Milwaukee Chamber Theatre: Announces hire of New Managing Director

MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Board of Trustees is thrilled to announce the appointment of Megwyn Sanders-Andrews, Ph.D., as the organization’s new Managing Director, effective January 2, 2024.  

“Megwyn brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and we are confident that her dynamic leadership will propel the theater into a new era of success,” said Jason Rae, President of the MCT Board of Trustees. “I am confident that her vision, working hand-in-hand with Artistic Director Brent Hazelton, will not only uphold the high standards set by our theater but will also drive innovation and growth.” 

Megwyn Sanders-Andrews, Ph.D., has dedicated her career to accessibility and inclusion in the arts for over 20 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theater Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University. Her academic work reflects her keen interest in platforming voices that have traditionally been kept in the margins and the humanizing power of community-based, devised theater and storytelling.   

“I’m honored to join the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, which has a tremendous fifty-year history of creating high-quality theater and offers stories from unique voices that audiences won’t see anywhere else,” said Sanders-Andrews. “It is my sincere belief that theater has the ability to bridge divides and bring communities together. I am eager to contribute to this shared vision and continue building Milwaukee Chamber Theatre as an essential hub for Milwaukee artists, Milwaukee audiences and Milwaukee stories.” 

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Managing Director works in partnership as a co-equal leader with the Artistic Director to bring the theater’s vision and mission to life by leading all aspects of the organization’s financial and operational functions. 

“Megwyn and I share a belief that live theater has a unique value in fostering connections and understanding within our diverse community,” said Hazelton. “Megwyn’s demonstrated commitment to creating impactful experiences aligns perfectly with our goal of using theater to inspire multicultural and multigenerational conversations throughout our community. I’m absolutely thrilled to collaborate with Megwyn as we move MCT into its next 50 years.” 

As a non-profit Executive Director, most recently at Our Odyssey, Inc., Sanders-Andrews has spearheaded significant sustained fundraising gains, overseen considerable regional and national program growth, and driven programmatic and organizational excellence through vibrant, collaborative partnerships and data-driven change management.  

Sanders-Andrews has made Wisconsin her home for more than a decade. She lives in Lake Country with her family and is honored to serve on the boards of two organizations, Our Odyssey, Inc., and ArtWorks for Milwaukee. 

The Managing Director search was led by Evolution Management Consultants.