Jo Kelley – President
Callen Harty – Vice President
Sol Kelley-Jones – Secretary
Sol Thea Kelley-Jones is an activist, artist, community organizer, and youth development professional with a long history of working between and within communities of difference to foster partnerships, build coalitions for social change, and implement creative interventions. A graduate of Hampshire College with a degree in Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Art and UW-Milwaukee with a Masters in Sustainable Peacebuilding, Sol has years of experience in program development and management, service delivery, and advocacy alongside those often relegated to the margins from LGBTQ+ young people to undocumented immigrants, from survivors of intimate partner violence to families living under military occupation. Passionately committed to creatively working for greater equity and justice, Sol brings with her extensive experience engaging in conflict transformation and justice-making work with communities and individuals facing state, political, and structural violence, as well as the violences of racism, homophobia, transphobia, poverty, policing, homelessness, and housing and food insecurity.
As an arts as intervention practitioner, Sol has worked for over 16 years to use theater as a tool to critically examine conflict, incite dialog, creatively investigate and devise solutions, and initiate healing and community education. On local, national, and international levels, Sol has collaborated with community leaders, local organizations, and those who have faced systemic violence to create and implement culturally relevant, innovative arts-based community development, conflict engagement and empowerment programming from refugee camps in the Middle East to the militarized U.S. Mexico borderlands, from the coast of East Africa to a diversity of Wisconsin communities.
Sol continues her passion for fusing art, activism, and youth leadership development through her work with Proud Theater, an LGBTQ+ youth theater and advocacy organization that she co-founded in 1999. Sol is committed to nurturing youth and community voice and artistic uprisings and engaging in the life-long, and interconnected, struggle for racial, economic, environmental, gender, and queer justice.
Sue Slotten – Treasurer and Business Manager
Sue has a passion for supporting youth activities and mentoring whenever possible. Her philosophy for life is that we are all teachers and have knowledge and experiences that youth can benefit from, and we can learn from our youth as well. Sue likes to travel and explore other cultures and share those experiences with the youth.
When Sue is not working she volunteers as a coordinator for the Junior Achievement program in elementary schools, to help prepare young people for the real world, which makes their communities more robust and provides youth with a sense of becoming involved and making a difference.
She lives near Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and their beagle “Buddy”.
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.’
Petrovnia McIntosh – Board Member
Garrett Stolen – Board Member
Garrett Stolen serves 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. 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.