Two Muses Theatre
is on hiatus beginning September 30, 2016.
Our Business Address:
145 Ethel Court
Wolverine Lake, MI 48390
Box Office Phone:
10am-5pm, Monday through Friday.
Two Muses Theatre
Inspired by Women...For Everyone.
Diane Hill leads Two Muses Theatre as Executive Director and Artistic Director. She also serves as technical director, publicist, sound designer, webmaster, and graphic designer. And she puts on yet another hat to answer the box office phone. She has a Ph.D. in Theatre from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Theatre from the University of Michigan. Diane is a professor at University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland Community College, where she originated and designed the Theatre degree program. She previously taught high school drama and music in the public school system (Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor) for 20 years. Diane has produced, directed and choreographed several dramas and musicals each year in public schools and colleges, and has additionally produced and directed shows for professional theatre companies including Breathe Art Theatre Company in Detroit, Opus Mime in Ann Arbor, Jewish Ensemble Theatre in West Bloomfield and Heartlande Theatre Company in Detroit. Also a singer and voice teacher, Diane has served as a district and state-wide vocal adjudicator for Michigan School Vocal Association, and was Editor in Chief and monthly columnist for three years for VocalEase Magazine, a national publication for choral educators. Diane is an award-winning actress and member of Actors’ Equity Association and the American Guild of Musical Artists and has performed at many professional theatres in southeast Michigan, including the Fisher Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre, Masonic Temple, Gem Theatre, Purple Rose Theatre, Tipping Point Theatre, Encore Musical Theatre, Croswell Opera House, and Cherry County Playhouse, to name a few. Along with stage work, Diane also has performed leading roles in several independent films, television and radio commercials, and industrial films and plays Miss Caroline in the feature film, War Flowers with Christina Ricci and Tom Berenger (now available on DVD at Walmart, Redbox, etc.), the feature film, She Lights Up Well with Tsai Chin (The Joy Luck Club) and the feature film, Heartlock. She was awarded a Wilde Award for her portrayal of Professor Vivian Bearing in Wit, a Rogue Critic's Award for her work as Mama in 'night, Mother, both with Breathe Art Theatre Project, and an Ann Arbor News Award for her work as Agnes in I Do! I Do! at Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor. At Two Muses Theatre, Diane directed and appeared as Florence in Two Muses' inaugural production of The Odd Couple, played Doris in Same Time, Next Year, and directed Sylvia and A Little Work. In the second season, she played Clairee in Steel Magnolias, and directed and played Diana in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Next to Normal. In Two Muses Theatre's third season, she played Rona in The 25th Annual Spelling Bee and the psychic in The Current. She directed Every Christmas Story Ever Told and took on the awesome task of directing three separate casts of Love, Loss and What I Wore, each starring its own local celebrity. Last season Diane played B.J. in At the Bistro Garden, Veronica in God of Carnage and directed the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Clybourne Park. This past season you saw her as Margaret in The Light in the Piazza and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, and she directed How I Learned to Drive (another Pulitzer Prize-winner) and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Diane is now a Producing Artistic Director at another nonprofit professional theatre: Theatre Nova in Ann Arbor.
Board of Directors:
Diane Hill, President
Diane Taylor, Treasurer is a nonprofit veteran after decades of work with some of the region’s high profile organizations, including Detroit Renaissance (Detroit Grand Prix, Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival), WDET-FM, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Youtheatre, Detroit 300, and ArtServe Michigan. In 2004, she joined the staff of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center where she manages marketing and communication efforts and serves as executive assistant to the President/CEO.
Stephen Hill, Secretary is a Senior Software Engineer at AVL in Plymouth. He has provided technical assistance for every show at Two Muses Theatre since its inception. If anything goes wrong at the theatre, technically or physically, Steve is there to help. He's the fixer with a smile on his face.
Bill Mandt has designed every set for every show in every season since Two Muses Theatre has been in business. He has also designed sets for the following theatre companies: Plymouth Theatre Guild, Livonia/Redford Theatre, Jimmy Launce Productions, Farmington Players, Oakland Community College, and SRO (Standing Room Only) Productions. He founded SRO in 1990, as a civic theatre for the City of Southfield, Michigan. Bill loves reading scripts and has performed on stage, but his greatest passion in theatre is the dressing of the set, so that it meets the needs of the play and the director. Bill's degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Art from the University of Michigan, with a concentration in the field of ceramics, a specialty in which he also works, exhibits and sells. In 1974, he received a national award as an Outstanding Secondary Educator of America.
Rhonda Brown is the Chairperson of the Counseling Department at the Orchard Ridge campus of Oakland Community College. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Wayne State University and a post-Master’s Specialization in Career Counseling. Rhonda is a frequent theatre-goer, having enjoyed plays in many venues: school theatres,
community theatres, and local and national professional theatres. She can sing---albeit poorly and in the privacy of her car---many songs from many Broadway musicals! She is enthusiastic about promoting opportunities for women in general, as well as in the arts, evidenced by her involvement with the Oakland Community College Womencenter, presenting workshops at various women’s conferences, and in her role as a college counselor serving women in transition.
Lauren Nowakowski joins the board after years of working in the community theatre world. She is the former artistic director of Novi Civic Theatre and Cultural Arts Supervisor at Novi Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services. In addition to running Novi Civic Theatre, she created the Sizzling Summer Arts Series, started an outdoor sculpture program, created and maintained the Novi Civic Center Atrium Gallery, and cultivated many artistic opportunities for youth and adults. Lauren holds a BA in English and Theatre Education. She specializes in offering theatrical opportunities for youth. Lauren is a freelance director and acting teacher. Currently, she is the forensics coach at West Hills Middle School in West Bloomfield.
Emilio Rodriguez is a Detroit area actor, director, playwright and teaching artist who works at various theatres and schools in Detroit. His goal is to encourage more theatres to be as diverse as possible in every aspect by appealing to people of various ages, genders, orientations, ethnicities, beliefs and philosophies. At Two Muses Theatre, Emilio served on running crew in Steel Magnolias, performed in Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?, stage managed Spelling Bee, wrote and directed our children's musical Awake!, produced our Honoring Women in Entertainment Fundraiser last January, and contributed his time and writing/directing/producing talent to our New Works Festival last summer. He was Project Director for our Women's Playwriting Festival last season and will reprise that role in our newly name Women's Play Fest this season. Emilio will also produce our Murder Mystery party in October. He is a 2014-2105 UMS artist in residence for his poetry and a finalist for the Excellence in Higher Education playwriting award.
Julie Yolles is a lover of all aspects of theatre. When she’s not performing onstage, she’s helping behind the scenes—whether it’s production, marketing, publicity or, most likely, reporting. Julie is the Social Scene Columnist for the Observer & Eccentric/Hometown newspapers. In addition, she was the Givers & Shakers Columnist for Crain’s Detroit Business and has been an entertainment and features writer for Styleline magazine, HOUR, Detroit Home, the Free Press and Detroit News, MetroParent, Inside Hockeytown. www.detroitmakeithere.com, ww.detroit.metromix.com, www.detroit.citysearch.com and The Jewish News, where she was the Arts & Entertainment Editor. In addition, she is a corporate freelance editor, proofreader and writer. Prior to entering the journalism arena, Julie was in the public relations industry for over 25 years. You have seen her on our Two Muses stage in Love, Loss & What I Wore and our inaugural production of the Female Version of The Odd Couple. She also performed in Love, Loss & What I Wore at Tipping Point Theatre last season. Other favorite shows include Lost in Yonkers at Meadow Brook Theatre, The Dixie Swim Club, Rumors (twice), The Rocky Horror Show, Steel Magnolias, The Vast Difference, Sisters Rosensweig, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Hello Dolly and Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?, for which she won a PAGE Award for Best Actress.
Karen Brehmer is a Special Lecturer of Writing and Rhetoric at Oakland University, and an adjunct professor in English at the University of Detroit Mercy. She teaches summer courses in composition at Oakland Community College and is also a writing instructor for Oakland University's Center for Multicultural Initiatives summer Bridge program. Karen has a Master of Arts in English/Theater from Indiana State University and has taught a variety of courses in communications, English, and Theater. Brehmer's work as a local theater director include two productions at Henry Ford Community College: A Christopher Durang Festival, and Bridge to Terabithia. She has also directed several 10-minute plays for local festivals: the Detroit Fringe Festival and the Women's Playwriting Festival at Two Muses. She won Best Show for her production of Bless You in the 2014 Detroit Fringe Festival, and Honorable Mention for Best Director at the Women's Playwriting Festival in 2015 for her production of Stuck in the Middle With You. Her work and connection with Two Muses Theatre began in 2012 as stage manager for the production of Sylvia. Karen sees writing and/or art as an opportunity to communicate peace and equality. She intends to continue supporting and working with theater companies and festivals that aim to educate diversity in any form.