If you need a more accessible version of this website, click this button on the right. Switch to Accessible Site


You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

Close [x]

Follow Us

RSS Feed

Posted on 01-18-2017


Our Workshop Coaches have appeared Off-Broadway, on national tours, in regional productions, on film
and television, and on stage right here in Grand Rapids.

In addition, many have served as teachers, coaches, mentors, and directors locally and
in different communities around the country. 


A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Matthew is a recent transplant to Grand Rapids. NY and Regional credits include The Buddy Holly Story (Buddy Holly), The Rocky Horror Show (Frank N Furter), The Wedding Singer (Robbie Hart), Hello Dolly! (Cornelius Hackl), Twelfth Night (Orsino). Film/TV credits: Person of Interest, Ed, Bravo's The Singles Project, Fidelio (dir Jason Dubin). Matthew is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. 

Rob is so happy to be returning to Circle for the Audition Workshop! His work with Circle includes 20 productions in 12 seasons as well as serving as Box Office Manager and Chair of the Play Selection Committee through 2014. A recent transfer to Chicago where he currently serves as Concert and Office Manager for Chicago a cappella, Rob's theatrical involvements range from performance to backstage and behind the table.  He has received multiple awards and nominations for his work onstage (A Funny Thing...Forum, Mr. Marmalade, Forbidden Broadway, The Misanthrope) as well as a director (The Hatpin, Carrie the Musical, Evita) other onstage highlights include Assassins, Sweeney Todd, Side Show, [title of show], Next Fall and The 25th...Spelling Bee and other directing credits include Based on a Totally True Story, The Lyons, The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns, The Women of Broadway, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Peter Pan. Rob has also staged numbers for various pageants and drag shows and is a private voice and acting coach.  


Carrie serves as an adjunct theatre faculty member at Grand Rapids Community College and has also taught dance and acting at Aquinas College. Her directing credits include Catch Me If You Can at Circle Theatre, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Aquinas College (Grand Award for Outstanding Direction of a College Production), and She Kills Monsters and Somewhere In Between at GRCC. A few of Carrie’s local on-stage credits include Other Desert Cities (Grand Award nomination), God of Carnage (Grand Award nomination), The Wild Party (Grand Award), A New Brain (Grand Award nomination), and Kiss of the Spider Woman (Grand Award) with Actors’ Theatre. Other recent highlights include Gypsy as Mama Rose at the Wagon Wheel Theatre and 9 to 5 as Violet at the Ogunquit Playhouse. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University, and received her MFA from the School of Theatre at Penn State University. 


Judy Pellerito has been the choral conductor at Northview High School for 27 of her 30 years teaching secondary vocal music.  She received her Bachelors of Music Education from the University of Michigan and her Masters Degree in the Art of Teaching from Calvin College.  Her choirs consistently receive "Superior" and "Excellent" ratings at District and State Events and her choirs are called upon to perform at many community events. Judy has taught private lessons and has vocal directed musicals at Northview High School, Circle Theatre, Actors’ Theatre, and Civic Theatre.


Jenny is a Michigan native who studied dance performance at Grand Valley State University, and studied improv at both Second City Chicago and Upright Citizens Brigade in New York.  She has performed in several regional productions including A Chorus Line (Judy), Peter Pan (Tiger Lily), Grease (Patty Simcox), Wild Party (Nadine), and Pippin.  She spent several years in New York City performing in the Off-Broadway production of The Awesome 80’s Prom, and danced alongside the cast of Wicked in Las Vegas and Denver as part of The Wicked Rocky Horror Show.  She has also been seen on Investigation Discovery in the television series Deadly Sins


Sammy was born in Havana, Cuba and came to this country with his family as political refugees in 1988. A creative spark ignited by his high school english teacher motivated him to pursue his studies after attending Horizons Community High School. Sammy graduated from Grand Rapids Community College in 1997 with an Associates in Liberal Arts then headed to Western Michigan University on a theatre scholarship. Sammy received a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Theater and Spanish at Western Michigan University in 2001. While at Western Michigan he started a Latin Show on the university radio station, was part of the President Student Advisory Board, New Latino Visions Theater Group and restarted a Latino Fraternity, Sigma Lambda Beta Int. Fraternity, Inc. focused on the needs and wants of Latinos in higher education and surrounding communities. He moved to Chicago in 2001 and eventually landed a leading role in Our Lady of 121st St. at Steppenwolf Theater Company. He’s proud of his works with such theaters as Healthworks Theater, Teatro Vista and Apple Tree Theater, Second City and Lookingglass Theaters in Chicago. He’s also appeared in films such Batman Vs. Superman, Stone with Robert Deniro and TV Credits on Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Code, Boss, Shameless, The Beast and Empire. He’s Grand Rapids theater credits include, Actors’ Theatre, Jewish Theatre and Heritage Theatre. He’s been involved with diversity issues and their impact in the workplace though his Diversity Theater work. Mr. Publes recently established his own theater in collaboration with Grand Rapids artists and craftsmen. Sammy decided to start his own theater company, Mixed Roots Collective, to address inequalities of representation on the local theater and film levels. His new company produces plays that mainstream theaters can’t or won’t produce and by providing a platform for these plays he hopes to address inequalities in casting as well. His work in inclusion and diversity for the last 20 years also propelled him to create along with Shelly Urbane and Todd Lewis- One World Diversity: A theater company that addresses inequality and diversity issues in the workplace and beyond.


Michelle Urbane (Shelly) most recently directed Actors’ Theatre’s production of Rapture, Blister, Burn. Other Actors’ Theatre directing credits include Water by the Spoonful, Venus in Fur (Grand Award), [title of show] a musicalThe Sweetest Swing in Baseball, and Mr. Marmalade. Other area directing credits include Steel Magnolias for Circle Theatre, The Awesome 80’s Prom for the.theatre.project, and she also produced and co-directed (alongside her mentor and dear friend Fred Sebulske) the locally written play Open Door, which celebrated GRCC’s 100th “birthday” in the fall of 2014. Shelly was last seen on stage with Actors’ Theatre in August: Osage County. She is a member of the Ransom Note Entertainment improve troupe, and recently co-created One World Diversity, LLC with her friends (and local theatre artists) Sammy A Publes and Todd Lewis.

There are no comments for this post. Please use the form below to post a comment.

Post Comment