Team Members

Samantha Martinson

Performing Arts Program Manager

I oversee and manage all program development  within the performing arts world. During the school year, I work with middle school students in our spoken word and storytelling residency called Rise Up (Reach inside for self-expression), and I oversee a storytelling partnership with Milwaukee Repertory Theater for our high school youth. In the summer, I get to spend the majority of my time with our Pioneers (ages 9-11) and Voyagers (12-14) managing LVC’s 7-week Theater Camp. Outside of LVC, I perform and direct for local theaters. I love spending time helping others fearlessly play, discover, and explore their voices.

Hometown: Belvidere, IL

Inspirations: Strong women. Collaboration within the community. Continual learning.

What you like to do in your free time: Playing outdoors (rock climbing, camping, hiking, ice climbing, and trail running), painting and sketching, and being involved in the arts (in any capacity!).

How did you get started working with non-profits?

I started working with Milwaukee Repertory Theater as a school-year intern for their Education Department. After graduation and working as a full time classroom teacher, I transitioned to a  non-profit educator and program facilitator. I enjoy the freedom associated with curriculum and program design; I am passionate about creating arts-integrated curricula, utilizing theater as a catalyst for self-discovery.  

With LVC?  

I started working for LVC as the Rise Up instructor, and after I fell in love with all of the youth and family at LVC, I stayed on session after session. All of a sudden, it was three years later, and I have seen all of the youth grow up in front of my eyes.


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