113 E. Aurora Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
Map & Directions
Wed, Thur, & Fri:
Noon - 4:30pm
109 E. Aurora Street
Ironwood, MI 49938
(Two doors west of the main theatre entrance)
Operation of the Historic Ironwood Theatre is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Board & Staff
Tom is a life-long Ironwood resident, a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, a U. S. Army veteran, and has been in the real estate appraisal business in Ironwood for nearly 45 years. He served on the Theatre Board during the restoration in the 1980s, came back in 2010-15, including three years as Board President. After a brief hiatus, he was reappointed to the board in late 2016, again assuming the mantle of board president. He also serves as Chairman of the Downtown Ironwood Development Authority, and has been active in many area civic groups over the years.
"The Historic Ironwood Theatre is the single-most important landmark in downtown Ironwood. It is imperative that it is preserved, maintained, and utilized as a cultural center for the entire area."
Sam Filippo lives in Saxon, WI with his wife, Susie. An Army retiree, Sam formerly served as the Theatre board’s Secretary, before taking on the vice-presidency. Sam graduated from St. Norbert College in DePere, WI where he majored in English. . His law degree came later. Sam has appeared on stage at the Ironwood Theatre and Theatre North. He describes himself as:“…a recovering lawyer, a motorcycle tripper, and a wannabe actor”
Karen Hagemann is a Hurley High School grad. She holds a BS in Medical Technology from the UW Stevens Point and a BA in Management and Leadership from Northland College. Karen worked more than 20 years as a Medical Technologist and nine years with the Iron County Health Department. She participated in the UW Extension Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program from 1998-2000. Karen previously served on the Theatre board from 1996-2002 as board secretary and programming chair. Karen co-chairs the Regional Trail Committee in Iron County WI. She is married to Paul and has two sons, Scott and Mark.
Paula Chermside is the Chief Operating Officer at Aspirus Grand View. She relocated to Ironwood from Alma, Michigan in 2013. Paula hold’s Master’s Degrees in Hospital and Healthcare Administration and Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Michigan.
“I am honored to be a member of the Board because I believe it is important to provide cultural experiences and opportunities of the highest quality to attract and retain citizens in our communities. I have personally enjoyed the productions at the Ironwood Theatre and look forward to contributing to the Theatre's continuing success as a regional performing arts center".
Larry Gabka lives in Wakefield, MI with his wife Laurie and daughters Megan and Madeline (when they are not away at college). He is employed by the Michigan Education Association in the role of UniServ Director. Larry earned a BS in Biology and a MS in Environmental Science and Policy from UW-Green Bay. He moved to the Ironwood area in 1996 when he became a faculty member at Gogebic Community College where he taught biology for ten years. Larry is a musician(trumpet) and has performed for a number of local productions including the Scarlet Pimpernell, Scrooge the Musical and Sweet Charity. Larry also serves as Director of the Gogebic Range Concert Band, a position he has held since January 2001.
"In addition to providing our community with entertainment through great programs, HIT gives local actors and musicians memorable performance opportunities. For this reason I am proud to serve on the HIT Board of Directors."
Bruce Greenhill is the Theatre’s Managing Director, a position he has proudly held since January 2012. A native of Melbourne, Australia, Bruce migrated to Northern Wisconsin’s Boulder Junction in the early 90s. A degree in social planning and rural community development from RMIT University served him well in former non-profit management positions. Theatre has always been an important part of Bruce's extra-curricular activities, so he jumped at the chance to combine his professional background in community development and non-profit management with an activity which over the years has occupied much of his personal time. Bruce claims to have two great loves - the theatre and his family (son Dylan, a college junior, and black lab, Nara). When asked what he loves most about the Theatre, he responded:
“The Ironwood Theatre occupies a special place in the hearts of so many people. I get to come to work everyday in a place where I am surrounded by people who are passionate about this theatre - what it's been, what it is, and what it can become. That's a nice place to be!"
Rick is a native of Ironwood who returned home after his college years and a little city living. He has raised two children - both have long flown the coop. He loves what the area has to offer in outdoor, cultural, and social activities. He has served on the Ironwood City Commission for the past 6 years, and is on a number of volunteer boards. Rick is the Ironwood City Commission representative on the Theatre board. He currently serves as chair of the theatre's Facility Maintenance committee.
"The Historic Ironwood Theatre has been a part of my life for most of it, even before it was historic. I am proud of the accomplishments of all who work to preserve it. The HIT has provided lasting memories for so many, especially the huge number of area kids who have performed on the stage."
Throughout her career in human services, Betsy Wesselhoft developed a unique ability to collaboratively promote positive outcomes. In the non-profit arena, Betsy brings to the Board a background in fundraising, management, board governance, program development and marketing. Formerly the board president, Betsy currently chairs the theatre's Fund Development Committee.
“My dedication to the Ironwood Theatre is strong because it connects people, promotes character and creates wonderful memories that last a lifetime.”