ATWAS Staff and Board
Lou received his Master of Arts in Theatre Arts, with a specialization in Drama/Theatre for the Young from Eastern Michigan University.
He has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Theatre Arts Department at Macomb College and is the director for the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts (MCPA) summer drama workshop program. He has developed numerous arts and education partnerships throughout the region and is the director of the Educational Award-winning “Acting Out” partnership with the MISD, Maple Lane Elementary School, and Rockwell Junior High School. He was responsible for the development of the Therapeutic Drama program with the Macomb County Juvenile Court and Juvenile Justice Center, and the Macomb County Department of Mental Health's turn-around program. He was the Macomb County coordinator for United Way's Literacy initiative Operation ABC and was a 2008 ATHENA Award finalist for his work with at-risk youth.
Lou is a retired United States Probation/Parole Agent for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, and received his M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Detroit.
Associate Director / Choreographer
Erin VanGemert is originally from Warren, Michigan. She graduated from Sterling Heights High School (WCSPA/Thespian Troupe #1000), and continued on to earn a BFA in Music Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University in 2004. She then worked professionally in regional theaters across the country, as well as with Holland America Cruise Lines as a lead female production singer-all alongside her amazing husband, Michael! She now resides in Oxford, and has worked with ATWAS since 2015. Favorite credits include White Christmas (Betty Haynes), Singin' in the Rain (Kathy Seldon), The Sound of Music (Elsa Schraeder), Cabaret (Rosie/Understudy Sally), Smokey Joe's Cafe (Delee), and the All the World's a Stage production of Disney's Descendants (Maleficent)!
Lisa began working with All The World’s A Stage as the Business Director and a staff artist in 2002, and in 2007 assumed her current position of Artistic/Educational Director. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance and Psychology from Western Michigan University in 1998 and was awarded her Master of Arts in Psychology (Applied Behavioral Analysis with a specialization in Organizational Behavioral Management) from Western Michigan University in 2000. As the Artistic/Education Director of ATWAS, Lisa has been responsible for the development and implementation of a myriad of theatre arts education programs for youth. The core of these programs is to teach theatre as an art form and expose young children to the arts. Combining both of Lisa’s passions, theatre and psychology, she is responsible for creating some of All The World’s A Stage’s more unique programs with under-served and at-risk populations.
In 2019, Lisa received a “Distinguished Alumni Award” for Arts Education from Western Michigan University’s College of Fine Arts. Under Lisa’s leadership and direction, All The World’s A Stage received an Educational Excellence Award from The Council for Exceptional Children and the Michigan Legislative body. She is also a proud member and Vice Chair for the Stratford Festival of America Michigan Members Committee.
Mary Kay Hake
Associate Director / Acting Coach
Mary Kay received a B.A. in Theatre from Western Michigan University and an M. A. in Theatre Arts from Wayne State University. She joined the ATWAS staff in August 2008 after serving four years as head of the Theatre Department at the Arts Academy in The Woods. Mary Kay is also a former adjunct theatre instructor at Macomb Community College.
ATWAS Board of Directors
David A Ramirez - President
Susan LaDuke - Vice President / Secretary
Suzanne Tarchala - Treasurer
LaTika Fenderson - Director
Cindy McCann-Clissold - Director
Cynthia Person - Director
Debbie Romig - Director