Our Staff

Suzan Fete
Artistic Director

A graduate of University of Illinois, Suzan co-founded Renaissance Theaterworks in 1993. Favorite Renaissance Theaterworks projects include: directing TOP GIRLS, THE SHAPE OF THINGS, BLACKBIRD and THE ROAD TO MECCA, touring NEAT to Port Elizabeth South Africa in 2013 and finishing as a finalist twice with LUCKY NUMBERS and ALL OF THE EVERYTHING in the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, 2015 and 2019. She is especially proud that Renaissance Theaterworks won the prestigious 50/50 in 2020 International Applause Award for the 2015-16 season. The Applause Award is given to theaters in recognition of their commitment to women playwrights. Suzan lives happily in Wauwatosa with her husband Jeff.

Lisa Rasmussen
Managing Director

Lisa started as Renaissance Theaterworks' first Development Director in 2008. In December 2017, Lisa was promoted to the position of Managing Director. She is proud to be a driving force in maintaining Renaissance Theaterworks’ debt-free history and dedication to gender equity while expanding its regional and national impact through excellent, poignant theater. Lisa received her BA in Theater and Psychology from Cardinal Stritch University. She loves living in Bay View with husband Jake and daughter Anna.

Dean Adams
Marketing Director

Dean Adams joined RTW as marketing director right before rehearsals for THE CAKE started. Adams began her career in film production and advertising; spent time as a reporter, editor and columnist; and launched her PR agency as a solo entrepreneur in Austin, Texas, in 2009. She served as executive director for the Austin Independent Business Alliance and is known for her “ubiquitous presence and articulate advocacy" (Austin American-Statesman) for her clients including nonprofits, local businesses, and musicians. 

She has worked on social justice causes such as feminism, food deserts, environmental justice, climate change, LGBTQIA issues, ableism, and civil rights. Since 1997 she has hosted Write Your Life as a Woman, a community writing workshop. A native of South Carolina, she recently relocated to the greater Milwaukee area to be near family. 

Bailey Wegner
Production Manager

Bailey joined Renaissance Theaterworks in the summer of 2017. Her Stage Manager credits include PHOTOGRAPH 51, ANNIE JUMP AND THE LIBRARY OF HEAVEN as well as  three Br!NK New Play Festivals with RTW,  and Young Playwrights Festival 2017 with Milwaukee Chamber Theater. Assistant Stage Manager credits include RUSSIAN TRANSPORT and TOP GIRLS (RTW) and THE FEW (MCT). Bailey has also enjoyed Stage Managing for Kohl's Wild Theater and Interim Production Managing with MCT.  She has  completed a practicum with Theatre Bonn, Germany and holds a BFA in Theatre from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

Dana Dossett
Development Manager

Dana holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from Drake University and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Prior to joining RTW in January 2018, Dana served as the Grants and Communications Coordinator for The Women's Center in Waukesha. She loves exploring Milwaukee with her husband, Corey and their children, Micah and Norah.

Alea McHatten
Education Coordinator

Alea McHatten is a Black, Non-binary, Milwaukee native, poet, facilitator, and student of life. Their writings have granted them performances across the nation, have appeared online and have made room for her in local headlines and international poetry competitions. Alea began their career in late 2010 and has yet to put down the pen. Later this year, Alea will release her latest work "Garden of Ghosts." Striving to shine a light on the gray areas of the human experience, Alea uses her art as a platform to spark dialogue. As an educator, she guides others through discussion and creative rhetoric in effort to build dignity in community while gaining further understanding of self in relation to the world. It is their mission to bring people together to share in the commonwealth of knowledge and resources. Alea furthers her service through storytelling and theater with Ex Fabula and Renaissance Theaterworks.

“If you wanna break a glass ceiling, you better bring a hammer.”

Dog, The Bunny
Chief Therapy Officer

Dog Peter Hunsdorfer joined the Renaissance Theaterworks' team in 2014, after his theatrical debut in THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS with Splinter Group. Dog prides himself in being an expert stress reliever and professional fur-shedder. His hobbies include chewing cords, licking salt off of shoes, hiding in tiny spaces, and eating carrots. When not hopping about the office, Dog can be found in his "office" laying inside his purple tube.