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The Creative Enterprise Symposium 16 coming up this Monday, April 11 will feature in the 2:00 – 3:15 Candid Interviews in UC Room 68 the following creative people: Michael Cesario (hosting the interview) Heidi Lofy (interviewee #1) and Matt Schliesman (interviewee #2).

Now for a little about each of them.


Michael Cesario currently serves as Artistic Director of Drum Corps International.

He is known for his work on Broadway, Television and Repertory stages across the country, including Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, Houston’s Alley Theater, Cleveland’s Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Stratford’s American Shakespeare Theatre, New York’s Playwrights Horizons and Lincoln Center.

He has been a member of the Costume Society of America, the Costume Society of England, United States Institute for Theatre Technology and United Scenic Artists Local 829, where he headed the Examination process, establishing the evaluative leading to certification by this national professional design body.

Respected as an educator, Cesario was honored as Professor Emeritus by New York’s Purchase College where he headed the Graduate Programs in Design and served as Director of Design/Technology for the Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film. He has been a lecturer and teacher at the Julliard School (NYC), School of Visual Arts (NYC), Bennington College (VT), Dartmouth College (NH) and the University of Illinois.

His work has been featured in numerous gallery shows and is prominent in two texts for the training of designers, “The Magic Garment” by Rebecca Cunningham and “Costumer’s Handbook” by Ingham and Covey.

Recognized as a national leader in Pageantry Arts, Cesario is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician for high school bands nationwide. He has also worked as a consultant for the World-Champion Cadets, Phantom Regiment and Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, and he was inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in 1996. He is responsible for creating the trademark uniforms of America’s finest bands, drum corps, and color guards through FJM Inc., and he also produced the original DCI Tour of Champions. Michael is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Theatre major, Speech minor class of 1971.


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Heidi Lofy is the vice president of sales and marketing for the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. She has responsibility for sponsorship, ticketing, group & corporate sales, marketing, public relations, facility rentals and Marcus Center programming. She has bee with the Marcus Center for 12 years. Prior to joining the Marcus Center in 2002, Heidi worked in the technology and banking fields for 18 years. She worked for 16 years at M&I Data Services (which became Metavante/FIS) in software development, sales, PR, advertising, and brand management.

The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts offers the best of cultural and community programming. We are home to the finest performing artists in Wisconsin, including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Ballet Company, Florentine Opera Company, First Stage and Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra plus the host of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration.

Heidi is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater BBA, Management Computer Systems 1981-1985.

Matt Schliesman sq imageMatthew Schliesman – http://entertainingarts.net/projects/ 

Matthew Schliesman is a Nonprofit Arts Executive,  an Arts, Entertainment and Business Consultant, a writer, producer, director, teacher and Theme Park Entertainment Executive.

  • Creative work on multiple fronts continues while I have the pleasure of running a charming and historic performing arts center in the warm and memorable community of Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
  • Long based in Los Angeles, at the end of 2010, my work brought me back to the state-of-mind-and-being where my roots begin.
  • Looking back, I’m pleased with the depth and breadth of my experience.  Looking ahead, the best is yet to come.
  • Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre/Directing, Lindenwood College, St. Charles, MO.  1987.   As a graduate assistant, coordinated theater management activities and taught arts administration courses.  Concurrent voice studies with the St. Louis Conservatory of Music.  Published research
  • Bachelor of Arts with double major in Theatre (Acting/Directing emphasis) and Communications (Radio/TV emphasis), University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  1978.
  • Awarded THE BIG-E Award by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) for the leadership of and service to the association as chair of Entertainment-related professional outreach for their international conferences, 1997-2000.
  • Distinguished Alumnus Service Award from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.  1999.

In addition to the interviews, there will be roundtable discussions facilitated by Michael Cesario, Matthew Schliesman, Heidi Lofy, Janet Rortvedt, James Caldwell, and Amy Arntson. Please join us for a portion of the day. Find the schedule at: www.uww.edu/cac/creative-enterprise-symposium