Mission Statement

Established in 1985, TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater creates, produces and performs original works, collaborating with artists working in the disciplines of theater, tap dance, visual arts and music; brings the arts to audiences of all ages and backgrounds; encourages participation in the arts through outreach; and enriches the lives of individuals and communities.

TAPIT/new works Ensemble Theater was founded in 1985 with the twin goals of artistic innovation and community connection. We pursue these goals through creation and performance of multi-disciplinary productions, arts education, and outreach. We have developed, produced and performed 39 new plays, 15 tap and jazz music performances, and 11 works for young audiences, touring throughout the U.S. and abroad. Through short and long-term residencies, we have reached thousands of under-served arts audiences, from older adults to youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.

TAPIT/new works is committed to going beyond the “One Night Only” approach to the performing arts, and we continually strive to deepen and expand the ways in which people from different backgrounds connect with our work.

Producing Artistic Directors

Danielle Dresden
Donna Peckett

Board of Directors

Nancy Blake (Treasurer)
1411 Spaight Street
Precollege Program Director UW-Madison Emerita
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
608.852.7714
nbblake@gmail.com

Courtney Byelich (President)
Music Advisor, Wisconsin Union
2045 Atwood Avenue #411
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
608.469.7598
byelich@gmail.com

Steve Holtzman
Property Management and Leasing
105 Glen Highway
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
608.721.1564; 608.212.1919
steve_holtzman@hotmail.com

Alexandria Leavy
Middle and High School Program Director, Vera Court Neighborhood Center
6702 Schroeder Road, Apt. 21
Madison Wisconsin 53711
608.346.4642
alexleavy19@gmail.com

Sue McCartney
Dietitian
276 North Main Street
Oregon, Wisconsin 53575
608.256.1901 x 11801
SueAnnMccartney@gmail.com

Maria Oliveras (Vice President)
Teacher MMSD
6004 Sylvan Lane
Monona, Wisconsin 53716
608.209.1797
moliveras88@gmail.com

Jeff Scott Olson
Attorney, The Jeff Scott Olson Law Firm
131 West Wilson Street, Suite 1200
Madison, Wisconsin 53703
608.283.6001; 608.692.1358
jsolson@scofflaw.com

Kate Qualls
Nationally certified Sign Language Interpreter BA,RID CI/CT
709 Crestview Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53716
815.979.5012
defterp@yahoo.com

Kim Baker (emerita; at lar Sonographer
6445 Love Drive #2065
Irving, Texas 75029
816.225.8192
justkim13@gmail.com

Danielle Dresden
Donna Peckett
Producing Artistic Directors

Partnering Organizations