Rick Fosbrink, Executive Director
M.F.A., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
B.M.Ed, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA
Fosbrink began his performing arts and teaching career nearly fifteen years ago in Pittsburgh, PA, upon graduating from Seton Hill University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He has served as both a high school music and theatre teacher and Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Central Catholic High School (Pittsburgh, PA). While at Central Catholic he was a driving force behind the $1.2 million restoration of The McGonigle Theatre, supervising the design and installation of the theatrical equipment and the restoration of the historic auditorium.
In a teaching and arts administration career spanning a decade, Fosbrink has produced and directed nearly twenty musical theatre productions garnering a dozen esteemed Gene Kelly Award nominations from the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. He is the Founder and former Executive Director of the South Hills Theatre Group, which Pittsburgh native and Tony-Award winning composer Stephen Flaherty served as Honorary Chairman of the Board. Fosbrink has previously served as the Company Manager for the Adirondack Theatre Festival (NY) and the Managing Director of the Hilberry and Bonstelle Theatres in Detroit. He also holds an M.F.A. in Arts Administration from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
Janine M. Pixley, Development & Marketing Director
M.F.A., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
B.S., Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT
Pixley is a proud member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She has worked in the development departments of Glimmerglass Opera, in Cooperstown (NY) and The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival (NY) in various roles. Artistically, she has worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as a Producing Fellow.
In Detroit, Pixley worked with Arts Impact, an arts-focused entrepreneurship program. An amateur photographer, her work has been published in Theatre World and various regional publications.
Tom Strauman, Editor of Marquee®
B.A., Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA
Instructional II Certification, Carlow College, Pittsburgh, PA
Strauman has been a professional educator since 1977. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Westminster College with a major in Speech and Theater and a minor in English. He also earned his Instructional I teaching certificate in Communication. At Central Catholic, Strauman moderated both the yearbook and newspaper while teaching world, American, and British literature. In 1992 he earned his elementary certification at Carlow College, and in 2005 began his career as an online teacher at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, where he currently teaches second grade. Tom’s instructional background includes development of research papers and introductory courses to college writing and journalism.
Strauman is also very active in theatre locally in Pittsburgh as an actor, director and assistant choreographer including work with South Park Theater, Acorn Productions and Stage 62.
Amanda Wick, Archive Director
M.L.I.S, Dominican University, River Forest, IL
B.A., Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
Wick is an archivist specializing in the preservation of performing arts cultural heritage. She has worked at traditional archival institutions, including Chicago’s Newberry Library, the Chicago Film Archives, and the American Dance Festival at Duke University, as well as at small arts-based non-profit organizations such as the Ruth Page Foundation and the Morrison-Shearer Foundation. In addition to her work in the archives field, Wick has worked in corporate research, web development, and digital production. Wick is a member of the Society of American Archivists, the American Library Association, and the Dance Critics Association and has published and presented professionally.
Megan Wozniak, Office Assistant
B.S., Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
Wozniak is a May 2012, Summa Cum Laude graduate of Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Science in History and Psychology and a minor in Art. Currently she is pursuing her Master of Art in Museum Studies at Johns Hopkins University through their online curriculum.
With a passion for helping others, she has been involved in many volunteer activities including the Will County Senior Services, Feed our Starving Children, DuPage County People Resource Center, and executive rolls in a national service base co-ed fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega.
Before joining our staff, Wozniak got her start in the museum world through volunteer work at the Elmhurst Historical Museum. Introduced to this field by professors at Elmhurst College, she quickly realized her life’s calling.