Greg Miller, Artistic Director
Greg has been a working theatre professional for 40 years as a published playwright, scenic designer, actor, improvisational comedian, and most prominently as a director. He has been involved with most southeast Minnesota theatres including Mantorville; Summerset Theatre and Matchbox Children's Theatre in Austin; Albert Lea; Stewartville; the Rochester Repertory Theatre; the RCTC Hill Theatre; and the Rochester Civic Theatre, where he was the Educational Director for 8 years and Artistic Director for 25 years. Greg has over 150 directing credits in southeast Minnesota, including more than 100 in Rochester, and is the recipient of the illustrious Mayor's Medal of Honor in 2015 and the Ardee Award for Outstanding Artist of the Year in 2016. Calliope once tried to get the rumor going that Greg is a demigod, the offspring of Zeus and a comedy mask.
OUR FOUNDING BOARD
Audrey Rinkoski, President
Audrey has 25 years of theatre experience in four states as an actress, vocal director, and choreographer, including nearly 20 local area productions at both the community and educational level since moving to Rochester in 2008. Audrey is an alumnus of the Drake University theatre program and currently works in education at Rochester Public Schools. We don't have the test results back, but we think Audrey is actually a direct descendant of Calliope.
Denise Ruemping, Vice President
Denise is a long-time actor, director, playwright, designer, and theatre educator in the greater Rochester area. She has been involved with multiple theatres, including the Rochester Civic Theatre, the Rochester Repertory Theatre, and the Mantorville Theatre Company. Currently, she is a graduate student, drama coach at Byron High School, and a self-published author. She wrote Calliope's 5th grade book report on The Iliad.
Nick Rudlong, Treasurer
Nick has dozens of acting credits to his name, spread across several local companies, and is making his directing debut this fall. He brings offstage retail management experience and entrepreneurial spirit to our board and to the treasurer position. Never particularly impressed by such pragmatic qualities, Calliope prefers to call Nick the Lord of Puns.
Melissa Adams-Goihl, Secretary
Melissa has been a singer, song-writer, actor, and performer in Rochester since 1999. She has performed with no less than seven local theatre companies and in her professional life as a realtor, is a sponsor of local theatre as well! She has produced an album, "Swisty Speaks" of her own piano/vocal music, and performs with Uptown Jazz and Noto-Chords. Calliope occasionally insists that Melissa sing back the minutes at board meetings.
Dylon brings many years of theatre performance and production experience to the founding board. He has taught and directed theatre at the middle and high school levels and has recently begun directing and producing community theatre. He is also currently serving on the board for Z-Theatre of Zumbrota and works for Mayo Clinic's Provider Relations department. He also recently got a side gig tuning and polishing lyres in the Muse community.
MORE OF TEAM CALLIOPE
Tommy Rinkoski, Tombudsman/Website
The founding board very kindly created a position for Tommy that had his name right there in the title. Aside from filling the official ombudsman role for Calliope, Tommy meets regularly with the board but is not a voting member, because we want to avoid any possible entanglements with having a married couple on a small board. Tommy has a BFA in acting which he generally uses to wipe rosin off his cello in the pit orchestra for local musicals, and by day is a molecular biologist buried deep in a Mayo research building.
Tony Drumm, Incorporator
Most of the local theater scene knows Tony for his spectacular theatrical photography, and he has very generously allowed Calliope to use some of his images here on our site and on other material. Tony was also involved early on in the creation of Calliope Theatre Company, and his name appears as our incorporator, submitting our first paperwork to the state of Minnesota. A dubious honor, indeed.
Mike Stutz, Social Media
Mike is currently serving in the capacity of social media manager. He has experience creating and managing large facebook groups, and we certainly welcome his expertise. Mike is also a talented musician and actor, and has appeared on local stages as a musician and in several local community theatre productions. Mike was instrumental in bringing together the group that would become the founding board of Calliope Theatre Company.
Calliope Theatre Company
The mission of Calliope Theatre Company is to produce and perform theatre that entertains and educates the community and enhances quality of life in the greater Rochester area, and to engage and develop community artists, crafts persons, and dedicated supporters of the theatre arts.
We are a small company with big plans: to produce professional-quality modern musicals and plays using the deep pool of talented artists and performers right here in the Rochester area. We are fans and supporters of the new theatre companies appearing in Rochester. Our vision is to fit in to the local arts picture by tackling larger-scale community theatre productions that require larger budgets and a dedicated artistic director.
We are committed to transparency and are eager to build a community of members and volunteers that will help guide the future of Calliope Theatre. If we were a transparent human, you could see our guts. Since we are a community theatre company and not a person, you can instead see our bylaws and other documents.
Calliope (kuh-lai-uh-pee) is one of nine muses from Greek mythology. Daughters of Zeus, each is associated with a certain sphere of the arts or sciences. Calliope, whose name translates to "beautifully-voiced," is the muse of epic poetry, and passed on her musical gifts to her legendary son, Orpheus. While often depicted with a laurel wreath, she is actually allergic.