McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center Interim Executive Director Connie Waterman recently announced Josiah Tropp as the new executive director of the PAC in Wautoma. Waterman, who has been serving the community as executive director for the past nine years and has been associated in some way with the PAC for 25 years, looks forward to retirement and the future of the PAC under Tropp’s direction.

Tropp named McComb/Bruchs PAC executive director

Josiah Tropp recently took over as executive director of the McComb/Bruchs Performing Arts Center, Wautoma, as Connie Waterman is stepping down after nine years in the position.

Tropp’s official start date was March 1 but he has been gradually transitioning himself into the role with Waterman’s help. 

Over the past few months, Tropp has met with the Wautoma Area School District music teachers and the district administrator, advertisers, donors, and sponsors all while learning the ins and outs of the theater. 

“I’ve never worked in this kind of theater,” he said. “The lightening trees are on the sides, there is not technically a catwalk; there are a lot of things that I’ve never had the opportunity to do.”

Tropp, who was born and raised in Janesville and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in theater management from UW-Whitewater. He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role having grown up in a musical family and watching his father run the Performing Arts Center in Edgerton. 

“Ever since I was five I have been in the arts between dance, acting, singing, or playing an instrument, and as I got older I started doing some of the back stage stuff,” he said. “When I hit my freshman year of college I decided in the middle of the year to switch my degree. I came in as a stage manager, then I realized I didn’t want to be on the road or be away from my family for that long, so I switched my degree to theater management.”

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