A legacy of Milwaukee theatre
At Milwaukee Youth Theatre we pride our self at being many children’s very first chance to perform on stage. We hold open auditions for each show, regardless of experience. Students are involved in all aspects of theatre arts including: acting, scenic design and build, costumes, lighting, sound and stage managing. MYT is truly “Theater for children, by children”.
Peter Daniels, a teacher, founded the Milwaukee Youth Theatre in 1991. The company started in a small storefront in Bay View next to the Avalon Theater. In February of 1992, the company incorporated and attained non-profit status. Performances were done both in the storefront as well as at the Avalon. In 1996 Mr. Daniels moved and Therese Burazin became Artistic Director. Therese was Executive Director until December, 2021. In January, 2022 Harmonie Baker became Executive Director. For the past 20 years Milwaukee Youth Theatre has an artist-in-residence at MPS Lincoln Center of the Arts.
The Milwaukee Youth Theatre offers 2-3 touring productions each year, a summer program, and monthly classes and workshops. We also offer Girl Scout Workshops and free “How to Audition” workshops which are held prior to each audition.
We steward empowering, Milwaukee theatre experiences for children, by children, affordable to all children.
Commitment to diversity and equity
Stories are better when the storytellers represent the vast experiences of the people who will hear them. At MYT we have the opportunity and the responsibility to create memorable, empowering theatre experiences that capture the imaginations of all Milwaukee area children. We are committed to doing that in a way that counts everybody in.
Harmonie Baker is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee’s Theatre Production program. She has 25 years of theatre experience from singing to acting, stagecraft to directing. Harmonie has worked with Milwaukee-area high schools and community theatres in costume design and construction since 2013. She also has a background in arts education with the MPS Rec Department and literacy instruction with Wisconsin Reading Corps. She and her family have been Milwaukee residents for over 20 years. They live in the Pigsville neighborhood in the Menomonee Valley. Email email@example.com.
Joshua Biatch is a Wisconsin-based Actor, Director, and Theatre Educator. He received his training as a student at Kenyon College and as an Apprentice Actor at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Josh has been working in youth theatre since 2013, when he was part of the team that founded Upstart Crows Productions, a youth-run theatre company in Madison, WI. Josh started teaching when he was 14, as a Teaching Assistant at his synagogue’s religious school. He specializes in Shakespeare performance and production, and stage combat and stage combat choreography. Shalom Aleichem! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructor, Girl Scout Programming
Grace Slapczynski is a Milwaukee born creative with a lifelong love for theatre. She is passionate about the performing arts and technical theatre. She is currently pursuing a BA in theatre education after graduating from Milwaukee High School of the Arts with a production focus in 2019. After spending many years in the Girl Scouts program, Grace is considered a Lifetime member of the organization. She is excited to share her passion and experience while instructing at MYT. Email email@example.com.
Mark Burazin, PhD
Mark is retired from Kimberly Clark where he worked in Research. He works with our creative team to set show budgets, assists with financial planning and ensures that resources are properly allocated.
MYT is fortunate to have a collection of technical experts who we call on regularly for our production needs. If you would like to be considered for a production team position submit your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Set Designer and Builder, Director, Production Assistant
Set Designer and Builder
Assistant Director, Stage Manager, Instructor
Lighting Designer, Production Assistant
Board of Directors
Therese Burazin, Board President
Theater Director/Instructor, Schauer Center, MPS (retired)
Mark Burazin, Ph.D.
Research Technical Strategist, Kimberly Clark (retired)
Senior Lecturer, UW-Milwaukee
Nilsa Hernandez-Bakula, Lincoln School of the Arts Liaison
Terry F. Goins
Marketing Director, Briggs and Stratton
Michele Johnson, Lincoln School of the Arts Liaison
Joshua Overholser, Board Treasurer
Group Controller, Rexnord
Matt Pitton, Board Secretary
Physical Therapist, Orthopedic Hospital of Wisconsin
Teaching Assistant, Woodlawn School
Robert L. Sagadin
Media Communications and Technical Theater Department – Prairie School (retired)
Any questions? Email email@example.com or call 414-390-3900.