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Clybourne Park

November 2-4, and 9-11

Written by Bruce Norris

CLYBOURNE PARK explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30pm - Opening Night Party

Friday, November 3rd at 7:30pm

Saturday, November 4th at 1:00pm - Theatre for All Matinee

Saturday, November 4th at 7:30pm


Thursday, November 9th at 7:30pm

Friday, November 10th at 7:30pm

Saturday, November 11th at 7:30pm

Location: Panowski Black Box Theatre

Tickets are $20 for General Public, $15 for NMU Faculty/Staff, Seniors, and Military, $12 for Students, and $5 for NMU Students.


Cast List



Bev/KathyIsabella Fontaine
Russ/DanQuinn Skelly
Francine/LenaSophia Zavala
Jim/Tom/KennethCayden Smaka
Albert/KevinShiloh Becheck
Karl/SteveCopeland Diver
Betsy/LindseyAva Britt

Bev/Kathy/Betsy/Lindsey - Maisie James

Albert/Kevin - Corban Belle

Francine/Lena - Maya Moreau

Russ/Dan/Jim/Tom/Kenneth/Karl/Steve - Dobbs Nichols


Creative Team


DirectorPaul Truckey
Costume DesignerCassie Bowler
Scenic Designer/Technical DirectorBraeden Ingersoll
Lighting DesignerLex van Blommestein
Sound DesignerMeara Kronsperger
Hair & Makeup DesignerAdrianna Fascella
Production Stage Manager Ashley Rinehart
Properties DesignerKeli Crawford-Truckey

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Additional Artistic Staff


Assistant Lighting Designer/Head ElectricianKeely-Shaye Hanson†
Assistant Scenic DesignerPeytyn Kier
Audio 1Brayden Smith
Stage ManagerAmbrose Meteyer
StagehandMaggie Brew, Lia Hielkema, Fen Torenvliet

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Forest Roberts Theatre Professional Staff


ProducerBill Digneit
Artistic DirectorJill Grundstrom
Production ManagerDavid Pierce
Technical Director and Scene Shop SupervisorBraeden Ingersoll
Scenic/Paint SupervisorLex van Blommestein
Sound/Media SupervisorRyan Harvey
Costume Shop SupervisorEm Rossi
Lighting SupervisorDavid Pierce
Marketing/Box Office ManagerEmily Burbey
Properties SupervisorKeli Crawford-Truckey
PhotographerJohn Scheibe



Forest Roberts Theatre Staff


Scene Shop Technicians


Cassie Bowler, Maggie Brew, Tyler Crowley, Isabella Fontaine, Laura Hinz, Emily Iszler, Bryson Krieger†, Henry Moore, Grace Terwilliger, Sam Wardisiani†
Electrics Crew LeadMarla Alden
Sound/Media Crew LeadRyan Harvey
Electrics/Sound TechniciansCarley Bishop, Cyrus Cohen, Meara Kronsperger, Dane Krusick, Rachel Martin, Brayden Smith
Costume Shop StaffGianna Bratke, Zephyrus Choberka, Rhiannyn McClauley, Lucy Plancia, Riley Porier, Suzanne Shahbazi, Charlotte Somerville, Fen Torenvliet, Elise Wilcox
Marketing/Box Office StaffTyler Crowley, Zoë Hajec, Keely-Shaye Hanson†, Bryson Krieger†, Kyra Skinner

† Indicates membership in Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society.

Cast Bios


Isabella Fontaine (Bev/Kathy) Coming soon!

Quinn Skelly (Russ/Dan) Coming soon!

Sophia Zavala (Francine/Lena) Coming soon!

Cayden Smaka (Jim/Tom/Kenneth) Coming soon!

Shiloh Becheck (Albert/Kevin) Coming soon!

Copeland Diver (Karl/Steve) Coming soon!

Ava Britt (Betsy/Lindsey) Ava Britt is a freshman at Northern in the BFA Musical Theatre program. Ava participated in The Winter Theatre Follies and is a part of the Christmas Soirée in December. Ava is absolutely loving her time in Clybourne Park. She is very grateful to work with such a talented cast and crew. Ava is very excited to share with everyone the hard work they have put into this show!

Maisie James (Bev/Kathy/Betsy/Lindsey Understudy) Coming soon!

Corban Belle (Albert/Kevin Understudy) Coming soon!

Maya Moreau (Francine/Lena Understudy) Coming soon!

Dobbs Nichols (Russ/Dan/Jim/Tom/Kenneth/Karl/Steve Understudy) Coming soon!

Creative Team Bios


Paul Truckey (Director) Coming soon!

Ashley Rinehart (Production Stage Manager) Coming soon!

Lex van Blommestein (Lighting Designer) is a theatre designer based out of Marquette, MI. While he currently teaches at Northern, he also maintains a prolific national and international design career. Lex earned his MFA from Wayne State University's Hilberry Repertory Program in Detroit, and has lived, designed, and taught in Edwardsville, IL; St. Louis, MO; Cincinnati, OH; Raleigh, NC; Memphis, TN; Milwaukee, WI; Detroit, MI; Lansing, MI; Windsor, ON; and Amsterdam, NL, to name a few. In addition to his love for scenic design, he enjoys using design to explore audience reaction, interaction, and emotion, and to create experiences involving virtual reality and augmented reality as well as immersive design.

Meara Kronsperger (Sound Designer) is a sophomore from Ann Arbor, Michigan studying Theatre Technology and Design and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. She is very excited to be working on another project here at NMU. Some of her most recent projects include Rock of Ages, Grease, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She is very grateful for the constant support from her friends and family and hopes everyone enjoys the show!

Cassie Bowler (Costume Designer) Coming soon!

Adrianna Fascella (Hair & Makeup Designer) Coming soon!

Braeden Ingersoll (Scenic Designer/Technical Director), originally from Des Moines, Iowa, received his MFA in Technical Production from Florida State University where he focused on Technical Direction, Production Management, and teaching. Additional professional credits include Technical Director with Des Moines Metro Opera and Theatre Aspen, and Assistant Technical Director with Creede Repertory Theatre. His work in the Entertainment industry has been driven by his fondness for storytelling and accomplishing technical feats onstage. Braeden also has certifications in OSHA-10 “General Entertainment Safety” (OSHA 1910), 3M™ Fall Protection Competent Person, Genie Lift-Pro™ Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) Classes 1A & 3A, and American Red Cross CPR/First Aid & AED.

Keli Crawford-Truckey (Properties Designer) Coming soon!

Keely-Shae Hanson (Assistant Lighting Designer) is so excited to be a part of another NMU theatre production. She is a sophomore studying technical theatre and design. Some of her recent shows she has been a part of include A Holiday Double Feature: A Charlie Brown Chirstmas and Excerpts from The Nutcracker, Grease, and Rock of Ages. She is so excited to be a part of this amazing show and can’t wait for everyone to see it!

Peytyn Kier (Assistant Scenic Designer) Coming soon!

Brayden Smith (Audio 1) Coming soon!

Ambrose Meteyer (Stage Manager) Coming soon!