Mr. Mark Ruhala
Founder & Artistic Director
As a performer, Mr. Ruhala has worked on and off-Broadway, in Film, TV, Ballet, Opera, Cabaret, and Videos, throughout the world. As a director, producer, and choreographer, Mr. Ruhala has created innovative stagings of over 40 original and classic works. He works for the National Endowment for the Arts as a panelist adjudicating grants. Mr. Ruhala founded the Broadway Training Center in New York, a not-for-profit performing arts center, and served as the Executive/Artistic Director for 13 years.
Mr. Ruhala’s expertise has a foundation of over 35 years in the entertainment industry as a director, choreographer, writer, (and probably the one he would say he still enjoys the most?)… TEACHER! In fact, his greatest satisfaction still comes today from sharing what he’s learned from entertainment and the arts over such a long and successful career in the entertainment industry. He especially likes to connect with the young dancers, actors, singers, performers that will always remind him of a boy many years ago that discovered his inner artist and met a dance teacher, who would become his mentor and give him the knowledge and the skills he would need to make his dream come true. It is here Mark finds his greatest passion and love for the craft of theater.
It is also for this reason that Mr. Ruhala will not refuse a class to anyone that desires to dance, act or sing. Just as he saw his first teacher and mentor do the same. Mr. Ruhala is honored and proud to be able to pass his knowledge and experience to future generations of young artists in the Mid-Michigan area because he remembers that many years ago, his very first teacher, Ric Mitchell, did just that for him, which was the catalyst for the long and successful career that followed.
Ms. Celina Matos Ruhala
Co-Artistic Director and Teacher Ballet / Jazz / Acting / Musical Theater / Holistic Science
Celina Matos Ruhala has many facets to her work. She is a Performing Arts Educator & Performer, a Reiki Master & Integrated Movement Specialist, Brain Gym apprentice, a Systems Manager & a Customer Service Supervisor. Before moving to MI in 2004 and forming the Ruhala Performing Arts Center with her husband, she served as the Administrative Director of the Broadway Training Center (BTC) in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. At BTC, Ms. Ruhala also served as an instructor of dance, musical theatre, pre-school and ensemble classes, as well as being a leading player in many BTC Productions. In NY she also worked as the Office Manager for RJSC, Inc. Since 2009, Celina has worked for J. America Inc. in various capacities while maintaining her roles as instructor, director and performer at the Ruhala Center. As a Reiki Master, Brain Gym apprentice and Integrated Movement Specialist, Celina has supported many young people and adults heal and accomplish their individual goals. More information about Reiki and Integrated Movement can be found on the Health & Well Being page.
Mr. Jeff English
Mr. English has been the music director for over 60 shows in Michigan and Indiana, working with middle school, high school and college students and with community and professional theatre. Mr. English is the choir director at East Lansing High School as well as at the Unity of Greater Lansing Church. Mr. English plays the piano and composes music in his spare time.
Katherine Dike began as the Office Manager at the Ruhala Performing Arts Center in the Winter of 2016.
She first came to the Ruhala Center as an Acting and Dance student, and has grown and learned so much from Mark’s instruction. She is also a graphic designer with talents and skills perfect for special event invitations, signage, advertisements, websites, logos, books, albums, menus, etc.
She is beyond thrilled to work with Mark and Celina, as well as all the other talented people who contribute to the success of the Ruhala Performing Arts Center.
Mr. Kye Manion
The Magic of Theatre does not require technology, you can perform outside anywhere. To maximize the enjoyment of the Audience and to express the greatest dramatic presentation possible, technology is used in some of the most creative ways. That is why I am in Theatre. The Magic of Theatre attracted me at a very early age. My father was one of the first Instructors at the brand new Lansing Community College. Of the many things he started at LCC, Theatre was one.I loved helping him produce live theatre productions in various classrooms during the early ‘60s. I worked many Theatre productions all through school, but the Big thing in the late 1960’s was Rock & Roll! That was where I could be creative in an ever growing field, Theatre Tech. Lights, Sound, Sets, Effects and later Video and Digital/ Computer technology. I started with local bands in Mid-Michigan and went on to major tours, working North America and Europe with everyone I could, from Aerosmith to Zappa. I finally settled back in the Lansing area working at the brand new Wharton Center for Performing Arts. First, as a technician and soon becoming a Stage Manager. After working at M.S.U. for more the 18 years. I was hired as the Production Manager at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, WI, where I supervised the technological installations during the building of this “State of the Art” Center. After the most incredible, and event filled First Season at the Fox Cites PAC, I returned to Mid-Michigan. Not soon after, I walked into an old bread distribution center (where they were installing a new stage/dance floor) and asked the new owner if he needed any help. His name was Mark Ruhala.