The Brown-Ullstrup Performing Arts Foundation has been organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to promote the performing arts and to encourage cultural, artistic, and intellectual activities for the benefit and enjoyment of all citizens.
It is the mission of the Foundation to attract national artists in the performing theater arts; develop and promote excellence in the performing arts in Wisconsin, the Midwest, and other identified geographic areas; provide art-related education and programming opportunities through collaborative efforts; and provide a setting for programs that enhance the cultural and intellectual growth of the community.
The Brown-Ullstrup Performing Arts Foundation will focus primarily on, but not limited to, stage and radio productions of historical figures. Whenever possible, these theatrical productions will be from original material.
This not-for-profit performing arts foundation (and recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 organization) produces meaningful, historically accurate, and entertaining plays that generate high interest in the general public and to specific groups like students and other such groups.
In today’s tough economic times, it is difficult to find commercial producers willing to fund historical plays. The Brown Ullstrup Performing Arts Foundation secures that special funding and the numerous venues in which these historical plays can be produced.
The founders, Steve Brown and Mike Ullstrup, have been bringing original and adapted works to the radio and stage for over seven years. Winning several awards, including from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and the Wisconsin Bar Association, BrownUllstrup works provoke, compel, and challenge the audience – and sometimes just make them laugh out loud.
They bring together performances that are well written, well cast, and well managed. Historical events are thoroughly researched. Marketing and sales plans are focused, specific, cost-efficient, and effective. Sound effects creation and editing are the finishing touch to their successful performances. They do their best to be responsive to and flexible with everyone to make sure that the best productions using the best people are presented to audiences as works best for them.
Always looking to extend their reach to new audiences, Steve and Mike invite you to peruse their website and contact them about any questions that you might have.
Check our Events page for more information!
- Now playing! "Cedar Chest Letters"
This very special edition of the WGTD Radio Theater written and directed by our very own Barb Tylla is playing RIGHT NOW as you check out our website! Already performed on the stage to wide acclaim, “Cedar Chest Letters” is a touching and heart-warming play about Barb and her family growing up in northern Wisconsin based on letters that Barb actually found in an old family cedar chest. If you want to re-start it, just go to the bottom left corner of the screen and click on the "rewind" button. This show will be on the website for listening for the next few weeks.
- "A Fireside Chat: A Conversation with FDR"
This is a one-man play, starring Gary Stamm. On April 29-May 1, 2011, the play had its national premier at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center in Poughkeepsie, New York, located right in the heart of Dutchess County, New York, where FDR lived. The FDR Presidential Library, also located in Hyde Park, New York, hosted a special performance to kick off the weekend.
The play is now being scheduled throughout the Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, and Lake County areas. Information will be posted as performances are scheduled. If you are interested in hosting a show, let us know!