Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Staff

C. MICHAEL WRIGHT - Producing Artistic Director

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Celebrating his 15th anniversary as MCT's Producing Artistic Director, Michael has directed quite a few productions here over the years. The list includes STRANGE SNOW, DOUBT, MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET, THE FEW, LOBBY HERO, SLOWGIRL, FALLEN ANGELS, THE TRAIN DRIVER, THE GOOD FATHER, LEND ME A TENOR (a collaboration with Marquette University), UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL, COLLECTED STORIES (with Forward Theater Company), HEROES, DRIVING MISS DAISY, THE LION IN WINTER (with Marquette University), THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES, THE SWEETEST SWING IN BASEBALL, PICNIC (with UW-Milwaukee), BROOKLYN BOY, RABBIT HOLE, TALLEY'S FOLLY, TRYING, TALKING HEADS, A WALK IN THE WOODS and JOE EGG, as well as four original works: CHRISTMAS IN BABYLON, OCTOBER, BEFORE I WAS BORN, THE DALY NEWS and DICKENS IN AMERICA (which he also directed at American Players Theatre). From 1997-2005, he served as Associate Artistic Director of Next Act Theatre, where a long list of directing credits includes THE RETREAT FROM MOSCOW, "MASTER HAROLD"…and the boys, STONES IN HIS POCKETS, VISITING MR. GREEN, ROUGH CROSSING and HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE (a co-production with Madison Repertory Theatre). Since moving to Wisconsin in 1988, Michael has been responsible for over 100 productions, twenty of which have been named on "Best of" lists in Milwaukee and Madison. Other favorites have been THE STORY OF MY LIFE for Milwaukee Opera Theatre, A NIGHT IN NOVEMBER for Next Act, Madison Rep and Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida and THE SYRINGA TREE for American Players Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks and Delaware Theatre Company.

Michael has been acting professionally for over 40 years and has appeared all across the country in regional theatres such as Seattle Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theater, McCarter Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, American Players Theatre, Barter Theatre, StageWest, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Riverside Shakespeare Company, GeVa Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He played Hally in Athol Fugard's "MASTER HAROLD"...and the boys on Broadway, in Israel and in the national tour with James Earl Jones, which won him a Dramalogue Award in Los Angeles. His most recent performances have been as Vanya in VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, Serge in 'ART', Philip in MAURITIUS and Dr. Alfred Feldmann in DUET FOR ONE here at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.

Michael has taught theatre privately and at the UW-Whitewater, Marquette University, Carroll College, First Stage Academy, Alverno College, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Theatre for a New Audience (New York, NY).

In 2009, Michael was honored with an "Artist of the Year" award by the City of Milwaukee Arts Board.


KIRSTEN FINN- Managing Director

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Kirsten is embarking on her tenth season as managing director of Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Previously, Kirsten served as a major gifts officer for Milwaukee Public Television Friends and ran her own development consulting firm, KM Creative. She has been managing director of Wild Space Dance Company (where she currently is vice president of the board of directors) and development director of the Florentine Opera and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. Kirsten holds a bachelor's and master's degree in theatre and communications from Marquette University and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).


 

MARCELLA KEARNS - Associate Artistic Director

Marcy headshotMarcella is a Milwaukee-based actor, director, theatre educator, and coach. She teaches acting and theatre skills to students level K-4 through lifelong learners as an independent coach and as an adjunct instructor for Carthage College and First Stage. In July 2013, she joined the staff of MCT as lead educator/literary manager and has served as associate artistic director since 2016. Marcy earned an MFA in Acting from the University of South Carolina and completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Vienna, Austria, where she studied dramatic literature. In 2008, she was the recipient of a TCG Observership Program grant to study theatres' approaches to teacher training. The former education director of Milwaukee Shakespeare, Marcy spearheaded the company's multi-year participation in the National Endowment for the Arts Shakespeare For a New Generation initiative. She is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

 


 

MEGHAN ROESNER - Development Director

Meghan Roesner joins Milwaukee Chamber Theatre after three seasons at Milwaukee Repertory Theater as the Associate Director of Development - Institutional Giving. Prior to working at The Rep, Meghan was a PR/Social Media Specialist at Core Creative and the Marketing Coordinator for the United Performing Arts Fund. She has a BS in Arts Management from Indiana University with a minor in Nonprofit Management.


COLIN GAWRONSKI - Production Manager/Company Manager

Colin is very excited to be part of the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre staff and to contribute to the vibrant theatre community in Milwaukee. Colin is a lighting designer and theatrical technician native to Milwaukee. He has worked extensively with Danceworks, Inc. as well as such local companies as Renaissance Theaterworks, Skylight,  Milwaukee Opera Theatre, UWM Dance, Next Act, Kohl's Wild Theater, PrideFest Milwaukee, Bard and Bourbon, Gina Laurenzi Dance Project, Black Arts Milwaukee and the Bronzeville Arts Ensemble. Colin has also worked with the Sacramento Music Circus, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Lila and has taken productions to the Indianapolis and Chicago Fringe Festivals. Favorite productions include: Ignite: A Hip Hop Experience, Secrets From the Wide Sky, Black Nativity, Russian Transport, Frankie and Johnny, Stories From a Life, The Glass Menagerie, Serendipity, Mauritius, Thrill Me, In A Black Mood, Gruesome Playground Injuries, My Fair Lady, Lamps for My Family, and Vagabondare. Give Love Always.


NICOLE ORLANDO - Marketing/PR Manager

Nicole Orlando joined Milwaukee Chamber Theatre in July 2019. after serving as marketing manager at the Florentine Opera. Prior to these roles, Nicole lived in Green Bay, Wisconsin where she worked six years in healthcare marketing, at both an adveritisng agency and independent orthopedic clinic.  During her time in Green Bay, Nicole also taught ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical/contemporary at a local dance studio. She has a BA in journalism, emphasis in integrated communications, from Butler University in Indianapolis.

 

 

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