Milwaukee Youth Theatre
Contact Us

Mailing Address
Milwaukee Youth Theatre
P.O. Box 510075
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Physical Address
Lincoln Center of the Arts
820 E. Knapp St.
Milwaukee, WI. 53202

Phone
414-390-3900

e-mail
contact@milwaukeeyouththeatre.org

Therese Burazin – Artistic Director
Therese has been Artistic Director for the
Milwaukee Youth Theatre the past
nineteen years. She has directed and
written plays with children for over 25
years. She also is an instructor for the
Schauer Arts Center in Hartford where she
recently directed
Peter Pan, Jr. Other
directing credits include multiple comedic
productions for Fond du Lac Community
Theatre, and classic childrens' literature
productions such as
Secret Garden and
Best Christmas Pageant Ever for FDL Area
Home School Drama Troupe. Her proudest
play-writing accomplishments were when
she wrote and directed two original
cabarets,
Whether or Not and Home for
the Holidays
, at the Windhover Art Center
in FDL (renamed The Thelma). Therese
will be directing
The Addam's Family for
FDL Community Theatre in the Fall of
2015.

Brandon Herr- Artistic Associate/Director
Brandon joined MYT staff in 2011 and has
been serving as Artistic Associate Director
for Milwaukee Youth Theatre since Fall of
2014. He is a graduate of the University of
Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, with a
Bachelor's Degree in Theater Arts. After
graduation, he worked at the American
Players Theatre in Spring Green as an
Assistant Company Manager. By day, he
works at the Schauer Art Center in
Hartford as their Events Coordinator.
Brandon has been head director for MYT's
A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Lion,
The Witch, and the Wardrobe
, and
Charlotte's Web.

Brittany Curran – Educational Outreach
Coordinator
Brittany graduated in May 2014 from the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a
BFA in Acting and a minor in Creative
Writing. Some of her past University
acting credits include the roles of: Oldie
Momma in
Gint, June in Marisol and
Cordelia in
King Lear. She also was the
understudy intern for Renaissance
Theaterworks’ production of the one-
woman show
The Belle of Amherst (Emily
Dickinson.) Brittany has been on the MYT
staff for four years directing and teaching
classes. She recently directed
Stuart
Little
and Still Life with Iris.

Greg Davis -Technical Director/Director
Greg has worked backstage or behind the
scenes all over the Milwaukee Area
including: Chamber Theatre, Skylight
Music Theatre, Boulevard Theatre and
First Stage. He has been Tech Supervisor
for MYT for eight years. Greg's theater
work highlight moments have been:
working on:
Rent, Present Laughter, The
Producers
, The Last Five Years, Anything
Goes
, and The Mikado. His favorite
Milwaukee Youth Theatre productions
have been
Charlotte's Web, You're a Good
Man Charlie Brown
(Director), and The
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
. Greg
will be directing
Number the Stars in the
Fall of 2015.

Dan Tellez - Teaching Artist/Director
Dan is currently a Senior majoring in
Musical Theater at the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has grown up
doing children's theater in his hometown
of Marinette. Dan is an actor who has
performed at the University and local
community theaters. He also dabbles with
technical aspects of theater such as
lighting and scenery painting. Dan has
worked as a free-lance choreographer for
several organizations, choreographing
from musicals to State show choirs. He
directed and choreographed
Disney's The
Little Mermaid Jr.
this past Fall. Dan will
be directing the musical
Mr. Popper's
Penguins
in the Winter of 2016.

Harmonie Baker – Costumer
Harmonie is a fiber artist who primarily
worked in weaving and quilting before
turning her hands to sewing costumes. She
worked for five years on the Board of
Directors for ABK Weaving Center where
she created and curated an annual fiber
arts show entitled
Warped Milwaukee. She
has also started an after school program
that teaches sewing to middle school
students. She has taught weaving camps
and workshops within Milwaukee Public
Schools and for MYT. Harmonie is very
passionate about bringing the Arts to
children who live in the inner city.

Veronica Zahn – Stage Manager Mentor
Veronica is honored to be working with
MYT and with Milwaukee area youth to
professionally develop their stage
managing skills. She is a recent transplant
to Milwaukee. She has a BA in Theater
Arts from Bethel College, Indiana and has
an MFA in stage management from Wayne
State University in Detroit, MI. Other
Milwaukee companies she has worked with
include The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre,
Acacia Theatre Company, UWM Dance
Department and Windall Theatre.
Veronica has vast experiences with
musicals, dance recitals, and Shakespeare
productions.

Judy Swanson – Administrative and
Volunteer Coordinator
Judy has been working as the
Administrative Assistant since 2011, with,
her involvement stretching several years
earlier, when her sons participated in
MYT's productions. This participation led
to her volunteering in a variety of ways
and becoming a Board member. Her
administrative duties include
communication with parents, school
groups and the public. Judy
enthusiastically jumps in wherever
needed, frequently lending a hand with
props and costumes. After seeing the
accomplishments her sons have made with
the organization, she remains committed
to Milwaukee Youth Theatre's future.

Ashlea Wleklinski – MYT Teaching Artist /
Director
Ashlea is a local teaching artist and
director who works for several
organizations in the Milwaukee area. She
is also a special education teacher who
strongly believes in the integration of
theater to empower students with vast
learning and social needs. Most recently
she has worked with First Stage Children's
Theatre as an instructor. Some of her
acting credits include
Hamlet
(Rosencrantz) in a Co-op peformance in
Milwaukee and acting in
Quilters (Jenny)
for Acacia Theatre. Ashlea was co-director
for
The World Beyond the Door: Folktales
from Around the Globe
this Spring and
assistant director for MYT's
Phantom
Tollbooth
.

Samantha Martinson - Teaching Artist /
Director
Samantha's past acting work includes: The
World's Stage’s Seminar (Kate), Playhouse
on Park’s Theatre Uncut, HartfordStage
(staged readings), Milwaukee Chamber's

YPF in Stitches
(Temple), Pink Banana's
(One Acts), TWS’
Professor Lonsdale
(Ember) and
The Pillowman (Mothers).
This past year, Samantha worked for
Hartford Stage’s Education Department in
CT. Samantha is the Education Assistant
at Milwaukee Chamber, an adjunct
teaching artist for Milwaukee Rep and
First Stage, as well as Lake Valley Camp's
Lead Instructor for their theater program,
RISE Up.