Our Summer 2023 Team is EXTRAORDINARY… Here they are!
Brooke Arnold is a rising senior studying Choral Music Education at the University of Michigan. From Fraser, Michigan, Brooke is a long time music lover and is grateful for the opportunity to study music in higher education. Studying with Dr. Scott Piper, Brooke continues to further her vocal knowledge and looks forward to passing her experiences onto her future students. Outside of choral and classical music, Brooke loves all styles of music: in her free time, Brooke enjoys listening to hip hop, R&B, and funk music. As a soon to be graduate, Brooke is enthusiastic about exploring all career opportunities in relation to music and education: she aspires to lead a life that encourages all to appreciate music, inside and outside of the classroom.
Hello! My name is Evan Ash and I’m from Ann Arbor, Michigan! I just finished up my second year out in Colorado, where I study Political Science at The University of Colorado Boulder! I’m excited to be back working at YPT, a place I spent so many of my childhood years, and a place where I’ve created some of my favorite memories! As a kid, the camp leaders always left a lasting impact, and to have the opportunity to be that for someone else is something I’m incredibly grateful for! Summer couldn’t have come quick enough!
JD Benison is a third grade teacher at Burns Park Elementary School. He loves the opportunities theater gives young people to help find their voices!He is originally from Grand Rapids, he went to undergrad at the University of Michigan, met his partner, and they’ve stuck around Ann Arbor since. He loves making music, especially on ukulele and kazoo. He also knits, plays board games, cooks, does 3D animation, and a dozen other odd hobbies. He’s incredibly excited to be a part of YPT this summer!
Heidi Ellis is a Period Clothing Specialist and Costumer. Heidi has a MA from Eastern Michigan University in theater costume design and construction. She has worked as a period clothing specialist at the Henry Ford museum for 11 years, and a variety of other theaters. Heidi is currently working with Cobblestone Farm Museum. She has been teaching sewing lessons for many years through the Girl Scouts and Honey Creek Community School. Heidi has also been a volunteer with YPT on the mainstage productions in the costume department since 2021’s “SpongeBob the Musical” and helped out with some summer camps.
Over the past 8 years, Caroline has directed 15 shows at Young People’s Theater, and they are so excited to be joining the camp staff at YPT for
Shrek The Musical! Prior to this summer, Caroline has worked with musical theater camps at YPT and The Encore Musical Theater Company. Caroline has also directed and performed in shows with Burns Park Players, The Encore, PTD Productions, Chelsea Area Players, Dexter Community Players, and more! They have a B.A. in theater with a concentration in directing from Barnard College and an M.A. from the Bread Loaf School of English.
Brian Koepele – Coming Soon!
Bella is a 17 years old and headed into her senior year at the Early College Alliance (ECA). She has been costumes crew-head for four YPT main-stage shows including SpongeBob, the Musical; Matilda, the Musical; Into the Woods; and Mamma Mia! She has also been props manager, stage manager, costumes crew-head, and on the hair and makeup team for several camp shows over the years. Outside of YPT, you can find Bella sewing and designing clothes, playing guitar, coaching gymnastics, or hanging out with her bother (and best friend), AJ. Bella is beyond excited to be part of this amazing team and work with these wonderful campers this summer!
Morgan is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work at the University of Michigan. She has her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Gender Studies, with a special focus in child & adolescent development. Her first performance with YPT was back in 2007, followed by many joyful years of choreographing full-length shows and camp productions with YPT, such as, The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, and Oliver. Since then, she has been working as a General Manager at a restaurant in Ann Arbor, until she changed direction this year to focus on academia and giving back to her community. In her spare time, Morgan loves volunteering, traveling, reading, singing, and dancing. As a believer in promoting the wellbeing and empowerment of youth through art and creative expression, Morgan is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented staff and students at YPT, and hopes to pursue a career that combines her love of the performing arts with her passion for helping others.
Jennifer Monk-Reising is excited to be a part of Young People’s Theater and the Theatrical Design Camps! She is honored to work for the fifth summer in a row with such talented young people and team-mates! In addition to being the set designer for a wide range of YPT, Tappan Players and Burns Park Players productions over the past few years, Jenn is also a non-profit fundraiser, event planner, designer and artist in the Ann Arbor community. Jenn has also worked for the past four summers as the Camp Director for YPT’s Behind-the-Scenes Tech Camps. Jenn loves the opportunity that YPT gives young people to see and experience all aspects of theater. Jenn can’t wait to see what our talented young people come up with for the design, the set, props, sound, lights, and costumes for this amazing summer camp session!
Lyn Marie Neuenfeldt
Bringing Characters to Life through the Magic of Makeup and Special Effects Lyn Marie Neuenfeldt is a WI native who has spent over 20 years working in the Film and Broadway industry (including: Jim Henson Company, Lion King Tour, Phantom of the Opera Tour, Grease Broadway Tour). She returned to WI in 2011 to pursue her dream of opening her own sculpture studio. In 2014 she began a new adventure collaborating with High School productions around the US to pass on her professional skills and knowledge to a new generation of talented artists and performers. Lyn Marie continues to Travel occasionally as a Film and Broadway Makeup artist, as well as designing, sculpting and illustrating for a variety of Media. She shares a home in the woods of WI with her partner and 2 rambunctious cocker spaniels who are fixtures in her workshop. Lyn Marie Neuenfeldt, Artist/Owner DobbyLyn ArtWorks www.facebook.com/DobbyLynArtWorks
Lauren recently graduated from Greenhills School and plans to major in theater at Northwestern next year. She has been involved in theater since her first YPT summer camp,
The Jungle Book in 2012. She ended her 15 show journey with YPT last spring, performing as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda. Although she spent most of her time performing onstage, she has also worked on lighting design, helped with set construction, been an assistant choreographer, and more! In her free time, she loves to listen to music, play with her dog, and watch Jeopardy with her parents. She can’t wait to spend her summer with all of the amazing campers!
Jeremiah Rigg is a first-year Camp Leader with YPT, assisting Jennifer Monk-Reising on the Tech Team. A theater veteran, Jeremiah has been performing since age 8. Over his theater career, Jeremiah has been a part of many productions, including The Sound of Music, Annie, Oklahoma, and Fiddler on the Roof. Jeremiah brings his skills from theater, choral music, event planning, and summer camps to the YPT crew. A recent graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Jeremiah is looking to pursue work in events and event planning. In the meantime, Jeremiah is excited to be back working with young people in the theater.
Mary Roderique is a beloved Kindergarten teacher and literacy educator in Ann Arbor. She enjoys sharing stories, songs, and drama in her classroom and also performing with community theater organizations. Her new hobby is transforming picture books into musicals! She enjoys many pursuits, such as reading, playing board games, singing, training therapy dogs, and tap dancing. Her dogs Ferris and Daisy are also skilled actors always offering their services to Ane! These dog actors are ready for the stage! Mary enjoys summers filled with root beer and holidays in Cabot Cove and YPT Camps. She looks forward to returning for the 2023 Camp Season.
Charley Rosenberg is 19 years old and graduated from Interlochen arts academy. She plans to continue to pursue animation in college where she will be attending School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Charley grew up doing YPT and is incredibly excited to be back this summer!
Lily Rosenberg is so happy to be back at YOT as a camp director! Born in Ann Arbor Michigan, Lily just graduated from University of Michigan with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She started doing YPT as a kindergartner in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat, and continued performing and learning with YPT for 10 years. Lily would not have found her love of the theatre arts if not for YPT, and she is honored to be back to work on the other side of things, offering young people the same opportunities she was offered at YPT.
Patrick Schrock (Sound) Patrick Graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Sound Engineering and has been with YPT for 14 years. His first show with YPT was Jeckyl and Hyde in 2008. When he’s not behind a mixing console Patrick sits behind a drum-set in a rock n roll cover band. In his leisure time he enjoys renovating his 1907 Detroit East Village Home.
Analise Sullivan is a Camp Leader and Choreographer at Young People’s Theater entering her senior year at Michigan State University. She both performs and choreographs for Orchesis Dance Company, and has helped choreographing various theater productions in the past. She particularly loves choreographing jazz, musical theater, and contemporary styles. Aside from performing arts Ana is majoring in creative advertising with an art direction focus, and writes and directs for VIM magazine. She’s always had a passion for both dancing and working with children, and is so excited to be returning to YPT for her second year as a camp leader!
Jo is a recent graduate of Greenhills School and will be attending Mount Holyoke College in the fall to major in psychology and Jewish studies. They have been involved in theater since first grade when they appeared in Burns Park Players’ production of Once Upon A Mattress. Nowadays you can find Jo working on the backstage side of things. They have participated in four shows with Tappan Players and six mainstage shows with YPT, plus a few summer camps. Jo has a love for all things tech, they have experience working on costumes, sets, props, hair and makeup, and more! Most recently, they stage managed YPT’s production of Mamma Mia! When they aren’t at the theater, Jo can be found playing dungeons and dragons, making jewelry, or rock climbing. They cannot wait to spend the summer with all of the incredibly talented campers!
Lily is a rising junior at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, MI. She is so excited to be working with YPT this summer. She has been doing YPT camps since she was in kindergarten and shows since third grade
. Some of her favorites have included Matilda (Acrobat), The Secret Garden (Mary Lennox), N ewsies (Buttons) , Sideshow (The Geek), 101 Dalmatians (Cruella de Vil), Crazy For You (Patricia Fodor), and The Jungle Book (Mowgli). Lily also had the incredible experience of working with some young YPTers as the “Guppy Guide” on Spongebob the Musical. Outside of YPT, Lily likes to cook and bake, sing with her sister, go on hikes and kayaking trips with her family, and spend time with her friends. YPT has always been a huge part of Lily’s life, and she is so excited to participate and contribute to the camp program this summer.