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Skylight Music Theatre Executive Director Jack R. Lemmon to Step Down End of 2022

Milwaukee, Wis. (July 26, 2022) – Brian Till, President of Skylight Music Theatre’s Board of Directors announced today that Executive Director Jack R. Lemmon will step down.

“After more than seven years as Skylight Music Theatre Executive Director, Jack is stepping down from his position by the end of 2022,” said Till. “We are very grateful for his commitment to outstanding leadership through thick and thin, and we will miss his warmth and passion for Skylight immensely.”

During Lemmon’s tenure, he continued Skylight’s focus on reaching out into the community and providing access to education and performance opportunities, while maintaining Skylight’s reputation for high-quality music theatre. Despite setbacks and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last three years, Lemmon’s leadership ensured that Skylight continued to advance its mission of bringing the full spectrum of music theatre to a wide and diverse audience. Under his watch, the organization implemented American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted shows and sensory friendly performances and continued to be the largest employer of Wisconsin actors in the state. In addition to his work with Skylight, Lemmon also served for years as the Board president of the Historic Third Ward Association and will continue to do so.

“Since my arrival in July 2015, I have stood in the lobby and greeted over 130,000 patrons to our shows. They have become friends, donors, and an important barometer of how we are serving the community. I have hired two artistic directors and led the sale/leaseback of the Broadway Theatre Center. I am proud of the work we, together, have accomplished in the midst of constant change, and Skylight’s commitment that our work – both on and off the stage – leverages the talented, passionate people who have made Milwaukee their home. I will be watching Skylight as an audience member as it moves forward under new leadership,” said Lemmon.

Till said that the timing of Lemmon’s departure allows time to conduct a national search and ensure a smooth transition. He added that Lemmon will be leaving the organization in good hands with its dedicated staff while the board of directors completes its search for a new executive director.

Skylight Music Theatre is located in the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, Wis. 53202.  

Founded in 1959, Skylight is Milwaukee’s professional Equity music theatre company and the largest employer of Wisconsin actors in the state. Skylight produces the full spectrum of music theatre ranging from blockbuster Broadway musicals to reimagined operas, and from exciting world premieres to contemporary off-Broadway hits. Skylight’s mainstage home is the Cabot Theatre in the Broadway Theatre Center, which was built by Skylight in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward in 1992. Considered to be one of Milwaukee’s most beautiful theatres, the Cabot Theatre is based on the design of an 18th-century French opera house. With just 350 seats it offers audiences great views of the action onstage. Skylight Music Theatre marks its 63rd season in 2022-2023. To learn more, visit www.skylightmusictheatre.org

Skylight Music Theatre is a proud Cornerstone Member of the United Performing Arts Fund