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."
Susie has had a lifelong interest in the theatre, and has enjoyed being part of Theatre North, and now the Historic Ironwood Theatre. According to Susie "The vast amount of local talent, as well as the number of professional acts that appear at this historic theatre are truly exciting - I am proud to be a member of this board."
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 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 non-profit management with an activity which over the years has occupied much of his personal time. 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!"
Formerly the president of the Ironwood Area Chamber of Commerce, Peter believes in giving back to one's community. He joined the H.I.T. board in 2016 with a desire to promote and further the presence and performances at H.I.T.
He says, " A jewel like the Historic Ironwood Theater deserves all the love and attention we can give it, so that we may give it, preserved and thriving, to future generations."
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 and sontinues to serve on the Program team. Karen co-chairs the Regional Trail Committee in Iron County WI. She is married to Paul and has two sons, Scott and Mark.
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."
Program Team Chair
Zona retired in December 2016 after 39 years as a nurse. Most recently she was the Director of the Iron County Health Department. She remains active in the community and is a part of the SISU Cross Country Ski Race medical team, the Paavo Nurmi Marathon med tent team, the Range Master Gardener Volunteers, and now the HIT. Zona lives in Kimball, WI with her 3 boys, Vic, Miko and Marley.
"Growing up here, the theatre has always been a part of my life. Now that I am retired, I have time to contribute to the preservation of this 1928 historic landmark and to continue the legacy of high quality entertainment, educational opportunities, and memorable events for young and old."
Custodian and Prince of Popcorn
Randy is one of those tireless volunteers every non-profit wishes was part of their organization. We are blessed to have him on the HIT team. Fixer, finder, cleaner, poster distributor, popcorn-maker, Randy does it all - and we are so glad he does!
Vic is a life long resident of the Iron/Gogebic Range and currently resides in Kimball, WI. He is a graduate of UW Superior. He worked 30 years in finance, insurance, & investments retiring in 2001. Vic is a member of the National Ski Patrol at Indianhead Mountain, a member of the SISU Ski Fest board, and a member of Range Master Gardener Volunteers of Gogebic Co., MI. & Iron Co., WI. Vic has been a part of the programming team at the HIT for the past seven years. He is a part of the team that started HIT Idol, an annual youth vocal contest that brings a top 10 American Idol headliner to perform with our area youth Says Vic: "I want to help bring top entertainment to the Historic Ironwood Theatre - acts that our local residents will enjoy."
Box Office Majordomo
Carol is another one of those extraordinary volunteers who shows up whenever she is needed. Her primary responsibilities include keeping the box office organized - scheduling other volunteers, providing training and orientation for new office volunteers, and preparing weekly "to-do" lists. She also maintains the annual office work calendar, schedules the post show cleaning crews, and steps in to fill gaps whenever other volunteers are not available for their scheduled shifts. Did we mention she is a key player in the organizing committee for the theatre's annual Big HIT Fundraiser? She's also been known to usher occassionally!
Kristen Mueller Semo
Show Volunteers Wrangler
Kristen organizes the volunteer work crews for all shows at the theatre - ushers, concessions workers, ticket sellers, bartenders, and more. She often ushers and occasionally tends bar, too. If you'd like to help out she'd love to hear from you.
"Growing up by Milwaukee, I enjoyed watching plays and musicals. I’ve always been an avid reader, and to see stories come alive on stage was a great experience. After college, I chose the beautiful U.P to become my home. Through the years, I have seen how my children and my students benefitted from having such a theater in our community. Whether it was performing on the stage, or being exposed to music and ideas from the bigger world, the theater was part of the education of the kids. When I retired after working with young children for 36 years, I knew I wanted to volunteer for groups that involved children, and the theater does that. It’s gratifying to see my past students on the stage…and my earlier students with their children enjoying the shows. Supporting the theater makes our community a better place to be."