Jenny Koppera and Erin McDonald
Jenny Anne Koppera is one of the founding CrossTown Theatre Troupe
directors and has worked closely on each of the CTT productions since 2008. She is an MFA candidate in Drama and Theatre for the Young at EMU. Recently, Jenny received a Doyle Fellowship as an outstanding graduate-level student in the area of Theatre for Youth at the 2010 AATE Conference in San Francisco, CA. She has also directed productions with Ann Arbor Civic Theatre and The Young Actor’s Guild of Ann Arbor, as well as worked on the EMU Drama and Theatre for the Young touring productions of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Antigone, and 1+2 Night.
Jenny has also lived and worked in Chicago, where she has taught French, dance, and theatre at North Shore Country Day School, performed as a member of Actors’ Equity at such theatres as the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, and choreographed numerous productions at her alma mater, Northwestern University. Jenny is thoroughly inspired by her work with CrossTown Troupe and hopes to see CTT grow and continue its work in 2011 and beyond.Erin McDonald
Erin McDonald is a writer, performer, and director currently working as the director for CrossTown Theatre Troupe. She is a third year MFA candidate in Drama and Theatre for the Young at EMU. She holds a BA in Theatre from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. Erin has worked as a teaching artist at Lexington Children's Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky, Wild Swan Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the Harvey School Summer Theatre program in Katonah, New York.
Erin is currently directing the children's touring production Sideways Stories from Wayside School
at Eastern Michigan University, which will be touring at local elementary schools this March. As a native of New York and a Michigan import, she is constantly impressed by the Ypsilanti community and excited to be a part of a program where youth can truly express themselves through theatre.Photo by Doug CoombeL to R - Jenny Koppera and Erin McDonald at The Rackham Building on the EMU campus.