SUZAN FETE, Suzan Co-Founded Renaissance Theaterworks in 1993. She is a past President of the Board and currently serves as Artistic Director. Suzan has over 20 years of experience as an actor, director, and producer in professional theater. Past directing projects for Renaissance Theaterworks include TOPDOG/UNDERDOG, THE SHAPE OF THINGS, BLACKBIRD, NEAT, THE ROAD TO MECCA and THE BELLE OF AMHERST. Suzan lives in Wauwatosa with her husband Jeff and son Matthew.

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 is the host of New Home Building Today. Julie will be performing in Spring 2015 as Masha in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike with Forward Theater Company in Madison, WI.

LISA RASMUSSEN, Lisa 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.

MALLORY METOXEN, Mallory is the Artistic Associate for Renaissance Theaterworks (RTW) & holds degrees in Theater and Business from Cardinal Stritch University. For RTW, Mallory has directed THE UNDERSTUDY, ARABIAN NIGHTS and SURE THING and has directed at other organizations around Milwaukee including The Alchemist Theatre, InHerOwnRight Productions, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, Milwaukee Metropolitan Voices and Splinter Group. In 2015, Mallory will also be adding Forward Theater Company, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and Umbrella Group to that list. She continues to work on Brink! - RTW’s play development series for Midwestern female playwrights that she spearheaded in 2013.


 KAT TOW, Kat joined Renaissance Theaterworks as Marketing & PR Director in summer 2014. She received her BA in Theatre and Gender Studies from Lawrence University in 2011. She has worked as a stage manager & production director at Lawrence University, and was most recently the Social Media Coordinator for the Beloit International Film Festival and the Marketing Intern at the Janesville PAC. She lives in Bay View with her husband and two dogs.

Founding Members

Renaissance Theaterworks was founded in 1993 by Suzan Fete, Marie Kohler (Playwright in Residence), Raeleen McMillion, Jennifer Rupp, and Michele Traband. Around Marie's kitchen table, these five "Renaissance Women" conceptualized the theatre company that Milwaukee audiences have come to treasure.

Renaissance Theaterworks 2014/15 Board of Directors

Gabrielle Davidson, President

Tracey Carson, Vice President

Laura Arnow, Treasurer

Joyce Rubenstein, Secretary

Griselda Aldrete

Elisabeth Townsend Bridge

George Dionisopoulos

Susan Frautschi

Kathy Friend

Sandra Hays

Jennifer Jin

Patti Keating

Kahn Laura Lindner

Jane Barclay Mandel

Paula Penebaker

Judy Perkins

Lois Smith

Gretchen Titus

Judy Zwirlein