Sarah Marty (Producing Artistic Director) 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.
Marja Barger (Production Associate) has worked on every production for Four Seasons Theatre since its inception, working as 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 oversees program production and advertising. 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 three UW Varsity Band Shows. Favorite roles with FST are The Spit Fire Grill (Hannah) and Follies (Phyllis).
Tamara Brognano (Outreach Coordinator) 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.
Martie Barthel (Company Stage Manager) is pleased to return to FST for her 4th season as Company Stage Manager. Favorite FST stage management credits include 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 17 years and is also Production Manager for Theatre LILA.
Brian Cowing (Artistic Associate) 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 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.
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.
Thomas Kasdorf (Music Director) 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 recently returned to working onstage, starring as George in Middleton Players Theatre’s Sunday in the Park with George.