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Jo Kelley – President
Callen Harty – Secretary
Callen Harty is a Board member and co‐founder of Proud Theater. He is a long‐time community activist. In 1982 he was a cofounder and charter member of the University of Wisconsin’s first LGBT group, the 10% Society. He was also a co‐founder and the first Artistic Director of Madison’s Proud Theater, a queer youth theater group that has been creating art out of the experiences of queer youth since 1999. He is still an adult mentor for the group. He served in the late 1990’s on the Dane County Coordinated Response to Domestic Violence’s Same‐Sex Domestic Violence Task Force. In 2003, he was named the OutReach, Inc. Man of the Year. For five years (2005‐2010) he was the Artistic Director of Broom Street Theater, Madison’s alternative theater that produces nothing but original works by local authors. In addition to writing more than 20 produced full‐length plays, many of them on queer and other progressive issues, he is a published freelance writer and photographer, and has written three books. He is the founder of Paths to Healing, an annual conference that examines sexual abuse and violence, particularly against men, and in 2016, he was awarded the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) Courage Award for his survivor activism.
Conor Smyth – Treasurer
Conor Smyth has long had an interest in and appreciation for art and, more recently, its power to advance understanding, equality, equity and inclusion for all. After his son experienced this power for himself as a youth in Proud Theater, Conor welcomed the opportunity to add his time, talents and network to the mix as a board member.
Conor is a seasoned communicator with a background in program and management evaluations and public relations. He is currently the communications director for the Wisconsin Technical College System in Madison, Wisconsin. He earned a bachelor degree in organizational communications from Edgewood College and a master’s degree in public affairs from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota.
Conor lives in Madison with his wife and awesomely individual triplets – two sons and a daughter – who are seniors at Madison East High School.
Brian Wild – Board Member, Executive Director
Brian Wild has been working in theater since the age of 8 and has been involved in over 100 theatrical productions since 1977. He is one of the founders of Art and Soul Innovations, Inc., and serves as the Executive Director, overseeing 4 chapters of Proud Theater and 2 chapters of Proud Theater Beyond around the state of Wisconsin. He is Co-Artistic Director of the Madison and Milwaukee chapters, and is acting as Interim Artistic Director of the Sun Prairie Chapter.
Wild has been a member of one of the oldest experimental theaters in the nation, Broom Street Theater, for over 24 years as an actor, playwright and director and designer. He served on their Board of Directors as Treasurer from 2005-2010, and has staged 17 original plays for the troupe as playwright and director.
Wild also co-founded Luna Bonita, a Latino organization in Madison, Wisconsin (now known as Noches Latinas), and also co-founded El Grupo Vida/The Life Group, a bi-lingual organization designed to raise funds for local non-profits through the art of Drag performance.
Honors include the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award at Broom Street Theater for extraordinary dedication to the promotion of experimental theater, a certificate of achievement from GSAFE for his commitment to community activism and social justice in Wisconsin, and the 2008 Outreach, Inc. ‘Man of the Year’ award for his work with youth in the community. In 2012, Wild received a Madison Bartie Theater Award for best sound design for the local theatrical production of ‘The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker.’
Sydney Kleinholz – Board Member
Garrett Stolen – Board Member
Garrett Stolen serves as a board member and as the web administrator for Proud Theater and Art and Soul Innovations. Garrett became involved with Proud Theater during 2015 and has been very involved ever since with its programming, its websites, event planning, and communications. An alum of Proud Theater’s Madison chapter, they have returned to volunteer and run tech for shows and been involved in Art & Soul’s annual Connections conference. They have also been involved in grant writing for Proud Theater. Garrett is heavily involved in their community and has served it in a variety of capacities: as a youth representative on the Dane County Board of Supervisors, as a youth representative on the Dane County Youth Commission, as an elections inspector, as a web editor for their school newspaper, as a president and vice president of programming for their school GSA, and as an active member of numerous other organizations.
When Garrett isn’t at meetings, working, or at school, they are often at rehearsals for a variety of music groups. Garrett hopes to receive a degree in K12 instrumental music education and to continue being involved in politics and the community.