Sarah Marty earned a Master’s Degree in Business from the Bolz Center for Arts Administration, an MS in Curriculum & Instruction, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree at UW-Madison. The 2008 winner of the Bartell Award for Excellence in the Arts, she teaches Arts Enterprise for the Wisconsin School of Business at UW-Madison and is a Professor of Arts Management at UW-Whitewater. Additional credits include Madison Early Music Festival, Forward Theater, Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Public Radio, Madison Opera, and Madison Theatre Guild. Producer credits include: Overture Center 10th Anniversary Celebration, 2013 and 2016 events with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, WPR Centennial Event, and UW Varsity Band Show. A co-founder of Four Seasons Theatre, she has served as Producing Artistic Director since 2010.
Tamara Brognano auditioned for her first FST production with her two-year-old son on her hip, and she hasn’t looked back since (that son is now in his teens). Favorite FST appearances include Mother in Ragtime, Amalia in She Loves Me, and Margaret in The Light in the Piazza. Tamara wrote our Great American Songbook scripts and has written and produced our community outreach programming since 2010. By day, she is a technical writer with ETC, and in her free time reads voraciously, annoys her husband and kids, and is annoyed by her dog and cats.
Brian Cowing is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a degree in musical theater. He is an Artistic Associate for Four Seasons, where he directed and choreographed All is Calm, Spamalot, Les Misérables, She Loves Me, and South Pacific. Brian also directed Children’s Theater of Madison’s 50th anniversary production of The Wizard of Oz and recent production of Matilda. Teaching credits include CTM’s Summer Stage, Kristin Chenoweth’s Broadway Bootcamp, and Music Theatre at Tianjin Conservatory. As an actor, Brian was dance captain/ensemble on the national tour of Annie and an ensemble member of the national tour of Something Rotten.
Thomas Kasdorf is working on his DMA in Collaborative Piano at UW-Madison. FST credits include: The Little Mermaid, Vintage Valentines, 1776, The Sondheim Confessional, The Spitfire Grill, Big Fish (co-production with Theatre LILA), The Light in the Piazza, The Fantasticks, Great Dames Songbook, Side by Side by Sondheim, and Aspects of Love. He also starred opposite Sarah Day in the Four Seasons Theatre production of Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins. He recently returned to working onstage, starring as George in Middleton Players Theatre’s Sunday in the Park with George.
Professor Mike Leckrone has joined the staff of Four Seasons Theatre as an Artistic Associate and will bring his considerable knowledge of jazz, musical theatre, and popular music to FST audiences in a new series of outreach events at Cafe Coda jazz club. In addition, Leckrone and FST staff will collaborate on the development of an original Great American Songbook show each season.
Recently retired after 50 years at the helm of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band, Mike Leckrone is a legendary performer and educator whose musical arrangements, halftime shows, UW Varsity Band Spring Concerts, and popular music history courses have been enjoyed by thousands. His many accolades include the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music in 2007, the “Spencer Tracy Award for Distinction in the Performing Arts” from the Wisconsin Historical Society in 2010, and the Michael St. John Lifetime Achievement Award from the Madison Area Music Association in 2013.
Martie Barthel is pleased to return to FST for her 5th season as Company Stage Manager. Favorite FST stage management credits include The Little Mermaid, Spamalot, Assassins, Kiss Me, Kate! (Rehearsal SM) and A Little Night Music. Favorite non-FST Stage Management credits include The Mojo and The Sayso (Theatre LILA), The World We Make/ Change Your Mind, Change the World (Panel discussion with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama: 2013, 2016), UW Varsity Band Show (2015, 2016), American Kaleidoscope (Celebrating the Overture 10th Anniversary, 2014), Observe The Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Strollers Theatre), and HAIR (Strollers Theatre). Martie has been stage managing in the Madison area for over 18 years and is also Production Manager for Theatre LILA.
Wendy Jones Hill has worked extensively in the Madison area as an actress, singer, teaching artist and director. Favorite FST roles include Kate/Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate, Marmee in Little Women, and Signora Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza. FST directorial projects include Man of La Mancha, Side By Side By Sondheim, A Grand Night for Singing, and three Great American Songbook productions. Other credits include work with CTM, Madison Opera, Capital City Theatre and Madison Repertory Theater.
Marja Barger (Production Associate) retired in January 2020 after working on every production for Four Seasons Theatre since its inception in 2005. Credits include director (RENT and Great Dames Songbook), props designer (My Fair Lady, A Little Night Music, RENT, and Les Misérables), assistant stage manager (The Last Five Years). As a staff member, she oversaw program production and advertising. In addition, she has worked with Forward Theater (Collected Stories, Sons of the Prophet, Or), worked on the production team for the Dalai Lama at the Overture Center in 2013 and 2016, and for the last four UW Varsity Band Shows. Favorite roles with FST are The Spitfire Grill (Hannah in 2010 and 2017) and Follies (Phyllis).