TAP Staff

Robert BolesRobert Boles
Co-Artistic Director

Bob began his acting and directing career as a founding member of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. He has since worked in regional theatres all over the country including the Indiana Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, Madison Rep, and the Skylight Music Theatre. His repertoire over the years has ranged from the classics of Shakespeare and Ibsen to the more contemporary classics of Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee to the musicals of Stephen Sondheim and James Valcq. Bob appeared in the Broadway company of Footloose, a production he also toured around the U.S. Off-Broadway he was in the original casts of Mr. Valcq’s Zombies from The Beyond (also original cast album), To Feed Their Hopes (NY and LA productions), and Balancing Act written and directed by Dan Goggin.

On television Bob has appeared on episodes of Law And Order, The Equalizer, and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit along with national commercials for AT&T, Burger King, and Isuzu.

He also appeared in a number of films including Ransom, First Wives Club and The Royal Tenenbaums.

Directing credits include The Laramie Project, Merton of the Movies, and Rent.  For TAP he has directed The Subject Was Roses, Souvenir, Greater Tuna, The Santaland Diaries, This Wonderful Life, Talley’s Folly, Educating Rita, Sylvia, and Love Letters, and has appeared in The House of Blue Leaves and The Fantasticks. For StageKids, Bob directed the acclaimed productions of columbinus and Our Town.

As a playwright, Bob’s one act play, Birthday Boys has received several awards including the Lipkin Prize for Playwriting. In recent years Bob served as the New England regional chair for the national playwriting program of the Kennedy American College Theatre Festival.

From 2005 to 2011 he was the creator and director of the theatre program at the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

Bob is a member of Actors Equity, Dramatists Guild, Society of Directors and Choreographers, and the Screen Actors Guild. He holds degrees in theatre from the New School of Social Research and Sarah Lawrence College.

James Valcq

James Valcq
Co-Artistic Director

James is best known as the composer of the Off-Broadway musical The Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons, 2001) which won the Richard Rodgers Production Award administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Stephen Sondheim, chair) and received Best Musical nominations from the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League as well as two Drama Desk nominations.

Written with collaborator Fred Alley, Spitfire has been produced over 600 times across the United States, in Germany, South Korea, Japan, and Australia, as well as a highly lauded London premiere in 2015. Also Off-Broadway, James was the composer/author of Zombies from The Beyond, which opened to critical acclaim in 1995.

James has composed scores for Love’s Labour’s Lost at Idaho Shakespeare Festival & Great Lakes Theatre Festival, The Rivals, The Merchant of Venice, and Much Ado About Nothing for Door Shakespeare, Tomas and the Library Lady at Idaho Theatre for Youth, an adaptation of the classic children’s book The Pancake King commissioned by Milwaukee’s Next Act Theatre, The Passage (another collaboration with Fred Alley) & Victory Farm for Northern Sky Theatre, and Anatole for First Stage. For TAP, James has created the Irving Berlin cavalcade I Love a Piano, adapted the opera “La Serva Padrona” as Maid to Marry (the surprise hit of the 2015 Spring season) and created a new adaptation of the 1910 musical Madame Sherry. He recently completed the score for Boxcar, which will premiere at Northern Sky in the future.

Broadway credits as conductor and/or musician include Chicago, Flower Drum Song, Cabaret, and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Other conducting credits: Maurice Sendak’s production of Really Rosie, Candide, Lady in the Dark, South Pacific (Skylight Opera Theatre), and She Loves Me (Indiana Rep). Television appearances include The Today Show (NBC) and Musical Theatre: New Directions (PBS).

Directing credits include Zombies from The Beyond off-Broadway, Northern Sky’s The Spitfire Grill, and TAP’s Almost, Maine, The Glass Menagerie, The 39 Steps, The Drawer Boy, The Fantasticks, Steel Magnolias, and The Amish Project (among others). Favorite acting roles include Cosme in Souvenir (Boise Contemporary Theatre, American Stage Company, & TAP), Feste in Twelfth Night (Door Shakespeare), Ernie in Guys on Ice (Milwaukee Rep), Erik Satie in Velvet Gentleman & Philippe in Madame Sherry (TAP), and Pierre in How I Became a Pirate (First Stage Milwaukee). James holds an MFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts and is a proud member of the American Federation of Musicians & Actors Equity Association.

 

 

Amy Ensign

Amy Ensign
Director of Marketing & Development

After graduating from the University of Washington in Seattle with a BA in Drama, Amy worked in retail sales and management, where she discovered her theater training was a perfect match for retail training and development. She became Franchise Training Manager for The Body Shop in Washington State and moved to San Francisco to become Area Training Manager for the Northwest Region and eventually Regional Training Manager for the Western Region of the same company.

An avid sailor, Amy and her husband traveled around the coasts of the US, Mexico, Central America, and the Atlantic provinces of Canada, circumnavigating Newfoundland and traveling up the St. Lawrence Seaway and on to Sturgeon Bay, where she settled to be close to her parents and raise a family. The arts community of Door County drew her back to theater and she performed for the first time since Drama School on the TAP stage.  Since then, she has worked as an actor with Peninsula Players, Northern Sky Theater, and six seasons with Door Shakespeare.

At TAP, Amy was seen on TAP’s stage in Shirley Valentine, Almost Maine, Love Letters, Tapestries: the Music of Carole King, The House of Blue Leaves, The 39 Steps, Yuletide Tales, Talley’s Folly, and Steel Magnolias. Along with teaching classes at TAP, she also directed Love, Loss and What I Wore, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Birds’ Christmas Carol, and The Littlest Angel. Look for her soon in Patio/Porch.

When not at TAP, Amy enjoys cycling and playing underwater hockey. The Director of Theater at Sevastopol School, Amy lives in Sturgeon bay with her husband and son.

Magle150Margaret Magle
Office Manager

A Sturgeon Bay resident since 1981, Margaret has worked in retail and service industries and has done voice-over radio commercials for local businesses.  As a long-time volunteer at TAP, she worked both front of house and behind the stage in various capacities.  After finding herself unemployed, Margaret was offered a chance to put all the years of volunteering behind her and take the position of Office Manager for the theater. When not working at TAP, Margaret can be found reading, writing, working on jigsaw puzzles, all with the help of her cats.

 

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Phone: (920)743-1760

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tom Albert

Steve Allen

Laurel Brooks

Suzanne Crager

Alan Kopischke

Jeremy Popelka

James Valcq

Karl Wise

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Hans Christian

Jacinda Duffin

Suzanne Gomes

Natalie Gorchynsky

Joe Hanreaddy

Laurel Hauser

Heidi Hodges

Art Hopper

Karen Mal

Doug Mancheski

Amy McKenzie

Spencer Milligan

Grace Rossman

Sheila Saperstein

Pam Seiler

Cynthia Stiehl

Sue Wehrli

William Welter

Patty Williamson