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Waukesha Civic Theatre is proud to employ three full-time staff members and three permanent part-time staff members, in addition to a dozen outstanding event staff. WCT also hosts a community of hundreds of volunteers and we are always looking for more community members to join our organization.

Our Mission and Values

Mission Statement

Waukesha Civic Theatre is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide quality live theatre performances and educational opportunities that will entertain, enrich, engage, and challenge the whole Waukesha Community.

At Waukesha Civic Theatre we are committed to doing the following:

 

ENTERTAIN 

Enhance our reputation as Waukesha’s prime location for live entertainment and theatre education for the whole community by generating a buzz of excitement about the diverse theatrical productions and the guest experience at the Waukesha Civic Theatre.

 

ENRICH 

Provide opportunities for life-long learning and foster an environment where students, staff, performers, creators, designers, and volunteers can flourish through a vibrant arts education program while upholding a standard of excellence.

 

ENGAGE

Engage with Waukesha and its surrounding neighbors to connect with local businesses, artists, theatre partners, and residents to provide equitable representation and serve as a collaborative hub for our diverse community.

 

CHALLENGE

Plan and grow the theatre’s overall fiscal health by honoring the past, embracing new experiences, new technologies, and current marketing trends in order to provide a meaningful experience for our community.

Our History

July of 2020 marks the beginning of Waukesha Civic Theatre’s 64th season. WCT is proud to be part of an elite group: according to the American Association of Community Theatres, of the roughly 7,000 community theatres in the United States, only about 100 can claim 60 years of continuous operation.

WCT has undergone many positive changes from its beginnings in 1957 with productions at Waukesha High School. In 1962 the theatre purchased a former church on Washington Street and converted that building into our home until 1999.  In the fall of that year WCT moved to a beautiful new facility in the heart of historic downtown Waukesha. The building, formerly the historic PIX movie house, was donated to WCT by Bryce and Anne Styza.  Styza, a prominent local developer, saw the power that the theatre could exert in revitalizing downtown. With Anthony and Andrea Bryant leading the charge, WCT raised nearly $2 million through the Live At The PIX Campaign, and construction began in 1998. Theatre arts education has been a part of WCT’s culture since 1957.

Currently WCT offers year round classes in multiple disciplines for all ages through our Academy at Civic Theatre, including many outreach opportunities.  Since the theatre opened in 1957 WCT has produced or presented more than 650 shows, over 14,000 people have volunteered, 450,000 audience members have been entertained, and more than 15,000 students served.

Meet the Staff

Rhonda Schmidt - Executive Director

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Doug Jarecki - Director of Education & Outreach

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Meghan Hopper - Administrative Manager

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Jackey Boelkow - Director of Marketing and Development

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Ian Hueston - Box Office Manager

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Event Staff

Makenna Cooley

Emilie Grunfelder

Sue Herro

Sue Marose

Dennis Muise

Ky Peters

Alejandra Razo

Ava Shuman-Messplay

Alyssa Stein

Meet The Board of Directors

Kitty Messplay

President

Eric Larson

Vice-President

Peter Kao

Secretary

Keith Yahn

Treasurer

Curtis Andrews

Jenny Erato

Scott Fudali

Craig Lopacinski

Jim Mallman

Nancy McCaskey

Sara Mertz

Scott Trindl

Kelly Vance