SUZAN FETE co-Founded Renaissance Theaterworks in 1993. She is a past President of the Board and currently serves as Co-Artistic Director. Suzan has over 20 years experience as an actor, director, and producer in professional theater. Past directing projects for RTW include TOPDOG/UNDERDOG, THE SHAPE OF THINGS, BLACKBIRD and NEAT. This April, Suzan will direct RTW’s production of THE ROAD TO MECCA by Athol Fugard. Suzan lives in Wauwatosa with her husband Jeff and son Matthew.
MARIE KOHLER has worn many hats for Renaissance Theaterworks since its founding twenty seasons ago. A Co-Founder of the company, she has been a Co-Artistic Director, its Playwright-in-Residence, a director (A PHOENIX TOO FREQUENT and HOUNOUR) and has served on its Board and many committees. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Marie holds a BA with honors from Harvard University and an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her lifelong passion and enthusiasm for the theater have helped shape the artistic vision of Renaissance Theaterworks. As playwright, she has written five well-received plays, four of which were written for and produced by Renaissance: COUNTING DAYS, MIDNIGHT AND MOLL FLANDERS, BOSWELL'S DREAMS and most recently, THE DIG in 2009. Marie is exceptionally proud to have been named "Artist of the Year" by the Milwaukee Arts' Board in 2005. (To learn more about her plays, visit http/mariekohler.com.) Marie will soon step down as Co-Artistic Director of Renaissance to pursue writing, directing and enjoying time with her family (including six wonderful grand-children). She will remain connected to Renaissance, however, by continuing as Playwright-in-Residence and serving as Dramaturg for certain plays. Marie feels monumentally grateful and fulfilled by her 20 years serving this theater in the company of her cherished friends and colleagues. An enduring and profound thank you to the Renaissance Women who have given her – and with whom she has shared - so much. To her husband and daughters, whose support and patience has been enduring, thank you. And to all the many wonderful people she’s worked with over the years as Co-Artistic Director –- actors, designers, directors, technicians, staff members, interns, volunteers, Board Members, committee members, donors and audience members -- thank you as well. See you at the theater!
JENNIFER RUPP is a Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Renaissance Theaterworks. As an actress, her credits include productions with Renaissance Theaterworks, Next Act Theatre, First Stage, Bialystock & Bloom, Boulevard Ensemble, Theatre Gigante, Madison Repertory Theatre and Children's Theater of Madison. Jennifer is a co-creator of the RED PEPPER JELLY musicals, original shows written and performed by local Milwaukee artists and produced by Renaissance Theaterworks. Jennifer also works with her husband Dick Chudnow and her son Nick Chudnow as the Business Manager for ComedySportz Milwaukee.
JULIE SWENSON Julie became Renaissance's Producing Director in 2001 having served on the Board of Directors since 1997. She received a BA in theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL. She became a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association in 1986 while working in New York City. Julie has been on the board of the Village of Nashotah since 1998. She is also the Spokesperson for Water Doctors and the host of New Home Building Today.
LISA RASMUSSEN started as Renaissance Theaterworks' Development Director with excitement in the summer of 2008. Recent experience includes stage management for ComedySportz-Milwaukee and more than five years in marketing. Lisa received her BA in Theater and Psychology from Cardinal Stritch University in 2003. Lisa is a member of The Association of Fundraising Professionals. She loves living in Bay View with husband Jake and daughter Anna.
Alison Carlucci is the newest addition to Renaissance Theaterworks. As the Director of Marketing and PR she aims to extend RTW’s mission to more people through fostering and strengthening interdisciplinary relationships within the Milwaukee arts community and surrounding areas. Alison comes to us with a Masters degree in Architecture from UWM and professional experience in office management, marketing, PR and design. She is a mixed-media artist and an avid supporter of the arts in Milwaukee.