SUZAN FETE, Suzan 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 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.
JENNIFER RUPP, Jennifer 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 and she is also the host of New Home Building Today. Last fall, Julie played Irena Gut Opdyke in IRENA'S VOW, an artistic collaboration between Cardinal Stritch University and Renaissance Theaterworks.
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 came to Renaissance Theaterworks shortly after graduating from Cardinal Stritch University with a degree in Theater and Business. She has directed LUCKY CHARMS at The Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, IN LOVE, YET AGAIN! for The Alchemist and OLD GARDE with InHerOwnRight Productions. Mallory has assistant directed A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD, A NIGHT IN UKRAINE for Skylight Music Theatre and UNDER THE LINTEL and JEEVES IN BLOOM for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Mallory served as the Assistant Director for the RTW productions of NEAT, HONOUR and their collaborative piece with Cardinal Stritch University called IRENA'S VOW. Mallory is thrilled to make her professional directorial debut with Renaissance Theaterworks' production of THE UNDERSTUDY.
MARIE KOHLER, Marie 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!
Gabrielle Davidson, President
Tracey Carson, Vice President
Laura Arnow, Treasurer
Joyce Rubenstein, Secretary
Elisabeth Townsend Bridge
Patti Keating Kahn
Jane Barclay Mandel
Sophia Angela Topetzes Strelka