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Dennis Buehler was named executive director in the fall of 2007, and continues to lead the organization with great pride. Mr. Buehler previously led the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts for nearly six years where he was credited with successfully guiding one of the region’s fastest growing arts organizations through its initial strategic, artistic and organizational development phases.
In 2005, The Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee named him one of its Forty under Forty awardees, followed up in 2009 by honoring his work with Milwaukee Ballet in its inaugural Power Book edition of top Milwaukee area business executives.
Currently, he is forging the Ballet's partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts and the Medical College of Wisconsin to develop a new transformative arts, education and wellness center in the heart of Milwaukee's Performing Arts District. Otherwise known as The Harmony Initiative, this bold approach proposes a new collaborative operating model that provides greater visibility, accessibility and long range sustainability for some of Milwaukee's most important artistic and teaching institutions.
He has been an active member of the Creative Alliance of Greater Milwaukee, the Creative Coalition for Greater Milwaukee, served as a local advocacy captain for Arts Wisconsin and an initial planning committee member for the Milwaukee 7 project. Mr. Buehler has served on the Milwaukee Public Television strategic planning committee and participated in the Milwaukee Mosaic Partnership Program. He has also spoken on the regional impact of collaborative arts venues on behalf of the national arts advocacy group Americans for the Arts and plays an active role in DanceUSA.
Early in his career, Mr. Buehler held various producing roles with a number of theatre groups in both Florida and Wisconsin, including the Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee from 1998-2002. He graduated from the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1992 and left the university with a high honors in 1993. Mr. Buehler currently lives in Mequon with his wife Treena, an independent artist, and their two daughters.
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