Board of Directors

Wendy Ascione-Juska 
still dreams of “making it big” in Hollywood, but is content to be an active participant in the Ann Arbor theater scene.  She was involved with Junior Theatre before it was connected to Civic and was the protagonist in a revisionist Sleeping Beauty, where the princess rescues the prince.  Her Civic Theatre credits include Lt. Commander Joanne Galloway in A Few Good Men (2008) and Lacey in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2013). She’s also performed with Chelsea Area Players, PTD Productions, Spotlight Players, and the Carriage House Theatre.  Wendy has worked for the University of Michigan for 10 years, first as a fundraiser and now as an events manager. Her passion for theater, plus her experience in development and events, motivated her involvement with the A2CT Board.

Laurie Atwood
 first walked into Ann Arbor Civic Theatre 35 years ago, when she auditioned and was cast in the show "Bedroom Farce". Many of the people she met in connection with that show are her best friends today.Every show she has had the opportunity to be in has introduced her to people that she never would have met in her day to day life. She has and continues to love the moment when the cast list goes up and if her name is lucky enough to be on it, her next thought is, Who am I going to have fun with and get to know. she has lived in Ann Arbor for 42 years,and owns Children's Creative Center. She says, "One of my proudest connections is to A2CT. It has provided me with some of my best memories, as well as taught me the importance of working as a team. There are no small parts, and every volunteer whether on or off the stage plays a major role in the success of each production." Now, she's able to serve this organization in a new capacity, as a member of the board. She looks forward to being a part of the vision as well as part of the journey.

Denyse Clayton


Jacqueline Courteau, Vice President
started in community theater in junior high school, then earned her high school Thespian stripes working on costumes because she loved improvising things with fabric but couldn't sew a straight line--and nobody saw costumes from a close enough distance to be able to tell. She dabbled in theater in college, teaching an after-school "creative dramatics" program at an elementary school and working as assistant director and producer for several productions, before she realized that the demands of theater would preclude other academic interests and professional work. She became a science and environmental policy analyst then earned a Ph.D. in ecology, and now works as an independent natural resources researcher and consultant.  She came back to theater when her kids got involved in A2CT's junior theater program and in their schools, and has done costumes, assistant directing, and other production work. She has directed three A2CTJr plays, including original adaptations of The Secret Garden and Anne of Green Gables, which were staged at Matthaei Botanical Garden (with a covert mission of getting theater kids--and audiences--outdoors). She has also worked with A2CT's Play's the Thing selection and workshopping of new plays, and was thrilled to direct a staged reading of an original musical at The Ark as a joint fundraiser for A2CT and a breast cancer support group. She is interested in working with the board to expand educational programming and community-based theater.

Alen Fyfe                                                                               

Chris Joseph

Daisy Mull has been involved with Ann Arbor Civic Theatre for the past 10 years.  Most of her involvement is due to her children who have performed in many of the Junior shows. Having gotten involved with those shows as a parent - and meeting other parents - Daisy has had the opportunity to produce and direct a few Junior Theatre productions.  The most fun and favorite times she has had with Civic is when she has been able to appear on stage with her children and husband.   She really does like being around teens and tweens and enjoys not only working with the Junior theatre kids, but has also been a youth leader at her church in Ann Arbor for the past 15 years.  Daisy works at (a local webstore) as the shipping manager.  She is happy to have the opportunity to see how she can contribute to the ongoing success of Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

Becca Nowak

Adele Roy, Secretary, 
sang her heart out right through college and got involved in several high school theater productions along the way. She had the awesome opportunity to revive her theatrical stirrings when she appeared as Mary Moody in the 2011 A2CT production of Kurt Vonnegut's "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater." Adele has designed posters for several productions and has been a big fan of A2CT ever since her husband Rob appeared in "Lucky Spot" back in '02. Supporting his various roles as actor, director, and championship chili chef has given her the desire to support EVERYONE who takes part in this amazing community institution

Brad Vincent, Treasurer 
has been involved with A2CT for over ten years as an actor, volunteer and, since 2015, a member of our Board of Directors.  An MBA in Finance.  Brad brings to A2CT forty years of experience in Finance and Accounting having served as Chief Financial Officer/Controller/ Systems Consultant for various organizations in New York, New Jersey and Michigan.  Yet, the best part of his brain has always been devoted to music: A vocal soloist at age seven, a violist and trombonist, lead singer in a garage band in the 60’s-70’s, in his college touring chorus. And then years later, discovering the joys of performing in Community Theater. Favorite roles: Benjamin Franklin (1776), Sir Danvers Carew (Jekyll & Hyde). Harry the Horse (Guys & Dolls).

David Widmayer, Board President, has been involved in over a dozen productions with Ann Arbor Civic Theatre since first joining the organization in 2007. He has been performing on stage consistently since the age of thirteen. At the University of Michigan, he was a founding member of the school's first long-form improv comedy troupe, Witt's End. He was a frequent performer at Ann Arbor's Improv Inferno theater, and was cast in their mainstage incubator troupe. After the Inferno's unfortunate closure in 2007, he returned to scripted theatre with A2CT's production of The Tempest, and has considered Civic his artistic home ever since. Notable acting credits with A2CT include roles in Exit the King, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Death of a Salesman, How I Learned to Drive, andKing Lear. David recently served as assistant director for three productions: Anne of Green Gables, Twelfth Night, and Rent. He looks forward to directing his first show, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, in March 2016. In the spring of 2015, he co-founded the Civic Improv Ensemble with Shelly Smith. David has served on the Board of Directors since 2014, and is excited to immerse himself in Ann Arbor's vibrant theatre community for many years to come.