Next Act Theatre Staff

David Cecsarini, Producing Artistic Director

David CecsariniThe 2015-2016 season marks David’s 37th year as a theatre professional. During his twenty-eight year Milwaukee residency, he has acted with many of its professional companies and also has extensive credits as a nine year veteran of American Players Theatre in Spring Green, WI. He has proudly served as Producing Artistic Director for Milwaukee’s Next Act Theatre for 24 years. Long before his professional theatre debut, David busied himself in his basement performing radical surgery on most electronic devices. Eventually he hung up his soldering gun in favor of just twirling the knobs and has since designed sound effects and scores for over 80 professional productions. Favorite sound designs include THE VOICE OF THE PRAIRIE, THE DRESSER, LAST OF THE BOYS, MARY’S WEDDING and MICROCRISIS. David has directed many Next Act productions; memorable projects include THE PAVILION, THE REAL THING, SOMEONE WHO’LL WATCH OVER ME, THE DRESSER, ROOM SERVICE, SIDE MAN and BETWEEN EAST AND WEST.

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Anne Lehmer, Development Director

Anne LehmerAnne Lehmer is a people-oriented fundraising professional and manager, raising money in the non-profit sector since 2005. Specializing in major giving, capital campaigns, strategic planning and Board Development, Anne raised $1 million as Major Gifts and Planned Giving Officer with the YWCA in Seattle, WA and led Seattle-based teen mentoring organization “the Service Board” to financial sustainability. She also worked with Seattle’s arts, culture and heritage funder “4 Culture”, the Nordic Heritage Museum and United Indians for All Tribes Foundation.

Anne earned a BA in anthropology from Mills College and a MA in Museum Studies - Fundraising and Administration, from San Francisco State University. A former Board Member of the Washington State chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Anne is pleased to join AFP Milwaukee. A former performer herself, Anne is delighted to serve Milwaukee’s arts and cultural sector and enjoy local dance classes.

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Rebecca Moder, Marketing Director

Rebecca ModerBecky is excited to be starting her fourth season with Next Act. She has been working in the Arts Marketing profession for over seven years now, and looks forward to many more. When not promoting Next Act, Becky assists in the management and marketing of her husband’s film and photo business, Moder Media LLC. She lives in Bay View with her husband Tim.

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Mike Van Dreser, Technical Director/Rental Coordinator

Mike Van DreserThis is Mike Van Dreser’s ninth season with Next Act Theatre and the fourth year as Technical Director. Mike was previously the resident Master Electrician and Light Board Operator for Next Act. Over the last eight seasons, Mike has worked as Lighting Designer for NEXT ACTORS SUMMER THEATRE FOR TEENS, PANIC EXPRESS, THE ENCOUNTER, FAITH HEALER, WINTER TALES, PAUL ROBESON IN CONCERT, VALUE OF NAMES, BIG BOYS, ONE TIME, A KODACHROME CHRISTMAS, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE LIVE RADIO SHOW (Next Act Theatre), WHEN THE CURTAIN FALLS, and KISS ME KATE (Greendale High School). Mike has had the good fortune of working with and learning from renowned Lighting Designers Jason Fassl and Andrew Meyers and knows their guidance and continuing education will help make him successful. Mike looks forward to many more productive years with Next Act Theatre and any new opportunities that may come his way.

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