The Berman Staff

The Berman staff is comprised of performing arts professionals and educators who have experience in dance, theatre, music, film, acting, directing, design, management, producing and presenting.  Together they are the creative force behind the extraordinary successes of The Berman since its founding in 2011.

Eric W. Maher | Senior Director

Eric W. Maher  received his B.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Detroit Mercy after switching from an architecture major.  While completing his degree, Eric helped build and became one of the founding members of Planet Ant Theatre, in Hamtramck, Michigan. Shortly after getting involved at The Planet Ant, He became involved with another burgeoning theatre company in downtown Detroit c. 2001, The Abreact Playhouse. Eric was a so-called resident artist with The Abreact until it closed its final set of doors in 2016.  Eric has been Technical Director for Oakland University’s Music, Theatre and Dance Department; UDM Theatre Company/Athens Centre Classical Theatre Program; and The Jewish Ensemble Theatre. He served as the Director of Operations for  Matrix Theatre Company before coming to The Berman.  Eric has over 20 years experience in the Detroit theatre community as an administrator, director, playwright, designer, actor, stage hand, producer and technical director.  He has had the privilege to work on over 100 productions professionally all around southeast Michigan and abroad in Greece.  He has been honored with multiple award nominations, three Wilde Awards (two for performance and one for design) and one Rogue Critic Award (for prop design) .

Bryan S. Spangler |  Business Manager

Bryan S. Spangler is a Detroit native who earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Detroit-Mercy, where he also completed the Classical Theatre Program in Greece.  Bryan also completed graduate courses in Theatre Studies at Eastern Michigan University, where he participated in the One Acts Festival as a contributing writer and served as dramaturg for the production of The Imaginary Invalid.  During his twenty year career in the theatre, Bryan has worked in nearly every aspect of theatrical production from stage management, to technician, to design. As an actor, Bryan has worked with numerous theaters in the Metro area, including The Abreact Performance Space, Plowshares Theatre Company, Walk & Squawk Performance Project, Thick Knot Rhythm Ensemble, The Theatre Company, the legendary Zeitgeist Theatre, and Planet Ant. Bryan has taught acting for The Matrix Theatre and The Detroit Public School system at Detroit School of Arts, where the curriculum he created included classes in Theatre History, Scene Study, Movement, Stage Dialects, and Voice. Bryan is happy to be part of The Berman and the JCC, where the best of the arts and the community come together.

Neil Koivu | Theatre Manager

Peter C. Prouty | Event Manager

Peter C. Prouty is a Detroit Native who received his B.F.A. in Theatre from University of Detroit Mercy and his M.F.A. in Theatre from Wayne State University’s Hilberry program. He has studied abroad in Greece, through U of D Mercy’s Classical Theatre program, and In Russia through Wayne State’s “A Month in Moscow” program.  He has performed in countless plays in the Detroit area. You may have seen him on the stages of Tipping Point, Planet Ant, The Abreact, Meadow Brook and The Dearborn Youth Theatre. Has been awarded two Wilde Awards (both accepted right here on the Berman stage!) for Best Actor in a one-person show for the Abreact’s production of Oh, Hell and for Best Ensemble in Meadow Brook’s production of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Story. He has worn many hats during his time here at The Berman, including Box Office, House Manager, Carpenter, A/V Technician, Spotlight Operator, and Director of the JCC Summer Camp Plays. He is a dedicated husband and father to his wife Erin and daughter Campbell. He is honored to serve the mission of bringing Arts and Entertainment to our community.