Michael Stanek-Artistic Director
Michael, a native of Wisconsin has produced, directed, choreographed and performed all over the world. He is currently living in New York City working as the Dance Captain for The RIDE, directed by Daniel Goldstein. (www.experiencetheride.com) Stanek recently directed and choreographed a production of Winter Wonderettes for the Herb Strauss BIG ARTS Theatre in Sanibel, FL as well as choreographing White Christmas for the Bower City Theatre Company. He is the former Artistic Director for the Broadway Dinner Theatre in Wisconsin Dells and the Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre, VA., Stanek is also the Founder/Artistic Director of BROADWAY KIDZ WISCONZIN, which produced the Wisconsin Regional Premier of Disney's High School Musical to sold-out audiences in 2007.
In 2006, Stanek was awarded an Observership by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation of NYC, where he was chosen to assist Tony-Award winning Director/Choreographer Kathleen Marshall for City Center Encores production of Kander and Ebb, 70, Girls, 70, starring Olympia Dukakis. Prior to that Stanek, served as the Artistic Director for the New York Broadway Kids group, KIDS WITH HEART, a group that has appeared on the Rosie O-Donnell Show and Co-Artistic Director for Performing Arts For Children. Michael choreographed the New York Off-Broadway Premier of The Perfect Monster, which received rave reviews in the "New York Times" and recently directed/choreographed As The World Goes Round for Four Seasons Theatre in Madison.
Other credits include Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, Wizard of Oz, Footloose, Anything Goes, Annie, Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Crazy For You, Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls and more, Christmas in the Dells, The All-Singing, All-Dancing, American Musical Celebration, written and conceived by Stanek, and the Wisconsin Regional Premier of Chicago (Broadway Dinner Theatre), the United States premier of the musical Billy (CTM), The Mikado and Man of La Mancha (Cortland Repertory Theatre, NY) and Stagestruck, A Musical Revue, written and conceived by Stanek (Capitol Theater and Wisconsin Union Theater).
Stanek has judged various show choirs, dance competitions and has served as an optional judge and choreographer for American Coed Pageants in Wisconsin and Nationals in Orlando, FL. Stanek has performed and assisted in many productions throughout Europe and the United States. Some credits include Ed McMahon's Star Search (Finalist), 42nd Street (European Tour), Sophisticated Sing and Swing starring Mercedes Ellington (National Tour), Camelot starring John Rubenstein and Ken Page (The MUNY), Oklahoma! starring Rue McClanahan (Broadway Series of Charlotte) and Voices, A Time to Listen, an AIDS benefit starring Stephen Schwartz & Sandi Patti.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michael worked for the Walt Disney Company as a staging assistant, dance captain and performer in various productions including the original Prince in Beauty and the Beast. Stanek is a 20 year member of Actors' Equity Association and an associate member of The Society for Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Barb Davis - Executive Director
Barb is a founding member of Broadway Kidz Wisconzin. She received her Bachelor's degree in Education form UW-Madison and thoroughly enjoys working with "kidz" of all ages! Barb has worked behind the scenes at Zona Gale Theatre as well as MPDC and Madison Ballet. As the former Director of Sales and Marketing at the Broadway Dinner Theatre, Barb enjoyed the many hats she wore while employed there. In particular she enjoyed her role as Ms. Lynch in BDT's three month production of "Grease." Barb has served on several boards in the past, all in the interest of advocating for children. She has also judged for the American Coed Pageant system as both a general judge and as an optional judge. She is a recent recipient of "The Helping Hand Award" from Pardeeville High School. As Executive Director, Barb serves as the production manager and also heads up grant writing and marketing.