The Playwrights' Center welcomes new board members11/26/2013
The Playwrights’ Center welcomes six new board members: Carlyle Brown, playwright and artistic director, Carlyle Brown & Company; Christian Fitchett, senior marketing manager at General Mills; Chelle Gonzo, managing director of wealth planning at Wells Fargo; Carson Kreitzer, playwright; Nathan A. Perez, vice president of research at KeyStone Search; and Joe Waechter, playwright.
ABOUT THE NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Carlyle Brown is a writer, performer and the artistic director of Minneapolis-based Carlyle Brown & Company. His plays include The African Company Presents Richard III, The Little Tommy Parker Celebrated Colored Minstrel Show, Buffalo Hair, The Beggars’ Strike, The Negro of Peter the Great, Pure Confidence, A Big Blue Nail and others. He is a Core Writer of the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis and an alumnus of New Dramatists in New York. In addition to serving on the Playwrights’ Center board of directors, he has served on the board of directors of Theatre Communications Group and is a member of the board of the Jerome Foundation. He has worked as a museum exhibit writer and story consultant for the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and is a member of the Charleston Jazz Initiative Circle at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture in Charleston, South Carolina, where his works and papers are archived. He is the 2006 recipient of The Black Theatre Network’s Winona Lee Fletcher Award for outstanding achievement and artistic excellence, was a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2010 USA Fellow. His new play with Carlyle Brown & Company, Abe Lincoln and Uncle Tom in the White House, will be produced in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater March 21-April 6, 2014.
Christian Fitchett is a Senior Marketing Manager at General Mills. Before he had a driver’s license, he was involved in theater on Cape Cod, where he grew up. He went on to study Theater, as well as Economics and Mathematics, at Oberlin College. At Oberlin he performed in plays such as The Children’s Hour, as well as managed the Warner Center for Dance as the student Technical Director. He also holds an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Columbia. In his spare time, he enjoys helping entrepreneurs build companies to make Minneapolis a more interesting place to live. He lives with his wife Layla, and their 3 year son, Kian, in Minneapolis.
Chelle Gonzo is Director of Business Strategy, National Sales, Wells Fargo Wealth Management at Wells Fargo, responsible for ensuring that clients have an opportunity to develop a customized financial roadmap with their advisor. In this role, she leads strategy, client experience, marketing, learning and development, technology, and policy initiatives. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2007, Chelle was Marketing Director for U.S. Bancorp’s asset management subsidiary, leading initiatives to grow institutional and mutual fund assets. She has more than 20 years of experience in financial services, working for firms including Piper Jaffray (now UBS), American Express Financial Advisors (now Ameriprise), and Minnesota Mutual Life in marketing, strategy, communications, and management roles. Chelle earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Minnesota and an MBA in Marketing from the Carlson School of Management. She volunteers with COMPAS and the YWCA and supports organizations that drive a flourishing arts community. Chelle lives in Apple Valley, Minnesota with her husband and three sons.
Carson Kreitzer’s plays include The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Self Defense, The Slow Drag (New York and London), 1:23, Freakshow, Slither, Flesh and the Desert (Workhaus Collective), and Behind The Eye, coming to Park Square Theater next Spring. Grants: NYFA, NYSCA, the NEA, TCG, the Jerome and McKnight foundations, and the first Playwrights Of New York (PONY) fellowship at the Lark Play Development Center. Affiliations: Workhaus Collective, the Playwrights’ Center, the Dramatists Guild, and New Dramatists. She and composer Matt Gould are currently under commission from Yale Rep and New Dramatists for their new musical Lempicka. More information at www.carsonkreitzer.com.
Nathan A. Perez is Vice President of Research at KeyStone Search. Responsible for the first step in the executive search process, Nathan builds the research strategy of “where and how to find” candidates. Before bringing his networking skills to the executive search industry and serving as a key research member in two national firms, Nathan spent two decades in the arts. A formally trained actor and writer, his performance credits include legit Off Broadway stage, star and guest-star turns in film, and national daytime and prime time television. He is the co-author of the career book, The 20-Minute Networking Meeting. Nathan is a member of the Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). In his off time he continues to write long-form fiction and edit the screen and stage plays of his former writing colleagues in Hollywood and New York. He also serves on the Board of Directors at The Loft Literary Center.
Joe Waechter has been working in theater as a playwright, director and performer since 1997. His plays have been seen at various venues across the country, including the Kennedy Center, McCarter Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, PlayPenn and American Repertory Theatre. He has been honored with several awards and fellowships, including two Jerome Fellowships and a McKnight Advancement Grant from the Playwrights’ Center, the Clauder Competition Gold Prize, the AracaWorks Graduate Playwriting Prize and a Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship. Joe also worked for five years as a producer at Deutsch Inc., a New York City advertising firm. There, he worked on a variety of accounts that include Ikea, Revlon, Starwood Hotels, Monster, Snapple, Pier 1 Imports and Tylenol. He has also provided bookkeeping advice and services to small business and independent artists working in creative industries. As an educator, Joe has taught at high school, university and professional levels at Brown University, University of Minnesota, University of Rhode Island, the Playwrights’ Center, The Saint Paul Conservatory for the Arts, The National High School Institute and University of North Carolina - Greensboro. He graduated from Brown University with an MFA in Playwriting and from University of North Carolina - Greensboro with a B.A. in Drama (magna cum laude).
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHTS’ CENTER
The Playwrights’ Center champions playwrights and new plays to build upon a living theater that demands new and innovative works. One of the nation’s most generous and well-respected artistic organizations, the Playwrights’ Center hosts a programmatic array unlike anywhere else in the country. In addition to awarding some of the most generous fellowships for playwrights and theater artists in the United States, the Center continues breaking ground with best-in- industry play development services, bold theater partnerships and online and onsite resources serving more than 1,300 member playwrights.BACK TO TOP