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The enthusiasm, motivation, and determination behind the creation of Epicenter Theatre Group stems from 32 year old Michigan manufacturing entrepreneur, Marco Zaccagnini. Marco graduated from Oakland University’s prestigious Department of Music, Theatre and Dance in 2006. Not unlike many Michigan residents, Marco made the most of his job opportunities and joined the family business to work alongside his brother, Tonino Zaccagnini. After Marco’s five year hiatus from theatre and working through one challenge after another in his personal and professional life, the dream of acting resurfaced and the motivation to capitalize on the dream of creating a theatre company re-emerged.

A man of many talents and interests, Tonino Zaccagnini is the owner and founder of a successful specialty floor coatings company for the past seven years. His international business, EpoxyMaster, manufactures and installs residential and commercial specialized floor coatings. EpoxyMaster's floor coatings have also been applied to large motion picture sets, such as the secret underground New York headquarters of this summer's global blockbuster film "Men in Black 3D".

Bill Premin has performed and directed in the metro Detroit area for many years. As a seasoned actor/director he has directed Carousel, Mame, Barefoot in the Park and Steel Magnolias for the Windsor Light Opera Association. He was featured as Billis in South Pacific, Jeff in Brigadoon, Pellinore in Camelot, Cap’t Andy in Showboat, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman as well as many other roles.

After a little 17 year break from acting and standup comedy, Paul Jagoda was cast as James Lingk in Epicenter Theatre Group's inaugural production of Glengarry Glen Ross. He also played Kostya in The Man Who Lost His Sundays and The Visitor in Picasso at the Lapin Agile.

Joel Trumble was inspired at a young age to be an actor by adventure films like Indiana Jones. He made his theatrical debut in a high school production of Ten Little Indians as Dr. Armstrong. A native to Lake Orion, Michigan, he is an alumna of Oakland University and graduated in 2006 with a BA in Theatre Production and Communications.

Our Technical Director Stefan Mantyk is truly a Jack of All Trades.  His start in theatrics stem back to his early days with the Michigan Renaissance Festival and his long time character persona Lester The Jester.  Juggling, magic, balloon twisting, and general clowning has made him a hit with street festivals, private parties and other theatrical endeavors.  He's worked with Delirio del' Arte, Theatre Bizarre, Brainstormers, the Palace Patrol, GO! Comedy Improv Club and is always looking for new venues to perform for small or large groups.

Col. Neil J. Patterson began his professional entertainment career in 1981 at Meadow Brook Theatre. He thanks his wise sister for getting him started in the entertainment field.

Shane Fekete is enjoying his ongoing work with Epicenter Theatre Group. Being no stranger to the stage, or the construction thereof, he has been involved in a variety of productions over the years. Shane began his acting career when he was a senior at the Western High School in Bay City, Michigan, where he performed the part of Pawnee Bill, Old Miner and the Conductor in Annie Get Your Gun. The summer of 2004 found him playing the part of Young Fool in ABC Production’s rendition of Big River.

 

Kara is another of Marco’s classmates from Oakland University’s prestigious Theatre Department. After earning her BA in Theatre Performance (with a minor in Spanish Language), she spent several years acting in film, rather than onstage. Kara has been in over a dozen Michigan-made independent films, as well as appearing in two Hollywood movies that were filmed in Michigan—Real Steel and Ides of March. In Ides of March, Kara had the privilege of working in close quarters with George Clooney and Ryan Gosling while playing a member of Morris’ (Clooney’s) campaign staff, and can be seen in several scenes throughout the movie.

 

                                                                                          

 

 

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