About Us
Our Current Board of Directors
  • President & Artistic Director -- Rachael L. Rose
  • Treasurer & Director of Operations -- Keith Janoch 
  • Secretary -- Anna Moreno
  • Creative Director -- Morgan Goodley
  • Director of Marketing -- Ruth Ilmer
  • Director of Membership -- Joelle Schade
  • Director of House & Hospitality -- Jennifer Perry
  • Director of Fundraising -- Lauran Bryan
  • Director of Brand Management -- Annie Perry 


Our History
The concept was born years ago by Founding Director and Artistic Director, Rachael L. Rose.  Rachael has a specific passion for performance but also for teaching and empowering others to learn how to perform and grow to love performing.  Whether it is choral, solo or instrumental music, Rachael has always sought to help people retrain the old tapes of "I'll never be as good as..."; "I could never sing like that..."; "I don't read music..."; I get stage fright..."; "What if I'm not perfect..." and all the other tapes that people begin to listen to throughout their lives to a more positive message of "I love music and theater and the people I've become friends with!  What we do is fun!  Let's make an impact with one another and in the community!"

Thistle Rose started more than two decades ago as Dreamweavers Theatre Troupe but as the challenges mounted and life happened, that company dissolved but Rachael's dream did not.

In 2013, Rachael and Taylor Alfano ran a workshop at the Farmington Players Barn Theater to help the larger community gain experience and confidence with preparing for and auditioning for theatrical performances.  This workshop also provided an opportunity to perform a variety of Musical Styles from the Golden Era up to Contemporary Musical Theater featuring selections from Showboat; West Side Story; A Little Night Music; 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee; Wicked and more showing off the group and people who had not had a chance to perform in that setting.  The workshop was hugely successful and showed that the demand existed for a community organization to fill that need.

Upon joining the staff at Trinity Episcopal Church in Farmington Hills as the Director of Music Ministry, Rachael sought to give the church choir an opportunity to perform bigger works such as Requiem Masses, Bach Cantatas and other major works and posed the question to the choir as "What if we did the Faure Requiem Mass for Good Friday and invited all our friends to come and sing it with us so we have a big, fortified, confident sound?"  Thus, the Trinity and Friends choir was born as a ministry of the church.  The Trinity and Friends Choir (TAF) has undertaken joint concerts with the masterful Devon Hansen of St. Andrew's Chatham Kent in Ontario Canada; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; two original Revue Shows "Trinity Goes to Broadway" and "Let's Go to the Movies"; as well as annual Holiday and Spring concerts! After 3 years, it became clear that the performance group was growing beyond the scope of a church ministry and the time was right to form a larger 501c3 non-profit corporation, Thistle Rose Academy of Arts, to provide a home for performance groups like TAF.

Thistle Rose Academy of Arts officially incorporated in 2017.

Though neither a ministry of nor directly affiliated with the church, Thistle Rose Academy of Arts is closely tied to Trinity and often partners to engage in fundraising efforts for other ministries of the church such as Neighborhood House as well as being a standalone nonprofit organization made up of community members doing good for the community.



Our Name
The organization's name, Thistle Rose Academy of Arts, comes from co-founder and Artistic Director, Rachael L. Rose. 
The Thistle and the Rose imagery has many entendres, just as music and theater do and were chosen for a number of reasons representative of Ms. Rose and all the people who form the Academy. The names are obvious: the Scottish Thistle is the national flower of Scotland and the Rose is her last name. However, roses have long been symbolic in Scottish and Celtic history. Each flower has a barrier against threats, just like each person who is an artist does. Art, good art, requires vulnerability. Musicians who are actors and singers are their very own instrument. What more vulnerable place is there to be? Protective barriers, however, do not mean there is no beauty to be sought and found. Merely that there is work involved to gently, carefully and lovingly share the beauty with the world. Finally, the symbol of the faces of Comedy and Tragedy have long been associated with theater and the thistle and rose flowers together, represent a new iteration of "Comedy and Tragedy" symbolically to Ms. Rose.