Who Are We?

Rebecca Holderness: Founder, President & Artistic Director, The Battery Factory; UWM Assistant Professor of Acting

Rebecca Holderness is a director, choreographer and teacher, artistic director of The Battery Factory- At Spooky Action- THE LAST OF THE WHYOS, EINSTEINS DREAMS, KAFKA ON THE SHORE, and THE WEDDING DRESS. Selected Projects: Lori-Parks 365 PLAYS at Joe’s Pub and The Public Theatre/NYC with the Director’s Project, KING LEAR at Shakespeare and Company, as well as acclaimed RUINED, TWELFTH NIGHT, EINSTEIN’S DREAMS and CROWNS at Burning Coal in North Carolina, NYC/Off Broadway: THE LIFE OF SPIDERS, Kelly Stuart, HTC/The Culture Project; THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, tour for Lincoln Center Institute; LCT Lab and with award winning writers EINSTEIN’S DREAMS, Kipp Erente Cheng at The Culture Project. With HOLDERNESS THEATER COMPANY CYMBELINE, TWELFHT NIGHT and, THE CHANGELING at 45 Bleeker and The Rose Theater Lincoln Center. 1000 BUTTERFLIES Steve Belber at Julliard. Further directing at Shakespeare and Company, Les Choregies D’Orange, and France and around the USA. Associate professor of Acting, Directing at UWM. 2013 Zelda Fichandler Award Finalist

MFA in Directing from Columbia University NY. Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voice Work, 200RYT Yoga Drama League Chicago Directors Lab and Lincoln Center Lab Director, Member of SDC and Athe.

Chad Piechocki: VP, Treasurer & Director, Co-Director Midwest Projects, The Battery Factory

Robert Airhart: VP & Director, Co-Director East Coast Projects, The Battery Factory;

Robert Airhart is an actor, production director and general manager. With Holderness Theater Company – Guiderius CYMBELINE, Autolycus THE WINTER’S TALE, Alonzo/Lollio THE CHANGELING, Willmore THE ROVER, Claudio MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Orsino TWELFTH NIGHT. New York City – Francis NERVOUS SPLENDOR, Skip NOT TUNISIA. Network commercials – MCI, First of America Bank, Eyewitness News. Production Director – Summerscape Bard College, Soho Rep [SIC] (Obie Award Winner). General Manager, Fisher Center for the performing Arts. Festivals – Bonnaroo, Outside the Box, Rochester Fringe, Googa Mooga, Outside Lands. B.A. in Theater from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Therese Philipp: Secretary & Director, The Battery Factory

Therese began her theatrical career with Friends Mime Theatre where her fellow performers were skilled in the varietal arts. This led to the founding of Home Town Talent variety shows (1978). As the variety shows continued, she also began working as assistant to the owner and manager of Milwaukee’s Metropole Theater which featured a different show each night including ballet, musical acts, films and theatrical performances. From there, she became administrator for Paradox Theatre eventually moving to Managing Director where she developed a play reading series featuring local playwrights. After a hiatus to raise a daughter, she returned to theater as a Stage Manager working with various Milwaukee-based companies. She currently Stage Manages for Theatre Gigante and is an active member of the Battery Factory. She remains dedicated to local theater professionals and their creativity.

Rick Graham: Director, The Battery Factory; Associate Professor, Graphics and Design, UW-Milwaukee

Richard H. Graham was a resident scenic and lighting designer for the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre Company for five years during Nagel Jackson’s artistic leadership and resident lighting designer for the Milwaukee Ballet Company for the last three years of the Jean Paul Comelin Artistic leadership. Graham has also been a resident designer at the Alley Theatre in Houston and the Mill Mountain Playhouse in Roanoke, VA. His international credits include productions in Germany, Japan, Australia, Canada and China. He was resident scenic and lighting designer for Theatre X for 14 years and was a company member. He has designed for The Theatre for a New City in New York, Stage Left in Chicago and virtually every theatre company in Milwaukee. In his 24 years at UWM he has designed over 100 productions for the Professional Theatre Training Program.

Rebecca Littman: Director, The Battery Factory; Head of UW-Milwaukee Music Library and Librarian for Music, Theatre, and Dance

Rebecca Littman’s background in historical musicology lead naturally to her chosen profession as a Music Librarian. Since arriving in Milwaukee in 1998 she has forged strong ties to the Music Department, teaching Graduate Research Methods for three years and performing with the Collegium Musicum on occasion. Mentoring the students in the Coordinated Degree program in Musicology and Library Science is one of the most rewarding aspects of the job at UWM, reminding her regularly why she does what she does.  Rebecca is a member of the Music Library Association, The International Association of Music Libraries, the  Music OCLC Users Group (MOUG), the Music Library Association Midwest Chapter, serving as the webmaster for the last two, and the Theatre Library Association. She is actively involved with all of these organizations in a variety of ways that include serving on several committees and as a frequent presenter and panel member.