About Us

Our Staff

Jenny Wanasek (B.F.A. – UW-Milwaukee)Jenny Wanasek

Jenny is co-founder of the Center for Applied Theatre. She has distinguished herself as a  professional director and actor with the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Chamber Theatre, Next Act, Renaissance Theatre, and First Stage among others, and has been teaching acting and applied theatre techniques at UW-Milwaukee since 1999. She was recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007, the Student Accessibility Center’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010, and Footlight’s Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2017.

Her training includes interactive and transformative theatre with Nobel Prize nominee Augusto Boal, Beyond Racism and Ally building with Healing Our Nation, and The Virtues Project, as well as technique training in voice, speech, and movement. Jenny’s applied theatre work includes interactive projects, new play development, and communication technique workshops. She has facilitated problem-solving workshops and production projects with groups as diverse as PEARLS for Teen Girls, the Private Industry Council, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, UW-Milwaukee Residence Halls, unionized workers, and university faculty. She has conducted Applied Theatre technique workshops at conferences and seminars throughout the United States and in Vienna.

Mark Weinberg (MFA, Ph.D. – University of Minnesota)

Mark is co-founder of The Center for Applied Theatre. He has over 35 years of university teaching experience in theatre and communication skills. Mark began his study of Theatre of the Oppressed with Nobel Prize nominee Augusto Boal in 1992 and has studied and/or co-facilitated with Julian Boal, Doug Paterson, Michael Rohd, David Diamond, Leigh Thompson, Norma Bowles, and others. He has conducted social justice and problem solving workshops and Theatre of the Oppressed educational sessions for educators, administrators, students, business leaders, workers, community organizations and those they serve in the U.S., Australia, Austria, and Canada.

Mark has been active in transformative theatre work in many capacities – as educator, as one of the founding performers in the Other Theatre Company collective, as co-founder of the Theatre and Social Change focus group of ATHE, and currently as board member of PTO. His publications include Challenging the Hierarchy: Collective Theatre in the United States (Greenwood Press), “Community Based Theatre” in Theatre Symposium (8), “We Are All Theatre” in The Citizen Artist (with Doug Paterson), “The One-Line Play: Elaborations on Image Theatre” in Come Closer (with Jenny Wanasek), and “Shaking the Hands of Our mentors” in the PTO  Journal (with Katherine Burke and Mariana Ferreira). Mark begins his term as co-editor of the Journal in September.

A Sixth-degree Black Belt in Karate, Mark is one of the owners  of Black Belt Leadership Academy in Wauwatosa where he trained and supervised staff and taught leadership skills through the martial arts.