A legacy of Milwaukee theatre

The Milwaukee Youth Theatre prides itself at being many children’s very first chance to perform on stage. The organization holds open auditions eight weeks prior to each show. Students are involved in all aspects of performance including: acting, scenic design, costumes, lighting and stage managing. MYT is truly “Theater for children, by children”.


Our story

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. For the past 17 years Milwaukee Youth Theatre has resided at Lincoln Center of the Arts and participates in their resident artists program.

The Milwaukee Youth Theatre offers camps and classes at the Bay View Community Center. We also offer Girl Scout Workshops and free “How to Audition” workshops which are held prior to each audition.

Mission

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.

Staff

Therese Burazin
Executive Director

Therese has been the Executive Director for the past twenty-five years. She has directed and written plays with children for over 30 years. She also is an instructor and director for the Schauer Arts Center in Hartford where she most recently directed Flat Stanley Jr. Other directing credits include many comedic productions for Fond du Lac Community Theatre, most recently Addam’s Family the Musical, Harvey and The Dixie Swim Club. Therese has been instrumental in starting several home school acting troups and a Community Theatre.

Greg Davis
Technical Supervisor/Director

Greg has been MYT’s Tech Supervisor for the past 15 years. He has worked backstage or behind the scenes all over the Milwaukee Area including: Chamber Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, Boulevard Theatre and First Stage. Greg has also directed several MYT productions his biggest one being Number the Stars. He most recently directed The Secret Garden and Peter and Wendy.

Rich Hawthorne
Assistant Tech Director and Set Designer

Rich has been on MYT staff since Fall of 2014. He was lead set designer for The Secret Garden and Number the Stars. He has also designed sets for Musical Masquers, Kettle Moraine Playhouse and West Bend High School. Rich enjoys acting and singing as well with his most recent role as Sir Robin in Musical Masquers’ Spamalot. In his spare time he assists a caterer, sheers sheep for local farmers and tends to his family farm.

Joshua Biatch
Education Coordinator

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, and has been working in education ever since. As an actor and instructor, he specializes in Shakespeare performance and production, and stage combat and stage combat choreography. Shalom Aleichem!

Mary Kostopoulos
Instructor and Scenic Painter

Mary has been with the Milwaukee Youth Theatre since the age of twelve, starting as a student and has recently been promoted to staff member. She is currently attending Arizona State University taking on-line courses studying Sociology with a minor in Theater Management. Since her beginning with MYT, Mary has enjoyed stage managing at Whitnall High School, Waukesha Civic Theatre, and the Village Playhouse of Wauwatosa.

Rebecca Mitchell
Assistant Director

Rebecca has been with MYT for 10 years. She started as a student actor in The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Honk. She also played Dorothy in MYT’s production of The Wizard of OZ. Rebecca has worked as AD on two MYT shows and has worked as a set painter for St. Francis High School. She has a passion for performing and loves working with the kids at MYT.

Julia Kendl
Lighting Designer and Production Assistant

This is Julia’s fourth year on MYT production team. She is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee with a BFA in Technical Production Theater with a specialty in lighting. Julia finds working for MYT extremely rewarding in the fact that she is able to mentor enthusiastic young theater technicians and has the opportunity to work with MYT colleagues. Julia had her first experience at directing MYT’s Adventures in Radio Sound last season and was production assistant for The Secret Garden.

Mark Burazin, PhD
Finance Manager

Mark is retired from Kimberly Clark where he worked in Research. He became involved at MYT as a spouse of the Executive Director and serving on The Board of Directors. He recently volunteered to take on finance responsibilities. He works with our creative team to set show budgets, assists with financial planning and ensures that resources are properly allocated.

Board of Directors

Harmonie Baker, Board President

Literacy Specialist, Woodlands School

Carrie Baker Jackson, Board Vice President

English Teacher/Theater Director, Ronald Reagan H.S.

Mark Burazin, Ph.D.

Research Technical Strategist, Kimberly Clark (retired)

Therese Burazin, Executive Director

Theater Director/Instructor, Schauer Center, MPS (retired)

Nilsa Hernandez-Bakula, Lincoln School of the Arts Liaison

Bilingual Teacher

Terry F. Goins

Marketing Director, Briggs and Stratton

Michele Johnson, Lincoln School of the Arts Liaison

Teacher

Joshua Overholser, Board Treasurer

Group Controller, Rexnord

Matt Pitton, Board Secretary

Physical Therapist, Orthopedic Hospital of Wisconsin

Amy Riveria

Teaching Assistant, Woodlawn School

Robert L. Sagadin

Media Communications and Technical Theater Department – Prairie School (retired)


Any questions? Email contact@milwaukeeyouththeatre.org or call 414-390-3900 or call Therese Burazin, Executive Director, at 920-379-3246 (mobile).

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