Officers & Board

President: Emily Jones
Vice President:
Liz Hopefl
Treasurer: Lori Renna
Secretary: Brian Mishcel

Rob Grumich, with the 2014 season, continues his longtime involvement with ACT Inc dating back to his high school years. This past school year Rob joined the faculty at Chaminade College Prep for the as the Director of Middle School Drama. Prior to Chaminade he spent sixteen years in professional theatre, the last decade developing a performing arts academy and extensive community programs as the Director of Education & Outreach at STAGES ST. LOUIS. In addition to STAGES he has also taught at Western Illinois University and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary and has worked with the St. Louis Black Rep, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis and numerous other small professional and community groups in the St. Louis area. In addition to his theatre work, Rob also serves as the Advancement Director at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School in Ferguson and is on the board of directors of VSA Missouri. Rob's wife Molly is the principal of Incarnate Word Academy and they have two children--Jimmy (11) and Mimi (9).

Tim Grumich has been a board member since 1996 after appearing in his first ACT INC production, Charley’s Aunt, in 1995.  Since then he has appeared in several shows for the group, among them being The Importance of Being Earnest, Relative Values, Gigi and Over the River and Through the Woods.  Tim has also designed scenery for the group and acted as an assistant director.  He enjoys his ACT INC activities in the summer and spends the other months of the year coordinating the efforts of the Drama Club at Trinity Catholic High School.  Tim would like to thank  you for supporting local St. Louis theatre and specifically ACT INC.

Liz Hopefl has, in addition to her involvement with ACT INC, worked with many theatre companies in St. Louis, including New Jewish Theatre (Sisters Rosenzweig), West End Players Guild (Copenhagen, Prisoner of Second Avenue), Stray Dog Theatre (Morning’s at Seven), and Clayton Community Theatre (Doubt).

Sue Howat has a B.S. in Art Education from the University of Missouri and has attended Lindenwood University. She taught Art for 36 years in the City of St. Charles School District, most of that time at St. Charles West High School where she was chairman of the Art department. She is currently retired. She is a long time fan of ACT Inc. productions and is looking forward to her first year as a member of the board.  

Emily Jones is currently the Chair of the Theatre Department at Lindenwood University where she teaches Directing, Musical Theatre, and Stage Voice and Movement courses.  She has directed more than thirty plays and musicals for professional, educational and community venues and is thrilled to be serving on the ACT INC. Board.  Emily made her directing debut with ACT INC just last summer with Travels With My Aunt.

Lori Renna holds a B.S. and B.A. Accounting degree from UMSL, and a MBA from Webster University. She is a Senior Accounting Analyst for BJC HealthCare.  Lori directs for several theatre companies in the area, including Hawthorn Players, Alpha Player, Nad Kirkwood Theatre Guild, and she voluteers with the drama department of Trinity Catholic High School.

Emily Robinson works for the non-profit organization Places for People. Prior to that Emily taught Theatre, English and Communications at the high school and college levels for over seven years. She holds an MA in Theatre Education from Fontbonne University. Emily is delighted to be directing her first show with ACT INC, having previously worked as Properties Mistress, Costume Designer and stage crew. She is honored to serve on the Board of ACT INC since 2008 and is President. Many thanks to the wonderful cast and crew (especially Meg for keeping it all organized), and her friends and family for their love, support and understanding. Abundant thanks to Michael and Jane Sullivan - friends and mentors - for their faith, friendship and encouragement.

Jane Sullivan is a theatre educator who retired from fulltime teaching at  Jefferson College after 27 years. Jane has designed costumes for several local companies, including ACT INC, Mustard Seed Theatre, Hotcity, Dramatic License and Ozark Actors Theatre. Jane directed Kind Sir for ACT INC, and has costumed several productions for Fontbonne University.

Michael Sullivan has designed the lighting for all of ACT INC’s productions since 2004. Michael is an Associate Professor at Fontbonne University where he is Lighting Designer and Technical Director. Michael is also a Resident Artist with Mustard Seed Theatre. Mustard Seed Theatre lighting designs include An Almost Holy Picture (Kevin Kline nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design), Till We Have Faces and Godspell. Michael has also designed for HotCity Theatre, New Jewish Theatre and Ozark Actors Theatre.