Front Row Podcast – All about community theatre in the metropolitan Detroit area. Hosted by Deb Dworkin and Joe Munem, the show focuses on the talented artists working on all levels in local community theatre.
With over 20 years of community theater experience, Deb is foremost a fan and avid theater goer. She has performed onstage with St Dunstan’s Theatre, Stagecrafters, Birmingham Village Players and Grosse Pointe Theatre among others. Favorite roles include Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, Velma Kelly in Chicago, Mary Malone in Zombies from the Beyond, Brooke/Vicki in Noises Off, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Squeaky Fromme in Assassins and Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods. Offstage, Deb has played several roles including director, stage manager, prop chair, newsletter editor and social chair – and she currently serves on St Dunstan’s Board of Directors as Secretary.
By day, Deb is a Senior HR Specialist with MRM//McCann and in addition to theater, she is also enjoys skiing, paddle sports, traveling and spending time with friends and her dog, Ginger.
After a 19 year break from theater, Joe returned on a dare in 2003 to perform as The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of OZ. Since then, he has appeared in over thirty shows throughout metro Detroit. He has performed at Stagecrafters, Grosse Point Theatre, Village Players of Birmingham, Avon Players, Farmington Players, the Players Guild of Dearborn, Richmond Community Theater, Richmond Community Theatre, Sterling Civic Theater and Warren Civic Theater. Some of his favorite roles include Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Franz Liebkind in The Producers, Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Harry MacAfee in Bye, Bye Birdie, Teddy Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace, Walter Pangbourne in Move Over Mrs. Markham, and Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird. Offstage, Joe has served as an assistant director, producer, and served on two different theater boards.
Professionally, Joe in the Director of Government Affairs for Rizzo Environmental Services. His hobbies include target shooting, photography and podcasting. His dog Puck loves to assist in podcasting and photography.
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