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Ambassador Report: Wisconsin
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Broom Street Theatre

Greetings from Madison, the state capitol of Wisconsin. With its bike paths, massive student population, growing tech sector, and thriving restaurant scene, Madison has a reputation as a progressive town, which may or may not be justified. For a city of around 264,000, Madison has an astonishing 40 theatre groups—at least, before COVID.

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Danielle Dresden
Danielle Dresden

is an award-winning and published playwright. Her work has been performed across the U.S. and abroad.

Paulette Laufer
Paulette Laufer

is a former playwright-in-residence at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, for three premieres of her original plays: Donna Q (commissioned as part of The Sallee New Century Play Series); Taking My Life in Your Hands; and Eagle River. She developed many of her earlier plays in the original Source Theatre Company's Annual Washington Theatre Festival in D.C., receiving multiple festival awards from the University of Iowa. Also a poet, she received an honorable mention in the Wisconsin Academy/WI People & Ideas 2017 contest.