The Michigan Celtic Repertory Company is founded by David Kiley, a journalist, author and playwright, and publisher of EncoreMichigan.com, the only consistent source of news and reviews about Michigan’s professional theater community. Encore publishes more than 230 reviews annually on productions across the state.
Kiley, of Irish and Welsh descent, has been a reporter and editor for USA Today, Businessweek, AOL, Forbes, Fortune and other leading magazines. He is the author of books about the auto industry: “Getting the Bugs Out: The Rise, Fall and Comeback of Volkswagen in America”; “Driven: Inside BMW, The Most Admired Car Company in the World”; co-author of “Writing The War: Chronicles of a WW2 War Correspondent”. He is also author of I’ll Be Seeing You: A World War Two Love Story, a play with music that debuted at The Arthur Miller Theatre at The University of Michigan in 2017. Kiley has worked as an actor at The Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, The Penny Seats in Ann Arbor, Outvisible Theatre in Allen Park and The Encore Musical Theatre in Dexter.
“Michigan has a large and proud population of Irish, Scottish and Welsh Americans, and it’s about time they had a theater company dedicated to bringing Celtic theater to their communities. I love the theater, and I am determined to bring to life not only the classics, but some of the wonderful and edgy new work being done across the Atlantic to Michigan. We have a lot in common with the Celtic lands, after all, in that they, and Michigan, are all surrounded by water. It is a natural alliance we have with our mother-lands, and I aim to connect us through the magic and glory of theater.
“As we get going, I am not going to ask people across the state to come to one place. Instead, we are going to produce plays and musicals that will travel to communities, from Detroit, to Lansing and Grand Rapids, as well as towns like Monroe, Alpena and Traverse City.”
How you can be part of the Michigan Celtic Rep:
We are gearing up to get our tax-exempt status. After that, you can become a member, or sponsor. Until then, please give us your e-mail address, and we will update you on our progress. We will not sell our list to any third parties.