Jake began working with theatre as a middle school student and hasn’t stopped. He is a lifetime member of the International Thespian Society (ITS). While in College, Jake participated in musicals, and held a co-stage manager chair on Michigan Technological University’s Student Entertainment Board (SEB). Post University, Jake has been involved with the Saline Area Players of Saline MI, the Sheboygan Theatre Company of Sheboygan WI, and Bay City Players primarily as a performer in various musicals.
Jake first began his involvement with Bay City Players in 2002, and continues to support life skills and teamwork values taught by involvement in the arts. Jake holds a Bachelors of Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business degree from Michigan Technological University. He is currently employed by the Dow Chemical Company. He is a parent of triplets, one of whom is on the Autism Spectrum, and sees the value that music, live performance, dance, and fine art has in the development of his children and others.
Tyra has been a member of the board for two years and is currently in her second term. She enjoys working at the theatre as house manager, in concessions, and has begun learning the duties of Producer. Tyra graduated from MSU and Thomas M Cooley Law School.
She has worked in State government for 16 years in the civil rights field. In her free time, Tyra enjoys watching the Star Wars saga with her daughter and two delightful puppies.
Meagan Eager is a newcomer to the board of directors. She is a lifelong resident of Bay City and started her theatre career at the Bay City Players. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she studied Musical Theatre Performance and Psychology.
She currently works professionally in Human Resources while performing professionally with Second Shift Theatre as well as the surrounding community.
Leeds B. Bird
Leeds is a graduate of Michigan State University with an M.A. in theatre. He has spent more than thirty years teaching, directing and performing in educational theatre, dinner theatre, community theatre and summer stock. His collaborations with nationally-known pianist Kevin Cole resulted in the revue RSVP JEROME KERN performed with the Michigan Ensemble Theatre and staged readings of A SHINE ON YOUR SHOES at the Ravinia Music Festival.
A particularly enjoyable experience for Leeds was performing as Mark Twain. During a ten-year period, Leeds presented over 500 solo performances as Twain in New England and the Middle West. Leeds is an honorary president of Bay City Players and also serves on the board of Studio 23/The Arts Center and is active with a la Carte, a local arts collaboration.
John retired after 40 years as a Michigan Educator. He has taught high school, and served as Regional Educational Media Director for Saginaw Intermediate School District. He developed teaching Curricula for “Technology Implementation Strategies for Middle and High School Teachers,” created an On Line Teaching Modules in Math and Science and worked as School Marketing Specialist for both Saginaw and Bay-Arenac Intermediate School Districts.
His interest in theatre began at the Bay City Players after graduating from St. Joseph High School in Bay City. Since then he has appeared in many community theatre productions throughout the Great Lakes Region. John is married to Kathy and has 3 adult children, 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He spends his free time as an audiobook narrator, and volunteers at the Senior Services Midland County.
Tracy is retired from Dow Chemical, where she served in a number of management roles in Information Systems before retiring with 33 years of service. She was a board member of BCP for 3 years, filled the position of business manager for one year, and has been Treasurer of the organization for 6 years.
Tracy is also a board member for the Bay Arts Council (Treasurer) and a trustee for the Samaritas Foundation (formerly Lutheran Social Services of Michigan). She is also the chairperson of the advisory board for Living Fire Ministries, under the auspices of the N/W Lower Michigan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Kevin Cole is an award-winning musical director, arranger, composer, vocalist and archivist who garnered the praises of Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg, Hugh Martin, Burton Lane, Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Sondheim and members of the Jerome Kern and Gershwin families. He has shared the concert stage with Liza Minnelli, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, William Warfield, Sylvia McNair, Lorin Maazel, Itzhak Perlman, Brian d’Arcy James, Barbara Cook, Robert Klein, Lucie Arnaz, Maria Friedman, Idina Menzel and friend and mentor Marvin Hamlisch.
Kevin has given Master Classes in musical theatre vocal performance at Interlochen Center for the Arts and North Carolina School of the Arts. He has served as Musical Director for Pasadena Playhouse, Michigan Ensemble Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Royal George Theatre (Chicago) and New York Musical Theatre Festival. Kevin is also an internationally known concert pianist whose engagements include sold-out performances at Hollywood Bow, Royal Albert Hall, Kennedy Center, Ravinia Festival, Wolf Trap, Chautauqua Institute and legendary Carnegie Hall. Kevin has been active at Bay City Players as Music Director, Assistant Director and Actor-Singer. He has been instrumental in the progress of renovations to the theatre through many benefit concerts. One of his original musicals, A SHINE ON YOUR SHOES, made its premiere at Bay City Players in 2007.