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.

Zach Johnson, Vice President – Zach had not seen a play until his freshman year at Grand Valley State University in 2009. He picked up a few classes and soon enough, he was participating in the student-directed one-act plays on campus. By 2011, he had scored his first Shakespeare role, Sebastian in Twelfth Night. A year later, a friend suggested he fill an open role in Romeo and Juliet, Servant 1/Balthasar with Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, and he has been working with the Bard (and once, Oscar Wilde, as Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest) with Pigeon Creek ever since. His favorite roles include Costard in Love’s Labours Lost, Hector in Troilus and Cressida, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Caliban in The Tempest. He was most recently seen as Romeo in HTG’s Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing, and was nominated for a Grand Award for his performance in the former.

Tim Creamer, Treasurer – Bio coming soon!

Danielle “Elle” Lucksted, Secretary – Danielle became involved with theatre when high school friends pressured her to audition for The Diary of Anne Frank, and she hasn’t been able to keep herself away since her “debut role” as Margot. She moved on to perform in the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival as an undergraduate, and was a repertory member of Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, where she garnered a particular obsession with Shakespeare and British literature. She was most recently seen in Heritage Theatre Group’s Much Ado About Nothing as Beatrice and Romeo and Juliet as Juliet, and she cannot wait to continue practicing her love for both text and performance with Heritage. Elle has degrees in psychology, English literature, and human rights.

Maynard Viersen – 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 and The Good Doctor. Krista also has directed One-Acts for Urban Arts and, in June, Actors Theatre Group.