BDACT Annual Meeting – Sunday, February 2

You are invited to the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre Annual Brunch and Meeting!

Hosted by the BDACT Board of Directors on Sunday, February  2, 2020.


Brunch will be served at the BDACT Fine Arts Center located at 117 West Maple Ave. in Beaver Dam.


11:00 am Social hour with a cash bar.

12:00 pm A brunch will be served  featuring quiche (cheese, meat lovers & spinach), fruit,

      roasted potatoes, sausage links, relish tray and chicken salad sandwiches.

12:45 pm After brunch we will hold our annual meeting.


Meals are $25. If you are a patron, some of your meals may be complimentary. You will be receiving an invitation in the mail or you may check with JoAnn Gehrke at or by calling her at the box office at 920-885-6891. Checks can be made out to BDACT.


R.S.V.P. names in attendance by Monday, January 27 to:

Email: or  Phone:  920-885-6891 (Box Office)


The nominating committee chaired by Dr. Jen Espenscheid is proud announce the following slate for the BDACT Board of Directors:

Michael Belongie – See Bio Here

Tony Kikkert – Tony Kikkert has a life long appreciation for the theatre and the arts, although, he did not start truly acting until about five years ago with the Beaver Dam Community Theatre.  With a devotion to serving, he has spent many years in leadership roles in the Boy Scout community helping shape the leaders of tomorrow.  A pillar in the community, he hopes to bring his unique life experience to more aspects of BDACT and continue to see the theatre community in the Beaver Dam area move forward.


Thea O’Connor – Coming from a corporate career in Portland, Oregon, Thea has been in the Midwest for the past 15 years and has been in Wisconsin for 7.5 years due to her husband’s job relocation.  In choosing where to reside, she chose Beaver Dam for its wide variety of activities especially the Community Theatre.  Thea is a juried artist (folk art, painting and photography) and believes that a vibrant art scene is important for the livability of a community.

She has been with Church Health Services since 2012 starting in the medical clinic and quickly moving to the Accounting and Finance Manager.  She has been the Executive Director of Church Health Services since 2017 and has a strong commitment to improving the quality of  life for those who are in her chosen community.


Jennifer Sekel – From an early age, Jennifer Casey-Sekel has been drawn to theater and performing. From a toddler twirling a baton that was twice her size to a high school and college student active in choir, band, swing choir, jazz choir, drama, and musical theater, Jen has always shown a “flair for the dramatic.”

An Illinois native (don’t hold that against her) and a recent transplant to her husband’s hometown of Beaver Dam, Jen returned to the stage after a 25 year hiatus as the dreaded “Miss Hanningan” in this summer’s BDACT performance of “Annie”. It was through this role, her eldest son’s participation in “Newsies”, her youngest son’s participation in the recent CCD Theater Camp, and through volunteering in the box office that Jen has gotten to know – and LOVE – the BDACT family.
Jen is honored to share her passion for theater and love of community-building as a member of the BDACT Board of Directors and is looking forward to a long and successful run.


Emily Shier – Emily Shier discovered her love for theatre when her grandmother introduced her to Peter Pan at the Chicago Theatre forty years ago.  Since that time she acted in high school, college, and community theatre and volunteered at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee while living there.  Since completing her Masters Degree in Education and relocating to the Beaver Dam area, Emily has gained experienced in leadership and development at the community level and with non-profit organizations.  In her spare time, she has enjoyed introducing her own children to the theatre.  Emily is excited to share her time and energy by serving on the board of BDACT.


Jen Steiner – Upon leaving a decade long career in the eye care industry to better meet family needs, Jen has now been enjoying the ability to invest time into various volunteer opportunities within the community. Being a nearly lifelong resident of Beaver Dam, she has a strong commitment to helping shape the community we all want to enjoy with our families. When not caring for her 2 children or volunteering somewhere, she enjoys running, gardening, birdwatching, traveling, and taking in the arts. As a strong proponent of the arts, she is grateful for the opportunity to help the establishment her youngest child has benefitted from in countless ways and daughter is now able to enjoy with the successful campaign of “Theatre For Everyone”.

Open nominations will be entertained at the annual meeting for anyone else who would like to serve.  Any open nominee will be given time at the meeting to present their case for election by the members present.