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Award Winning Alumni Guest Artists Headline UDM's Cabaret Showcase


The University of Detroit Mercy Theatre Company may not have a theatre of its own, but it has an asset even more significant: the devotion of its many talented alumni. This devotion has transpired into a unique cabaret showcase that will close the company’s 42nd season.  The Theatre Company will transform the Grounds Coffeehaus in the student union building on the UDM McNichols campus into an intimate 140-seat performance space featuring A Cabaret Showcase.  Running April 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8:00 p.m. and April 14 and 21 at 2:00 p.m., A Cabaret Showcase will feature successful Theatre Company alumni who will perform in musical numbers, short plays, monologues and Improv comedy.

Alumni Guest Artist Bios

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“It will be a different show every night, with fresh surprises and some of the most exciting talent from our 42 year history” says Dr. Arthur J. Beer, who is supervising the event. Award-winning surprise guests are flying in from New York City and Los Angeles to perform and remind us of the great things the Theatre Company has produced over the years.

The idea for A Cabaret Showcase began to develop during the Theatre Company 40th anniversary celebration as faculty and alumni revisited the company’s history. These conversations have come to serve as the inspiration for an evening of entertainment that features the work of alumni along side of current students in the program.

UPDATE: Award-winning alumni guest artists from New York City and Los Angeles will be performing live performances during A Cabaret Showcase. Headlining the Friday, April 12, Opening Night performance will be Keegan – Michael Key from Comedy Central’s Key and Peele and the 313 improv group. Broadway actress and Artistic Director of the New York City’s Greenwich Village’s Cherry Lane Playhouse Angelina Fiordellisi will perform on April 12 and 13. Rising star Jamie Moyer will return to Detroit and perform on Saturday April 13.

Fresh off the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies is Joe Kolinski who will be performing April 19, 20 and 21. Kolinski’s numerous Broadway credits include the original cast of Les Miserable. Founder of the Motor City Lyric, Mary Callaghan-Lynch will perform April 19, 20 and 21.

Recently opening as George in Jerry Mitchell’s Kinky Boots on Broadway, Marcus Neville will be appearing via video in each performance. Other video performances and interviews include Broadway actress Mary Gutzi, Hollywood star Amy Yasbeck and Anita Barone.

A Cabaret Showcase will feature local alumni including Greg Trzaskoma who has nine feature films on his resume. Local favorite and Six time Best Actress Awardee Mary Bremer will be among the performers. Harry Wetzel and Eric Maher both with directorial and design credits as well as full time jobs as technical directors will return to their acting roots to perform at our Cabaret.

Our list of performers also includes James Mio, Conor Draves. Drew Parker, Dax Anderson, Patrick Cronin and Ryan Carlson. Also performing is Karen Kron, Robin Lipnicki Mewha, Sarah Mertz Galloway, Maggie Wysocki, Yasmine Jaffri and Mary Vinette.

And there is more! Not only will the graduating seniors of the program show off their talents but there will be surprise video appearances from current Broadway and Hollywood performers! You won’t want to miss this Cabaret Showcase! Each performance will be similar in material but we promise to have a few surprises along the way.

Supervised by Dr. Arthur J. Beer, A Cabaret Showcase’s production team is rounded out by Stage Manager Mathew Lira, Scenic Designer and Production Manager Melinda Pacha, Technical Director Rudy Schupebach, Director of Marketing and Management Greg Grobis and Box Office Manager Lisa Rybak.

The Theatre Company at University of Detroit Mercy continues its mission of providing the Metro Detroit community with thoughtful, high-quality and professional productions. The Theatre Company offers students of the Performing Arts Department the rare opportunity to work on and off stage with theatre professionals. By working with professional directors and associate guest artists, students are encouraged to work at a high level, producing rapid growth throughout their undergraduate education. For more information on becoming a student or an associate guest artist, please contact Greg Grobis at 313-993-3273.

Patrons attending A Cabaret Showcase are encouraged to enter the University of Detroit Mercy campus via the Livernois entrance. Once through security, patrons should turn left, follow signage and park in faculty and staff Lot A. Follow signs to the entrance of Grounds Coffeehaus in the Student Union Building.

Individual ticket sales are now on sale. Admission is $20 for adults and $17 for Seniors, Donors, Alumni, Detroit Residents and UDM and Marygrove Faculty and Staff. Student individual tickets are $10. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more by contact Lisa Rybak at 313-993-3270.

The UDM Theatre Company’s box office on non-performance days is located in Reno Hall room 43 on the University of Detroit Mercy campus (4001 W McNichols Rd, 48221). Hours of operation are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. On performance days the box office will open 60 minutes prior to curtain at the Grounds Coffeehaus (4001 W. McNichols Rd, 48221 – Use Livernois entrance). To subscribe, or for more information, call the theatre box office at (313) 993-3270, or reserve tickets online at

Special events with A Cabaret Showcase:

Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m. – Opening Night

Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. - Alumni Afterglow: Held immediately following the performance in the Student Union Building. Food and drinks are provided through our generous sponsors. Connect with UDM Alumni Donors and Theatregoers. Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. - Talkback: A talkback is a post-show discussion where the audience meets with members of the artistic staff and cast. This is a chance to ask any questions about the show or artistic process and gain more insight into the author’s work. Everyone is welcome!

Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m. Pay-What-You-Can

Saturday, April 20 @ 8 p.m. Livernois Corridor Community Night: Created to bring together neighbors in the Livernois Corridor. Following the performance the audience is invited to mingle at the 1917 American Bistro on Livernois Ave. Jazz music, hors d’oeuvres and discount drink specials will provide a great after party! Everyone is welcome!


 For ticket information, call the theatre box office at (313) 993-3270, or go online at

UDM Keegan-Michael Key Friday April 12: Keegan -Michael Key can currently be seen on Comedy Central in the sketch comedy show Key & Peele. Keegan was one of the founders of Hamtramck Michigan's Planet Ant Theatre, and also co-founded the Detroit Creativity Project. The Detroit Creativity Project teaches students in Detroit improvisation as a way to improve their communication skills. He was a member of the Second City Detroit's mainstage cast before joining the Second City e.t.c. theater in Chicago, where he won the 2002 and 2003 Joseph Jefferson Award for ‘Actor in a Revue’ and was nominated in again in 2004. Keegan performs with The 313, an improv group formed with other members of Second City Hollywood that appears around the country. Key can also be seen on the big screen in movies including Role Models, Due Date, and Just Go With It.

UDM Jaime MoyerSaturday, April 13: Jaime Moyer is an alumni of The Second City-Detroit, and a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and A.E.A. She is the creator of the viral hit "Fancy Catz" which can be seen on YouTube at The Second City Network, and has appeared in several short and feature length films. Jaime was awarded the sole prize of Maestro at The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas in 2011. She has many directing and sketch writing credits, and currently resides in Los Angeles where she teaches for The Second City-Hollywood. In Los Angeles she can be seen performing weekly at The Second City Hollywood and iO West with The 313, 2BQ, Smokehouse, Chalet, Cherry, and Sweet & Salty. Jaime also plays the role of JoAnn on Redeeming Dave.

UDM Angelina FiordellisiApril 12 and 13: Angelina Fiordellisi’s work as an actor has been seen on Broadway, National Tours, Off-Broadway, Dublin Fringe, Regional theater, children’s theater, film and television. Angelina has served as the Artistic Director of New York's off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre in historic Greenwich village since 1996. She founded the non-profit Cherry Lane Alternative and the Obie-Award winning Mentor Project Program. In 1998, she built the Cherry Lane Studio theatre, and in January 2009 she was offered the 90-seat Cherry Pit, located at Westbeth Community Center. Angelina spent 8 seasons as a participating artist and Advisory Board member of The New Harmony Project, 3 seasons in the Carnegie-Mellon Showcase of New Plays, four seasons with New York Stage and Film at Vassar, one season with Labyrinth Theater Company at Bard, and one season at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Additionally, Angelina has developed and produced the work of over 50 dramatists including Pulitzer winner Suzan-Lori Parks, Ward Just, and Margo Jefferson.

UDM Joe Kolinski April 19, 20, 21: Joe Kolinski lit up the stage at UDM throughout its 1974-1976 seasons. He featured in plays ranging from A Middsummer Night’s Dream and Blood Wedding to Two Gentlemen of Verona and U.S.A. (A New Musical Version). Since graduating from UDM, Joe’s career has shown no signs of slowing down, having been featured in the original cast of Les Miserables on Broadway. He has also featured in other Broadway plays including A Christmas Carol, The Human Comedy, The Three Musketeers, and Dance a Little Closer. Not limiting himself to one medium, Joe has also been on several episodes of Law and Order and lent his voice talents to the 1997 cartoon hit Anastasia. He has most recently been seen in the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.

UDM Mary Callaghan Lynch April 19 and 20: Mary Callaghan Lynch (Soprano) pursues an active international career. She has performed numerous roles with Michigan Opera Theatre, including Berta in IL Barbiere di Siviglia, Zerlina in Don Giovianni, Musetta in La Boheme, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Flora in La Traviata, and the second Niece in Peter Grimes in which she performed with L’Opera de Montreal. She has performed leading roles with Dayton Opera, Toledo Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. She has appeared at the Village Gate in New York City and as Beatrice Beehan in Conversations with an Irish Rascal at the Northlight Theatre in Chicago. She received the prestigious McAllister Award for opera singers, she has recorded numerous television and radio commercials, and also serves as classical voice coach for “The Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin. She is the founder & artistic director of The Motor City Lyric Opera where she produced and portrayed the role of the mother in Menotti’s “Amahl & the Night Visitors,” an annual production from 1999-2005.

UDM Marcus Neville Marcus Neville enjoyed a flurry of diverse performances while at UDM from 1979-1983, including roles in The Fantasticks, Medea Et La Force De Voodoo, Captain Cook, and The Brig. Since graduating he has found success in many Broadway productions, including City of Angels, The Full Monty, Li’l Abner, and Mimi Le Duck. He can currently be seen performing on stage in New York as George in Jerry Mitchell’s Kinky Boots.

UDM Mary Gutzi 1972-1975 UDM alumnus Mary Gutzi is best remembered for roles in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Comedy of Errors, The Wizard of Oz, and Tess of the D’Ubervilles. She has also been in several Broadway productions, such as Les Miserables in 1987 and Just in Time in 2010. She was most recently seen as Dobbs in the ABC primetime drama Last Resort.

UDM Amy Yasbeck Amy Yasbeck graduated from UDM after 3 successful seasons, and has enjoyed an illustrious career in television and film ever since. Perhaps best known for her role on Casey Davenport on Wings, Yasbeck also had memorable parts in other legendary series such as Dallas, Magnum P.I., The Cosby Show, and Quantum Leap. She has acted in many successful Hollywood comedies, such as Pretty Woman, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, The Mask, and Dracula: Dead and Loving It. She was most recently a featured guest star in an episode of Fox’s hit series Bones.

UDM Anita Barone Anita Barone captivated audiences during her 4 year tenure at the University, playing diverse roles in Heat, Kismet, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Holy Ghost, and a host of others. Since then she has enjoyed several leading roles on television, including The Jeff Foxworthy Show as Karen Foxworthy and The War At Home as Vicky Gold. She has also made many notable guest appearances in series such as The Larry Sanders Show, Party of Five Curb, Your Enthusiasm, Castle, and Desperate Housewives. She can currently be seen playing Officer Georgia Jones on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up!

Release date: April 09, 2013

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 15th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges."