tour with Theatre IV in 2000. She then quit engineering to move to New York to pursue a stage career. After a number of small roles way, way off Broadway, Cathy has found a mix of performance and science as a Senior Sales Representative and Trainer for Merck and Co. [Current as of November 2008.]
Mark Daugherty resides in Los Angeles.
Mark first appeared with All-of-us Express in the 2002 production of The Prince and the Pauper. He continued to be an active member till his final–and favorite–show Treasure Island. He continued to study all aspects of the arts and was privileged to have the opportunity to dance with several dance companies throughout Michigan and in Chicago, and model in national ads for the YMCA, Motorola and Sony. Mark went on to further his education and was accepted in Western Michigan University's prestigious Musical Theatre program. After a year at Western, Mark decided to conclude his collegiate studies and make the big move to Los Angeles. [More about Mark.]
Dylan "Boofer" Lees first appeared with All-of-us Express as a dragon hatchling in the 1999 production of Dragonsong, continuing to participate on crews and occasionally as a cast member until he graduated from high school. Dylan holds master badges in Set Construction and Makeup, and until 2011 served as Set Construction Supervisor for most recent productions. Dylan is a dedicated amateur photographer with particular interest in nature and wildlife photography, and intends to pursue photography as a possible career; he also contributes his photographic expertise to publicity and running photos for most All-of-us Express productions. In his spare time Dylan enjoys fantasy literature, Joss Whedon shows, homemade ballistics, computer games, writing and all things role-playing related; he fancies himself a master among dungeon masters and a novice swordsman. Dylan's photography website.
Morgan Lees acted in shows from 1996 to 2008, during which time she also earned master badges in Directing, Tech and Makeup. Since 2008, she has continued to head crews, direct shows and serve on the AECT Board of Trustees, and also has crewed in several other places around the Greater Lansing area. She is currently studying art, German and theater at Lansing Community College. Her current plans, although somewhat vague as yet, involve stage combat, directing, art and becoming good enough at those things to make at least some money from doing them, while leaving time for important things such as mastering dungeons and building better gaming computers. [More about Morgan.]
Holly Nelson is currently living in the Los Angeles area.
Holly is an Admissions Counselor for The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, a prestigious training facility for theater as well as film acting. [Current as of November 2008.]
Damona Resnick-Hoffman is recently married and is living in the Los Angeles area.
Damona is the Director of Alternative Programming for the Sci-Fi Channel. In this position she oversees creative elements, including story, casting and production of unscripted shows such as Ghost Hunters, Destination Truth and Scare Tactics. She previously served as Director of Talent Diversity Initiatives for NBC, and was a casting administrator for Paramount Network TV. [Current as of April 2009.]
Amelia Rogocka became involved with All-of-Us Express when she was seven years old. AECT is where she discovered her passion for theater, and she absolutely loves being able to continue to work with AECT after graduation from Okemos High School. She is currently studying law at Lansing Community College and hoping to eventually move to New York to pursue her acting career. She acted and crewed throughout high school and has been diving head first into the theater community in Lansing and East Lansing. She is Makeup Supervisor for AECT's 23 Season. [More about Amelia.]
Jeanine (Wheeler) Tiser.
Jeanine was involved in AECT from Aesop Says (1993) through Run to the Roundhouse Nellie (1996), and says: "I work with a community music school in Lexington KY, as piano/trumpet teacher, music therapist and administrative assistant, while finishing up my MM in musicology and teaching Music Appreciation (aka Bach for Jocks) at the University of Kentucky. When I have time to think about it, I guess my life might be boring – I've just been too busy to notice lately. I taught music in schools around Lansing for a few years before coming back to school, but I was too shy to get involved at AECT again while I was there. [More about Jeanine.]
Craig Van Kempen is in graduate school at The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Craig began at All-of-us Express as a wolf cub in Winnie-the-Pooh. At age 15 he played the Beast and at 17 directed his first show. Realizing from his experiences at All-of-us Express that he wanted to work with kids, he later became the Camp Director at Miniwanca Boys Camp. Craig has a B.A. in Theatre and German from UM-Ann Arbor and has studied and taught in Germany, as well as performing in may plays in and out of college. "All this would not have been possible without the lessons I learned acting, working and playing at AECT." [Current as of November 2008.]
|Alumni who are currently involved with the Theatre may also be found on the staff and volunteers page.|
Photos from our first Alumni Reunion
on December 19, 2008!
(More photos on the Alumni Facebook group.)
If you'd like to be included on this page, please send an email to Lisa Lees
with a short blurb and a photo (Lisa can crop and resize). Tell us when you were
involved, what your favorite role or show was, what you're up to these days, what
part theater still plays in your life, et cetera.
We will not post personal contact information here (though we'd like to have it);
for that there is an
Alumni Facebook group.
Comic art © 2008 by Lisa Lees.
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