Expanding Their Footprint
with Grace Lee, Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commissioner
The Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission
's vision is to be an exemplary commission by adding public value to the State of Michigan and the APA community, by fully engaging APAs across the state.
Hosted by: Laurel Hess
Produced by: Heartland Newsmakers Team
Community Artistic Excellence
In 1947, Grosse Pointe Theatre’
s founder, the late Russel Werneken, had a vision to create a community theater that would offer quality theatrical productions to the community. He went door to door in hopes of securing funds to achieve his goal and secure a permanent home for the theater group’s productions that would foster excitement and a love for the performing arts.
Werneken was just 22 years old and a drama teacher at the time he established Grosse Pointe Theatre as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community theater. His passion to bring the highest standard of theater to audiences while also serving as a dynamic community force for artistic excellence through large stage productions, workshops and educational opportunities is a legacy that continues today.