Everything you need to know about the 2020 Annual Meeting…


Date & Time

Wednesday August 26, 2020

7:00pm Annual Meeting

About

Due to COVID-19, this year’s Annual Meeting will be held via Zoom (online).

The Awards Ceremony for the 2019-20 Season will be separate from the Annual Meeting. More info to be announced at a later date.

The primary purpose for this meeting is the Election for the 2020-21 Board of Directors. The vote will be held online, though members can request paper ballots to mail in by contacting Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org or (517) 539-4118.

Membership

It is membership renewal time! We accept new members year-round, though if you would like to vote for the upcoming season’s board of directors there is a deadline coming up!

  • If you were a member in the 2019-20 Season
    Your membership has been automatically renewed for the 2020-21 Season, free of charge. Get more info…

  • If you were not a member in the 2019-20 Season…
    The deadline to purchase membership in order to vote in the 2020 Board of Directors Election was July 26, 2020. However, we still accept membership year-round!
  • If you are not sure what your membership status is…
    That’s okay! Just contact Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org / 517-539-4118 (call or text) and she will let you know!


Annual Membership Prices

$10 = Student Member: One youth (under 18 years old). Receive one comp ticket. No voting rights.

$20 = Individual Member: One adult (age 18+). Receive one comp ticket

$35 = Couple Membership: Two adults living at one residence. Receive two comp tickets.

$55 = Family Membership: Any number of adults and youths living at one residence. Receive a maximum of 4 comp tickets.

Benefits of Membership

  • One complimentary ticket per member for the season of CSJ productions (up to 4 comp tickets per family). 
    Note: Comp tickets do not cover the price of the meal for Sandhill Crane Vineyard events.
  • Free or discounted entry to workshops
  • Eligibility to receive any award in the 2019-20 Season and 2020-21 Season.
  • Members 18 and over are able to vote for and/or run for a seat on the Board of Directors.
  • First to be contacted with announcements about auditions, ticket sales, discounts, and more!

Board of Directors Vote

As we will not be meeting in person due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s vote will take place online. Eligible members received an email with ballot instructions at noon on Monday August 3, 2020. A reminder was sent on August 25 at 2pm.

Members can request paper ballots to mail in by contacting Katie Meyers as soon as possible at admin@centerstagejackson.org or (517) 539-4118.

The deadline for submitting your ballot is Wednesday August 26, 2020 at 7:00pm.

If you are having trouble locating your ballot email, would like to request a paper ballot, or have any questions about the election, you can contact Mandee Howard at ahoward1013gmail.com or Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org.

Board of Directors: Candidates

For this year’s vote we will have 5 board seats open. Members currently known to be running for the board this year:

Danielle Allore-Taylor

Hello, my name is Danielle Allore-Taylor and I would like to be considered as one of the Board Directors of Centerstage Jackson. I have been a part of Centerstage for almost three years and have been a member of CSJ for a little over one year. I started in Music Man, performed in The Cabaret, and also took part in Peter Pan. I have even gained more experience as a performer in other theater productions outside of CSJ.

I believe myself a valuable candidate because of my previous experience of being a board member for various Jackson groups. The main one being for The Rose Queen Pagent. I collaborated in these groups about making proper arrangements, fundraisers, and organized events. My colleagues found my voice and presence positive and upbeat which helped our discussion. I can definitely bring this to CSJ to work together with other members to keep CSJ at a level of excellence. Thank you for your time to look over my letter and have a great day!

Photo of Andy Anderson

Andy Anderson

Even before the curtain closed on his first show in 2017, Andy became thoroughly enamored with the Center Stage Jackson family, and the outlet for creativity it provided for Jackson and the surrounding community. In addition to performing in multiple productions, Andy has marketed for productions and functions, volunteered for both the Culver’s and 2019 Porkapalooza fundraisers, and served on multiple committees. Never forgetting CSJ, Andy advocated for the company when performing with neighboring theatre companies and attracted new members to audition for future productions. Although a latecomer to theatre, Andy has worked on more than a dozen productions since 2017. What Andy lacks in theatre experience is balanced by the enthusiasm and adaptability he brings to the stage as well as the committees upon which he serves. While the year has been bleak, Andy remains passionate and optimistic for the future of Center Stage Jackson and looks forward to supporting the company and its community through its immediate challenges.

Nate Baldermann (incumbent)

Nate Baldermann is an owner at Rehmann, a regional CPA firm, where he has specialized in government and nonprofit auditing and consulting for his entire career. Nate has been a part of the Jackson community since moving to the area in 2004. His family began their involvement with Center Stage Jackson in the 2012-13 season with the production of “The King and I” when his wife, Cyndi, and two daughters took the stage. Since that time, Nate has helped on several productions while his wife served on the production team. In 2016, Nate joined the board and began serving as Board Treasurer. Since 2019, Nate has served as Board President.

Nate’s priorities over the next year are to continue to work to finalize the organization’s strategic plan and to update and develop policies and procedures to put Center Stage Jackson in the best position possible to accomplish its mission for years to come. He also looks forward to working with the Board to ensure the safe return of productions in various forms in the coming months. 

Note: Candidates marked “incumbent” have just finished a term on the Board of Directors and are running again.

Lisa Cryderman

Lisa Cryderman is a Jackson Public School teacher with long ties to this community. She has been a performer, a producer, and a director with theater groups in this community and surrounding counties for over 30 years. She has loved theater as a hobby and a passion since high school. Lisa has served on the Center Stage Jackson Board of Directors in the past holding the offices of Secretary and President. She has participated with and chaired various CSJ committees, currently serving as chair of the Marketing Committee. Her goals for this organization are:

  • To create a welcoming and inclusive environment in which to create professional level community theater
  • To increase audience sizes, membership, and corporate sponsorship
  • To add more performance opportunities each season
  • To provide training and workshops in backstage and onstage skills
  • And a long term goal of purchasing or renting a building. CSJ needs a home to perform in, to store all of the set pieces, props, costumes, and technical equipment, and to have a “storefront” for visibility and brand recognition. Ideally, this building would be close to the growing and revitalizing downtown Jackson area.

Jeremy Curtis

Jeremy is a native of the Jackson Community, and has always had a passion for theatre. In his teen years and early 20’s, he was very involved with theatre, including productions with Northwest HS and the Clark Lake Players.

As with many people, life happens, which pulled him away from performing. This past winter, he stepped back on to the stage with CSJ in the production of “Making God Laugh”. While he always had a love for theatre, he didn’t realize how fulfilling being a part of the theatre family could be. His passion was reborn and he is now committed more than ever to see community theatre in the Jackson area thrive.

Jeremy works in the community as a Nurse Practitioner. However, he has held many leadership roles within Health Care, and routinely is consulted to help develop leadership within organizations. In his spare time, you will find Jeremy on various athletic fields coaching/supporting his three (very active) sons.

If selected, Jeremy hopes to work with the Board at CSJ to ensure community theatre continues to thrive, performing entertaining productions (at all ages), and hopes to encourage those in our community to join on us on or behind the stage.

Angie Guadagnini

Angie came to know CSJ in 2018 when her daughter earned a lead role in Honk Jr the very first time she had ever auditioned. Angie has since participated in a number of productions with her daughter as well as her first lead role in CSJ’s production of Making God Laugh in early 2020.

Angie has been married to Brian for almost 18 years. She has three children, Nate, Ian and Maggie, and her grandson Nixon. Angie enjoys hanging out with her family, camping and reading. She also loves to belt out Disney movie show tunes in the car.

Angie is a social worker at heart and works at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as a Community Resource Coordinator where she collaborates with many organizations throughout the county to identify and distribute resources to families in need in our community.

Angie is very interested in working with the teen program committee to establish a teen program that will teach our teens skills related to all aspects of theater production with special focus on how to utilize these skills in the job market and college applications.

Nathan Johnson

Nathan is currently employed by Camp FaHoLo in Grass Lake. After many months away from theater, he is eager to jump back in! Nathan’s theater experience spans 14 years since his first show in middle school. He has been involved both on stage where he loves to put his acting skills to work and backstage where he has contributed to successful shows through set building, stage managing or in any way needed. Through community theater like Center Stage Jackson, Nathan has grown in skills and has made great friends who share his passion for theater. He is ready to take the next step by becoming a board member where he can help continue CSJ’s mission of cultivating, advancing, and promoting dramatic arts within the community.

Jeremy Moore

Jeremy has been involved in theater in and around Jackson since 2006 when he was asked to join Center Stage Jackson’s production of Man of LaMancha. He’s worked both on stage and backstage in over 60 productions with JCC, The Michigan Shakespeare Festival, and Center Stage Jackson– among others in the last 14 years. He graduated from JCC in (2010) with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and a Certificate in Theater. Anyone who’s worked on a show with Jeremy knows that he’s reliable and goes above and beyond to help the cast and crew put on the best show possible. He would love the opportunity to extend his talents and dedication to the theater community as a whole and serve on the Board of Directors, and be more involved in the production end of shows for CSJ in the forthcoming years.

Darren Taylor

Hello, my name is Darren Taylor and I would like to offer my services to be a part of one of the Board Directors of Centerstage Jackson. I have been a part of Centerstage for almost three years and have been a member of CSJ for a little over one year. I have been an avid performer for well over a decade and have enjoyed my time
as CSJ. When I am not performing onstage, I spend my time at Western School District where I assist our Administration Office and also am the director of the Western Community Arts Center.

I strongly believe my skills and experience as an actor and stage manager make me an excellent candidate to be of service to CSJ. All of my roles in my work as well as my own auditorium require planning, preparation, and team building which I can bring to CSJ. Please consider my services and thank you for your time to read this. Have a great day.

Linda Weber

Linda Weber is interested in becoming a member of the Center Stage Jackson Board of Directors. She has been an active member of CSJ since 2017. Linda thoroughly enjoyed being part of the ensemble cast in The Drowsy Chaperone, Music Man and Jekyll and Hyde. In addition to being onstage, she also enjoyed being the props manager for the youth theater shows – Rockin’ Robin Hood and Fairy Tale One-Acts. Linda now actively participates in the Jackson Chili Cook-off, representing CSJ and serves on the Sponsorship Committee.

Linda is an Administrative Assistant by profession. In that role, for the last 24 years, she has learned importance of teamwork, the need to be very detailed oriented and have the ability to adjust to ever changing situations. With this background, along with her commitment to the Jackson community and CSJ, she feels she would be an asset to the CSJ Board.

Linda truly believes in CSJ’s mission to cultivate, advance, and promote amateur theater to the Jackson community. She believes together we can keep Center Stage Jackson an active part of Jackson County for years to come!


Dates & Deadlines Breakdown!

Whew, that was a lot of info! Here are all the important dates:

  • July 26
    • Deadline – Any persons that were not members in the 2019-20 Season and wish to vote for the board of directors must purchase membership by this date.
  • July 31
    • Deadline – Any persons that wish to run for the board of directors must contact Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org by this date. If you would like your biography available to members during voting, you must also send it by this date.
  • August 3
    • Voting information will be sent out to eligible members via email by this date.
  • August 26
    • Deadline – Ballots are due via Event Runner by 7:00pm.
    • Virtual Annual Meeting begins online via Zoom at 7:00pm.

Contact

Katie Meyers at admin@centerstagejackson.org or (517) 539-4118.