Board Meetings

Unless otherwise noted, all board meetings take place on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm at First Congregational Church, 120 N. Jackson St, Jackson.  Board meetings are open to all members. Non-members are welcome at the beginning of each meeting!

  • June 8, 2022
  • July 13, 2022
  • August 10, 2022

Center Stage Jackson

Welcome to the Board

You do not have to be interested in being on-stage or backstage in order to be on the board of directors, as we are always in need of those talented in business, organizational development, marketing, and more to help keep this non-profit running smoothly. We are looking for dedicated people who are passionate about bringing theater to the Jackson community, with a variety of backgrounds and talents. Do you know someone that fits this description?  Feel free to forward this information to them and suggest that they contact us for more information about our needs in the upcoming season!

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Board of Directors

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.

Wendy has participated with Center Stage Jackson since January 2015. She especially enjoys helping with CSJ’s Youth Theater. Wendy has participated in several youth productions as stage manager. As a member of the CSJ Board of Directors, Wendy’s goal continues to be expanding into our community, getting people involved with everything community theater offers. Wendy reiterates, “We are COMMUNITY Theater!”

In 2018, with the help of a fantastic committee, Wendy organized the first annual BBQ cook-off fundraiser – “Porkapalooza” and continues this fundraising event and others, with huge success! Wendy’s proven marketing & sponsorship skills remain an asset to Center Stage.

Wendy wants to see growth in our community and with the heart of volunteers and support from local businesses, it’s inevitable. She has met so many wonderfully talented people and made some lifelong friendships with Center Stage. Wendy cannot wait to see what Center Stage Jackson does in the upcoming years!

Darren has been involved with CSJ since 2018 but has always shared a strong passion for theater since being involved in theater in high school. When he went to college, Darren utilized his entry courses learning theater at Jackson College and also in education where Darren transferred and graduated from Spring Arbor University. Darren eventually was hired at Western School District and is widely known as “The Bow Tie Guy” because of his love for wearing bow ties.
Darren has held multiple roles onstage as a performer but slowly turned more to the Stagecraft side of theater. This new curiosity eventually helped Darren earn him the position of the Director of the Western Community Arts Center where he oversees productions in the Western community. Darren loves to learn new acting methods but also loves to absorb the knowledge of what happens backstage as well.

Darren hopes to combine his performer and stagecraft skills to help CSJ maintain its reputation as an organization that will always deliver a stellar show. A company that brings in talent to showcase Jackson at how amazing our performers can be. Darren is very excited to see what the future will bring to CSJ and also to the community!

Melissa McElhone has Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees in Theater (and English.) She’s been involved with theater for over 35 years! Melissa joined CSJ in August 2013 & enjoyed performing and directing.Melissa is heavily involved with CSJ’s Youth Theater, having directed the Spring musical since 2014 and enjoyed working with the youth on their recent Zoom productions.  Melissa’s community involvement, church Drama Team & Leader of Jackson’s Mothers of Preschoolers group provides the Board strong leadership & teamwork skills.  Melissa has also trained in Management   Melissa enjoys discovering new ideas and creating excellent theater.  She is well-spoken & hard-working.  Melissa has worked on numerous committees including Sponsorship and Fundraising: Porkapalooza!  She’s been on the Board previously for three years.  Melissa looks forward to developing solid relationships, staying committed, and being dedicated to Center Stage Jackson.

Danielle joined CSJ back in 2018 and has loved being a part of this theatre community! Music has always been a very large part her life. Danielle has been involved in musicals throughout the years, and loves to continue to grow in her singing and acting. She would love to bring the joy she finds in theater to others. She has felt so rewarded with being a part of CSJ productions, and now looks forward to serving others by being a board member.

Kevin is a small business owner along with his wife Michelle. Together they own Coterie Jackson. It is a Pilates and wellness studio. He is retired and does substitute teaching as a way to stay involved in the community. He has coached for over 10 years; football, baseball, soccer, tennis, golf, volleyball, swimming and basketball. His interest in coaching came about because of his children’s interest and participation in these sports. He has discovered, through his years of coaching, how to keep his athletes motivated to perform at their best and to appreciate the process of how to become a better person, student and athlete. Kevin spent 4 years in the Army and after the Army he and his wife relocated to Jackson from Adrian. He worked for 10 years at Consumers Energy as an IT Analyst. He has served on the YMCA board and the Great Start board.

Angie came to know CSJ in 2018 when her daughter was in youth theatre. She has since participated in several productions with her daughter and had her own first role with CSJ in 2020. Angie has been married to Brian for almost 19 years and has three children. She enjoys spending time with her family, camping and reading and spends way too much money on her crafts – scrapbooking and quilting. Angie is a social worker at heart and works as a Community Resource Coordinator at MDHHS 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 CSJ in areas of fund development and marketing with special interest in providing teen programming to teach youth how to utilize the skills they demonstrate on stage and in the background to the job market and college applications.

Jeremy has been involved in theater in and around Jackson since 2006. He has worked both on stage and backstage in over 60 productions with Jackson College, The Michigan Shakespeare Festival, and Center Stage Jackson. He graduated from Jackson College in 2010 with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and a Certification in Theater. He is loving the opportunity to extend his talents and dedication to the theater community as a whole by serving on the Board of Directors, and be even more involved in the production side of shows for CSJ in the forthcoming years.

Linda Weber 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!

Center Stage Jackson

Your Community Theatre

Cultivating, advancing, and promoting the appreciation of dramatic arts with the community.

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