Joseph Hanreddy



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About the Milwaukee Rep

Founded in 1954, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater is one of the nation’s preeminent regional theaters, operating under an Actor’s Equity LORT B+ contract and annually producing three simultaneous subscription seasons in the Patty and Jay Baker Theater complex comprised of 720, 218 and 118 seat performance spaces.  Additional performances include an annual tour of Wisconsin, open runs of non-subscription productions and an annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL in the 1400 seat Pabst Theater.  All of the Milwaukee Rep’s technical support shops and administrative offices, as well as a full service bar and restaurant are housed in the company owned Baker complex. The current annual operating budget is approximately 8.5 million dollars. 

Highlights of accomplishments during tenure include:

  1. Subscription increase from 10,000 to 24,000

  2. Annual revenue increase from 4.5 to 10 million dollars

  3. Establishment of 10 million dollar endowment

  4. Formation of one of the nation’s most respected resident acting ensembles presently numbering 12 members

  5. Creation of one of the nation’s model artistic intern programs for actors, directors, literary directors and stage-managers.  Each season up to 20 young theater artists are recruited from the nation’s most respected training institutions for a year’s residency.   Former Rep interns have been regularly invited to join the professional company for individual projects and in exceptional cases, as company members

  6. Recruitment of internationally acclaimed directors to create productions of world classics: including , Ben Barnes (Ireland) A MONTH IN THE COUNTY, TRANSLATIONS, ENDGAME, THE CHERRY ORCHARD, Laszlo Marton (Hungary) A DOLL’S HOUSE, A FLEA IN HER EAR, MIRANDOLINA, Paolo Landi (Italy) A SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS, Ganshi Mureta (Japan) SILENCE, Lev Stukalov (Russia) THE GAMBLER, Mark-Wing Davey (Great Britain)  THE VISIT

  7. Production of SILENCE, a co-production with  Japan’s Subaru Theater nominated for Yomuri-Shinbun Award,  Japan’s top dramatic honor

  8. Initiated production of BENITO CERENO a co-production with Ko-Thi, a nationally recognized African Dance company in Milwaukee.

  9. Production of MOBY DICK named one of “ten best theater productions of 2002” by Time Magazine

  10. Creation of over 50 premiere productions of plays, musicals, adaptations and translations.

Areas of Responsibility

Artistic: Develop, articulate and put into practice the artistic mission and goals of the company. Select and produce a season of 15-17 plays foregrounding a subscription series in each of the Rep’s three performing spaces and direct a minimum of two productions. Staff and manage all artistic positions including permanent staff, guest directors and resident acting company members. Collaborate with staff and guest directors to recruit guest actors and scenic, costume, lighting, sound designers and additional artistic personnel as required. 

Personnel Management: Direct and supervise the activities of immediate Artistic Staff including Associate Artistic Director, Production Manager, Literary Manager, Artistic Associate and Artistic Assistants. Lead full time Resident Acting Company of 13.  Guide and monitor the efforts of individual show teams. 

Budgeting: Work with artistic and production staff to prepare annual artistic and production budget. Work with Managing Director and Board Finance Committee to develop overall budget. Assume ultimate responsibility to monitor artistic and production spending as season progresses. 

Strategic Planning: Work in partnership with Board of Directors and staff to develop and implement organizational goals and achievement strategies.    

Development: Collaborate with Development Staff to create and successfully execute a variety of events, conversations with and appeals to potential donors to maximize contributed income. Partner with department on applications for grants and foundation support. 

Marketing: Work with Managing and Marketing Directors on the concept and content of marketing materials for season and single-ticket campaigns.  Contribute articles for quarterly newsletter/journal and text for publicity materials. 

Community Relations: Act as the public representative of the theater and advocate for the organization and the arts through talks to educational, community and service groups and participation in community events and organizations. 

Artistic Director, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee, WI

Teach classes in Acting with the BFA Conservatory as well as undertake special performance projects, which included a premiere production of Lillian Groag’s AIMEE AND JAGUAR and a site-specific production of Connor McPherson’s THIS LIME TREE BOWER.

Classes taught: Master Class in Acting, Performance in Works with Heightened Language, Shakespeare Performance, and Director/Designer Collaboration.

Original appointment was to conceive and create a new graduate program within the Department of Theater in which four fully funded Fellowships, two in Directing and two in Design were to be awarded to artists with the potential to become theater innovators and leaders. The program was postponed due to unexpected cuts in the University budget, which strained plans for resources within the department. The two-year program was designed to focus on collaborative process with directors and designers studying and creating as a cohort. In addition to classroom instruction, a series of productions were to be created, both internal to the UWM theater department and external to campus, working in conjunction with theaters in Milwaukee’s theater community.

Concurrent to their work at UWM, the Fellows will observe, assist leading professional directors and designers on producitons in Milwaukee as well as at regional theaters throughout the country. On-going follow-up, career assistance and mentoring continue after the Fellows are awarded a certificate of completion from the UWM Graduate School.

Artist in Residence, Department of Theater,

Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

At the beginning of my tenure, the Madison Rep had a twenty year history as an amateur theater with professional aspirations. I partnered with the Board of Directors to move the theater to professional status and quality over two seasons. In my seven seasons with the company we were able to:

  1. Establish a Small Professional Theater Contract with Actor’s Equity

  2. Increase:

  3. -Annual revenues from $189,000 to approximately 1 million. 

  4. -Number of patrons seeing plays annually from 16,000 to 50,000

  5. -Number of subscriptions from 900 to 3000

  6. -Foundation and individual giving from $60,000 to $200,000

  7. Receive first National Endowment to the Arts award

  8. Establish new work development program that resulted in productions of four new plays by Midwest writers

  9. Become a major player in the upper Midwest theater scene and regularly recruit many of the area’s top artists to the company.

Artistic Director, Madison Repertory Theater, Madison, WI

The Ensemble Theater Project began in a temporary theater in a church hall.  Annual attendance the first year was 1,600 with no paid employees and an operating budget of $40,000. At the close of my tenure the company (now named the Ensemble Theater Company) was a resident acting company comprised of 12 core actors, the sole occupant of the historic Alhecama Theater (still the company’s home), annual attendance was 30,000, the operating budget was $300,000 and there was a full time staff of six. Guest performers, directors and designers were veterans of the nations top regional theaters, including the Old Globe Theater, American Conservatory Theater and The Denver Center Theater Company. 

Co-founder/Artistic Director, Ensemble Theater Project, Santa Barbara, CA

Employment History