November 14, 2014
Program - Travis W. Walter, Artistic Director, Meadowbrook Theater, Meadowbrook Theater Today
Travis Walter was named Artistic Director of Meadow Brook Theatre in May 2010. He previously held the position of Interim Artistic Director at the theatre during the 2009-2010 Season. During the 2008-2009 Season, Mr. Walter directed the drama Murder by Poe, which was the Season’s highest grossing production, as well as the highly successful musical Beyond the Rainbow, which won Best Musical in Detroit. Both productions were Michigan premieres. He directed the comedy Boeing-Boeing which was also awarded Best Comedy in Detroit.
Travis is an alumnus of Oakland University and has been an employee at Meadow Brook Theatre since graduating in 2002. In 2013, he was named one of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 Under 40, professionals from various business, government and non-profit sectors charged with giving recommendations to improve quality of life in Oakland Country.
In addition to directing, Mr. Walter brings many skills to this position including playwriting, marketing, fundraising and development. Under his guidance in choosing programming for the theatre, 18 productions in the past 10 years have reached the top 20 highest grossing Meadow Brook Theatre shows.
Discussion - Frank Brady, Old Newsboy’s Goodfellow Fund, No Kiddie Without a Christmas
The Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit is a 100-year-old charity founded in 1914 by James J. Brady. The organization includes 300 members whose sole mission is to ensure that there is “No Kiddie without a Christmas.” Each holiday season the Detroit Goodfellow’s distribute holiday gift boxes to children ages four through 13 living in Detroit, Highland Park, River Rouge, Hamtramck and Harper Woods. Each child receives warm clothing, toys, books, games and candy. For more on this program, please click on CHRISTMAS PACKAGES.
Frank Brady grew up in the Detroit area, attending the University of Detroit High School before attending John Carroll University in Cleveland, where he received his degree in business. Following two years in the army, Frank started a 35 year career at General Motors. Frank's great-uncle, James J. Brady, was the founder of the Old Newsboys Goodfellow Fund of Detroit. Frank is a twice past president of this organization that provides 36,000 holiday packages for needy children in Detroit, Highland Park, Harper Woods, Hamtramck, and River Rouge. Frank and his wife Cindy live in Grosse Pointe.
November 21, 2014
C. Peter Theut, CEO, China Bridge, What You Need to Know About China Bridge
Major Thomas P. Sheilds, USMC is the Commanding Officer for the Detroit