Players Closes Campaign for Staff Housing

Peninsula Players Theatre has completed its $4.3 million-capital campaign for new dormitories for interns and staff members. The campaign, titled Act II: Protecting the Past, Ensuring the Future, received contributions from individuals, local businesses, foundations and the state. 

Peninsula Players announced its campaign on June 14, 2022, and broke ground on the project that September. The dormitories were completed on May 18, 2023, in time for the first season of new residents.

“This accomplishment is a testament to the unwavering support of our community and the commitment of our patrons to preserving the legacy of Peninsula Players Theatre,” said managing director Brian Kelsey. “The improved dormitories will not only benefit our interns and staff, but will contribute to the continued growth and success of the theater.”

The theater recently appointed retired banker and Door County resident Mike Fordney to its Board of Directors for a three-year term.  

His prior non-profit leadership roles include the chair of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, the chair of the Wisconsin AIDS Fund and a board member of the Greater Milwaukee area’s United Performing Arts Fund.

Fordney is also treasurer of Sturgeon Bay’s Peninsula Symphonic Band, where he plays horn and guitar; a treasurer and board member of the Door County Housing Partnership; and a board member of the Future Fund board of the Boys and Girls Club of Door County.

Having raised a family in Door County, Fordney has a deep connection to the area and its performing arts community.  

“The Peninsula Players Theatre has played a leadership role in the arts community in Door County for many generations,” Fordney said. “It is an exciting time to join the board.”

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