About Us

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Katrina Brunner is the Co-Founder and Director of House Theatre Co. She is the Drama Director at James Madison Memorial High School. For the past 25 years, she has worked as a professional choreographer and director, locally with Children’s Theater Madison, Four Seasons Theatre, University Theatre, and in the Chicago area with Light Opera Works and Porchlight Music Theatre. There she earned a Jeff award for her choreography work. For 10 years, she was the Producer and Director of the Drama and Musical productions at Edgewood High School.  During those years, Edgewood musicals earned Outstanding Musical recognition from the Tommy Awards six out of seven years and personally has five awards for Outstanding Direction.

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Thomas Mielke is the Music Director and Secretary for house Theatre Co. He spent more than thirty years teaching choral music in Wisconsin High Schools. Choirs under his direction have appeared at state conferences of the Music Educators’ National Conference and the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association and toured throughout the United States, Germany and England. Thomas also taught classes in Music Theory and implemented “nonsemble” classes including Garage Band and Singer/Songwriter. Mr. Mielke was awarded “Top Notch Teacher”, “Crystal Apple Nominee”, Madison Area Music Awards “Teacher of the Year” and a “Tommy Award” for Outstanding Musical Direction. He has served as music director and producer for Musicals throughout his career. Now retired, he directs the adult choir at First Presbyterian Church of Oregon and plays bass in various groups around town.

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Kerry Cavanaugh is the Treasurer of House Theatre Co. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin Law School and a recipient of the Kohl Teaching Fellowship Award, taught History and Humanities at Edgewood High School in Madison for 20 years.  While at EHS, she played many supporting roles in service to the Drama Department:  costume assistant, ticket chair, parent volunteer coordinator, and producer.  She has two daughters, both of whom were actively involved in theatre productions while they were in school.  Kerry believes that to experience musical theatre is to find your joy.


Please direct questions regarding House Theatre Co. to Katrina Brunner.

Email: kwbrunner@gmail.com / phone# available by request