Horizon Performing Arts exists to produce quality art that is unique and educational for a variety of ages. This organization strives to encourage passionate artists who are looking to improve their skills while being a part of an inclusive, inventive and encouraging community. We believe that no matter who you are there is always room to widen your horizons through the performing arts.
Horizon Performing Arts is a 501(c)3 Non-profit Organization
"Horizon Performing Arts strives to bring Theatre Education to everyone, no matter what age or experience. We produce a wide range of unique productions in order to reach our diverse community. Whether it's a brand new show, one you may not have heard of or a popular show that is done in a whole new way, Horizon embodies the idea that there is always room to widen your horizons through the performing arts in everything that we do." - Brandon Waldenmayer, Co-Founder & Artistic Director
About Our Staff and Board of Directors
Horizon Performing Arts was founded by Brandon Waldenmayer, Reilly Conlon and Dr. Linda Venable and established in April 2017 in Ypsilanti MI.
Below is a little bit about the wonderful people who are involved! We are excited to bring quality performing arts and arts education to the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor area.
Artistic director & Co-Founder– Brandon Waldenmayer
Brandon is ecstatic to be bringing innovative theatre to life through Horizon Performing Arts. In 2018, Brandon received two BroadwayWorld Awards for “Best Leading Actor in a Play” for his work in Fully Committed at Horizon Performing Arts and “Best Leading Actor in A Musical” for his work in Falsettos at Horizon Performing Arts. Brandon has been Producing, Directing, and Music Directing shows throughout Michigan for the past ten years. Brandon's work as a Playwright has produced professionally throughout the United States and Canada. His most recent work, Licensed to Teach made its world premiere at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in New York City where Brandon played the roles of Arthur and Others. In 2016, Brandon served as a Canadian Ambassador for the World Festival of Children's Theatre held in Stratford Ontario. He has also been seen onstage in countless plays and musicals. Favorite onstage credits include; Paul San Marco (A Chorus Line), Marvin (Falsettos), and Sam and Others (Fully Committed). Brandon is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor's Degree in both Public/Non Profit Administration and Studies in Children's Literature and Theatre for Young Audiences.
associate director & Co-Founder – Reilly Conlon
Reilly Conlon is ecstatic to begin this journey at Horizon! Reilly is a recent graduate of Eastern Michigan University with degree in Educational Theatre, English, and Drama and Theatre for the Young. She has Directed, Choreographed, Stage Managed, and performed in over 30 productions throughout Michigan and is excited to put her knowledge and skill set to work as the Associate Director of Horizon Performing Arts. Some of her favorite Directing and Choreography credits include A Chorus Line, Bring it On! The Musical, Chicago, & Beauty and the Beast Jr. Favorite onstage roles include: Audrey (Little Shop of Horrors), The Bakers Wife (Into the Woods), & Martha (Spring Awakening). Reilly is a firm believer in the transformative qualities that theatre has to offer students and knows that no matter the age, there is always a chance to learn and gain new perspective about the world through art.
Executive Director & Co-Founder – Dr. Linda Venable
Dr. Linda Venable is so excited to be leading the Board of Directors at Horizon Performing Arts. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in vocal performance from The University of Michigan in 1992. She also holds a Master of Music in vocal performance and a Master of Sacred Music from Southern Methodist University as well as a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Wittenberg University. She has taught private voice lessons in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area for over 30 years and is certified by the Institute for Contemporary Commercial Music at Shenandoah University.
Linda has been the music director of over 30 musicals. She loves the challenge of finding just the right way to help a singer get the best sound for their character. Seeing shows come together, watching cast members grow and develop as people as well as singers, actors and dancers is a real joy for her. In addition to her work in Musical Theatre, Linda has an extensive choral background. She has been the Minister of Music at numerous churches as well as participating and directing quite a few other groups. Some of Linda's most cherished experiences include: being the Soprano soloist with the University of Michigan Chamber Choir and Orchestra at Hill Auditorium, playing The First Lady in the Magic Flute with the University of Michigan Opera Theatre at the Power Center, playing the Mother Abbess at Cherry Hill Village Theatre, and directing a 21 piece orchestra and 80 member cast in Les Miserable also at the Cherry Hill Village Theatre. You can learn more about Linda at her website, www.lindavenable.com
President of the Board – Stein Brunvand
Dr. Stein Brunvand, more commonly known as just plain old Stein, is an Associate Professor and Director of Master's Degree Programs in the College of Education, Health and Human Services at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He was initially involved in theater in high school, which was a very long time ago. Recently, he has worked on over 20 shows as master carpenter, technical director and backstage run crew. He has enjoyed watching his daughters emerge as confident and talented young women through their participation in theater and he is excited to help Horizon Performing Arts provide that same opportunity to other aspiring actors.
Secretary of the Board – Michelle Galbraith
Michelle Galbraith is excited to lend her skills to Horizon Performing Arts. Theater has been a great outlet for her two daughters and her husband. Growing up her parents exposed her to Les Miserable, and she has loved musical theater ever since. In fact when her daughters were born, Annie the Musical was on repeat in the CD player. Michelle has witnessed the importance of theater for her daughters. It has taught them stage presence, self-confidence, communication skills, and creative thinking. Both girls started out at Center Stage Productions where Michelle volunteers her time sewing costumes and gluing headpieces. She is Co-Chair for flower sales and student concessions at Pioneer Theater Guild. Michelle has a BA in Marketing from Michigan State University – The Eli Broad College of Busines. She is a Career Coach at Amy Cell Talent advising clients on their career search process and job search toolkit.
Member at large – Vaughn Louks
Vaughn Louks could not be happier to be involved with Horizon Performing Arts! In 2018, Vaughn received a BroadwayWorld Award for “Best Sound Design” for his work on Disaster! the Musical at Horizon Performing Arts. Vaughn works as a Technician at The MacBench in downtown Plymouth. Vaughn fell in love with the theatre community and has grown so much through it. Having been involved in nearly 20 shows either performing or tech and sometimes both, Vaughn has seen the power that the performing arts has on people of all ages and wants to help as many people as he can. Vaughn is currently attending Schoolcraft Community College and will transfer to earn a degree in Secondary Education.