Since high school the theater has been a vibrant part of my life, especially the technical aspects. I have participated backstage in hundreds of shows in every capacity from deck crew to Technical Director. These are some of the positions I have held, either as a volunteer or professionally.

  • Technical Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Lighting Designer
  • Master Electrician
  • Sound Designer
  • Sound Board Operator
  • Set Designer
  • Lighting Instructor
  • Yes, I have even been ON stage for a show here and there.

Theater provides many learning opportunities for my professional life. Working as part of a team, as well as enhancing my leadership skills, working in various roles backstage always requires fast thinking in stressful situations. When one has learned to gracefully solve new problems immediately in front of a large audience, the challenges of corporate life are all the more manageable.

Grand Rapids offers such a great array of community and professional theater opportunities, both from the audience and backstage, I couldn’t help but create a site dedicated to the local theater community –