Meet Our Staff

Sean Wright Executive Director
715.842.0988 ext. 227

Sean Wright came to the Performing Arts Foundation in January 2015 as the Executive Director of the organization.  In a short time, he has continued to build on The Grand’s commitment to providing the best in the performing arts for the region, as well as expanding the venue’s community and patron engagement initiatives.  Wright received his bachelor’s degree from Westminster College (MO), and has a MA from the University of North Carolina.

Merry Little General Manager
715.842.0988 ext. 233

Merry Little has been with the Performing Arts Foundation since 2003. In her position as General Manager/Associate Director Merry plays a crucial role in areas of finance, administration, scheduling, personnel management, and oversight of the operation of the facilities at the Grand. A Chicago area native, Merry has an extensive business background as an art and antiques dealer, President of an economic development corporation, a member of city council in her previous community and is currently the Treasurer of the Wisconsin Presenters Network.

Gail Bayer Custodian

Gail has been with the Performing Arts Foundation since 2003. First as a part time staff member, Gail quickly became full time as a custodian. Gail enjoys working with volunteers and often helps out during matinee performances in the Arts in Education Series. In her spare time, Gail raises horses and runs a carriage and sleigh ride business.


Joel Freiberg Director of Ticketing & Analytics
715.842.0988 ext. 226

Joel started with the Performing Arts Foundation in 1996 as a stage hand and has moved through the organization now serving as the Director of Ticketing since 2005. Joel handles all aspects of ticketing and IT for the organization. As a musician, Joel directs and accompanies performing groups in the area.


Scott Fritsche Director of Food & Beverage
715.842.0988 ext. 229

Scott worked as a part-time stage-hand at The Grand for more than a decade before becoming Assistant Technical Director and then moving into his current role as Director of Food and Beverage Services in November 2021. As a key front-of-house executive, he works closely with the Director of Guest Services to plan and execute all events and performances at The Grand. Scott has worked in a technical capacity for Wausau East High School, Wausau West High School, Wausau Community Theater, and was a co-founder of The Artista! Players. He is currently striving to earn a B.A. in English Composition.


Katy Lang Director of Development & Community Engagement
715.842.0988 ext. 231

A Central Wisconsin native, Katy grew up attending Arts In Education Series shows at The Grand. After graduating from UW-Madison in 2017, she was thrilled to return to the Wausau area and begin facilitating meaningful arts experiences for future generations. She is responsible for managing the Arts In Education Series, the Community Engagement Series, artist residency programs, and the Central Wisconsin Jerry Ensemble. She also manages all fundraising efforts for the Performing Arts Foundation.

Danielle Marsceau Ticket Office
715.842.0988 ext. 221

Danielle joined The Grand in November 2021, bringing several years of customer service expertise from her previous job as manager of Dave’s County Market in Merrill. She has an associate’s degree in veterinary science from Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, but veterinary work turned out to be not “people-y” enough for Danielle! She enjoys helping our patrons experience The Grand, and learning a little bit about them whenever they call or visit the Ticket Office.

Misty Pfantz Custodian

Misty joined the Grand as a part time custodian in 2005, and after a few years became full time. As a custodian her duties include keeping the many different areas of the building clean and presentable. She also helps with maintenance when needed. If there is an evening event at the Grand, Misty is probably working it. 


Vicky Rice-Bricko Director of Guest Services
715.842.0988 ext. 230

Vicky has worked at The Grand since 2017 in many capacities; House Manager, Wedding Coordinator, and Event Coordinator. As of November 2021, she has expanded her role as Director of Guest Services. She is responsible for all front-of-house staff and services, and coordinates with staff, volunteers, clients and artists to plan and run all events at The Grand smoothly and efficiently. Vicky came to The Grand with over 30 years of customer service experience, along with a background in space planning, merchandising and event planning. Along with our public events, Vicky also coordinates weddings and private event services for any of the five venue spaces available.


David Rusch Assistant Technical Director
715.842.0988 ext. 228

David assists with the technical needs of The Grand and is proud to be a part of the Performing Arts Foundation.


Tammy Stezenski Director of Marketing
715.842.0988 ext. 240


Mark Weiss Technical Director
715.842.0988 ext. 225

Mark started working with the Performing Arts Foundation in 1993 transitioning to a full time Technical Assistant in 1995 and to his current position as Technical Director in 1999. He coordinates the technical aspects of performances and stewards the day to day maintenance of the Grand. Mark received his Associates of Arts and Sciences from UW-Marathon.


Kayla Zastrow Marketing & Communications Coordinator
715.842.0988 ext. 232

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