Giggly. Yep, giggly. At 10 years old Carly's smile, and the giggles, put life into some of the very first ESR productions. Now, more than a decade later Carly continues to give to ESR on stage and off through her position as grant writer. Carly is taking on some of the largest institutions in the country, pen in her hand and a message of education and growth through theatre in her heart. Grant writing can be a tedious endeavor, good news is that giggling can break the tension and make it fun. If you listen close enough, we bet you can hear her giggling right now. ESR is so very excited to have such a talented young person working on funding to keep our theatre growing and prosperous.
Brian is a fan of the theatre, but even more a fan of community service. He is passionate about giving back, as well as helping others give back in a variety of ways.
Brian sees the need for entertainment to help build Port Huron's downtown, mimicking the resurgence many southeastern Michigan downtowns are trying to achieve. In that effort, he sees his best possible contribution to be a part of the establishment of a sustainable small entertainment venue. Brian's charge is to help build a board of passionate individuals, committed to ESR and The Citadel Stage. Brian's 20+ years working in entrepreneurial roles for large paper manufacturing corporations, as well as his educational background in engineering and business, provide some of the right skill set to make this a reality. Through this work, his goal is to create an entity that has the support and structure to last decades into the future.
Rachel Kearney's history with Enter Stage Right goes all the way back to the opening of the Citadel Stage. She was one of the Hamlet survivors: 98 degrees in the theatre, construction debris, holes in the floor, no restrooms..... Since then Rachel has lit up our stage with pirates, witches, lions, brides (twice), and bank examiners. It is truly a delight to see her characters come to life on stage. Don't miss out on any production with Rachel as a cast member, you'll be glad you made the time for theatre at The Citadel Stage!
Mike brings a wealth of knowledge in operating and creating not for profit corporations to the Enter Stage Right board. Mike has helped establish more than a dozen new not-for-profits, sat on the East China and RESA school boards, served on the Community Foundation of Saint Clair County's grants committee, has been active in the AYSO soccer organization, volunteers at local soup kitchens.....the list of community works goes on and on!
During Mike's tenure as Director of Saint Clair County's Community Mental Heath Authority, he established the CMH player's program. Mike was new to theatre at the time, but recognized potential for life changes that accompany the expression of oneself through theatre. As the founder of the program Mike was able to (had to....) perform in many of the productions and still graces the CMH stage today. With an experienced voice likes Mike's helping to direct ESR, there is no limit to what we can accomplish!
Nick Clark has provided Enter Stage Right's productions with nimble felines, insane captains, and ravenous wolves. Nick has been in a multitude of rolls dating back to his debut in Grimm Tales. His life long passion, mathematics, makes for strange bedfellows with the boisterous characters Nick has played on our stage. Nick is a student in the Mathematics department at the University of Michigan, so if you get the rare chance to see him performing on our stage, grab the opportunity to be entertained by this keystone member of Enter Stage Right.
Avery began her time at Enter Stage Right with a deep dive into a character yearning to understand the insanity of a man possessed with vengeance in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
What better way to follow that role, then to flip the script and play an insane character, trying to serve their master in Dracula? Avery's skill and talent spanning this wide range of characters has been on full display at the Citadel Stage! The only thing to match her on stage engagement is her off stage commitment to Enter Stage Right. Whether it's helping with lines, mending costumes, or working the door for fellow artists' productions, Avery can be found engaging in the art we all create.
Jamie Leslie stormed onto The Citadel Stage in grand fashion, demanding that everyone dance! Since her role in Alice@Wonderland Jaime took on the role of Nemo's confidant in 20,000 leagues as well as dramatic and demonic roles in Welcome to the Moon. Jamie's talents can be seen on many stages in the Blue Water Area bringing brilliant, colorful characters to life. You'll need to get a copy of the program for sure, her characters are so good you may need help figuring out which role on stage she is playing. The true master of disguise!
Hannah Wiegand has played both on the stage and behind the scenes for Enter Stage Right. She brought the adorable dormouse to life in Alice@Wonderland, played a more dramatic role in Welcome to the Moon, and took up co-stage manager duties in Macbeth. Hannah can be seen in many artistic venues in downtown Port Huron: modeling, acting, dancing, and singing. If you have a chance to see her work, definitely go out of your way, you won't be disappointed!
Daniel is new to Enter Stage Right and to theatre in general. However he began preparing for his roles in Dracula and McMorran's Beauty and the Beast back in the 1990's when he was living in London (UK) and taking acting classes. He has brought an extreme level of intensity and sincerity to the role of Van Helsing with his bold performance. We are looking forward to many more productions and roles illuminated by Dan. You should take the time to visit our stage, or any stage where Daniel Williams is a member of the cast.
Cortney Roles has been a part of theatre for most of her life, as well as a part of the ESR Board for the past 2 years. Now, with her move to west coast, she is helping the board make connections to theatres beyond Port Huron. Her location in the Los Angeles area provides the ability to meet with local, thriving theatres both large and small. Cortney's mission is to talk with boards and other operating staff to learn tips and ideas that may help make Enter Stage Right stronger. The connections will definitely lead to more opportunities and success for Enter Stage Right as we learn from some of the best through Cortney!
A recent addition to Enter Stage Right, Libby is fresh off her return from Saginaw to Port Huron and to the stage. In ESR's most recent production she engaged audiences playing Lucy in Steven Deitz's Dracula. Libby showed her ability to transition from a happy young lady in waiting, to a not so happy Bloofer Lady in the blink of an eye! If you're looking for a dynamic performance that brings out the charm in a classic tale, you'll want to visit the Citadel Stage to see Libby perform.
GonZo Gonzales has jumped into Enter Stage Right with both feet, performing in three of the last 6 shows at the Citadel Stage. He brought his keen humor and wit to roles in Welcome to the Moon, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Dracula. GonZo has also added his talents behind the scenes, giving his free time to build sets, help other actors with lines, and basically take on any challenge that needs a helping hand. ESR is looking forward to many more productions with GonZo in the cast, don't miss any chance you have to see this new addition to Enter Stage Right!
Katie Weatherly has presented audiences at Enter Stage Right with an array of characters joining the casts of a multitude of shows including 12 Angry Jurors, It's a Wonderful Life, Alice@Wonderland and many more! Katie's talents extend beyond the stage as she has been the artistic and production eye behind many striking video and graphic images used in Enter Stage Right's publicity. In addition to all of her theatrical work Katie's also displays her art through gallery shows and events. Keep an eye out for her next reception at an art studio near you!
Nate Hamblin has brought his talents to three distinguished Enter Stage Right productions: Taming of the Shrew, Treasure Island, and Macbeth. In addition to performing with ESR as well as other local theatres, Nate spends his time as a musician performing with Hip, Tuck, and Rumble. Nate's acting and musical ability is only bested by his ability to doff a kilt, as he is admired by many as the winner of prestigious renaissance fair kilt contests.
Laura Lynn Lavely
Laura Lynn Lavely comes from a background in theatre which lead her to seek formal training from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She enjoys performing everything from Shakespeare to appearing in numerous music videos for up and coming artists as well as appearing in many film festivals through out the NYC area. You may have recently seen her as Elphaba in ESR’s production of Reveries of Oz as well as appearing in Carmen at the Detroit Opera House.
Brennan joined Enter Stage Right for a ghoulishly good time, portraying Bram Stoker's Dracula. Brennan brings a wealth of experience in local theatre, having studied and performed in shows at SC4 and has delighted the stage at the Barn Theatre. Brennan's passion for sound led him to study at Specs Howard's Broadcasting school as well as several voice acting projects. Whether behind the scenes or on the stage, Brennan brings a talented and tenacious drive to the art and Enter Stage Right.
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Regina was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She attended Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, a Performing Arts High school where she majored in Dance. She returned to the theatre in 2004, working with Elaine Schatzline-Behr to bring performing arts into St. Clair County and St. Clair County into the performing arts. She has recently received her Associates in Fine Arts at St. Clair County Community College and her BFA in Theatre Design Technology, with a specialty in Scenic Design from Wayne State University.
She realizes that the opportunity to be part of an organization as special as Enter Stage Right, where she gets to play with her kids and her husband while expanding her theatre family is truly unique. The love of theatre as well as being able to see the positive impact on the community and individuals we have worked with is Regina's driving force to make Enter Stage Right a success. You can visit her website at reginaspain.com.
Marisa has been performing on stage for more than half her life. She enjoys learning about all the parts of theatre, on stage and backstage. She likes "becoming someone else” and meeting others through performing. Marisa is now expanding her theatre experience by helping others acquire some of the experiences she has had, being the daughter of a crazy theatre lady for her entire time on the planet. Enter Stage Right, look out, there's a party to be had, and you just might learn something along the way. Fun fact......
Scott burst onto the stage at ESR with an accent and a kilt in Irish Wake. Since that time he has become a staple, performing in Macbeth as well as directing Dracula. Scott's theatre roots date back to a love of the art from his younger days, with a particular interest in theatrical effects. Scott has shown ESR audiences his talents, from set building, to directing, to acting, and hopefully someday one of his original works will be produced on our stage. ESR is excited to have this versatile theatre veteran adding his hand to generating art with us.
You may not have seen Colie at the Citadel Stage, we guarantee you've experienced her art work many times. Colie is an Enter Stage Right Techy, a rare breed able to pull a DMX cable, route it through an ETC relay and daisy chain the geyser and a par together to make an actor disappear off the back of the stage. Add in a booming thunder effect and some under tones of background sounds, and you have truly experienced Colie's art. Set building, sewing, hot glue guns blazing; Colie can be found at the theatre at 0' dark 30 getting the stage ready for the performers and the audiences. Next time you're at an ESR show, turn around and look up, past the lights, that's where you'll find this die hard member of Enter Stage Right.
John has been with Enter Stage Right since the early years of our Will on the Water Shakespeare festival. John's love for literature guided him to his current profession as an English Professor, and spurred his commitment to Enter Stage Right. Many of the productions that the company does are based on great works of classical literature; and are not only entertaining, but educational. As Education Liaison, John keeps us in tune with happenings at the local college through his current position as an educator and his background as the Teacher Union's President. John is also the President of a long standing local Men's Chorus group, The Schubert Male Chorus of Port Huron, which has been singing in the Blue Water Area since 1907. Theatre is a tradition rich in language and literature, and John is here to help us bring out the deeper meaning in both.
Brittany is another new face in the halls at the Citadel Stage, performing in ESR's production of Dracula. She comes to our theatre with superb experience from both the Port Huron and Cros-Lex theatre programs as well as SC4. A recent audience member paid tribute to her emotive expression, stating that Brittany's performance truly felt like it came from the heart and was beyond casual acting.
This may be Brittany's first show with ESR, but it is sure to be one of many. If you're looking for an escape from the daily toil, and want to invest in a character portrayal that transports audiences, find a production with Brittany performing and enjoy!
Leah Gray has been in multiple productions with Enter Stage Right, spanning a wide array of characters. Leah has played everything from a reserved psychiatric patient (Mrs. Paddy) in The Curious Savage, to an energetic dancing and singing twin(TweedleDum) in Alice@Wonderland, to a superstitious pirate (Ezra Hazard) in Treasure Island. Leah has performed in 6 ESR productions, with hopefully many more to come! In addition to acting with ESR and other local theatre groups, Leah is pursuing her love for English Literature at Wayne State University. There she plans to take her love for theatre and literature from the stage to the classroom.
Aaron has been lurking in the quiet shadows as a part of ESR since 2011. Although Aaron doesn’t play onstage with us, his contributions can't be listed on a single page of a web site (that he helped put together). Aaron's to do list for ESR:
-3:00 AM Friday morning, hanging from a scaffold installing lights, check.
- 6:00 PM Sunday afternoon, rushing to put together ticket pages so people can purchase online, check.
- 8:30 PM during Hamlet rehearsal, shoveling gravel in the parking lot so the fire marshall will approve the ramp put in for occupancy, check.
- 11:00 AM Saturday afternoon, trip to Lansing to make sure the crazy sound guy buys the right PA equipment, check.
And on, and on, and on. ESR is very lucky to have such a talented recent Mechanical Engineering graduate from Lawrence Tech on our staff.
Aven Campau joined the world of theatre and Enter Stage Right with his first production in February 2017, where he played as Chistery and Munchkin 2 in The Reveries of Oz. Since then he has greatly expanded his resume with parts in Enter Stage Right's presentations of All in the Timing, Taming of the Shrew, Frankenstein, Alice @ Wonderland, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Macbeth. Aven has taken his talents beyond the stage at the Citadel, landing rolls in films and displaying and selling his paintings at local businesses. Aven's creative ceiling is boundless, you REALLY want to stay tuned to what this young man has to offer!
Owen brings a breadth of experience in both on and off stage roles to Enter Stage Right. Before portraying jumpy cats, crying guys at bars, and Scottish warriors, Owen graced the stages at SC4 and McMorran in countless productions. Owen also brings his experience as a stage crafter, being more than willing to help with the arduous task of erecting a huge variety of sets and stages.
If you are in the mood for a performance portraying deep, complex characters that have the athleticism to bound great distances onto toad stools, you won't want to miss Owen's next show!
Marty Snarski is a mild mannered, calm individual by day; but come to the Citadel Stage as the sun goes down and Marty the bank saving, one legged, nice guy director in lederhosen comes out! Marty has appeared in It's a Wonderful Life, Treasure Island, as well as 2 on the Aisle, 3 in a Van. In addition to his acting skills Marty is the theatre proclaimed champion of movie trivia and proud wearer of Chewbacka pajamas. He is also the most likely person to be seen at every show, supporting his fellow cast and crew members. Our collective ESR hat is off to this wonderful actor and member of Enter Stage Right!
Missy Campau has preformed many works with Enter Stage Right including All in the Timing, Taming of the Shrew, 12 Angry Jurors, Treasure Island, Alice@Wonderland, and Macbeth. Missy has been indispensable behind the scenes, bringing her talents to many a late night of sewing, painting, hot gluing, or heavy construction. You may have also seen Missy on stage in establishments downtown signing, or caught one of her youtube videos. Whether solo, or making music with a ukulele and a friend, Missy always has something new in store for those wanting to share in her art. Keep your eyes on ESR and Missy for what surprise she has in store for you next!
Stacey Jowett brings their rich history in theatre to light up Enter Stage Rights productions. Stacey's theatre background starts in Virginia, makes a hop to the Chicago theatre scene, before landing on the stage in downtown Port Huron. Stacey has performed, directed, and consulted on various Enter Stage Right productions including: Taming of the Shrew, Frankenstein, It's a Wonderful Life, Treasure Island, Alice@Wonderland, Welcome to the Moon, and Macbeth. They add an incredible vision and elegance to many of our fight, action, and intimate scenes. Stacey is working toward their Certification with Intimacy Director's International and initiated the intimacy program that has now become the standard for all Enter Stage Right productions. They continue to do the training allowing our theatre to remain a safe space for all.
Elaine was born and raised in Detroit's downriver suburbs. She is a product of the Catholic schools and is grateful for the great education she found there, as well as the introduction to theatre. Elaine attended Northwestern University for two years and then transferred to the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She holds a BFA in acting and is Meisner trained. Her graduate degree from Northern Illinois University is an MFA in directing with a secondary emphasis on Meisner teacher training.
Elaine taught at Northern Illinois University and Indiana State University in their performance programs. She was the founder andartistic director of Chicago Cooperative Stage and still has days she misses the Chicago city skyline (but not the traffic). Her daughter, Clarisse, is also a Meisner trained actor, and lives in New York City. Tiny Tim, the cat, is Elaine's very best friend.
Elaine loves the theatre and has been involved in it nearly every day since the fall of 1974. She is a director and an Equity actor, a teacher and a designer, an arts administrator and union stage manager, and an excellent theatre custodian. Elaine has never worked as master electrician for a production and would not rehire herself as a scenic designer. There are no other jobs in the theatre she has not done (Click here for Elaine's full resume). She believes in the collaborative process of live theatre and all of the magic it makes possible- publicly with the audience, and privately in the lives of all who practice its crafts.
"Come join us, enter stage right, and never exit."
Erilee Williams has been a part of ESR since 2009, and has been found acting, stage managing, and working as crew behind the scenes. Along with ESR she has been involved in numerous other productions in the community and is extremely excited to see what the future has in store for the company. ESR is excited to see what Erilee has in store for our next show!