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Who We Are

Center Stage Studios is proud to be the parent organization of several performing arts initiatives in the Detroit area.

Arts Detroit

Arts Detroit is a performing arts studio, providing education in voice, piano, and acting. Arts Detroit strives to give each student the opportunity to advance creatively as an individual. We hope to empower a student to find their inspiration and express it through their art, and to possess the confidence to do so. Additionally, to help each student understand, recognize and appreciate the unique and inestimable abilities they and their peers hold, as well as to impress upon and excite them to appreciate the fine arts.

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Outvisible Theatre Company

Outvisible is proud to be the downriver area’s first regional Equity theatre, with the mission to challenge ideas, inspire creativity, and find the inestimable beauty of life through art. We offer quality professional and pre-professional theatre and educational opportunities through the dramatic arts. Outvisible stages both professional and pre-professional (youth) productions as well as hosts a show through the ArtsActive Series, offers a playwriting festival, and many other educational opportunities such as workshops and classes.

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Share in our vision…

Center Stage was founded in 2010 with the vision to become one of the area’s premier arts education centers. Currently located in Allen Park, Center Stage operates as three umbrella organizations with Arts Detroit running on a smaller scale of what we hope to one day grow to be.

This is our dream…
We will have multiple dance studios, a handful of private and group music studios, as well as additional classroom space for theatre, theory and technique classes. We plan to have instructors who have been, and continue to be educated in multiple areas of the arts, that enjoy nuturing developing talents. We plan to educate students of all ages, from toddlers to adults, by offering pre-school friendly classes for the little ones, provide classes for those who are developing their skill as a creative outlet as well as a strong educational backbone to those wishing to pursue pre-conservatory training. We will also produce multiple musicals, open to a variety of ages.
Center Stage Studios will be a performing arts studio, a theatre company and home to summer arts camps and intensives.

Want to get involved or find out more about how to help make our dream a reality? Contact us to find out how to get involved today!

Center Stage Studios

 A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to performing arts education in the Detroit area.

Meet our Board of Directors

Adriane Galea

President  / Treasurer

Adriane Galea has been involved with the arts for almost the entirety of her life and likes to think of music as her first language, having started playing the piano at age two. Ms. Galea has been teaching for nearly 20 years and opened her first independent arts studio in 2005.

Ms. Galea is a professional member of the American Guild of Music, for which she also sits on the Board of Directors and serves as Co-Contest Director and Student Council Adviser, and is a company member of The AKT Theatre Project in Wyandotte. Ms. Galea has performed, directed, and music directed for various local professional and community theatres, and is currently serving as the Executive Director for Center Stage Studios / Arts Detroit Performing Arts Studio and Artistic Director for its sister theatre company, the Outvisible Theatre Company, where her direction has held critical acclaim.

In addition to the arts, Ms. Galea is a huge advocate for education in general and enjoys being active throughout the Detroit community. Adriane also serves as Co-Chairperson and Youth Board Adviser for An Amazing Woman Foundation, an organisation formed to promote independence and confidence for young women and girls through the arts.

Ms. Galea holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Michigan and looks forward to pursuing a doctoral degree in the near future.

Sandy Garbovan

Director

Mrs. Garbovan has over 20 years of experience managing professional services organizations, both legal and claims operations with two different insurance companies. She is currently employed as the Director of Business Operations for a federally funded research and development organization. Mrs. Garbovan founded An Amazing Woman Foundation, a scholarship granting non-profit for young women in the performing arts in memory of her daughter, Jennifer, where she is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization, including human resources, membership, marketing and communications, facilities, event planning and also has input into strategic, operational and policy making development decisions. She is a focused leader with excellent communication skills who delivers superior results. Mrs. Garbovan earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration, as well as a graduate certificate in Human Resource Management from Madonna University.  She currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of Macomb Montessori Academy, a Michigan charter school, and is a member of the Vestry at St. Michaels and All Angels church.

 

Linda Rabin Hammell

Member

Linda Rabin Hammell is a Detroit area actor and lawyer with an exceptional professional and artistic background. Selected theatre credits include: M. Butterfly (Helga), Drowsy Chaperone (Mrs. Tottendale), The Baker’s Wife (Thérese), Good People (Margie Walsh), 100 Saints You Should Know (Theresa), Ambition Facing West (Josephina), Collected Stories (Ruth), Bauer (Louise), The Whale (Mary), Seascape (Nancy), The Best of Enemies (Mary Ellis), Metamorphosis (Mrs. Samsa), Buried Child (Halie), The Goat…Sylvia (Steve), View From the Bridge (Beatrice), Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), The Seagull (Polina). Theaters worked: Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Performance Network, Open Book Theatre Company, UDM Theatre Company, Puzzle Piece Theatre, Matrix Theatre, The Ringwald, Blackbird Theatre, Dionysus, Abreact, Water Works, and Planet Ant. Mrs. Rabin Hammell has received training from The Purple Rose Theatre (Guy Sanville, Michelle Mountain), Tipping Point Theatre (James Kuhl), and Attic Theatre (Cheryl Williams, Glen Allen Pruett), and is a recipient of a Wild Award for her performance in Collected Stories, an Ann Arbor News Award for her performance in View From the Bridge, and Wilde Nominations for six other productions.

Professionally, Mrs. Rabin Hammell has been a practicing civil rights attorney for 38 years, and has been a Trial Specialist and Investigator for the National Labor Relations Board of the U.S. Government since 1979. Mrs. Rabin Hammell has also worked as a staff attorney for a union-side law firm and interned in Los Angeles and Anchorage, Alaska for a civil rights and economic justice firm as well as a poverty law program. Mrs. Rabin Hammell holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard with Bachelor degrees in History and Literature.

 

Jean Pilon

Secretary

Mrs. Pilon has run a martial arts school, Wyandotte Karate, for more than ten years, and trains in the discipline of Korean Tang Soo Do where she holds the rank of Sam Dan (3rd degree black belt) and Kyo Sa (Instructor) through the International Tang Soo Do Federation. Mrs. Pilon has appeared over many years on stages throughout downriver, and her more recent credits include That’s Him (reading) and Cagebirds for Outvisible Theatre Company, an appearance in the Detroit Boxfest, staged readings at The Abreact and Performance Network, and roles in Spring Awakening and Into the Woods for The AKT Theatre Project. She also performed at the Cabaret Fundraiser for Arts Detroit in November 2015.

 

Gail Porada

Member

Gail Porada has worked as a professional actress and director on stage and screen for nearly all her life. National and regional commercial work: National and Regional television commercials, some of which were for Weight Watchers, Coca-Cola, Ritz Crackers, Kroger, Publix, K-Mart, Vlassic, Dominos Pizza, Chrysler, American Dental Association, Sprite, DTE Energy, Cadillac, and CVS. Voiceover: General Motors, American Iron & Steel Institute, Delco Electronics, and Honey Baked Ham. Television: Rescue 911, starring William Shatner and Unsolved Mysteries, with Robert Stack. Host/Emcee for Detroit PBS auction.

Mrs. Porada made her theater debut at the age of 5, playing Gretel in The Sound of Music. Broadway: Les Miserables (Ensemble). Other stage credits: Kay Banks in Father of the Bride, Shelby Eatenton in Steel Magnolias, Jeannette Fisher in Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Ado Annie in Oklahoma, Ermengarde in Hello Dolly, and Joan Webber in Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Mrs. Porada also directed live, touring musical revues for the Walt Disney Company and toured with a children’s theater for educational purposes with Theater Arts Productions. Other directing experience: West Side Story, A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Grease, Pippen, Oklahoma.

Other experience within the arts/entertainment industry includes National Spokesperson for Nissan, Toyota, Pontiac, Mazda, Volkswagen touring with the International Auto Show. Lifestyle/Commercial print model: Mary Kay Cosmetics, Cadillac, DOW Chemical, Best Western, K-Mart, Holiday Inn Express, Ford, English Gardens, Crowley’s.

Mrs. Porada has also involved locally  as a former high school Drama, Speech and Debate teacher/director/coach for Bloomfield Hills Schools and co-coached Andover High School to 12 consecutive State Championship titles in Forensics, and she currently volunteers as a Producer/Assistant Director for Divine Child Schools and St. Anselm School, both in Dearborn, Michigan. Mrs. Porada is represented locally by Productions Plus/The Talent Shop and the IGroup. Member SAG/AFTRA and former member AEA. BFA from the University of Michigan.

 

Where are they now?

Meet some of our alumni!

Dara Pardon

Dara Pardon

Otterbein University

BM in Vocal Performance, Class of 2015

Sarah Mikota

Sarah Mikota

Nebraska Wesleyan University

BFA in Musical Theatre, Class of 2017

Peyton Bias

Peyton Bias

New York University

BM in Musical Theatre, Class of 2018

Isabel Haack

Isabel Haack

Unversity of Utah

BFA in Musical Theatre, Class of 2021

Emily Braun

Emily Braun

Wayne State University

BM in Vocal Performance, Class of 2021

Emily Meunch

Emily Meunch

Drake University

BFA in Musical Theatre, Class of 2021

Alana Reinert

Alana Reinert

Nebraska Wesleyan University

BM in Musical Theatre, Class of 2021

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