This page has staff that help run the overall organization for Proud Theater. For the mentors that work with youth in each chapter, see the chapter page. For Art and Soul Innovations staff and board members, see this page.
Brian Wild has been working in theater since the age of 8 and has been involved in over 100 theatrical productions since 1977. He is one of the founders of Art and Soul Innovations, Inc., and serves as the Executive Director, overseeing 4 chapters of Proud Theater and 2 chapters of Proud Theater Beyond around the state of Wisconsin. He is Co-Artistic Director of the Madison and Milwaukee chapters, and is acting as Interim Artistic Director of the Sun Prairie Chapter.
Wild has been a member of one of the oldest experimental theaters in the nation, Broom Street Theater, for over 24 years as an actor, playwright and director and designer. He served on their Board of Directors as Treasurer from 2005-2010, and has staged 17 original plays for the troupe as playwright and director.
Wild also co-founded Luna Bonita, a Latino organization in Madison, Wisconsin (now known as Noches Latinas), and also co-founded El Grupo Vida/The Life Group, a bi-lingual organization designed to raise funds for local non-profits through the art of Drag performance.
Honors include the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award at Broom Street Theater for extraordinary dedication to the promotion of experimental theater, a certificate of achievement from GSAFE for his commitment to community activism and social justice in Wisconsin, and the 2008 Outreach, Inc. ‘Man of the Year’ award for his work with youth in the community. In 2012, Wild received a Madison Bartie Theater Award for best sound design for the local theatrical production of ‘The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker.’
Garrett Stolen serves as the web administrator for Proud Theater and Art and Soul Innovations. Garrett became involved with Proud Theater during 2015 and has been very involved ever since with its programming, its websites, event planning, and communications. Garrett is heavily involved in their community and has served it in a variety of capacities: as a youth representative on the Dane County Board of Supervisors, as a youth representative on the Dane County Youth Commission, as an elections inspector, as a web editor for their school newspaper, as a president and vice president of programming for their school GSA, and as an active member of numerous other organizations.
When Garrett isn’t at meetings, working, or at school, they are often at rehearsals for a variety of music groups. Garrett hopes to receive a degree in K12 instrumental music education and to continue being involved in politics and the community.