About: Staff


Kelsy Schoenhaar, Executive Director / Artistic Director


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KelsyAnne Schoenhaar (Executive Director / Founding Artistic Director & Resident Playwright) A Jane-of-all-trades, Kelsy has mixed a career of music (began performing professionally at 12 years old and has played everything from rock to symphonic to jazz), theatre (worked in professional theatres in the Chicago area as a musician; in addition began her writing career writing “to” actors, as she wrote, directed & produced original children’s theatre); and human services (has been a professional in the field for 30 years).  Receiving a full scholarship to the Northern Illinois University School of Music, Kelsy continued her professional education graduating Summa-Cum Laude and earning an MBA from Cal Southern in 1996.  Since she began her work at Encore in May of 2000, she has written roughly 50 productions; many full-scale.  In her spare time, Kelsy consults with other theatre companies, is an active film-maker and freelance writer and speaker with a recent featured article in Our Lives Magazine and a featured speaker at TEDx Madison 2015.  Kelsy continues to share her vision and mission of showcasing the talents and amazing stories of people with disabilities.



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    To answer the following questions: How do I become an Encore actor? How can I book an Encore performance? How do I find out more about this fabulous organization? or to contact us for other general information, donations, etc. Please contact:
    Kelsy Schoenhaar, Executive/Artistic Director
    1480 Martin Street
    Madison, Wisconsin 53713
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    Call 608-255-0310
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    Encore Studio for the Performing Arts is the only professional theatre company for people with disabilities in the state of Wisconsin, and one of the very few in the United States! Encore offers an innovative, inclusive, and professional environment where all people work together in the pursuit of artistic and theatrical excellence.
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