Amy Stein-Hansen
Ashlee Cowles
Carol Murray Jewelry
Cindy McSurely
Deborah Crandell
Diane Frederick
Elizabeth Calcutt
Greta Bolger
Heather Harris-Brady
Helen Grove
Holly Polich
Ian Jones
Ingrid Andrews
Jim Young
Joe Thatcher Thatcher
Judy Zorn
Julie Avery
Kate Korroch
Kristi Wodek
Laura Quackenbush
Laurie Sears
Leslie Donaldson
Linda Gits
Lora Frankel
Lisa Ventimiglio
Marcia Conlon
Mark Bowyer
Mary Dye
Megan Holtrey
Melanie Olsen
Melissa Johnson
Mercedes Michalowski
Molly Thompson
Helen Raica-Klotz
Raizel Coiman
Renee Hintz
Sharon Hubbard
Sharon Mick McAuley
Tamara Hoffbauer
Tami Maisel
Terry Beamsley
Tim Sparling Sparling
Ginny Hawkins
Walter J. Lee
William Lindemann
Yvonne Sage

NW MI Arts & Culture Network

Mash-Up Rock & Roll Musical: Look Who’s Talking Heads

Mashup Rock & Roll Musical produced the original production Look Who’s Talking Heads, a remix parody of the beloved 1989 film Look Who’s Talking with music by The Talking Heads. The story revolved around parenthood as well as the idea of found family, celebrating that not all families look alike, but that a strong community is key to raising a happy child. The show was a world premiere production which featured local performers and crew, and included an opportunity for queer actors to portray queer characters on stage. We offered one Pay What You Can performance during the run, with a minimum ask of $5. The proceeds of this show were split with partner nonprofit Generations Ahead, whose mission is to empower young parents to become resilient by building positive relationships, strengthening family stability, and raising healthy children. We also provided them an opportunity to have a table in the lobby for more information for our patrons during that production, and featured them in our program. Productions were in November 2023 and January 2024.

Part of our community impact can be gauged by some of the narrative responses we received from our post-show survey:

  • “My teenager and I sang, danced and laughed so hard together!!!! It was definitely a bonding experience and I can’t wait until the next one.”
  • “The entire show was amazing! I saw it twice, and we brought friends – and my spouse – the second time. They also loved it.”
  • “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to give feedback. I was trying to find out how I might reach out to you to share my great appreciation for your creativity and your cast. I’ve seen probably five or six shows over the years and have enjoyed every single one. This last one was a real mindblower, I must say. Keep up the good work.”
  • “The Mashup experience is like no other in Traverse City! The shows are original, engaging, funny and timely.”
  • “The creativity that goes into these productions is not something you’d expect to find in a small town. Big city talent exists right here in Traverse City!”

As part of this production we were able to bring on three new actors and one new musician, all of whom are part of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. We also got set design art work submitted to us by students from TCAPS arts classes which we integrated into our backdrop designs.

Measuring Success:  We used our post-show surveys to help measure success. In our audience post-show survey we found that about 30% were brand new to us, but overall 82% of responders gave us 5/5 for how much they enjoyed the production. To further showcase the success, here are just a few of the responses to the question of what was their favorite part of the show:

  • “The creativity and absolute joy I saw from everyone on stage. It was such an amazing experience and truly a delight to witness!!!”
  • “The baby dancing with the organs. I am almost 38 weeks pregnant so that was hysterically relatable for me.”
  • “There’s no way I could pick a favorite part! Although, now that I think about it, our friend was pulled up on stage and that was super fun! The entire show was absolutely hilarious, creative, pro-social justice and just plain fun! Superb writing, fabulous acting! I love the live band and your costume and set designs were so creative! There were 9 of us ranging in ages from thirties through seventies and we all loved it!”

In our troupe-post show survey we once again received high marks (100%) in relation to our cast feeling safe and supported. One responder stated: “I want to emphasize that I felt it was a safe space to make weird choices and I appreciate that.”

We also added a volunteer post-show survey to get feedback from our volunteers for this production. 80% of responders gave 5/5 for how well we did with giving them information about their volunteer responsibilities, and 100% gave 5/5 for how likely they were to volunteer for us again. From the narrative responses:

  • “As a volunteer I felt appreciated. Also the babies were a real hoot.”
  • “I love volunteering with fellow theater friends. And the puppet babies were by far the highlight.”

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Traverse City, MI

Our Members


Charlevoix Circle of Arts

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

Dennos Museum Center

Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts

Good Hart Artist Residency

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Leelanau Historical Society

Michigan Legacy Art Park

National Writers Series


Traverse City Dance Project

Glen Arbor Arts Center

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

Jordan River Arts Council

Mash-Up Rock & Roll Musical

City Opera House

Benzie Historical Society

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Downtown Development Authority

The Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee

Northport Art Association

Voices Without Borders

Blissfest Music Organization

Raven and Lotus LLC

Traverse City Arts Commission

Crooked Tree Arts Center

Up North Arts

Cadillac Visitors Bureau

Parallel 45 Theatre Festival

Old Town Playhouse

Twisted Fish Gallery

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Traverse Symphony Orchestra

Rachael Harrell – Drama Kids

The Croft Residency

Drama Kids – Rachael Harrell

Michigan Museums Associations Scholarships & Conference


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Ian Jones

Jim Young

Kristi Wodek

Mark Bowyer

Mary Gillett

Megan Heator

Molly Thompson

Renee Hintz

Susan Wenzlick

Ted Alan

Greta Bolger

Edward Kocher

Nick Walsh

Heather Harris-Brady

Monica Stokes

Amanda Kik

Mercedes Michalowski

Sharon Hubbard

Leslie Donaldson

Elizabeth Calcutt

Maia Hausler

Becky Lancaster

Linda Dewey

Melissa Johnson

Daniel Stewart

Walter J. Lee

Michelle Bien

H. Eleanor Jones

Tom Kaufmann

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