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The Farmers Alley Theatre is a professional ensemble based non-profit performance company dedicated to producing popular and new work in the Downtown Kalamazoo area in a unique and intimate setting.

Farmes Alley Theatre aims to foster artistic and economic growth in the central city through a signature drama series, children's theatre performed by adults, and a cabaret music series. Additionally, the Farmers Alley Theatre is dedicated to providing itself as a highly intensive educational base for the training of the young Kalamazoo actor by providing lessons, workshops, and seminars in the areas of voice, acting, dance, and speech.

Our Vision
  • To establish ourselves as the leading small independent theatre organization in the region.
  • To promote arts education with private, close-quartered training in a multitude of disciplines.
  • To dedicate our venue as a place for home-grown artists to return to Kalamazoo in order to share their talent with us.
  • To provide a venue for alternative programming with frequent performances of new theatrical events and spoken word.
Our Values
Not Just Entertainment

Although we aim to please our audience, it is equally important to us to uphold the artistic integrity of the works performed.

A Provider of Equal Opportunity

It is imperative that everyone has access to the theater at a reasonable price.

A Promoter of Arts Education

In addition to the works presented, we encourage the development of training the young actor/singer by providing intense and private education by our experienced staff.

Founders

Adam Weiner
Executive Director

Jeremy Koch
Artistic Director

Denene Mulay Koch
Educational Director

Robert Weiner
Deputy Director

Board of Directors

Joshua T. Weiner
Chair

Kathy Mulay
Vice Chair

Michele Marquardt
Secretary

Lissa Hartridge
Treasurer

Jerry French

Phil Long

Mickey McDonald

Lanford J. Potts

Janice Stifler

John Whyte

D. Terry Williams

Advisory Councils

Artistic

Catherine Walker Adams
University of Michigan

Lauren Kennedy
Broadway singer/actress

Michael T. Newberry
Former Executive Director, American Theater Company, Chicago, IL

Laurel Scheidt
Nationally recognized Drama Coach

Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich
Broadway and Cabaret composers & lyricist

Scott Coulter
International cabaret performer

Business

Jim Jilek
Broker

Irene Kokkinos
Owner, Tempo Vino Winery

Ken Miller
Owner, Millennium Restaurant Group

Steve Sielatycki
Attorney

Jerry Stifler
Owner, Continental Construction

List of Equity Actors who have worked at Farmers Alley Theatre

Michael Ehlers, I Love A Piano
Amy Prothro, I Love a Piano
Elizabeth Swearingen, Collected Stories
Chad Bradford, Ring of Fire
Ben Williams, Ring of Fire
Lee Slobotkin, Life Could Be a Dream
Michelle Duffy, Next to Normal
Trey Ellett, Next to Normal
Teri Bibb, The Light in the Piazza
Lauren Kennedy, An Evening with Lauren Kennedy 
Hannah Elless, Jane Eyre, The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Scott Burkell, Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings, Parade, A Catered Affair, Urinetown, God of Carnage, The 39 Steps
Barbara Marineau, A Catered Affair
Joe Aiello, A Catered Affair, God of Carnage, The 39 Steps
Ann Sanders, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Winter Wonderettes
Tony Perry, Parade
Ben Gougeon, Escanaba in Da Moonlight 
Robert L. Smith, Escanaba in Love
Peg Small, Marvin's Room & Driving Miss Daisy 
Von Washington, Fences 
Jen Chada, Blood Brothers 
Robbie Gay, The 39 Steps
Scott Crownover, The Light in the Piazza
David Niles, The Extraordinary Ordinary
Brian Duguay, She Loves Me 
Jason Grubbe, Superior Donuts
Greg Laux, Parade, Blues Clues Live!, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change,
Alison Mahoney, The Extraordinary Ordinary 
Rico Bruce Wade, Driving Miss Daisy, The Whipping Man
Garen McRoberts, The Spitfire Grill, My Way
Laura D'Andre, My Way
Brenda Cox, The Spitfire Grill
Ben Reigel, The Whipping Man
Todd Zamarripa, Parade
Scott V. Norman, The Whipping Man 

 

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