C. MICHAEL WRIGHT - Producing Artistic Director
Michael became MCT's Producing Artistic Director in the fall of 2005. Since then, he's directed LEND ME A TENOR (a collaboration with Marquette University), UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL, COLLECTED STORIES (a collaboration with Forward Theater Company), HEROES, DRIVING MISS DAISY, THE LION IN WINTER (a collaboration with Marquette University), THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES, THE SWEETEST SWING IN BASEBALL, PICNIC (a collaboration with UW-Milwaukee), BROOKLYN BOY, RABBIT HOLE, TALLEY'S FOLLY, TRYING, TALKING HEADS, A WALK IN THE WOODS and JOE EGG, as well as three original works: 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, A NIGHT IN NOVEMBER 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 75 productions, twenty of which have been named on "Best of" lists in Milwaukee and Madison. Other favorites have been THE SYRINGA TREE for American Players Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks and Delaware Theatre Company, LOBBY HERO for Madison Repertory Theatre, 110 IN THE SHADE for Skylight Music Theatre, AUGUST SNOW for American Inside Theatre and WAITING FOR VERN for Collision Theatre Ensemble.
Michael has been acting professionally for 37 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 Serge in 'ART', Philip in MAURITIUS and Dr. Alfred Feldmann in DUET FOR ONE here at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and as Sancho Panza in MAN OF LA MANCHA at Skylight Music 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 MULVEY - Managing Director
Kirsten Mulvey is thrilled to now be appearing in her favorite role as managing director of Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, having been seen previously at MCT as wardrobe crew (early 90s) and interim development director (2005). Kirsten holds a bachelor's and master's degree in theatre and communications from Marquette University and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). She has been managing director of Wild Space Dance Company (where she currently is on the board of directors) and development director of the Florentine Opera and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. Most recently, Kirsten served as a major gifts officer for Milwaukee Public Television Friends and ran her own development consulting firm, KM Creative.
MARCELLA KEARNS - Lead Educator/Literary Manager
Marcella is a Milwaukee-based actor, 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, First Stage Children's Theater, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater. In July 2013, she joined the staff of Milwaukee Chamber Theatre as lead educator/literary manager. 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 and taught primary and secondary student-level EFL as a "native speaker." 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.
LINNEA KOEPPEL - Development Manager
Linnéa joined Milwaukee Chamber Theatre in April of 2013. She holds a BA from Wisconsin Lutheran College in communicative arts and theatre performance. She has had the privilege to work for Ten Chimneys Foundation, The Fireside Dinner Theater and Sunset Playhouse. She also serves on the board for the chamber choir, Canticum Novum. Linnéa's other activities include working with high school theatre departments and show choirs, and working as a professional actor throughout Wisconsin.
BRANDY KLINE - Production Manager/Company Manager
Before joining Milwaukee Chamber Theatre as Production Manager/Company Manager in 2007, Brandy worked in various capacities of stage management, props and stage crew for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Bialystock & Bloom, Renaissance Theaterworks, Next Act Theatre, Skylight Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Alverno College and UWM. After receiving a BA in Theatre from Lawrence University, she studied stage management and props at Milwaukee Repertory Theate and worked in stage management, costume crafts and run crew at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Other adventures include being a house technician at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and props intern at the Spoleto Festival USA. Brandy is a member of Actors' Equity Association as a stage manager.
CARA McMULLIN - Marketing Director
Cara McMullin joined Milwaukee Chamber Theatre in January 2006. Previously she worked at Skylight Music Theatre as marketing manager. She has a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she studied public relations and arts management. While at Whitewater, she worked for the Theatre/Dance Department and the Irvin L. Young Auditorium. Her experience also includes house management, box office and general administration.