Actors' Theatre Professional Staff
Director of Development and Marketing
Jon brings a diverse background in the arts, as well as business, to Actors' Theatre. Prior to assuming his current position, in May of 2010, he served as an actor, director for the Ten-Minute Play festival Living on the Edge, and as an office volunteer for the theatre. Jon has performed locally for a variety of theatres, in addition to his involvement in over 30 theatrical productions outside of the Grand Rapids area. Originally from South Dakota, he attended South Dakota State University, The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago and Aquinas College in Grand Rapids.
Jon's business experience includes over thirteen years with a Fortune 100 retailer where he served in a range of management and development positions throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. Beyond his management roles, he served on a number of organizational development committees and implementation teams during his tenure. Since 2004, Jon has been the President of an internet software development company specializing in custom development of web applications for national and international clients. He holds multiple training certifications in business and human resource development.
Director of Operations
Chris brings a diverse background and range of community theatre experience to his role as Director of Operations. In the past 20 years, Chris has been heavily involved with the Grand Rapids Theatre Community; he has worked and performed for all area theatre groups as well as Opera Grand Rapids.
Prior to beginning his responsibilities at Actors, Chris served as volunteer managing director for Heritage Theatre Group (HTG) where he took on the task of organizing and running that theatre company - with great success. Chris has also worked as the office manager for MP Talent Agency as well as the assistant to the Executive Director of Kids Food Basket.
Fred Sebulske was a professor of Theatre, English and Film at Grand Rapids Community College for more than 34 years. He founded Actors' Theatre in 1981 and was its managing director for 26 years. He directed over 50 plays for Actors' and his work won him eight Grand Awards for directing. He also received the Arts Award (from the Grand Rapids Arts Council), the Pantlind Award (from East Grand Rapids High School) and the Norma Brink Award (from the Grand Awards Steering Committee) for lifetime achievement in theatre.
Randy Wyatt is a director, playwright, professor and improv coach. His plays include Said and Meant (regularly produced throughout the states and on three continents), Sonata Blue (Coda Theatre Project), The Face of the Earth (ArtWithin), Swindling Jehovah, Slush, Tiny Catastrophes (Whole Art Theatre), 9x9x9 (Flowershop Project), Mint (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Fest Region 5), Anticipating Miles (National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival), Synonymy (Minnesota State University, Mankato), The Ghost Moments (Cornerstone University), and Saturday Morning Forever. His plays for children include Brave Little Tailor, Rising Sun, Rising Moon, and Intergalactic Chuck.
His work has been published by Heinemann, Applause Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Playscripts, Inc. He has worked with/been a member of several script organizations and initiatives, including Austin ScriptWorks, Chicago Dramatists, The Dramatists Guild, and The Playwright's Center in Minneapolis - of which he is currently a member.
Randy earned his MFA in Directing from Minnesota State University in Mankato. He has directed locally for Circle Theatre, Heritage Theatre, Lost in the Cove Productions, Cornerstone University and Aquinas College. Directing highlights include The Arabian Nights, Hecuba, Writer 1272, Tartuffe, Moby Dick!: The Musical, Waving Goodbye, Dimly Perceived Threats to the System, The Secret Garden, Androcles and the Lion, Man Saved By Condiments!, Treasure Island and Guys and Dolls.
Currently, Randy is the chair of the Theatre Program at Aquinas College and a playwright-in-residence at the Whole Art Theatre in Kalamazoo, MI.
Development and Marketing Intern
Taylor is a sophomore Business Administration student at Aquinas College, where she has performed in numerous productions, including Xanadu, Isle of Marvels, Reckless and Chicago. In addition to her work at Actors', she also serves as AQ Theatre Department Office Assistant, Co-Marketing Manager for AQ's BRAVO, and as a Student Ambassador for incoming and prospective students to the college.
Taylor hails from Ogden, UT, where she has performed in numerous community productions. Taylor continues to demonstrate her ability to learn new skills in Development and Marketing, in addition to her ongoing excellence in creative hash-tagging.