Performance Network Theatre also named Paul Keifer as the new Finance Manager, along with Erin Sabo the new Managing Director, Marissa Kurtzhals as the new Marketing Director, and Aubrey Martinson as the new Grant Writer.
Ricket and Keifer are part of the restructuring process that the award winning professional theatre is undertaking as part of a strategic plan to increase productivity.
The first Company Manager at Performance Network Theatre, Ricket earned his BA in theatre with a focus in acting from Alma College and served as a director at the Hans Christian Anderson Children’s Theatre, as well as the Casting Director for Alpha Psi Omega at Alma College.
Ricket has performed in various productions throughout Michigan including Richard III, Dancing at Lughnasa, Book of Days and Crimes of the Heart. Recent local credits include The Sandbox festival at Tipping Point Theatre and The Raw Festival in Detroit. Ricket most recently finished his apprenticeship for the 11-12 Season at Performance Network and has been cast in the upcoming production of Good People opening in February at Performance Network Theatre.
Keifer is a managing associate for one of the nation’s largest financial services companies, and directs and executes the fiscal policy and processes to ensure that Performance Network theatre continues to grow and develop. He is a long-time supporter of the performing arts, and has been seen onstage with The Encore Musical Theatre Company of Dexter, The Box Theatre in Mt. Clemens, and the Lexington Music Theatre in Michigan’s Thumb. He received his undergraduate education from Michigan State University, and is pursuing his M.B.A. through Columbus State University.
With Carla Milarch back on the artistic staff as the Associate Artistic director and Erin Sabo as the new Managing Director, the theatre finds itself growing and expanding in all directions, Kurtzhals announced in a press release. The new Company Manager and Finance Manager positions have been added in order to meet the increasing demands brought on by the new and more developed programs in both the artistic and management departments, she added.