STAFF

CARLA MILARCH

Founding Artistic Director

is a former Artistic Director of the award-winning Performance Network Theatre, whose passion for new plays led her to found Theatre NOVA.  As a dramaturg, director and artistic director, she has brought over 25 brand new plays to world premieres, as well as hundreds to staged readings, including those at the Michigan Playwrights Festival, the Fireside New Play Festival, the National New Play Network (NNPN) National Showcase of New Plays, and the Kennedy Center's MFA playwright's showcase. She served as a board member on the NNPN for 10 years, and co-founded the Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance, on which she served as Board President from 2011-2014. Some awards include “Best Overall Season/Artistic Direction” from the Oakland Press, “Outstanding Contributions to an Ensemble” from The Detroit Free Press, “Most Valuable Performer” from the Oakland Press, and the Between the Lines “Angel” award for outstanding contributions to the LGBT community, as well as numerous awards for acting and direction. Carla started her career as an actress. By her early teens, Carla's love for the arts flourished and she was accepted to the world-famous Interlochen Arts Academy in the acting department. Attending high school with Jennifer Ehle and Elizabeth Marvel, and later college with Parker Posey, Seth Gilliam, and Reno Wilson at SUNY Purchase, Carla studied alongside some of today's most talented actors. Carla’s love and experience for both sides of the stage have taken her from producing theater at The Barn Theater in Port Sanilac Michigan, to co-founding a theater in Amarillo, TX with her Purchase classmates, to working at Bob and Harvey Weinstein's MiraMax Films in New York City, to helping establish Performance Network as an artistic leader in Michigan, to producing theater in a barn again, this time in the middle of a world class city, at Theatre NOVA. She is a proud resident of Ann Arbor, where she lives with her husband Phil Powers and son, William Tyrone, a proud producer of regional theater, and a proud advocate of the American New Play. In our next season, Carla will write and direct DJ Whittinton's Kool Kat: A Hip-Hop Panto and will direct Arabic to English and Relativity.

DIANE HILL

Producing Artistic Director

was founder and Artistic/Executive Director of Two Muses Theatre, a nonprofit, professional theatre in West Bloomfield. There she performed in and directed many plays and musicals each year and did the work of technical director, publicist, sound designer, webmaster, and graphic designer for every production. Diane was a professor at University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland Community College, where she originated and designed the Theatre degree program. She has a Ph.D. in Theatre from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Theatre from the University of Michigan. She previously taught high school drama and music in the public school system (Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor) for 20 years. Diane has additionally produced and directed shows for professional theatre companies including Breathe Art Theatre Company in Detroit, Opus Mime in Ann Arbor, Jewish Ensemble Theatre in West Bloomfield, Tipping Point Theatre in Northville, and Heartlande Theatre Company in Detroit. Diane is an award-winning actor and member of Actors’ Equity Association and the American Guild of Musical Artists and has performed at many professional theatres in southeast Michigan, including the Fisher Theatre, Meadow Brook Theatre, Masonic Temple, Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit's Gem Theatre, Purple Rose Theatre, Tipping Point Theatre, Encore Musical Theatre, Croswell Opera House, and Cherry County Playhouse. She was awarded a Wilde Award for her portrayal of Professor Vivian Bearing in Wit, a Rogue Critic's Award for her work as Mama in 'night, Mother, both with Breathe Art Theatre Project, and an Ann Arbor News Award for her work as Agnes in I Do! I Do! at Kerrytown Concert House. Other favorite roles include Diana in Next to Normal, Margaret in The Light in the Piazza, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie and Veronica in God of Carnage. Diane also has performed leading roles in several independent films, television and radio commercials, and industrial films. She played Miss Caroline in the feature film, War Flowers with Christina Ricci and Tom Berenger, Pam in the feature film, She Lights Up Well with Tsai Chin (The Joy Luck Club) and was featured in Heartlock. Also a singer and voice teacher, Diane has served as a district and state-wide vocal adjudicator for Michigan School Vocal Association and was Editor in Chief and monthly columnist for three years for VocalEase Magazine, a national publication for choral educators. At Theatre NOVA, she directed Clutter and Kill Move Paradise. Theatre NOVA audiences saw her play Olympe de Gouges in The Revolutionists (Wilde Award Best Production), Zelda in The How and the Why (Wilde Award Best Actress), and Penelope Easter in The TotalitariansIn our upcoming season, Diane will perform in Admissions and will direct and perform in Follies in Concert. 

DAVID WOLBER

Producing Artistic Director

is an actor and director. He is a Producing Artistic Director at Theatre NOVA. He served as the Artistic Director at Performance Network Theatre from 2007 to 2014. Recently, Wolber directed The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson for Theatre NOVA. He also directed and co-devised Dream Deferred: Detroit, 1967 at Matrix Theatre. This past year he received a Wilde Award, "Best Play" for directing The Revolutionists by Lauren Gunderson at Theatre NOVA. In 2017 he received three Wilde Awards: "Best Teamwork" with Pete Prouty and Cheryl Turski in Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery at Meadow Brook Theatre. Then "Best One Person Show" for directing 2.5 Minute Ride by Lisa Kron at Matrix Theatre. And finally, he received "Best Actor" for his performance as Winston in 1984 at Williamston Theatre. Favorite shows he has directed include Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl, Katherine by Kim Carney, Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz, I and You by Lauren Gunderson, Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire, Dead Man’s Shoes by Joseph Zettelmaier (Best New Script – Wilde Award 2012, and a co-production with Williamston Theatre), The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl, Necessary Targets by Eve Ensler, and many more. David has performed and directed shows at Meadow Brook, Performance Network, Tipping Point Theatre, Matrix Theatre, the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Williamston Theatre, Boarshead Theatre, Detroit Repertory Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland. You may have seen him in a handful of commercials and independent Michigan films. David is an alumnus of Wayne State's theatre program. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, and he's an Associate Producer on Jasmine Rivera's short film American Prophet. David will direct Admissions, Apple Season and God Kinda Looks Like Tupac this season. Follow your path.

DANIEL C. WALKER

 
Production Manager​

has worked on over 350 productions at more than 30 theatres (including the majority of past and present professional theatres in southeast Michigan) and in a dozen states. He has been an Artistic Director (Performance Network), Chair of a theatre department (Albion College), and has taught at eight different colleges and universities. Dan has worked as a Production Manager, Set/Lighting/Sound/Costume Designer and Technician, Stage Manager, Stage Hand, Technical
Director, Architectural Theatre Consultant (on seven different theatres), Dramaturg and Literary Coordinator. His honors and awards include the Larry Divine Award for Contribution to the Detroit Theatre, and a Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in Michigan. He also received Best Director of a Comedy for Shooting Simone, and Fuddy Meers from the Ann Arbor News, and numerous Best Design awards and nominations from the Detroit Free Press, encoreMichigan.com, The Lansing State Journal, City Pulse, and The Oakland Press. He was the first National Champion of the U.S.I.T.T. Technical Theatre Olympics. Dan received an MFA in Theatre from The University of Texas at Austin and a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis. Dan is currently Professor of Theatrical Design and Technology at Sienna Heights University in Adrian, Michigan.

BECKY FOX

Business Manager and Education Director

was the Director of the Children’s Theatre Network at Performance Network Theatre for 25 years, where she directed and/or performed in two to four shows a season, touring to schools and community centers all over southeast Michigan.  Becky believes the arts can change the world because she has seen that happen firsthand. She has taught hundreds of students of all ages through theatre workshops and classes as the Director of Educational Outreach at Performance Network, Drama Supervisor for the Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education and Recreation, and now as the Education Director at Theatre NOVA. Becky has witnessed the power of theatre and creative drama which awakens the creativity, intellect, and compassion of students for further learning in all of their studies. Becky started her career as an actress performing in summer stock and dinner theatre productions and has a Bachelor of Science with a theatre major and marketing minor from Eastern Michigan University. She and her husband, Michael Fox own the Fullhouse Restaurant in Ypsilanti and have a daughter, Hallie Fox attending the University of Michigan’s Honors Program. Becky is proud to be on staff at Theatre NOVA because the shows are so darn good!

BRIANA O'NEAL

Resident Stage Manager

graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts and Political Science. While at Eastern, she studied technical theatre, acting, and directing. She has experience in many areas of theatre including properties, set construction, makeup design, acting, directing, and stage management. Some of her favorite credits include The Trojan WomenHarvey, and The Butterfly at Eastern Michigan, and directing The Girl with the Golden Locks with Ann Arbor Civic Theatre. Briana looks forward to being the Resident Stage Manager for the 2019-2020 season and is thrilled to be working with the incredible team at Theatre NOVA. 

MEGAN BUSH

House Manager

graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.S. in Theatre Arts and is currently working toward an MFA in Writing through Lindenwood University. Megan originally began studying theatre at Wayne State University where she became experienced working both onstage and behind the curtain: serving as a stagehand, assisting with costume changes, and acting in various productions. Megan had the privilege of performing in the world premiere of Night Scales: A Fable for Klara K. by Chris Tysh at the Studio Theatre. She also wrote, directed, and performed in a student-led collaborated performance entitled Creative Collective and produced a film-to-stage adaption serving as the artistic director and marketing manager. At Eastern, she developed a passion for playwriting and continues to write to this day. Megan's work has been featured in Eastern's One Act play festival, the Roustabout Theatre Troupe's art festival, and PencilPoint TheatreWorks "Thrive" short play festival. Megan is excited to join the team at Theatre NOVA as the new Resident House Manager.

This activity is supported by the
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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