Summerset Theatre was a summer company that performed outdoors on the beautiful campus of University of Wisconsin-Baraboo Sauk County. This relatively new company began performing family-friendly plays on the hillside overlooking the Baraboo bluffs in 2005. Summerset Theatre brought together on one stage a cast that was 1/3 professionals, 1/3 student actors, and 1/3 community actors. We found that this mixture created a wonderful exchange of ideas and talents as well as a great show.
Summerset Theatre has since grown into UW-Baraboo's Summerset Festival of the Arts, an annual multi-disciplinary arts celebration that engages participants in a variety of arts experiences. The organization includes an Artistic Director, a Managing Director, a Marketing and Development Committee and Planning Committees organized around eight arts areas: music, theatre, literary arts, visual arts, dance, film, culinary arts and youth arts. Members on these committees include UW-BSC faculty and staff, local artists, local citizens with marketing expertise, and arts advocates in our community. Summer 2012 will be the Festival's second year. In its debut year, Summerset partnered with the Baraboo Public Library, the Al. Ringling Theatre's Stage III Children's Theatre, RAVE Theatre, the Baraboo Theatre Guild, the Purple Cow Poets, the UW-BSC Campus and Community Band, and a number of individual local artists, performers and scholars in the arts and humanities. Plans for this year's second annual festival include collaborations with the Sauk County Arts Association to work with students to transform the UW-BSC campus into a space of art; the Baraboo Farmer's Market where contestants in a creative culinary competition will grab their fresh ingredients; the Alzheimer's Foundation and the local Purple Cow Poets to present a reprise of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project; Chicago based filmmaker and Baraboo native John Mossman who worked with UW-BSC students on a shoot in Southeastern Wisconsin for his latest film; and many local authors, artists and arts and humanities experts. Workshops will be offered in songwriting, multimedia art, playwriting, creative writing, book repurposing, flute playing, stage combat, and Latin dance, among others.
Artistic Director, Lauren Love
Managing Director, L.M. Attea