Staff & Board Profiles
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
Connar Klock is a queer, Michigan rooted director, facilitator, and advocate whose work puts new plays, queer and working class voices, and humanist values at the center. In thirteen years of theatre involvement, Connar has worked on over 50 shows, directed for 9 companies and 12 new play festivals, and is still as sentimental as day one. Most recent credits include directing ‘Art’ by Yasmina Reza at the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre and as co-creator of Before the Shooting, a one-act choreopoem exploring the effects of parents, white privilege, toxic masculinity, and gender roles on gun violence with poet-activist Denise Miller for Queer Theatre Kalamazoo.
They currently serve as the Artistic Director of Queer Theatre Kalamazoo, on the Board of Directors for the Kalamazoo Nonprofit Advocacy Coalition, on the play selection committees for Farmers Alley Theatre and WMU Theatre respectively, and at Kalamazoo’s LGBTQIA+ resource center, OutFront Kalamazoo. They hold a BFA in Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University, where they currently serve as a Cultural Competency Consultant in the Department of Theatre and Dance.
They are the first of 5 children to their mother, who is the first of 5 to her mother, who is the first of 8 to her mother, all raised along the coast of Lake Michigan. They carry that with them.
"C" Heaps is a theatre artist and scholar who has worked on dozens of productions in every role possible, specializing in directing and translation/playwriting. Before moving to the Midwest, "C" helmed FACE Theatre Company as Artistic Director and New Play Project as Executive Director, both in Provo, Utah.
They received their PhD in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature from Indiana University in 2019 before teaching at Kalamazoo College for several years. Their research specialties include postcolonialism, cognitive linguistics, translation theory and practice, virtual performance, and gender studies.
After serving as a board member since 2019, "C" has moved into the position of Managing Director for Queer Theatre Kalamazoo. They also currently teach English and Pubic Speaking at Battle Creek Central High School where they are also the Forensics coach.
Public Relations Associate
Averi is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a degree in Strategic Communications. Her academic journey provided her with a solid foundation in understanding the power of words and the importance of community, which she has since translated into a start for her career in Public Relations.
Averi is driven by her love for storytelling and her belief in the transformative power of theater to inspire, educate, and unite communities. Averi currently serves as a public relations associate for Queer Theater Kalamazoo and is an intern at the local airport and Perspectives Consulting Group. In her spare time, she can be found reading books, spending time with family and friends, being a caregiver at a daycare, or traveling the States. Whether crafting compelling narratives or engaging in conversation with friends and strangers alike, she delights in the art of weaving words together to captivate, inspire, and connect.
President, Board of Directors
Karen Libman, MFA, BFA, recently retired after a 35-year career as a theatre professor, stage director, writer, and storyteller. She joined the faculty of Grand Valley State University in 1999. Libman was named the 2010 Michigan Professor of the Year, and she received a 2016 Fulbright Fellowship in South Asia. She is currently Board President of Queer Theatre Kalamazoo.
Director, Board of Directors
Michael is an experienced technology leader with nearly two decades of demonstrated success in: Artificial Intelligence, Technology Strategy, and Technology Advisory. He is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan with his wife.
Michael is skilled in guiding companies through tech-transformation challenges while delivering substantial business value through the advancements in AI, Analytics and Human-Centered-Change. He is adept at developing high-performing teams, cultivating strong C-suite relationships, and consistently exceeding customer expectations.
Michael has previously served on the Board of Directors at Bay City Players Theatre. Additionally, he was one of two who developed the business plan & strategy for Shelterhouse of Midland (a women's a children's domestic abuse shelter) to create a constant and long lasting revenue stream, as well as a safe place for the residents to shop for free, through the creation of the Shelterhouse Resale Shop.
Volunteering and supporting local non-profits has always been a priority of Michael's. His other past-times include traveling the world and social time / game nights with friends.