David Gram – Producing Artistic Director
Originally from Toronto, Canada, David (he/him) is a Detroit-based theatre and opera director, actor, dramaturg, playwright, and teacher. He is an Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing in the Department of Theatre at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI. David has directed and produced 80 productions across the United States and Canada.
A director with a wide range of theatrical interests, David is equally at home working on everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim, from farce to Brecht, from contemporary American dramas to original plays, musicals, and operas. Selected directing credits: Pippin, Macbeth, The Who's Tommy, Hands on a Hardbody, The School for Scandal, A Chorus Line, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Godspell, Rent, In the Heights, La Cage aux Folles, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Curtains, A Little Night Music, The Good Person of Szechwan, What the Butler Saw, Bug, A Man of No Importance, Waiting for Godot, Tartuffe, Twelfth Night, and City of Angels.
On the operatic stage, David directed to critical and commercial acclaim the New England Premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking for Boston Opera Collaborative. From 2010 to 2012 David served as the Artistic Director of Boston Opera Collaborative where he directed productions of Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and Puccini’s La Boheme. Other opera credits include: Massenet’s Cendrillon (MetroWest Opera), and Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Opera del West).
From 2000-2003, David was the co-founder and Artistic Director of Shifting Point Theatre, a Vancouver-based company that produced classical, contemporary, and original works for the stage. From 2013-2017, David served as the Associate Artistic Director and Apprentice Program Coordinator of Theatre Aspen.
As an actor, he has appeared on Michigan stages as 'Orson Welles and others' in War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast (Detroit Mercy Theatre), 'Roy' in The Odd Couple and 'Jonathon/Miranda' in Casa Valentina with the Jewish Ensemble Theatre (JET), and 'Gremio' in The Taming of the Shrew with Water Works Theatre's Shakespeare in Royal Oak. Selected regional credits include ‘Aubrey Piper’ in the American Century Theatre’s production of The Show-Off, ‘Kulygin’ in Chekhov’s Three Sisters at the Wimberley Theatre in Boston, ‘Thomas’ in David Rabe’s A Question of Mercy, and playing 40 different characters in Doug Wright's one-man show I Am My Own Wife (Boston Center for American Performance).
A champion of new work, David has been fortunate enough to collaborate on many new plays, musicals, and operas. He has been involved with numerous readings, workshops and productions as a director, dramaturg, and actor.
David received his BFA in Theatre from Simon Fraser University, and both his MFA in Directing and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration from Boston University. In addition to teaching and directing at a number of universities and colleges, David is a freelance acting coach who works with actors and opera singers on audition and performance techniques - with an emphasis on monologue and song preparation and interpretation. He also gives master classes in red nose clowning, neutral and character mask work.
Outside of the theatre, David is a dedicated advocate of the arts and supporter of regional non-profit arts organizations. He enjoys traveling whenever he can and looks forward to seeing more of the world. David is a sports enthusiast, an avid golfer, a lover and collector of books, a foodie. David is a proud dad to cats Lulu and Gatsby, and to Oslo - an adorable Australian Shepherd, and husband to an amazing woman (see below). www.david-gram.com
Kristina Riegle – Managing Director
Kristina Riegle (she/her) wears many hats. In addition to Managing Director of RC Rep, she is an actor; singer; teacher; the mother of three fur-babies Oslo, Lulu and Gatsby; wife of an equally busy artist (see above); a Red Sox fan; activist; and nature lover – just to name a few.
Kristina holds a Master of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory and Bachelor degrees in Music and Biology from the College of Charleston. In 2017, she completed all three sessions of The Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy Institute of Shenandoah University in functional pedagogy and styles for commercial singing. Kristina owns and operates Riegle Voice Studio, a voice and acting studio in Birmingham MI. Kristina is also a Standardized Patient (SP) and SP Trainer with Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, where she helps medical students hone their communication skills and physical examination techniques.
Kristina is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA); American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA); National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS); The SpeakEasy Cooperative (SECO); and is a member of Beyond Artists, a coalition of artists who donate a portion of their performance income to organizations bringing important issues to light. For more information about Kristina, please visit her website: www.kristinariegle.com.
To reach Kristina regarding RC Rep inquiries, please email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kassie Dunaj – Festival Coordinator
Kassie Dunaj (she/her) graduated with a BFA in Acting and Screenwriting from Oakland University. Recently, she has worked at Flint Rep as an Assistant Director for the world premiere of The Future Is Female…and as a Production Assistant for The Who’s Tommy. She made her directing debut in 2022 with Sam Steiner’s brilliant play Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons.
Kassie made her playwriting debut in 2021 with her play, Exes, which went through a four-month development process. Her second playwriting project, Nowhere, which was co-written with several of her peers, had its first public performance in 2022. She is most passionate about the new play process as a director and as a playwright, and is making it her mission to continue to cultivate innovative and exciting theatre.
As a stage performer, Kassie has credits as Texas in Cabaret, Lady Middleton in Sense and Sensibility, and La Doctora in The Servant of Two Masters. She also has several film credits.
When she is not participating in theatrical projects, Kassie is writing and working on film sets. And when she’s not doing that (which isn’t very often), she is hanging out with her dog, trying new food around the Detroit area, and spending quality time with her family and friends. On occasion, Kassie is a server at a Brazilian Steakhouse–which she is also very passionate about!
In alignment with her love for new play processes, Kassie is currently serving as the Festival Coordinator for RC Rep’s inaugural (R)evolutions New Works Festival. She is excited to help bring diverse voices to the Detroit Metro Area through theatre!