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 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. Since 2012 Kal has served as Managing Director of Grandstreet. He has the best job on the planet and is thrilled to be home.
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. Jeff has served as Artistic Director at Grandstreet since 2012.
Marianne received her BFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Marianne has directed many mainstage productions for Grandstreet, some favorites include Frozen, Jr Elf Jr, Tarzan, Rock of Ages, The 25th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee, Big River and Ragtime. 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. She is also a Freddie G. Fellowship award recipient for 2018.
Paige is from the Pacific Northwest, most recently Missoula, and holds a BFA in Technical Theatre from the University of Montana. Paige is thrilled to be the new Technical Director at Grandstreet Theatre. Previous theatrical credits for Technical Direction include Arsenic and Old Lace at Fort Peck Summer Theatre and Barefoot in the Park for the Montana Repertory Theatre. She has also been a tour actor and director with Missoula Children’s Theatre. Paige would like to thank Denise Ness, Gary O’Neill and Lilly Olson.
Ben Is from Cheyenne Wyoming and is a BFA in Technical Theatre Management focusing in Lighting and Projection design at the University of Wyoming. Previous Credits include Associate Projection design for Wonderland: Alice’s Adventures in 3-D Space and Cinematographer for The University of Wyoming ASOPA show The Dolls of New Albion.
Jackie Hanson-Felber is a hometown girl, whose love of theatre was developed very early on with a performance at Grandstreet of ‘Bridge to Terabithia’. She has done volunteer stage work for Gypsy and Honk. She also did Theatre throughout High School, both at Capital and Helena High. She is over the moon to join the Grandstreet family as the new Box Office Manger/ Administrative Assistant!
When she’s out of the Box Office she enjoys her other full time job as a mom to three amazing kids, cooking, painting, gardening, shopping with her mom and mining for sapphires with her wonderful husband.
Karen joined the Grandstreet family in 2015 as the Finance Manager bringing absolutely no artistic skills, but she can at least keep the books straight! Karen graduated from the University of Montana with a B.S. in Business and Accounting and then moved to Helena. Karen retired from Heritage Propane in 2013 as its Vice President of Finance and Administration after working there for over 25 years. Karen now spends her time working part-time at Grandstreet, is currently on the Board at St. Peter’s Health and on its Finance Committee, on the Board at First Security Bank of Helena and is the financial accountant/treasurer for Saint John’s Lutheran Church. Karen and her husband Garry are avid supporters of the Helena Arts Community, but especially partial to Grandstreet. Their children’s involvement in Grandstreet’s Theatre School Program introduced them to Grandstreet 20 years ago and they have been involved ever since.
Retta Leaphart holds a BA in Acting and Directing (Middlebury College) and an MFA in Theater (Sarah Lawrence College). Retta is the Education Coordinator for the Myrna Loy Center and an Artistic Consultant for Trusty Sidekick Theatre Company. She has taught for the New Victory Theater, Disney Theatrical Group, Brooklyn Arts Council, and Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Retta directed Sense and Sensibility, The Giver, Speech and Debate, Our Town and Still Life with Iris at Grandstreet Theatre.
A veteran of Helena stages, Julia is excited to return to GTS. She is mom to two boys, an adjunct theatre instructor at Carroll College, where she also coordinates the Staged Health program, and is a certified yoga instructor. Julia has previously been on the summer faculty, this year at Beanie Camp and recently returned to the stage as Elsa Schraeder in The Sound of Music.
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.