Susan Storey (director) has been a part of the theatre since she was 5 years old, so that puts her well above a half of century in the business! Starting out as a Grandmother-Granddaughter story telling team on through college theatre training; creating in 1985 the still active, award winning La Troupe des Arts performing arts program and The Detroit Public School Debate League; being a 34-year member of the Rosedale Community Players and more recently, the Vice-President of Barefoot Productions, she is still excited to bring theatre to all audiences. Whether it be directing, acting, set designing, running a membership campaign, painting a ceiling or cleaning out the prop room, Susan has proved to be one dedicated, energetic member here at Barefoot!
Adriana Acosta is a photography student at OCC. She has always enjoyed many facets of art, but never knew acting would be something she would participate in. The Vagina Monologues is Adriana's debut performance in theatre. She is very excited to share her hair with you!
Being blessed with the female anatomy is how Amanda Durham landed a role in this "Unique, Beautiful, Fabulous" production of The Vagina Monologues. She has been performing for 27 years; her debut was in the produce section of Meijer--thanks, Mom! A special thanks to all of her friends and family who have supported her acting career. Be it good or bad, it's always been entertaining. Enjoy!
This is Chelsey Mellon's first show with Barefoot Productions. She is also currently taking improv classes at GO Comedy! in Ferndale. She is extremely excited to be back on stage. She would like to give a big I LOVE YOU to her amazing friends and family who always support her.
Collette Cullen began her acting career as a shepherd in her older sister's home production of the Christmas Nativity.
Thwarted in her desire to be an angel or Mary, she pursued acting as a hobby and has performed in over twenty local theatrical productions. She loves the smell of grease paint. But her greatest love was her work as a special education teacher. As they say
you can take the teacher out of the classroom but you there is no sending a
teacher out to pasture. Upon retiring she wrote a one-woman show called Annie Speaks. It is the story of Annie Sullivan, the teacher of Helen Keller’s. The show was
first performed here at Barefoot on April 14, 2012 under the directions and care of Susan Storey. Colette continues to perform and the work is now a training program for teachers with Annie Sullivan serving as a facilitator of
discussion on children’s interiors, and how to work with children to engage their spirits.
This is Faithanne Melow's debut stage performance and she is more than honored to have been taken under the wing of all of these amazing women! She is a triple threat--dancer, singer, actor extraordinaire. She wants to thank her mommy and family for letting her be apart of this experience! You can also catch her as the Baby Zebra for
Wayne Memorials Marching Band!
This is Jeanne Pruett’s debut performance at Barefoot Productions. Previously, she was seen as Monica Woodsquirrel in Flapper, Clara Voyant in Old Hams, and Cherie in Return to Hippie High, all at the Canton Village Theater. She has also worked at the Attic Theater, Meadowbrook Theater, and Henry Ford Museum Theater in a multitude of roles. She is very happy and excited to be involved with Barefoot Productions.
This is Jessey Gohl's first performance with Barefoot Productions. Her other hobbies include singing and writing her own songs. She has expressed the amazing time and experience she has had with Susan Storey and the ladies of The Vagina Monologues.
This marks Samantha Lowry's 8th appearance on the Barefoot stage, with her previous roles including Carol Melkett in Black Comedy, and Leila Arden in Rope. Samantha studied Arts Management and Entrepreneurship at Eastern Michigan University, and after nearly 3 years as Tipping Point Theatre's Administrative Coordinator, recently accepted the role of Production Director for Barefoot! She also recently embarked on an adventure as a Mary Kay consultant. As always she would like to thank her family and friends for all their support, especially Eric who is the best sounding board and provider of hugs.
Alexis Bauer has been performing on and off stage since she could breathe (perks of being an only child!!). Known for always having the "goofy" or "sultry" role, she was intrigued to attempt a performance with so much more depth. Alexis feels privileged to live in an era when she can openly talk about her vagina and all the other goodies that go with it, and recognizes all the struggles and tribulations endured so she can.
Caroline Rankin was born, raised, and lives in Ann Arbor. She attended the University of Michigan and has a BA in Screen Arts and Cultures. In the years since graduating, she has acted and directed numerous plays, shorts, and independent films. In the coming year, she hopes to write, direct, and act in her own original pieces.
Chris Steves does just about everything for Barefoot--she has given Meg Ryan a run for her money in the moan department.
Ederique Goudia is a Louisiana native with Creole descent and has been a resident of Michigan for 11 years. She works as a sales rep for a food distributor and had the pleasure of being a part of the 15th annual Great Lakes Regional Chili Cook-Off three years ago and won 1st place for Barefoot Productions. Ederique is now honored to be a member of the cast!
Jeanne Poulet is a master etcher and engraver, mainly focusing her work on the issue of justice. She is also a poet in
French, German, and Spanish. Her pieces,"MANUSCRIPTS OF HUMANITY"
and "THE SOOTHSAYER TRUTH PORTFOLIOS", are being exhibited internationally with National Conference of Artists Gallery & The Karen Clawson Serenity Recovery Gallery. This is Jeanne's first acting experience, and she
has impressed us all!
A commercial, stage, and film actor from Holland, MI, Jennifer Jelsema is delighted to join this talented cast and support a worthy cause. "As a South Korean adoptee, I feel a responsibility to share the stories of the Comfort Women
and am deeply grateful to Susan Storey for including "Say it" in this production and allowing me to be the one to perform it." Jennifer has performed on stage for Actors
Theatre Grand Rapids and Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids.
Mary Tablac started volunteering with Barefoot Productions as an usher in March 2012. Although she's played many parts
backstage in the past year, this is her first time on stage at BP. Previous roles include The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Criminologist/Emcee/Director) and four (!)
consecutive productions of The Vagina Monologues at the University of South Carolina. She thanks and appreciates all
the strong women around her, as well as all of Barefoot Productions' volunteers, partners, and patrons.