Who We Are

Cassandra Svacha
(Shift Supervisor)

Cassandra Svacha headshotCassandra currently a Director at Helen Hayes Youth Theatre in New York, is delighted to start this endeavor with Sean and Assembly Line.  Detroit is where it is at!  Recently returned from London where she received her Masters Degree at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, embarking on a cutting edge program, collaborating with other artists creating new theatre both as a performer and director. You might also have seen her spinning in a very slow circle, preaching the good word of cars as a presenter for Buick.  Cassandra is also an avid runner and donut junkie.



Sean Paraventi
(Shift Supervisor)Sean Paraventi Head Shot 1

Sean a Detroit playwright, actor, improviser and occasionally a reluctant director. He has performed on stages all over the country and his plays have been produced in Detroit, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. You can learn more about Sean at his website www.seanparaventi.com




(Night Shift Coordinator) madelyn

“The whole world is a stage…” and Madelyn Porter plays a part in keeping it real in Detroit. Porter has worked in professional theatre for over forty years and is the recipient of the Wayne County Chapter of NOW – Special Achievement Award for portraying Sojourner Truth (national tour), Rouge Award for Best Supporting Actress (Burying The Bones – Detroit Repertory Theatre), the YWCA Woman Of Achievement In The Arts Award, the WMGC-105.1 Woman Who Makes Magic Award –as well as the Between The Lines – Wilder Nomination for Best Actress (Comedy/Original Script).
Porter currently writes and performs Storyliving for The Henry Ford/Greenfield Village, Detroit Historical Museum, Troy Historical Village, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. She was recently seen in Flint Youth Theatre’s Akeelah and the Bee and The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963; The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s Skeleton Crew; Premiere production of Public Enemy: Flint; Detroit Public Theatre’s Dot; The National Organization of Women’s Annual Conference featuring her One-Woman production of Sister to Sister; and portrayed Carolyn Cheeks in Carol Teagardin’s world premiere of Strawberry…What Party? Porter is lead teacher for Michigan Opera Theatre’s Create and Perform Workshops.
Porter is founder of Mad’s World Theatre Productions, and cofounder of MYSS Theatre Company, and Street Life Theatre Company. “What we need is quality theatre by any means necessary.”


Linda Rabin Hammell Hammell-headshot 1B
(Shipping and Receiving Clerk)
Linda’s thrilled to join forces at Assembly Line Theatre Company with Sean P, a man of many accomplishments including his ability to pronounce Rabin correctly. Since arriving in Michigan, Linda, an actor and retired worker-side labor lawyer, has performed on lots of metro Detroit stages, most recently at the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Slipstream Theatre Initiative, Puzzle Piece Theatre, and Open Book Theatre Company. “My passions are the power of theatre to shed light and heat, and the power of working people to speak as one by organizing and bargaining collectively. Our hope is for Assembly Line to add some light, heat, and speech. Thank you so much for checking us out.”


Patrick Nelson Hanley
(Quality Control)                                                                                                              Patricknhbs

Patrick is a Detroit native, and a proud member of the local theatre community. He is currently the production manager for Detroit Public Theatre, and also worked as stage manager for last year’s Skeleton Crew. Patrick also teaches Shakespeare performance and stage combat with DPT’s Shakespeare in Prison program. In addition, Patrick works as Education Director and fight choreographer for Water Works Theatre Company’s Teen Ensemble and KidsAct! Programs. He holds a BFA in Acting from Wayne State University; selective performance credits include Matrix Theatre Company and the Elizabeth Theatre at the Park Bar. He has also stage managed numerous productions with Planet Ant Theatre.

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