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.
Degrees in Theatre/Technical Theatre/Communication and Administration Leadership. Professional Diversity Equity and Inclusion experience. Significant theatre admin/producing and tech experience. Connections in the community. Passion for people and quality theatre. Experience directing both adults and children. Some grant writing experience. Experience serving on other boards and committees. Event planning experience. Strong lighting experience and background. Significant volunteer background! I have a passion for Bay City Players!
Judy has been a volunteer with Players since 1984, usually producing, working backstage, in the lobby, or organizing parties and events. After a 40 year career, Judy retired from Delta College as a professor of mathematics and dean in student and academic services.
In addition to volunteering at Players, Judy is active with Hidden Harvest, a food gleaning and redistribution organization in the GLB region, and is a coordinator of Bay City’s Food of Faith – West.
In her spare time, Judy enjoys reading, walking with friends, traveling, playing games, and spending as much time as possible appreciating her family and friends.
Danzell Calhoun has over a decades experience in Theater and Film production. Danzell is an actor, director, producer, author, videographer, film editor and film distributor who began his journey in theater serving as the Artistic Director for The Foster Douglass Agency before making the transition to filmmaking.
Danzell’s passion for the arts began with the desire to provide more opportunities for minorities and local talent. He has successfully produced and directed several stage plays (Freedom is my Middle Name, The Goodrige Brothers, The Call of the Spirit, Top Dog Underdog, Tinnitus), feature films (Torn Soul, Uncle Buddy, POX), short films ( Granted, Very Nasty Indeed, It’s just five dollars, etc.), and documentaries (Black Men Matter, Raising Future Leaders, One room SchoolHouse, The Flint Water Crisis) that focus on African American history, social justice, and the plight of the African American male. Danzell has also filmed, directed and produced dozens of commercials for small and corporate businesses, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, events and authors throughout North America.
Danzell is the co-founder and director of The Great Lakes State Film Festival, a small business owner of a local media company which owns, operates, and develops television channels on major streaming devices such as Roku and Amazon Fire TV.
Danzell is a volunteer youth sports coach and in his spare time enjoys writing, gardening, spending time with his wife, son and pets.
After spending 30 plus years as a Behavioral Healthcare Executive, Bob decided it was time to pursue something else. After two years of consulting, an opportunity presented itself at Saginaw Valley State University. So, for the past 11 years Bob has served as an Adjunct Professor of Management at SVSU. This is Bob’s 5th year on the Board of Directors at Bay City Players, where he and his spouse, Cindy, are very active. Both are members of the Rotary Club of Bay City and Cindy serves as Vice-President of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. Bob and Cindy live in Bay City with their Golden Retriever “Cash”.
Claire Clark is a stay at home mom to four boys. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and owns a small design business. In her free time, Claire enjoys reading, thrifting and spending time with her family and friends. She loves being on stage, yet is currently on a self-imposed hiatus to concentrate on raising her boys.
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.
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.
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.
Tracy not currently on the Board of Directors although has served numerous board terms and acted as the Board Liaison for the Operations Administrator.
Jessica has a Bachelor of Social Work from Central Michigan University and a Master of Social Work from Michigan State University. Jessica dedicated her early career working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. Jessica is dedicated to helping others and enjoys working for nonprofit organizations. She has a passion for the arts and enjoys dancing, painting, drawing, and graphic designing. When Jessica was hired, Bay City Players created a new position that replaced the Operations Manager and Office Manager and she now has taken over both roles as Kathy Pawloski has retired.