Amy Spadafore - Managing Director

Amy was born and raised in Saginaw County. She holds a BS in Arts Management from Western Michigan University and after graduating spent two years in Miami, FL as the Resident Stage Manager and Director of Marketing and Development for the Alliance Theatre Lab. Amy was an active Pit & Balcony volunteer prior to taking the helm in 2016 and is a member of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs 2019 class of Rising Leaders. Amy is thoroughly engaged with the arts community and enjoys advocating for arts and culture initiatives on local, regional, and state levels. In her spare time Amy enjoys cooking, painting, camping, and spending as much time as possible with her loyal sidekick, Orville the Theatre Pug - who everyone knows is therealboss around here.


Deb Korf - Office Manager

Deborah Korf is from Chesaning, MI where she was born and raised and still lives. Deb is approaching her sixth year with Pit and Balcony as Office Manager, a job that she just loves!

Her past experience includes 13 years as the office manager/sales assistant at Four Points by Sheraton in Saginaw, MI, 5 years as a Client Service Professional at H&R Block and 13 years as a dining room manager at the Chesaning Heritage House, a large upscale restaurant. In her free time Deb enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.


Morgan Gradowski - Administrative Intern

Morgan Gradowski recently graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with her BA in Public Administration. During her time there she filled several technical positions on 15 productions at the University. When not working on a show Morgan works at Duro-Last as the sales department assistant and Salesforce administrator. In the fall of 2021 she will be attending Central Michigan University to earn her MS in Administration.


Board of Directors


David A. Lyman, PhD – Board President

Dave Lyman is an Industrial/Organizational psychologist who has been active in the arts since his first public vocal performance in kindergarten. He has a BA from Dakota Wesleyan University with a double major in psychology and sociology with a music minor. From the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he has an MA in Educational Psychology and Measurements and a PhD in Counseling Psychology.

Currently he is Lead Faculty in Process Improvement for Managers at the DeVos Graduate School in Northwood University. He is President of the Board for Pit and Balcony and was previously President of the Board of the Saginaw Choral Society for 5 years. He is married to Nancy Parker the President and Executive Director of the Saginaw Children’s Zoo.


Andrew Talik – Vice President

Andrew was born and raised in Saginaw. He attended Alma College earning a BS in Chemistry with a minor in Theatre. He is the Executive Sales Assistant to the Great Lakes Region for Visual Edge Technology. His time away from the theatre left him wanting to get involved and joining the board was the best way he felt he could help.


Mark Ginter – Treasurer

Mark lives in Midland and works with the MIOSHA Consultation, Education, & Training division. He holds a B.S. from CMU and an M.B.A from Northwood University. In his spare time Mark enjoys volunteering at the Midland County Humane Society, writing and producing a web series with his friends and working in his garage (usually with his dogs). Mark joined the P&B board because he believes that the arts bring depth and beauty to our live and that community-based arts are essential to creating a diverse and accessible experience.


Jackie Keyser – Secretary

Jackie Keyser resides in Saginaw, where she was born and raised. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Spanish from Saginaw Valley State University, and a Master of Arts in Public Relations from Michigan State University. Jackie is the marketing project manager at MidMichigan Health, where she has worked for the past five years, and serves on Pit & Balcony Theatre’s Board of Directors as secretary and chair of the marketing committee. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking and reading.


Chad William Baker – Board Member, Social Media Chair

Chad was born and raised in the Flint area and made his way up to the Great Lakes Bay to attend Saginaw Valley State University,earning a BA in Theatre in 2011. He returned to the Saginaw area in 2013 after spending a year and a half as a touring actor/puppeteer for Madcap Puppets in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015, where he has been Social Media Chair and a member of the play selection committee. Chad is also an actor and director, appearing onstage in productions with Pit and Balcony and Midland Center for the Arts and directing productions with Pit, Passion Theatre Group, and Bay City Players. He was also recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Community Theatre Association of Michigan, representing both Pit and Balcony and the Great Lakes Bay at the state level.


Hope Brown – Board Member

Hope Brown has been involved with Pit and Balcony Theatre since 2015. She’s been on stage in musicals and plays, and also directed and assistant stage managed. Hope likes to get involved in any way possible. She is passionate about growing a strong community that thrives through art and performance. Hope is excited to be a part of the Board at Pit and Balcony and continue to be involved in the wonderful city of Saginaw!


Jeff Carpenter – Board Member

Jeff resides in Saginaw, Michigan. He has a Bachelor of Arts & Masters of Communication & Digital Media Graphic Design from Saginaw Valley State University. Jeff has been an adjunct faculty member at Delta College for over 20 years, and has managed a small business in Saginaw since 2004. His primary skills involved Graphic Design, Videography and Photography. Prior to running his own business, he was the graphic artist for The Midland Center for the Arts, and has loved theater ever since. Couldn't quite bring himself to being on stage, but rather behind the scenes, where he can perform his skills in the arts. He has four kids and is married to his wife for over 22 years.


Brandon Harris – Board Member

Brandon was born and raised in Saginaw. He is the father to Brandon, Brooklynn, Brielle, and Michael. He is also the fiancée to Michelle. Brandon has a background in sales and relationship building. As a community activist, Brandon understands the significance of representation. He is an active Mentor of the Read Association of Saginaw County and an advocate for public policy. Brandon believes that art is a universal language and also a bridge to connect humanity. As one of the newest board members, he hopes to be a vital part in continuing to bridge the gap in the community with relationship building and advocating for the arts community.


L'Oreal Hartwell – Board Member

L’Oreal Hartwell is an author and an entrepreneurial free spirit who was born in Detroit. She attained a Master of Science in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University, Orlando, and has ever since been active in the world of entrepreneurs, where she has helped many of them to build their digital presence with a variety of innovations. She has also created an insurance company with her husband, The Hartwell Mutual Group, and has helped countless families financially prepare for the future through life insurance, financial planning, annuities and other financial services.

L'Oreal is also a writer, something she has done for many years. In the past she has produced several blogs and written articles that have been featured on peer-reviewed sites. She has helped other authors to self-publish their books and also provides editing services, book cover design services and website development.

Her own book,The Gold Mind: Think & Grow Happy, Healthy & Wealthy,is designed to help readers realize their potential by exploring their limitless possibilities, instead of embracing self-imposed limitations, using simple, time-tested principles to unlock the power of the mind.

Today, L’Oreal lives in the small town of Freeland, Michigan, with her husband and their 5 children. When she isn’t working she enjoys plenty of family time and the fun side of life, playing card and board games, watching movies and riding roller coasters when she feels like having an adrenaline rush.


Sarge Harvey – Board Member

Sarge was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan where he lives happily with his wife Renee. They have two grown children. Sarge is retired from Northeast Asset Management Group, Inc. and is the current president of the Harvey memorial Foundation. Sarge also serves on the boards of the Field Neuroscience Institute and the Urban Youth Tennis Foundation.


Steve Hensley – Board Member, Fund Development Committee Chair

Steve Hensley is a lifelong resident of Saginaw. Steve graduated from Saginaw Valley State University where he earned a BA in Communication and double minors in Business and English. Professionally, Steve is the program director for the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, where he helps to build community relationships, advocate for small business, and lead the Saginaw Valley Young Professionals Network.

Steve is also currently on the board of directors for Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan. His past involvements include serving as a volunteer and fundraiser for United Way of Saginaw County, the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, the American Cancer Society, and is a past board member for Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan. In order to help advance the quality of life and a sense of place - Steve asserts that community theatre is a catalyst to inspiring people, cultivating harmony while helping establish a more educated society. In his personal time, Steve and his wife are avid hockey fans as they enjoy attending Saginaw Spirit hockey games, experiencing new foods, biking, and traveling north to the Traverse Cityarea.


Steve Jordan – Board Member

Steve was born in Baltimore, MD and moved to Saginaw in 1972. He received a degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Michigan. Steve has owned Barrett Sign Company in Old Town Saginaw for more than forty years. In his spare time, Steve enjoys playing golf and tennis and driving his classic Land Rover. Steve is a former board member of the CAN Council and current member of the Saginaw Country Club. He is proud of the direction that Pit & Balcony is moving, positively affecting the quality of life in Saginaw.


Chris Rohde – Board Member, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee Chair

Chris was born and raised in a small Saginaw County town called Hemlock. Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in management as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Northwood University. Chis has had the opportunity to work for (formerly) Dow Chemical for 5 years and currently works as a manager for Consumers Energy. In his spare time, Chris enjoys traveling around the world visiting friends and experiencing local cultures. He also is known for doing consulting work for small businesses to help them grow and prosper.


Mary Madigan Spadafore – Board Member, Play Selection Committee Chair

Mary is a retired teacher of the Deaf, has been married to her husband Joe for more than 40 years, and is the mother of 2 grown children. Mary serves on the play selection committee at Pit & Balcony, and she volunteers as the unofficial gardener, a very occasional actor, and performer of various odd jobs around the theatre. Outside of her work with Pit & Balcony, Mary serves as treasurer with her chapter of the philanthropic organization of Psi Iota Xi Sorority, volunteers with the after school program at First Ward Community Center in Saginaw, and is a life member of the University of Michigan Alumni Association.


Lauren Zehnder – Board Member, Fund Development Committee Vice Chair

Lauren is the Director of Operations at Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark and joined the Board of Directors of Pit and Balcony in 2019. She grew up in Frankenmuth, MI and has always had a love for theater and the arts. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Business from Michigan State University and recently completed her Masters of Business Administration at Northwood University in Midland. In her free time, Lauren enjoys cooking, eating, traveling, reading, and exploring the great outdoors.

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