Board and Volunteers

Cindy Alberg, President – Cindy is a graduate of Hope College majoring in Dance and Theatre. She has worked professionally for 20 years as a stage manager for dance and theatre throughout the United States and Mexico. In addition to serving as President of the HTG Board, she is the stage manager for the Dance Department at Hope College.

Maynard Viersen, Vice President – Bio coming soon!

Tim Creamer, Treasurer – Bio coming soon!

Buddy Haskill, Secretary – Bio coming soon!

Steven Chevalia – Bio coming soon!

Lisa Koller – Bio coming soon!

Ian Ruel – Bio coming soon!

Julia Yob – As a professional singer-songwriter, Julia Yob is well-versed in finding – and sometimes fighting her way to – musical inspiration in the world around her. A Grand Rapids native with an honors B.A. in Music, she now has two musical theatre credits as a composer-lyricist (“Poltergeist: A Musical Parody” with the Stark Turn Players and “TIP$ the Musical,” produced in early 2014 with co-writer Ian Mockerman). Julia has written over 100 original songs, including all of those on her first CD, Kissing Frogs. In addition to serving on the Heritage Theatre board, she is a proud member of the Grand Rapids Songwriters Alliance. Julia welcomes you to keep up with her antics on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Julia.Yob.Music or “Julia Yob – Following the Music.”

Volunteer Positions:

Don Rice, Co-Founder and Artistic Director – Don got his start in theatre when his girlfriend in college dragged him to an audition. Well, he got a role in a musical called Oh, What a Lovely War and he was hooked. After playing at Theatre as an avocation for ten years, he got a theatre job which had a paycheck attached to it. Seeing some sense in this, he decided to go to Graduate School. He finished with a Masters Degree from The University of Michigan in 1984. After an unproductive stint in New York, he moved back to Grand Rapids and got a job as Technical Director of GRCC’s Spectrum Theatre. Along the way, he and Keith Oberfeld founded The Heritage Theatre Group.

He has directed over 40 productions. He lists among his favorite playwrights Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Anton Chekhov, and Moliere in no particular order. He has just completed writing his own play called “The Lodge”.

Krista Pennington, Managing Director – Krista has her degree in technical theatre from Alma College, where she was a member of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honorary, and has spent a large part of the intervening years working in the Grand Rapids theatre community, primarily working in sound operation and design. Recent favorites include Fiddler on the Roof and The Boatwright with the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and “Pyramus and Thisby” at Artprize, with HTG. Krista has directed and production designed for HTG on Bus Stop, The Good Doctor, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Krista also has directed One-Acts for Urban Arts, Actors’ Theatre, and Curious Arrow Theatre.