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About
2nd Street

Be Inspired

2nd Street Performing Arts Center and Downriver Actors Guild is the premier performing arts community gathering space for the area. Our mission is to provide the communities we serve with a space to experience the performing arts, dance, music, and visual arts.   We build bridges between diverse members of our community through high-quality arts entertainment in the region and the state.  The objectives of the organization is to produce the highest quality arts entertainment, to be a positive impact on our community, and to be an organization where everyone is welcome, equal, and can create in an open and accepting environment. We do this for the love of the arts.

Overseen by the Board of Governors, 2nd Street Performing Arts Center (d.b.a. Downriver Actors Guild) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving both the community of Wyandotte and the state of Michigan. 2nd Street Performing Arts Center will provide quality programming and performances that strive to be educational, affordable, and enrich the arts within our diverse communities. The center, which includes Downriver Actors Guild, Downriver Dance Academy, and Avenue A Cappella, the 2nd Street Performing Arts Center is a hub for the arts in Wyandotte, MI.

We at 2nd Street will continue to commit ourselves to:
 

  • Providing greater access to the arts in both the City of Wyandotte and in the Southeastern Michigan communities

  • A creative space and inclusive environment for established and emerging local performers and artists

  • Ensuring educational and cultural opportunities for all ages.   

  • We are inclusive in our overall approach to representation across race/ethnicity, gender, body type, binary/non-binary identification, and physical ability.

 

Programs at 2nd Street will include:
 

  • Musicals, plays, and live performances for all ages

  • Theater eduction programs

  • Dance education, recitals, and performances

  • Live music concerts

  • Multicultural programs and events

  • Children's summer camps

Our Board and Management Team
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JIM STEELE

President

Jim got involved with theater when his daughter wanted to be in a play with her friends.  Seven years later, he has done many of the jobs here behind the scenes as well as being on stage in front of the lights.  "We have a strong community theater here with fantastic programs for Families, Adults, Teens and Children.  Besides serving on the board, he is also the Set Crew manager.   Jim lives in Lincoln Park with his lovely wife, teenage daughter and 1 furry kid.

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CINDY NAGY

Vice President

Cindy has served on the Board for many years and in many capacities.  Besides her duties as the Vice President, Cindy is also our House Manager.  Theater is a labor of love for Cindy, and she has enjoyed her many years with Downriver Actors Guild.

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PEGGY PARTRICH

Treasurer

Peggy has served for many years as Downriver Actors Guild's Treasurer.  Her background in finance has been an asset to the group.  Downriver Actors Guild is a family affair for the Partrich family.  Her son has appeared in many of our productions and her husband has been a huge supporter of the group.

MICHELLE STURM

Secretary

Michelle has served several terms as Downriver Actors Guild's Secretary.  Michelle is also in charge of our concessions for all productions.  The Sturm family have all been involved with Downriver Actors Guild.  Her son and daughter have been performing with the group since they were children.  Her husband has been a loyal supporter.

DEBBIE AUE

Artistic Director

Debbie is a founding member and the Artistic Director of Downriver Actors Guild.  As Artistic Director, she is responsible for the creative side of the business.  In addition to her management responsibilities, Debbie has also directed numerous youth, teen, and adult prodcutions for DAG.  Debbie is no stranger to our stage with over 25 years in theater; most recently was seen as Rosie in Mamma Mia, Patsy Cline in Always Patsy Cline, and was also seen in Honky Tonk Angels.

 

Debbie is the Recreation Coordinator for Ypsilanti Township, running the senior program.  She is married to Ernie and together they have 6 children and 7 grandchildren. 

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JOEL BIAS

Operations Director

Joel has served for many years on the Board, and he has served as the Operations Director since the group's inception.  He has also served as the President, and is the resident sound technician, as well as wearing many hats in the tech world.

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DENNY CONNORS

Director of Development

Denny has been involved with Downriver Actors Guild for ten years and this is his second term on the Board of Governors.  Denny brings over 30 years of theater background, both onstage and with production.  He has served two terms on the Board as a Trustee.  Denny was the Marketing Chairperson for the 2019 - 2020 season, and served as the liaison between Downriver Dance Academy and the Board.

 

Denny has directed several productions with DAG: Legally Blonde, The Full Monty, Evil Dead - The Musical, Chicago, and Mamma Mia.  On stage he was seen in the role of Oscar in The Odd Couple and Junior in Dearly Departed.

Denny works for KPMG in Risk Management and Professional Practice.  He holds a BA in Marketing and has served on the Board of various non-profit organizations.

 

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BRYAN AUE

Executive Producer / Documentarian

Bryan has been involved in local theater for the last 20 years. He has performed in a number of DAG productions including The Wizard of Oz, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and Shrek. Bryan is also a founding member of DAG's premiere a cappella group, Avenue A Cappella.

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STEPHENI AGUILA

Trustee

Stepheni found the DAG family in 2015 when 3 of her children did their first show. It was clear right away that the children couldn't get enough so she decided to learn all that she could about the workings of the theater. She has tried her hand at being a producer and stage managing among other things. She has also helped with props, sets, costumes and makeup. She lives in Taylor with her husband James and their 6 children. She works in the Taylor school system and is heavily involved with both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in her community.

SPENCER GENRICH

Trustee

Spencer has been dancing, performing, and teaching in southeastern Michigan for the last two decades.  With her degree in psychology and dance from Wayne State University, she likes to explore the idea of dancing as therapy and self-expression in her teaching.  She has performed with dance companies like D4G and Zookworks as well as many local theater companies. Working on the production side of the arts, she has been a drama choreographer for Wyandotte, Allen Park and Southgate High Schools, Acting Out Productions, Downriver Actors Guild, and upcoming Spotlight Studio Monroe.  Spencer believes that no matter how old or how much experience, everyone can find happiness in dancing, and she looks forward to sharing that passion with anyone willing to take a leap (literally)!

KAYLA HARWOOD

Trustee

Kayla started her theater career at the age of six.  This began a lifelong passion of performing and production work.  Kayla has been with Downriver Actors Guild since it's inception when it was known as Taylor Youth Theater.  She discovered her passion for choreography while still in her teens and began choreographing productions at 16.  Kayla has directed several youth, teen, and adult productions, and has been an integral part of many production teams.   

The 2019 - 2020 season marks Kayla's first year on the Board of Governors.  When working on a production, Kayla thrives on professionalism, a strong work ethic, and attention to detail.  She is looking forward to bringing her drive for excellence to her responsibilities on the Board.  She can’t wait for what this season brings. 

When Kayla isn’t at the theatre she works as a cosmetologist at Salon Bellissimo in Taylor.