Grandstreet Theatre


Kal Poole

Managing Director

Kal began his theatre career at Grandstreet when he was five years old and learned most everything he knows from theatre school. A proud recipient of the illustrious Wib and Esther M. Harrer Memorial Scholarship, Kal went on to The University of Idaho for a BFA in Acting. He worked for three years at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where he earned his Actor’s Equity card and spent time in several regional theaters before graduate school. At The Ohio State University he earned an MFA in Acting and the Creation of New Work. In 2007 he co-founded Whistling in the Dark Theatre Co. in Columbus, Ohio where he served as Managing Director. Kal joined the Ohio State Theatre Department faculty in 2009 and spent three years teaching at OSU Marion before returning to Montana. Managing Grandstreet is the dream of a lifetime and Kal is thrilled to be home.

Jeff Downing

Artistic Director

Jeff is originally from Chillicothe, Ohio and received a BFA in Theater Design and Production from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Jeff has been directing, teaching, and designing professionally since 2003. Some of his directorial credits include Into the Woods, A New Brain, Zanna Don’t!, Urinetown, Grand Hotel, Seussical, The Laramie Project, A Man of No Importance, Pippin, Marvin’s Room, and Captain Louie. He has written two original musicals for PGT with collaborator Barry James; Once Upon a Time and Toby and Walter. At Grandstreet, Jeff has directed The Secret Garden and Lucky Stiff. He has played some of his favorite roles on the Grandstreet stage, including the Baker in Into the Woods, Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Chip in Spelling Bee and Man One in Songs For a New World.

Marianne Adams


Director of Education

Marianne received her BFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Marianne has directed many mainstage productions for Grandstreet, most recently Rock of Ages, A Christmas Carol, Oklahoma, The 25th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee, Big River, Ragtime, Annie, Peter Pan, Oliver, and Songs for a New World . She teaches acting classes for the Theatre School (greatest kids in town). She has also worked as a mentor and artist-in-residence in the Helena Public Schools and surrounding areas.

Marianne was the 2015 Runner-up for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award presented by The Broadway League and Carnegie Mellon University at The Tony Awards.


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Technical Director

Matt  was born and raised in Montana. After living and working in several cities throughout the state, he is now pleased to call Helena home. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Scene Design from The University of Montana, where his favorite productions included The Cherry Orchardand Fuddy Meers. Since joining Grandstreet Theatre this past June, he’s had the privilege of working alongside many excellent professionals and volunteers from the Helena community. This theatre is a special place that has given him a tremendous opportunity to grow as a technician, designer and community member. He hopes to continue to do so for years to come. Thank you to his family and his girlfriend, Kaci, for their ongoing love and support.

Katie Sorensen

Box Office Manager, Administrative Assistant

Katie is the OLD rusty anchor of Grandstreet, being the longest, consecutively employed person on staff. With much on-the-job training, she has costumed numerous shows, performed a few times, painted a few sets, and stretched her knowledge of computers to a near-breaking point. She loves what she does, and she loves ‘her’ patrons and ‘her’ theatre.

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Production Manager

Dee found his way to Grandstreet Theatre in 2004 after graduating from Carroll College with a B.A. in Acting, Directing and Design Technology.  Dee worked on many shows during this time including: acting in Deathtrap, Love, Sex, and the I.R.S., and I Hate Hamlet. He directed a number of shows such as: The Glass Menagerie, Frankenstein, Arsenic and Old Lace and Greetings.  He also designed and worked on many shows.  In 2008 Dee left Helena, after a semester at Boise State University, Dee found his way to Idaho State University where he earned his Masters degree in Performing Arts.  Since his return to Helena, Dee has been very busy at Grandstreet. He acts, directs, designs light and sound, handles the social media and works backstage and in the box office.

Jessica Snyder

Jessica Formatted HeadshotAudience Services

Jessica is the paralegal for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks but most patrons would recognize her as Grandstreet’s Audience Services person.  She has graced Grandstreet’s stage in Big River, Fiddler on the Roof, You Can’t Take it With You, and Pages of My Diary I’d Rather Not Read.  Jessica is the proud mother of 14 year old Haley and spends her “spare” time volunteering to help abused and neglected children as a court appointed special advocate (CASA).

Board of Directors

Grandstreet Theatre is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. We are steered by a superb Board of Directors, and are always grateful for their advice and guidance.

2016-17 Board of Directors

  • Bonnie Adee, President
  • Dean Mack, Vice President
  • Steffen Rasile, Past President
  • Allison Dale-Riddle, Secretary
  • Linsay Carlson, Treasurer
  • Christian Dietrich, Legal Advisor
  • Mike Brandt
  • Nancy Cormier
  • Maria Hanson
  • Shana Harrington
  • Garry Hicks
  • Margaret Herriges
  • Mike Dalton
  • Karen Zackheim
  • Tom Trebon
  • Caroline Carey, Student Representative