Owosso Community Players Performing Arts Education Program 

designed to spark creativity, community, and love of the arts


Experience the Joy of the Arts

The Owosso Community Players, with the support of the Cook Family Foundation, is realizing its vision of bringing performing arts education in its many disciplines to the greater Shiawassee region.  At OCP, we believe that immersion in the arts fosters confidence, creative problem-solving skills, and a healthy self-image.

Our new Performing Arts Program is now year-round and will be split into three 6-week “terms”, plus Summer Camps.  It is our hope to engage students from kindergarten through adulthood every term, with workshop times varying from after school into early evening, and on Saturdays.


GRADES 3 – 5
GRADES 6 – 8


Mark Shaheen

Mark retired from East Lansing High School where he was Director of Theater and an English teacher. Most recently, he has taught arts integration and children’s literature classes at Baker College.  Mark has been in four OCP productions including Calendar Girls and The Full Monty. He is currently the education coordinator for OCP and is excited about the possibilities this position holds. Mark will be teaching acting this Fall for high school students.

Caleb Johnson

Specializing in children’s and family entertainment, Caleb has worked with countless organizations to produce exciting events, both as a performer and logistician. His eye for detail and people first approach has lead to notable results among the clients he has served, including events with upwards of 2,000 participants.

Caleb has been a featured performer for organizations such as Detroit Children’s Hospital, Lansing Storytellers Project and River Raisin National Battlefield Park Foundation, using a unique blend of engaging storytelling and captivating illusion to connect with these diverse audiences, all while managing his own unique business.

As an extreme introvert, his ideal day consists of getting lost in a book, but he also loves adventuring to new places and cultivating unique experiences. He is also a coffee addict, penguin enthusiast and lover of all things Disney!

Anna Owens

Anna graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a dual major in Radio, television and motion pictures and American Studies. She was a television producer at Golden Gate Productions before settling in Michigan. Her dramatic training was with Dorothy Masterson in Charlotte, NC and RADA in London.

Erica Duffield

Erica Duffield is a professional dance instructor and choreographer. After traveling the world performing on cruise ships, Duffield now teaches dance and serves as a frequent choreographer for OCP.

Julie Wenzlick

Owosso children’s author Julie Wenzlick is a retired English teacher and veteran OCP performer.  After years of writing poems and songs, she finally found time to publish her first children’s book in 2016. She naturally wrote a song to go with it!  From there, she created a song or chant for each rhymed story in order to get students to interact with her tales.  She has presented her stories and songs to students in seven school districts.  Visit her website:  www.juliewenzlick.com

Mistie Jordan

Mistie Jordan is best know for her design and creation of fairy tale creatures that once were humans, including theatrical costumes for ShrekThe Addams FamilyThe Little Mermaid and her favorite show ever, Peter and the Starcatcher.

She has been part of the theater since the ripe old age of 5, when she lost her hat and invented her own curtsy. Realizing she would never be a dancer after all (who really knows at 5 anyway), she went to college and began working as a professional scenic painter, continued as a professional clown, and became a full-time creative production designer/manager. Mistie has collaborated in over 485 theatrical productions.

Because she believes in the power and pride of learning something, she works as an artist-in-residence in schools all over Michigan to help teachers build art into everyday classroom learning processes.

When not at the theater, Mistie loves to read fairy tales, sew by hand and take naps.