Catherine Zardus*, Founder and Artistic Director,has produced, directed, and performed for Magic Carpet Theatre for twenty-five years and in 2008, developed MCT Drama Ministry producing three original shows that promote the Gospel: The Parable Project, At His Feet, and The Parable Project “Take Two.” Catherine obtained her B.S. in Theatre from Eastern Michigan University and earned her M.F.A. in Acting from Wayne State’s esteemed Hilberry Repertory Theatre, where she performed in 21 plays and was nominated twice for Best Supporting Actress in Detroit. She has performed in regional theatres across the country and directed the 2012 production of The Living Stations (now The Cross and the Light) at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit and directed the actors in We Humble Ourselves: Turning a Nation Back to God. She has performed her original works at the Catholic Women’s Conferences in Detroit and Lansing and recently produced a CD, At His Feet, with original scenes, music, and meditations (nominated for two Detroit Music Awards). Catherine is an active member of Divine Child Parish in Dearborn, participates in intercessory prayer, and has been blessed with a vocation as a wife and mother. *Member of Actors' Equity Association.
A professional actress for over 20 years, Lise Lacasse enjoys putting herself in the shoes of quite a diverse group of characters in everything from feature films, sketch comedy and improv, theatre, television commercials, radio voice-overs, educational entertainment, and assembly programming for schools and families such as Magic Carpet Theatre. And now that the Christian Drama Ministries, The Parable Project and At His Feet, are fully underway, Lise is especially satisfied that her craft and her faith can collide at the foot of the cross. Being a part-time missionary to Kenya and South Africa since 2003, Lise has spent her time serving the people and has taken stories from Magic Carpet Theatre to share with children in Africa. She has also acted in films including Trust with Clive Owens and Catherine Keener; MOOZ-Lum with Danny Glover, Nia Long and Evan Ross; and Beyond the Mask, a Christ-centered action film.
Amy Susan Heard, a professional Christian vocalist and winner of Two Detroit Music Awards (Outstanding Christian Vocalist & Songwriter 2004), is currently using her gifts as lead singer of the band, Threefold Mercy and as a solo singer/songwriter. Having released several solo CDs, she has now released a new Threefold Mercy LP entitled, “My Hope Is In You” in collaboration with bassist/songwriter, Michael Jones. Along with composing music for Drama Ministry’s original CD, “At His Feet” she has collaborated with composer, James Stonehouse, on several projects for stage and film. With her Masters of Music, Amy teaches private voice, guitar and piano lessons and performs as an actress with MCT and does occasional film, voiceover or commercial work. She was thrilled to play Mary Magdalene in "Living Stations of the Cross" in 2010-2011 (Michigan). “I love the way Jesus used parables to provide a vivid picture of His Will for our lives, guiding us through each trial and instilling in us His Peace. I find so much joy in using my gifts in this fun and creative way to be a blessing and a light to others."
Marybeth’s love for theatre began in elementary school and her love for Jesus at birth. After directing her first play, at seven, she took to the stage in junior high and never looked back. She became a professional singer and entertainer after high school, but her early experience with drama was so profound she decided to encourage that same love in others, and pursued a career in teaching. She holds a BA in theatre and English and is the drama teacher at Melvindale High School. This is her eighth year with Magic Carpet Theatre, proving that God is good - when he gives you a gift he gives you the means to give it away. She is blessed to be a part of this New Evangelization!
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