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About Us

Our mission is to provide hands on education in the theater arts including acting, dancing, singing, set design, scenery, costuming, make-up, lighting, directing and stage management. 

Our vision is to make the world a better place using the theater arts to inspire curiosity, generosity and connection.  

Our History

Wisconsin Theater Arts was founded by Peter and Patti Punzi who met acting in a community theater production of To Kill A Mockingbird. They have performed and directed together over the years on many occasions and decided to start their own nonprofit to share their love of theater with their community in southeast Wisconsin.  

Patti Punzi - Artistic Director

  • Patti is a native Wisconsinite and has a Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance from UW-Stevens Point with a theater specialization. She also has a Masters in Education from Pacific Lutheran University.
  • Patti spent over 25 years performing, teaching, directing, and choreographing  for numerous educational institutions from middle school through collegiate levels as well as community and children's theaters.
  • Her theater and dance students have ranged in ages from two to 80+
  • She was a public school teacher for 10 years (speech, drama, language arts, and history).
  • Patti ran a junior high school drama program for three years and was responsible for all aspects of production.
  • Current drama director and choreographer for East Troy High School drama program.

Peter Punzi - Managing Director

  • Peter is a creative professional with experience in many fields including horticulture, ecology/environment, museum studies and education.
  • He has a personal passion for the performing arts.   In addition to performing and directing community theater Peter is also a singer, songwriter and music producer.  
  • Peter has over twenty-five years of management experience including ten plus years executive nonprofit management and ten years senior management.
  •  His talents include creatively applying best practices to an organization and marshalling the resources necessary to maximize its mission impact. 
  • Current drama director and technical director for the East Troy High School drama program.

Board of Directors

 President- Peter Punzi Treasurer - Lois Lewis Secretary - Denise Meagher
 Director - Don Fresen Director - Patti Punzi 

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P.O. Box 573, Burlington, WI 53105 nisnocsiw

Wisconsin Theater Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Racine County Wisconsin.

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