David Cecsarini

Producing Artistic Director

The 2012-2013 season marks David's 35th year as a theatre professional, having debuted with the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis as a journeyman actor in 1978. During his twenty-four year Milwaukee residency, he has acted with most of its professional companies and also has extensive credits as a nine year veteran of American Players Theatre in Spring Green, WI. He has proudly served as Producing Artistic Director for Milwaukee's Next Act Theatre for 18 years. David has directed many of the productions for Next Act; favorites among these are THE PAVILION, THE DRESSER, THE REAL THING, BETWEEN EAST AND WEST, ROOM SERVICE and SIDE MAN. David's most memorable Next Act acting assignments include Vince Lombardi in LOMBARDI: THE ONLY THING, Ben in LAST OF THE BOYS, Eddie in FOOL FOR LOVE, Al in ON THE OPEN ROAD, Ezra Pound in INCOMMUNICADO, "all the gang" in BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR and Max Prince in LAUGHTER ON THE 23rd FLOOR. Behind the scenes, David is a sound designer, having created effects for over 50 professional productions. He is also an experienced stage fight choreographer and swordsman.


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Charles Kakuk

Managing Director

This marks Charles' 22nd season with Next Act. After spending three years in the Marine Corps, Charles worked for Pizza Hut Corporation as a restaurant manager from 1979 to 1985 in Kansas City, and various cities in Wisconsin. Moving to Milwaukee in 1985, he has experienced the inner working of its arts and entertainment industries, from rock and pop music promotions at the Riverside Theater and Alpine Valley to marketing for the Milwaukee Ballet. Along the way he received a BSBA from Cardinal Stritch University.


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Heidi Boyd

Development Director

Heidi graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota, and has since pursued a dual career as a performer and arts administrator, having worked in Marketing and Recruiting at the Milwaukee Childrens Choir and in Development at Skylight Opera Theatre and Florentine Opera before coming to Next Act. She is thrilled to be a member of the Next Act team.


Heidi is currently a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She will sing the role of Eurydice in her husband, composer Joel Boyds chamber opera The Crawling Dove at Milwaukee Opera Theatre (January 2014). She lives in Milwaukee with her husband Joel, daughter Clara and their cat Isis.


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Rebecca Moder

Marketing/PR Manager

Becky graduated with a B.A. in Arts Management along with a minor in business from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. After interning at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, a new marketing position was specifically created for her there, which, over the course of four years, Becky transformed into Marketing Director. She is excited to be diving into her second season as part of the Next Act team. She lives in Bay View with her husband Tim.


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Mike Van Dreser

Resident Technical Director

This is Mike Van Dresers ninth season with Next Act Theatre and the fourth year as Technical Director. Mike was previously the resident Master Electrician and Light Board Operator for Next Act. Over the last eight seasons, Mike has worked as Lighting Designer for NEXT ACTORS SUMMER THEATRE FOR TEENS, PANIC EXPRESS, THE ENCOUNTER, FAITH HEALER, WINTER TALES, PAUL ROBESON IN CONCERT, VALUE OF NAMES, BIG BOYS, ONE TIME, A KODACHROME CHRISTMAS, ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE LIVE RADIO SHOW (Next Act Theatre), WHEN THE CURTAIN FALLS, and KISS ME KATE (Greendale High School). Mike has had the good fortune of working with and learning from renowned Lighting Designers Jason Fassl and Andrew Meyers and knows their guidance and continuing education will help make him successful. Mike looks forward to many more productive years with Next Act Theatre and any new opportunities that may come his way.


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