Door Shakespeare Board of Directors names Ross Dippel as Interim Artistic Director

Ross Dippel brings many years of classical theatre experience with him as actor, director, educator producer and professional fight choreographer.

Dippel holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse and a Master of Fine Arts in Classical Theatre from the prestigious Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy of Classical Acting at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.. Professional memberships include Actor’s Equity Association and The Society of American Fight Directors.

Dippel has an extensive background in education, including serving as an Adjunct Professor of Communications at the College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin; a company member and teacher for the Educational Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. and Assistant Technical Director/Guest Lecturer of Theater Arts at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. He co-founded the Stone Theatre Company in Seattle, Washington and founded The Acorn Theatre in Baraboo, Wisconsin, both producing works of Shakespeare. He served acting internships at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and American Players Theatre, performed at The Utah Shakespearean Festival and The Seattle Shakespeare Company, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Olney Theatre and many others.

A native of Baraboo, WI, he is deeply connected to Wisconsin Theatre and committed to continuing Door Shakespeare’s reputation for quality productions while strengthening its presence in the community and state. Locally, Dippel is a proud graduate of the 2011 Leadership Door County class, co-founder of the West Side Food Cooperative and a graduate of the Door County Economic Development Corporation’s NexLevel Training.  Licensed as an Adjudicator by the Wisconsin High School Forensics Association he served as Interim Forensics Coach for Sturgeon Bay High School. Dippel is a former board member of Isadoora Theatre and directed several of the company’s plays including the highly successful production of the musical Chicago and the timely, Waiting for Lefty.  He directed and performed in staged readings of The Boys in Autumn with the Peninsula Players for The Big Read and the Ray Bradbury One Acts for the Door County Library’s Door County Reads.  Most recently, he performed on stage opposite Mark Moede in Tuesdays with Morrie at Third Avenue Playhouse.

Dippel lives in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin with his wife, Christine Henkel and their enthusiastic daughter, Isabella.

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