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Four Seasons Theatre Company Staff

Sarah, as featured, in Madison Magazine. Photo by David Caruso.

Sarah Marty, Producing Artistic Director, is the 2008 recipient of the Bartell Award for Excellence in the Arts.  She has a Master's Degree in Business from the Bolz Center for Arts Administration, an MS in Curriculum & Instruction, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from UW-Madison.  As Producing Artistic Director of Four Seasons Theatre she serves as the Production Manager for the season and is reponsible for the artistic, grantwriting, marketing, and finance aspects of the organization.   

Sarah works with a variety of arts organizations in the Madison area. The Production Manager for the UW Varsity Band Spring Concert she also designs, recruits talent for, and stages the production.  A longtime Advisory Board Member, she is the new Festival Director for the Madison Early Music Festival.  For Madison Opera she worked as supertitles cuemaster, Assistant Production Manager, and an Event Coordinator.  In addition she is the General Manager for Forward Theater Company and a former board member for Madison Theatre Guild. Additional credits include serving as the Production Manager for "Change your mind. Change the world." an all day event at the Overture Center which featured His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Professor Richard Davidison of the Center for Healthy Minds.

By day, she is the Arts Area Chair for UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies programs and oversees theatre and arts management programs, as well as teaches the UW Arts Enterprise class for the UW School of Business.

Marja at rehearsals for RENT, which she directed. Photo by Jordan PetersonMarja Barger, Production Associate, has performed with local theatre companies for over 20 years, including Madison Savoyards, CTM, VACT, and the UW Varsity Band. 

She has worked on every production for Four Seasons Theatre since its inception including as director for RENT and Great Dames (a part of our Great American Songbook series); props designer for My Fair Lady, A Little Night Music, Les Miserables, Kiss Me, Kate!; and assistant stage manager for The Last Five Years. Favorite roles with FST are The Spitfire Grill (Hannah), Side By Side By Sondheim, and Follies (Phyllis, opposite Tony nominee Tom Wopat).  As a staff member, she oversees program production and advertising, donations database, and assists with company administration.

She has worked with Forward Theater (assistant stage manager for Collected Stories and Sons of the Prophet; assistant director for Or,), and was on the production team for the May 2013 Overture Center event featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 


Tamara as Margaret Johnson in "The Light in the Piazza." Photo by Maureen Janson Heintz.Tamara Norden Brognano, Outreach Coordinator, has performed with such groups as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the UW Varsity Band, Windfall Theatre, CTM, and the Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company. Favorite Four Seasons Theatre appearances include Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza, Amalia in She Loves Me, Sally in Follies, and Mother in Ragtime.

A former member of the Four Seasons Theatre Advisory Council, Tamara has organized our community outreach concerts since 2010 and has helped develop our Great American Songbook series. By day, Ms. Brognano is a technical writer with Electronic Theatre Controls. In her free time, she enjoys being silly with kids Joseph, Patrick, Carolyn, and husband Ed.


Martinique M. Barthel-Steer, Company Stage Manager, has worked in the Madison theatre community as a producer, stage manager, and actor.  Past credits with Four Seasons Theatre include Stage Manager for A Grand Night for Singing, Assassins, and A Little Night Music, and rehearsal stage manager Kiss Me, Kate.  She also served as the Stage Manager for Change Your Mind, Change The World (UW-Madison hosted panel discussion with His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama) and as an ASM for American Kaleidoscope (10th Anniversary Celebration for Overture Center for the Arts).


Brian Cowing, Artistic Associate, has worked extensively in the Madison area as a director/choreographer and actor.  With Four Seasons Theatre, Brian choreographed Kiss Me, Kate in Summer 2014, directed Les Misérables, South Pacific (w/ Tom Wopat), choreographed My Fair Lady, and directed/choreographed She Loves Me.  Brian served as resident choreographer for Clinton Showboat Theatre in their 2012 Season, and has directed/choreographed Forever Plaid, Godspell, and The Taffetas in past seasons. Brian has performed with The Palace Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire in Spamalot, Christmas Carol, and The Producers.


Abby Nichols, Cabaret Coordinator, was featured in Four Seasons Theatre's inaugural Cabaret @ the Circle in November 2014 with her husband, Jace, whom she met in Four Seasons Theatre’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Other recent Madison theatre credits include Mrs. Barry in Anne of Green Gables with Children’s Theatre of Madison and Diana in Next To Normal with Madison Theatre Guild.  She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Pace University in New York and toured the country with the National Tours of Annie and Junie B. Jones.



Jace Nichols, Cabaret Coordinator, directed and designed the set for Four Seasons Theatre’s production of The Fantasticks. He also appeared in their productions of Les Misérables (Javert), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon) and Follies. Jace has directed for such area companies as Madison Theatre Guild, Strollers and Madison East High School. Some favorite projects include American Buffalo, The Crucible, Into the Woods, and Next To Normal (starring his talented wife, Abby).