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.
I started volunteering at Bay City Players in 2008 as an usher. And, oh, what a journey it has been since. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to act, Assistant Direct, Stage Manage, and act as Producer for many great shows at Bay City Players. I have been on the Board of Directors a few times over the years and was able to serve as President for two years. Bay City Players has given me the opportunity to make a lot of great friendships that will last a lifetime. In my “spare time,” I work in the Healthcare field as a Regional Director of Operations for a great healthcare company. I am excited to see all the great things that have been happening at Bay City Players.
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.
Jeff List received his PhD in Theatre from the University of Kansas in 2015. He has over two dozen directing credits to his name including The Scottish Play by Shakespeare, Sartre’s No Exit, and On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson. He is currently an administrator with List Psychological Services.
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.
Carrie Strohkirch is a wife, mother, business woman, philanthropist, volunteer, and advocate.
Ms. Strohkirch moved to Bay City in 2008, after living in Lansing and working at Michigan Public Health Institute and the American Cancer Society, with her husband to work as the Human Resources and Marketing Director at Strohkirch, LLC in Standish, MI. During her 6 years with the family owned franchise restaurant organization, she managed over 10 locations with over 140 staff members in 8 counties and worked with legislators to revise policies that affected the family business. Her tenure with the company resulted in the successful growth and construction of five Little Caesars and one A&W restaurant, along with a special tribute by Governor Snyder for creating local jobs in Northern Michigan.
Carrie returned to the non-profit sector after the birth of her son, Liam, in 2012. She has worked for local nonprofits including Do-All, Inc, the Dow Bay Area Family YMCA, and the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region.
As the grant writer for the YMCA, she facilitated the procurement of over $270,000 in grant funding and helped develop the Strong Roots, Green Thumbs Community Garden, the MI Swims scholarship program, Healthy Out of School Time policy, the before and after school food program, and the Youth Volunteer Corps. Ms. Strohkirch helped develop the Y as an open feeding site where any youth under the age of 18 can get free and nutritious after school snacks each weekday and a nutritious lunch on weekend.
She is a member of the Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region has served as the Executive Vice President from 2018-2020. She currently serves as President Elect of Bay City Noon Rotary and is excited to serve as a member of the Bay City Players Board of Directors.
Doris Perry lives in Essexville with her husband of 38 years George and their dog Artemis. She was a volunteer in the Essexville school system for nearly 20 years and that is where her love of theater began. She has worked behind the scenes in the costume shop for the past 10 years. She loves people, plays, and volunteering at Players.
Brenda Scramlin Board Member
Brenda over the years, has enjoyed participating with the Bay City Players as an usher and an audience member.
Brenda is devoted to her community through service. She has served as a board member and held leadership positions for The YWCA GLBR, The United Way Bay County, The Salvation Army Bay City Corps., The Literacy Council of Bay County, The Bay City Rotary Club, and the Bay Arenac Community High School Board.
Since 1992, Brenda has worked for COPOCO Community Credit Union, where community involvement is a part of the DNA. She says, it is an honor to work for an organization that values the community in which they serve.
Todd has recently relocated back to Bay City after many years away. He is a former member of the Masquerade Theatre Board of Directors of Union City TN. He has served as Director, Assistant Director and Producer and has performed in such productions as “The Sound of Music”, “White Christmas”, ‘The Odd Couple” and others. His has participated in two Bay City Player Productions, ”On Golden Pond” and “Man of LaMancha”. He is a current member of the Bay City Players Improv Troupe. Todd is a Navy veteran. He is married and has three grown sons. He is employed in the Information Technology field.