Kickshaw Theatre

The Team

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Lynn Lammers

Founder, Artistic Director & Board Vice Chair

Lynn is a director, producer, and arts leader. Her most recent directing credits include The Wizard of Oz at Flint Youth Theatre, Best Brothers at Williamston Theatre, and What I Did Last Summer by A.R. Gurney for Michigan State University’s Summer Circle. Lynn has also directed for Tipping Point Theatre, Boarshead Theatre, Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, Performance Network’s Mosh Pit Theatre, and Peppermint Creek Theatre. Ms. Lammers serves as a mentor for the Wharton Center’s Young Playwrights Festival, is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in New York City, has been published on Theatre Communications Group’s Circle Blog, and presented at LaMaMa Theatre Company’s 2008 Directors Symposium in Spoleto, Italy. Lynn has a Master’s Degree in Theatre from Michigan State University and is an Associate Member of the Society for Stage Directors and Choreographers.


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Jane Griffith

Executive Director & Board Chair

Jane has a background in Organizational Development and Quality Management, and has provided leadership for many community organizations. She is adept at aligning organizations’ programming and communications with the defined vision, mission, and core values. She has also earned a reputation as a sensible financial manager, trimming the fat from budgets and focusing resources on practical, results-oriented strategies. A life-long theatre lover, Jane spent six years as part of Young People’s Theater, serving as Producer, among other roles.


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HEidi Bennett

Connectivity Director & Board Secretary

Heidi is an actor, director, producer, administrator and all around theatre supporter. She is passionate about the power of theatre to bring diverse ideas and people together and is so excited to have the opportunity to develop relationships between Kickshaw and the broader community. Heidi previously worked at the Purple Rose Theatre Company as Marketing Director. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband Sean Carter, and works for the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender.


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Shawn Preissle

Finance director & Board Treasurer

Shawn spends her days as a business consultant guiding entrepreneurs and small businesses to start and stay in business. Formerly, she was an entrepreneur with over 9 years experience in business management, event planning, marketing, communications, accounting and kitchen management. As a rare individual who actually likes working with numbers, she is excited to bring that passion to Kickshaw.  Shawn has a BA in Advertising from Michigan State University and enjoys spending time with her family in Ann Arbor.


Chin-May Aradhye

Board Member

Chin-May is super excited to be a part of Kickshaw Theater. He has enjoyed watching local theater in Michigan for the past 5 years and is awed by the talent. Although not from a performance arts background, he is an avid observer of culture and a curious follower of human experience. It is this curiosity that made him pursue his PhD in Experimental Psychology. He is currently the Director of User Experience at GreenPath Financial Wellness in the metro Detroit area where he works with artists and scientists to better businesses.


Julia Baevsky

Board Member

Julia has been a lifelong connoisseur of performance arts. Starting her journey into that world early in her life thanks to her mother Sophia, Julia developed her taste for artistic experience in renowned theaters around Moscow, Russia, from the young age of 12. Now on the other side of the world, in Michigan for many years, she is a walking encyclopedia of art & culture. Outside her role as an accomplished Sr. Business Analyst for Urban Science, she loves watching the talented theater performers all over the world. She is beyond excited to join Kickshaw Theater in their mission to introduce a new flavor of art to the local community. 


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Aral Gribble

COnnectivity Associate

Aral is a professional actor who has appeared in Milvotchkee, Visconsin, and the two experimental Kickshaw “Lab” productions: Technology, In the Flesh, and Here’s To You, Here’s To Me. When he’s not onstage, Aral works on Kickshaw’s connectivity partnerships, educational outreach programs, and as Kickshaw’s resident video editor and event emcee! Aral has performed with many professional theatres including: The Performance Network Theatre, The Purple Rose Theatre, Williamston Theatre, MeadowBrook Theatre, The BoarsHead Theatre, The Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Tipping Point Theatre, Farmer’s Alley Theatre, and The Detroit Repertory Theatre. Aral is also an accomplished film and television actor, performing in movies such as Dial-A-Prayer starring William H. Macy, and Prodigy which is currently available on Netflix. Learn more at aralgribble.weebly.com.


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Sandy Lemkin

Bookkeeper & Board Member

Sandy first joined the Kickshaw team to assist with bookkeeping.  She started her career in the automotive industry and although she has a background in business she spends her days caring for patients as a Clinical Care Coordinator at the University of Michigan. Sandy has a BBA and BSN from Eastern Michigan University. In her spare time if she enjoys traveling and providing bookkeeping services to non-profit organizations.


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Holly Ohtonen

Board Member

Holly defies today's typical length of time for working with one company. She has committed herself to Liberty Athletic Club for over 20 years - her home away from home. Her passions for people, collaboration, and community continue to be fulfilled in her day job. While she is known to 'sing and dance' in her management role, she is equally grateful for her involvement with the Kickshaw team and renewing her participation in the arts. Holly is a former Musical Theater major from the University of Michigan. Her love for the theater has never waned and she is overjoyed to participate in the very thing she has been missing over the years. She happily resides in Dexter, MI with her husband, fourteen year old son and nine year old daughter.    


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Miriam Weininger

Board Member

Miriam is a more recent member of the Kickshaw board, but is no stranger to volunteerism and serving her Ann Arbor community. As a real estate agent for over 30 years, she has strong ties to this town. Miriam has also volunteered for Meals on Wheels, serves on the board of M-Care, and is an avid theatre lover as well as a visual artist.


Bonnie White 

Board Member

Bonnie has spent most of her adult life working in the theater industry in New York. Starting as an intern at Amas Musical Theatre and Signature Theatre Company her experience spans working in the Development department, front of house staff and as an actor and writer. Her New York acting experience includes B.B.'s Inferno (The Pit), I'm Pretty Fucked Up (Clubbed Thumb), Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love (The Flea), #serials@theflea (The Flea), The Blind (The Flea), Nothingness (Naked Angel's Naked Radio), Master Matthew (Manhattan Rep), Bunting or Flags (New Light Theater Project), The Oedipus Project (New Light Theater Project). Bonnie was a member of The Bats, the non-equity acting company at The Flea Theater. She is the writer and producer of the web series Admins. She has a BA from Indiana University. Most recently Bonnie moved to Ann Arbor, MI to pivot her career into User Experience Design and will be pursuing a masters degree from University of Michigan's School of Information in Fall 2019.