Harley Miah (Lighting Designer) is a professional in the entertainment technology industry. He is a freelance lighting programmer for a large number of nightclubs, concerts and festivals across the country, and the chief lighting designer for IKO Global Productions. Harley is the resident lighting designer for Open Book, and has been involved in the technical design of our new performance space from the ground up. He has designed the lights for all of the shows in Open Book’s first two seasons and earned a Wilde Award for Best Design – Lights for his work on Red in 2015. He is also the resident lighting designer for the AKT Theatre Project in Wyandotte, and Outvisible Theatre Company in Allen Park. When not in the theater, Harley spends his time painting, building Lego stages, loitering in museums, and riding his bicycle on the mean streets of downriver.
Cheryl Zemke (Costume Designer) is an award winning fashion designer and owner of C. Creations Custom Sewing & Design. Her garment label, C3 (pronounced C Three), stands for Creative Clothing Collections. Her children’s clothing label is Masterpiece Collection. She strives to make unique, one-of-a-kind designs, popular in fashion runway, and artisan shows. Cheryl produces her own successful fashion runway shows as well as participates in area shows such as Fashion Massacre, Fashion in Detroit, Michigan Fashion Week, and RAINN. Last summer she designed costumes Water Work’s production of Twelfth Night. She is an avid supporter of the arts and is a Cultural Partner at the Downriver Council for the Arts. In 2016 she raised funds through her fashion show to create a College Art scholarship. Cheryl’s designs are available by contacting her personally at (734) 740-1292, through Facebook or www.cherylzemke.webs.com. Upcoming events in 2017 include RAINN on Common Ground, Phashion at the Opera, Michigan International Women’s expo, and Fashion Massacre in Detroit, as well as the DCA Indie Craft Fair.
Bradly Byrne first tech directed in 1976 for the high school play The King and I, and picked it back up in about 1995 when his children were 8 ,7 and 4 years of age. He got started with Youth Theater in Southgate and found it was a great way to be with his kids. His oldest just turned 30 and he’s still at it! Bradly usually works on two or three productions year since then including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Once Upon a Mattress, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll and Hyde and many, many more. Along the way he’s developed many techniques to produce a product as quickly as possible. Bradly was also a muleteer in Man of La Mancha and the lead in Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Bradly says “I love being surrounded by talented people and the people in this production are the most talented people I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Open Book Theatre rocks!!!”
Danielle Gilbert (Stage Manager) is ecstatic to be working on another show with Open Book! She started stage managing with us in the last show of our second season, Calypso’s Corner, and has been a part of every show since. Danielle has loved stories since a really young age, when she would often find herself daydreaming of her doll’s backstories. In her spare time she also has a job in a bookstore, the perfect place for her passion of stories to be let loose. She hopes that one day she might be able to see her own show come to life, but for now she is content following the crazy path on which theatre is taking her so far. She would also like to thank her Mom and Dad, for coming to every show and always supporting her future, whatever it may change to, and her best friend of 8 years, Jordan, for sticking around through it all.