Alumni

UDM Theatre Company Alumni

 

UDM Theater Alum Dax Anderson

Dax Anderson '01
Actor

UDM Theatre Alum Anita Barone

Anita Barone '86
Actor

UDM Theatre Alum James Bowen

James Bowen '88
Actor

UDM Theatre Alum Mary Bremer

Mary Bremer '88
Actor

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Stanley Cahil '89
Actor

UDM Theatre Alum Ryan Carlson

Ryan Carlson '98
Actor

Chris Dargo

Chris Darga '80
Actor

David De Angelis

David DeAngelis '94
Producer

Mindy Farbrother

Mindy Farbrother '77
Broadway Stage Manager

UDM Theatre Alumni Angelina Fiordellisi

Angelina Fiordellisi '81
Actor/Theatre Founder

UDM Theatre Alum Sarah Galloway

Sarah Galloway
Actor

Patrick Gough

Patrick Gough '03
Actor

Mary Gutzi

Mary Gutzi '75
Actor

UDM Theatre Alum Yasmine Jaffri

Yasmine Jaffri '93
Actor/Director

UDM Theatre Alum Chris Jakob

Chris Jakob
Actor

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David Patrick Kelly '76
Actor

Keegan Michael Key

Keegan Michael Key '93
Actor

UDM Theatre Alum Joe Kolinski

Joe Kolinski
Actor

Karen Kron

Karen Kron
Actor

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David Leidholdt
Founder/Theatre Festival

UDM Theatre Company Alum Mary Lynch Callaghan

Mary Callaghan Lynch(Soprano)
Founder/Artistic Director

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Eric Maher '99
Theatre Technical Director

UDM Theatre Company Robyn Lipnicki Mewha

Robyn Lipnicki Mewha
Actor

UDM Theatre Company Alum James Mio

James Mio '00
Actor/Teacher

Jamie Moyer

Jamie Moyer '01
Actor

UDM Theatre Company Alum Marcus Neville

Marcus Neville
Actor

UDM Theatre Alumni Pickering

Tim Pickering
Actor

UDM Theatre Alumni Ted Raimi

Ted Raimi '90
Actor

UDM Theatre Company Alum Travis Reiff

Travis Reiff '00
Actor

UDM Theatre Company Alum Patricia Thompson

Patricia Thompson
Actor

Greg Trzaskoma

Greg Trzaskoma '94
Actor/Theatre Founder

UDM Theatre Company Alum Mary Vinette

Mary Vinetti
Actor/Life Coach

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Harry Wetzel
Actor/Production Manager

UDM Theatre Company Alum Maggie Wysocki

Maggie Wysocki '85
Actor/Improv

 

UDM Theatre Company Amy Yasbeck

Amy Yasbeck '83
Actor

Dax Anderson '01
Dax Anderson first made first made his mark in the Theatre during the 1999, 2000 and 2001 seasons at UDM, performing in productions of Death of A Salesman and The Dumb Waiter, among others. Since graduating he has remained a friend of the Theatre Company and has returned for a number of guest performances, most recently in 2011’s Anatomy of a Grey. Outside of Detroit Mercy, Anderson is a regular performer at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, appearing in shows such as Endgame (2012) and Postcards (2013). He has also tried his hand at film acting, most notably in 2006’s Corrupted Minds.
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Anita Barone '86
Film: The Rosary Murders
TV: Friends, Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, The Ties That Bind, Carol and Co., Daddio, The Jeff Foxworthy Show

Anita Barone captivated audiences during her four-year tenure at the University, playing diverse roles in Heat, Kismet, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Holy Ghost and a host of others. Since then she has enjoyed several leading roles on television, including The Jeff Foxworthy Show as Karen Foxworthy and The War At Home as Vicky Gold. She has also made many notable guest appearances in series such as The Larry Sanders Show, Party of Five, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Castle and Desperate Housewives. She played Officer Georgia Jones on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up. Read more at IMDb.
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James Bowen '88
After starting his career at the Theatre Company, James Bowen began a lifelong love affair with acting. He’s been called “one of the most respected actors in Michigan” by EncoreMichigan and has the resume to prove it. He’s performed in plays like Driving Miss Daisy at the Boars Head Theatre, Fences at The Performance Network in Ann Arbor, and in stage productions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. More recently he starred in K2 with another UDM familiar, John Manfreddi. UDM is both proud and thrilled that Bowen was able to be a part of A Cabaret Showcase.
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Mary Bremer '88
A real UDM treasure, Mary Bremer has been a veteran of the Theatre Company’s stage since October 5, 1979, where she debuted in a performance of The Great White Hope. Since that fateful day, Bremer has performed in more than 40 UDM productions and created many memorable characters.  She has also directed a number of successful plays here, such as 1987’s Orphans, 1990’s Talk Radio, and 2003’s Fanny’s Way. She is looking forward to many more years of great theatre at UDM!.
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Stanley Cahil '89
Film: Goldrush: a Real Life Alaskian Adventure, A Thousand Acres TV: JFK Reckless Youth
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Ryan Carlson '98
After performing in nine fantastic productions at the University of Detroit Mercy, Ryan Carlson has gone on to have an illustrious career in the Detroit theatre scene. After playing Kevin McGee in Superior Donuts, the Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie, and after roles in Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, Escanaba In Da Moonlight, Odd Jobs and On the Open Road to name a few, Carlson has built an impressive resume for himself. He was also featured in several commercials and has been the lead in many acclaimed independent film projects, such as Half Fulton, Ned Center, Human Achievement and Scooge.
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Chris Darga '80
AEA, SAG, AFTRA
Desperate Housewives, Dexter, The Closer, The Middle, Scary or Die, ‘Til Death, Digimon Data Squad, Cheers, ER, Seinfeld, Will & Grace, The Mentalist. Read more at IMDb.
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David De Angelis '94
SAG, AFTRA
Television Producer: Sr. Producer Hell’s Kitchen/Fox,
Sr. Field Producer Ice Road Truckers, Swamp Brothers, 1000 Ways to Die.

David DeAngelis got a taste for behind-the-scenes action while working on a number of Theatre Company productions from 1991 to 1994. Since graduation, he has worked on high profile television shows including Pitchmen, 1000 Ways to Die, American Choppers and Ice Road Truckers. He is currently the senior producer of Hell’s Kitchen on the Fox network, but he took the time out of his schedule to produce A Cabaret Showcase for the UDM Theatre Company in 2013. He appreciated the opportunity to come back home and to have the chance to work on a stage production once again. Read more at IMDb.

Mindy Farbrother ‘77
AEA
Broadway Stage Manager: Crazy for You, Chicago (4th longest Broadway show - over 6,320 performances)
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Angelina Fiordellisi '81
AEA
Broadway: Zorba, Nunsense, Annie
Founder and Artisit Director of Cherry Lane Theatre, NY, NY

From Detroit, Michigan, Angelina Fiordellisi has served as the artistic director of New York's off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre in historic Greenwich Village since 1996. She founded the non-profit Cherry Lane Alternative and the Obie-Award winning Mentor Project Program. In 1998, she built the Cherry Lane Studio theater, and in January 2009 she was offered the 90-seat Cherry Pit, located at Westbeth Community Center.

After graduation from college, Fiordellisi became a professional actress playing a 70-year old nun in Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? She moved to New York where she immediately landed the National Touring company of Annie. Soon after she accepted a role in the National Tour of Zorba that moved to Broadway. Angelina has had a long television career, appearing as a guest and featured artist in numerous roles throughout the 1990s and beyond.

“The Theatre Company gives its graduates something other programs can’t seem to deliver - a strong survival instinct and drive that is not only essential but crucial in today’s world for actors.”
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Sarah Galloway
Sarah Galloway got her start in the 1999 UDM Theatre Company production of Skylarks, which set a high precedent for the rest of her career. Luckily, Galloway did not disappoint. She has performed in a number of productions at The Abreact Theatre, including Reckless, Seussical the Musical, Savage Love, Waiting for Godot, and most recently Endgame. Galloway has also enjoyed roles in many recent films and television shows, including Semi-Pro, Cedar Rapids, The 5 Year Engagement and the acclaimed HBO comedy Hung. Her work has recently been honored with nominations for both a Wilde Award and a Rogue Award. With her career just beginning to take off, Galloway will be one to keep an eye on in the years to come.
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Patrick Gough ‘03
SAG
Will Gainey on Fox’s ‘The Chicago Code’, TLC’s ‘Untold Stories of the ER’ and ‘National Lampoon’s Totally Baked’. Read more at IMDb.

“If you are serious about a career in acting (and you better be) the Theatre Co. will challenge, support and prepare you better than just about any program in the country. And when you’re ready, the staff is going to go up on stage with you! It’s a special place and I’m proud to have been a part of it.”
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Mary Gutzi ‘75
AEA, SAG, AFTRA
Broadway credits: Ragtime, Les Miserables, Bar Mitzvah Boy, The Knife
Tours: Cats, Sunset Blvd, Cher
Film: Over the Brooklyn Bridge
Read more at IMDb.

Mary Gutzi has enjoyed a career spanning stage and screen. After graduating from UDM, she was featured in such performances as Les Miserables (1987), The Knife (1987) and Just In time (2010). She has also been in films like Over the Brooklyn Bridge. She was most recently seen on the ABC drama Last Resort, which premiered in the fall of 2012.
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Yasmine Jaffri '93
Recently, Yasmine Jaffri played the role of the Nana/Blue Fairy in the Velveteen Rabbit at the Marquis Theatre in Northville. She also directed this show which marked her 16th show at the Marquis, where she is also the resident director. This past winter she also wrote and directed Tinkerbell In Storyland for the Marquis. Jaffri also teaches teaching acting and film making to kids and teens throughout the Metro Detroit Area. Jaffri returned to Michigan four years ago and previously spent nine years working in Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, she worked in television and film production for such notable companies as The Walt Disney Company, Sony Picture Entertainment and Mandalay Television. Jaffri also has directed a feature film and several short films as well as commercials and music videos. This past year, Yasmine directed Anne of Green Gables and Romeo and Juliet for the Warren Civic Theatre, as well as the show Eleemonsynary for her alma mater The Theatre Company at the University of Detroit.

Faffri holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Detroit and a M.F.A. from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in Film and Screenwriting. She would like to thank her mother, Delfina, and her niece, Hadassah, for all their love and support. Read more at IMDb.
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Chris Jakob
Chris Jakob graduated with BA in Theatre from the University of Detroit Mercy and is a proud alum of Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit. He is also an Equity membership candidate. Favorite credits with U of D include the Schmurz in The Empire Builders, Clark in None of the Above, Guy in Autobahn's Bench Seat, Wally in Dogman's Last Stand and Trinculo in The Tempest. Recent professional credits include King Edward II in Edward the Second with The New Theatre Project, Seth in Bronte's Mom, performed during BoxFest 2012 at The Furniture Factory, Neil in The Model Apartment at the JET, Omar in Detroit Be Damned at Planet Ant Theater and Kane in Love and Human Remains at The Ringwald Theater. He recently playedf Dynamo in Pookie Goes Grenading at The New Theatre Project.
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David Patrick Kelly '76
Film: Clint Eastwood's Flags of OUr Fathers playing Harry Truman.
He is featured in K-PAX, Songcatcher, Crooklyn and Malcolm X, The Last Man Standing, etc. Read more at IMDb.
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Keegan Michael Key ‘93
AEA, SAG, AFTRA
Key & Peele, MADtv, ER, Love Bites, Key and Peele, Wilfred, Reno 911, Founder of Planet Ant Theatre, Second City - Detroit, 313

While you are most likely to recognize him from his hit Comedy Central show Key and Peele, Keegan Michael Key has been wowing people on the stage and screen for more than a decade. After graduating from UDM, Key lit up the Second City Theatre in Chicago.  While there he earned several honors, such as the Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Revue for his performance in “Curious George Goes to War”. He has since been seen in a number of films, such as 2008’s Role Models and 2012’s Due Date, while also being a regular performer on the small screen in Mad TV, Reno 911, Gary Unmarried, and Wilfred. Key is excited to be back in his home town and to be performing for his fans at his alma mater. Read more at IMDb.
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Joe Kolinski
Joe Kolinski lit up the stage at UDM throughout its 1974-1976 seasons. He featured in plays ranging from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Blood Wedding to Two Gentlemen of Verona and U.S.A. (A New Musical Version). Since graduating from UDM, Joe’s career has shown no signs of slowing down, having been featured in the original cast of Les Miserables on Broadway.

A 30-year member of Actors Equity Association, he has also featured in other Broadway plays including A Christmas Carol, The Human Comedy, The Three Musketeers and Dance a Little Closer. Not limiting himself to one medium, Joe has also been on several episodes of Law and Order and lent his voice talents to the 1997 cartoon hit Anastasia. He has most recently been seen in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. In 1981 Leonard Bernstein tapped Kolinski to perform the role of Celebrant in his Mass at The Kennedy Center, and soap watchers will remember him as the evil Prince Roland of Mendora on ABC’s One Life to Live. Read more IMDb.
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Karen Kron
Karen Kron found great success at UDM both on-stage and behind-the-scenes while she was a student here. After working in shows like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Vital Signs, In the Belly of the Beast and Lloyd’s Prayer, she continued working in the arts. More recently she has had roles in films like Get the Hell Out of Hamtown and The Citizen. Read more at IMDb.
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David Leidholdt
Founder of the New York Musical Theatre Festival
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Mary Callaghan Lynch (Soprano)
Founder and Artistic Director of The Motor City Lyric Opera

Mary Callaghan Lynch (Soprano) performed as a member of The Theatre Company for Seasons 3-5 and currently pursues an active international career. She has performed numerous roles with Michigan Opera Theatre, including Berta in IL Barbiere di Siviglia, Zerlina in Don Giovianni, Musetta in La Boheme, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Flora in La Traviata, and the second Niece in Peter Grimes in which she performed with L’Opera de Montreal. She has performed leading roles with Dayton Opera, Toledo Opera and Glimmerglass Opera. She has appeared at the Village Gate in New York City and as Beatrice Beehan in Conversations with an Irish Rascal at the Northlight Theatre in Chicago.

She received the prestigious McAllister Award for opera singers, has recorded numerous television and radio commercials and also serves as classical voice coach for “The Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin. She is the founder and artistic director of The Motor City Lyric Opera where she produced and portrayed the role of the mother in Menotti’s “Amahl & the Night Visitors,” an annual production from 1999-2005. Read more at IMDb.
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Eric Maher '99
Eric Maher got his start working on Chekhov for the 1998 UDM season. After spending some time on stage, he really hit his stride once he began working as stage manager, technical director, the light designer behind the scenes. After graduating, he continuted to work on his craft behind the scenes at UDM and is now the technical director of The Berman Center for the Performing Arts.
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Robyn Lipnicki Mewha
Robyn Lipnicki Mewha graduated from UDM with a Bachelors of Fine Art. She continued training at Purple Rose and Tipping Point theatres. She performed at Meadowbrook Theatre (The Haunting of Hill House), Planet Ant (M5- 5 unique works featuring Michigan playwrights) and performed (Love Letters) with her talented husband, Rusty, at Two Muses Theatre.
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James Mio '00
A current teacher of Shrine Catholic High School and Academy in Royal Oak, Michigan, James Mio says he owes a lot to the UDM Theater Company. This is not to mention his brother, Matt, is a chemistry professor at UDM. After graduating, Mio worked in many local Detroit theater companies including, but not limited to The Planet Ant Theater in Hamtramck, The Abreact Performance Space, The Gem and Century Theaters, Trinity Theater, Zeitgeist Theater and many more. He attended the University of Detroit Mercy from 1996-2000, and graduated with a BFA in Theater. He went on to Eastern Michigan University to get his teaching certification and is currently working on a master's degree from Madonna University.
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Jamie Moyer ‘01
AEA, SAG
Second City - Hollywood, Second City-Detroit Mainstage, Detroit Second City Touring Show

Jamie Moyer is an alumna of University of Detroit Mercy where she performed in Biloxi Blues, Skylarks and Between Daylight and Booneville. She moved on to become an aluma of The Second City-Detroit, and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and A.E.A. She is the creator of the viral hit "Fancy Catz" which can be seen on YouTube at The Second City Network, and has appeared in several short and feature length films. Moyer was awarded the sole prize of Maestro at The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas in 2011. She has many directing and sketch writing credits, and currently resides in Los Angeles where she teaches for The Second City-Hollywood. Her improv troupe 2BQ are record holders for the only all-female group to win a total of 58 consecutive weeks in the iO West Cage match. When not cruising on The Norwegian Breakaway, Jaime can be seen performing weekly at The Second City-Hollywood and iO West (iO teams include Chalet and Cherry). Jaime has fulfilled three lifelong dreams by appearing in a Lifetime Movie, a Wesley Snipes action film and most recently in an episode of Parks and Recreation on NBC.
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Marcus Neville
At U of D The Theatre Company: Taming of the Shrew, The Fantasticks, Great White Hope, Home Free, The Good Doctor, Once Upon a Mattress, Light Up the Sky, Medea et la Force de Voodoo, American Buffalo, Captain Cook, Creeps, La Ronde, Modern Living, Cowboy Mouth, The Apple Tree.
Film/TV: Thanks For Sharing, The Good Wife, Law & Order(s), Guiding Light, All My Children.
Marcus is on the Board of Directors of the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company in Vermont.

Marcus Neville originated the role of George Moon in the current Broadway hit Kinky Boots. Also on Broadway: The Full Monty (both on Broadway and London’s West End) , Li’l Abner (Encores!) and City of Angels. Off-Broadway: 20 including Fat Camp; Iron Curtain, The Blue Flower andIllyria (The Prospect Theatre Company); Mimi le Duck; That’s Life; CBS Live (as Ricky Ricardo); The Man Who Shot Lincoln (John Wilkes); Ten Little Indians (New Vic); Nite Club Confidential. Regional Theatres include the Hannah Theatre (OH), Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Theater Festival, The Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Meadowbrook Theater and the Attic Theater (MI), Florida Stage, The Royal Palm, The Old Globe, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Sacramento Music, Connecticut Repertory Theater, Goodspeed Opera House, North Shore (MA) and The Repertory Theatre of St Louis. Read more at IMDb.
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Tim Pickering
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Ted Raimi '90
Film: Clear and Present Danger, Evil Dead II, all Spiderman movies
TV: Twin Peaks, Xena: Warrior Princess, SeaQuest
Read more at IMDb.
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Travis Reiff '00
Travis Reiff performed in a number of memorable plays while at the Theatre Company in 1998 and 1999. Upon graduating, he stayed a friend of the Company, returning for a performance in Dogman’s Last Stand. Reiff is also a regular at the Ringwald Theatre in Ferndale where he recently performed in Rain Stops Falling in 2013.
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Patricia Thompson

Patricia Thompson returned to her alma mater for a 2013 performance in the Theatre Company's “Cabaret”. For the last 20 years she has performed in theatre, films and television both in Chicago and Los Angeles. In her first major role on television she played Duchess Harriman on Days of Our Lives on NBC. Other roles for Thompson included Passions and The Bold and the Beautiful on television, and films like The Homecoming, South West 9 and Presumed Innocent.
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Greg Trzaskoma ‘94
AEA, SAG, AFTRA
Gran Torino, Stone, Kill the Irishman, This Must Be The Place, The Giant Mechanical Man, Sucker, Meet Monica Velour,
Founder and Artistic Director of the Warren Civic Theatre

Trzaskoma has contributed to UDM Theatre Company productions for more than 20 years, from his appearance as Shem in Two by Two in Season 20, to his most recent role playing Herr Schultz in Cabaret during Season 40. He has directed and acted for many of the area's professional and university theatres and has been featured in more than a dozen motion pictures. He is a past member of The Second City National Touring Company and founding Artistic Director of the Warren Civic Theatre. Trzaskoma is also a lecturer in Theatre at the University of Detroit Mercy and Macomb Community College as well as a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA. MFA Acting, Wayne State University; BFA Theatre, University of Detroit. Read more at IMDb.
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Mary Vinette
After Mary Vinette left UDM, she earned her MFA from the Hilberry Repertory Company at Wayne State, was a Mainstage cast member at The Second City and acted on several other Detroit stages. In 1999, she relocated to New Orleans, where she hosted "The Mary Vinette Experience" at an Internet startup on Bourbon Street. She shifted gears into the business of professional sports with her move to Los Angeles in 2001, eventually landing at the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, where she managed events worldwide as Vice President of HR & Tour Operations. She then returned to the theatre as part of the producing teams of "Back to Bacharach and David," "Motherhood Outloud,” and Broadway’s "Baby It's You!" Vinette mentors and develops managers at a global bio-pharma company as a certified Life Coach. She lives with her husband, Michael Madill, a composer and sound designer, in Studio City, California, where they both are greeted daily by the steely gaze of their neighbor, Tempestt Bledsoe. Read more at IMDb.
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Harry Wetzel
Harry Wetzel has been a veteran of the theatre for more than 30 years. He got his start in the 1980 UDM season, and has worked in nearly every aspect of the stage arts ever since. He has performed in such plays as La Ronde, The Apple Tree, Terra Nova, and Man of La Mancha, while he has worked behind the stage on such shows as Lady from Dubuque, The Effect of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon, and Arms and the Man. More recently he has tried his hand at directing, having directed shows like A Paradise of Fools in 2011 and Yemaya’s Belly in 2006. He is currently the production manager at the Detroit Repertory Theater, where he also directs occasionally.
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Maggie Wysocki '85
Maggie Wysocki earned her BFA in Acting and Directing from the University of Detroit, and has studied at the Improvisation Workshop with Gloria Maddox, NYC, with Chris Ceraso at the Ensemble Studio Theatre Institute, NYC, and at the Acting Workshop with Uta Hagen, Detroit. She studied directing with Arthur Beer at UDM and with Bob Moss at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, as well as voice with James Gregory, NYC. Wysocki has worked onstage in Los Angeles and New York, as well as with local regional theatre. A member of AEA and SAG, she has also appeared in film and on television.
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Amy Yasbeck '83
Film: The Mask, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Problem Child I and II, Pretty Woman
TV: Wings, Dallas, Days of Our Lives

Amy Yasbeck graduated from UDM after three successful seasons and has enjoyed an illustrious career in television and film ever since. Perhaps best known for her role on Casey Davenport on Wings, Yasbeck also had memorable parts in other legendary series such as Dallas, Magnum P.I., The Cosby Show and Quantum Leap. She has acted in many successful Hollywood comedies, such as Pretty Woman, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, The Mask and Dracula: Dead and Loving It. She was most recently a featured guest star in an episode of Fox’s hit series Bones. Read more at IMDb.
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