Artist Profiles: A spotlight of area talent on local stages

Learn about some of the area's local talent!

Andrew Abrams

Artistic Director of Four Seasons Theatre, has worked off Broadway, regionally and on tour as a professional director, musical director, conductor, composer and performer. Shows include: Cinderella (with Eartha Kitt), State Fair (with John Davidson), Cabaret (with Andrea McCardle), Kiss of the Spider Woman, Masterclass (with Rosemary Prinz), and numerous others. He wrote the music for the musical But I’m a Cheerleader, which was a finalist for the Jerry Bock Award and headlined the New York Musical Theatre Festival in September 2005. Andrew musical directed Chicago for the Broadway Dinner Theater in the Wisconsin Dells and was the Chorus Master for The Tender Land for the Madison Opera. He was the stage and musical director for all the Four Seasons Mainstage shows for the 2005-2006 and 2007-2008 seasons as well as the director for the youth theatre production of Les Misérable in June 2006.

Dave Durbin

Dave Durbin is proud to call Madison his home. He trained at the Circa ‘21 conservatory in Rock Island, Illinois, with Tom Walljasper and moved to Wisconsin in 1997. His first play was Welcome To The Moon at Brave Hearts Theater, followed by Stiffy at Broom Street Theater. Stage Q founder Tom McClurg gave him the title role in 1999’s Jeffrey which was voted the funniest play of the year by the Wisconsin State Journal. Other roles include: Bette Davis in Rob Matsushita’s Whatever Happened to Bette And Joan, Prior Walter in Angels In America, Jeff in The Sum Of Us, and most recently in Mercury Players’ production of Complete Female Stage Beauty as Ned Kynaston. He has also worked with Tapit/NewWorks, participated in the Madison Rep’s Young Playwrights Festival, played Katherine Heigl’s boss in the Madison-shot independent film Side Effects and can be seen (briefly) in the HBO documentary When I Knew.

Callen Harty

Harty grew up in Shullsburg, Wisconsin, and has lived in the Madison area since 1982. He was a co-founder of Proud Theater and UW’s 10% Society. In 2003 he was named OutReach’s Man of the Year. He is currently the Artistic Director of Broom Street Theater. He has written around 20 plays that have been produced, acted hundreds of times in dozens of roles and directed a couple dozen. His writing has appeared in Our Lives, Wisconsin Light, Out!, James White Review, and elsewhere. His photographs have appeared in numerous publications, won several awards, and he has had two one-man shows in Madison. He lives with his lifetime partner, Brian, in Monona.

Kelsy A. Schoenhaar

Kelsy A. Schoenhaar began her tenure as Encore Studio for the Performing Art’s founding artistic director in May of 2000. With many years’ experience managing human service programs, working as a professional musician and as a producing and directing playwright, Kelsy took her experience, her MBA and her vision of what a professional theater company for people with disabilities should look like and put them to work. As a composer, Kelsy offers diversity equal to the range of the stories told and the talents of the Encore actors and staff. Encore is the only professional theatre company of its kind in Wisconsin and one of the very few in the nation.