Chad Bauman, Executive Director, Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Chad Bauman, Executive Director 

Appointed Managing Director in 2013, Chad is now in his sixth Season at Milwaukee Rep.  Under his guidance, the theater has grown significantly from a $9M organization to a $13M organization.  He’s completed two capital campaigns, one to remodel and expand the Stackner Cabaret and the other to build the endowment, launch the John (Jack) D. Lewis New Play Development program, create a new A Christmas Carol and deepen the theater’s community engagement programs.  Through his efforts, the theater has been awarded UPAF’s Good Steward Award three out of the last five years and is the only Milwaukee performing arts organization with a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator.  Before moving to Milwaukee, he was the Associate Executive Director at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, where he was instrumental in opening the Mead Center for American Theater, a 200,000 square feet, three theater performing arts complex dedicated to American voices and playwrights. While at Arena Stage, he worked on the Broadway transfers of Next to Normal (Pulitzer Prize; Tony Award), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Tony Award), Wishful Drinking starring Carrie Fisher, Looped starring Valerie Harper, and John Grisham’s A Time to Kill in addition to the world premieres of Marcus Gardley’s Every Tongue Confess starring Phylicia Rashad and Red Hot Patriot starring Kathleen Turner. In 2016 he was named to Milwaukee Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40 and is currently President of the Milwaukee Arts Partners, a trustee of Pathways High School and an advisor to TRGArts.  Bauman is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management program and has a Master of Fine Arts in producing from the CalArts.