American Folklore Theatre (AFT) announces the addition of both a new associate artistic director and a new board member.
Molly Rhode, a successful actor, choreographer, director and theater educator, will inaugurate the position of associate artistic director for the Door County troupe. Katie Dahl, a singer-songwriter and playwright, will join the AFT board.
A classically trained actor, Rhode played several of Shakespeare’s leading ladies at Milwaukee Shakespeare Company, spent two summers with American Players Theatre, and two summers with Door Shakespeare. She joined the Actor’s Equity Association in 2003 and has worked on all of Milwaukee’s professional stages and other theaters around the country.
Rhode first came to American Folklore Theatre in 2007, and she directed last season’s Packer Fans from Outer Space and the world premiere of Windjammers.
“Molly is the perfect fit for AFT in this position,” stated Jeff Herbst, Artistic Director. “She has been with the company now for seven years and already worn numerous hats. Her work as both an actress and director has been outstanding, and her skills in developing new works indispensable.”
Katie Dahl, the new board member, has also worn many different hats at AFT since she first came to the theater in 1991, including fan, volunteer, office worker, assistant stage manager, house manager, performer, and playwright. A year-round Door County resident and traveling singer-songwriter, Dahl co-wrote the AFT hit musical, Victory Farm, with Emilie Coulson and James Valcq in 2012. This past year, she has been an integral member of AFT’s name change committee.
Dave Maier, AFT’s Managing Director adds, “Katie is a perfect ambassador for the company – her insight, perspective, and her strong community ties and reputation will all be huge assets to the company. Most importantly, she has absolutely loved the organization her entire life.”