WRCT Board of Directors
Linda Garski, Board President, has acted in 20+ productions, and has directed 12. She also enjoys doing scenery and sewing costumes. She's been the WRCT Web Designer since 2004. Linda has previously served on the WRCT Board and was involved with the Capital Campaign. Linda makes a living as a Sr. Web Designer at Renaissance, where she's worked since 2000. She is married to Bob and has one son, Jordan. She enjoys family time and relaxing at their camper.
David Skibba, Board Vice President, first associated with WRCT in 2005 in "Escanaba In Da Moonlight." That’s all it took to get him hooked. He has appeared in two other main stage productions and plays Beetlejuice for the Haunted House fundraisers. But, he has since discovered that sound design and board operation are his passion. He has designed or run sound for more than twelve plays. He has also been involved in choosing and installing various pieces of sound equipment in the theater. David loves music and digital technology and started the DJ business Portable Soundz in 2015. He has played in several local rock bands during the years. His wife, a WRCT veteran, is also musically talented: they are part of the contemporary rock praise band at their church. David retired from Verso Papers Wisconsin Rapids Division in 2018 after more than 40 years of service with 18 years as a Storeroom Receiving Clerk. He intends to spend his “free time” with and helping his kids as well as volunteering his time at church and, of course, the theater.
Michael Barrett, Board Treasurer, is co-owner of Barrett's Auctions and an auctioneer since 1977. He can design a website, cook a perfect egg, and quote Arthur C. Clarke, Mark Twain, and Shakespeare, of course! Mike has directed nine WRCT Main Stage productions. He has appeared onstage in more than 30 productions, aiding in many other shows since 1982, including two world premiere original productions. Mike credits Bill Young, Lois Cantin, and his children Aly, Mike Jr., and Shannon as those who inspire him to keep “playing." His favorite past roles with WRCT include John Barrymore's ghost, Oberon in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Ralph in "Crapola," and “Dickie” in the 2016 production "The Fox on the Fairway," in which he proudly acted alongside his daughter Shannon. Mike is a past President, VP, and Artistic Liaison of the WRCT Board of Directors. His other hobby involves writing two columns monthly for the national publication Cribbage World, and fostering additional membership to the American Cribbage Congress worldwide.
Gretchen Powers, Board Secretary, is excited to serve as a WRCT board member. She is a solid believer in building and growing community organizations. Gretchen's involvement with WRCT began as a child when she would participate in children’s theatre. As she grew older, she was involved in several mainstage shows, of which she has fond memories. Gretchen has worked on backstage crews, helped with props and lights, and directed "It's a Wonderful Life". She has directed youth productions, written several children's plays, and is a co-founder of “HOPO” Productions.
Gretchen has a degree in sociology/social work from UWSP, and works as a social worker for people with disabilities. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, writing, and spending time with her children, Amethyst and Finley.
Jeff Friday, Board Director, was introduced to theater in high school, and it became a passion. Then life happened, and theater just wasn’t an option. Jeff spent 29 years in the military as a radio operator, mechanic, engineer, law enforcement officer, instructor, inspections officer, and facilities chief, just to name a few. After retiring from the military in 2014, he spent a couple of years working at Bay Shipbuilding as supply chain supervisor and then facilities engineer before retiring for good. He was convinced by his mother to participate in a Silver Foxes play she was directing several years ago, which reignited Jeff’s love of the theater. Since then, he has received several roles in Silver Foxes plays and main stage productions, built multiple sets, and learned from so many at the theater. Jeff said he looks forward to continuing to grow with the theater and work to give everyone in the community the opportunity to enjoy what we have to offer.
Chris Williams, Board Director, moved back to the Wisconsin Rapids area with his wife, Pam, in 2019 after living 7 years in Madison and 23 in SE Minnesota. Chris’ first acting experience was in the musical, “Oklahoma” while a student at Nekoosa High School in the 70’s. He has performed with Austin, Minnesota’s Summerset Theatre, Matchbox Children’s Theatre and Northwestern Singers. He was also a long-time member of the LeRoy, MN Community Theater and a drama advisor for the LeRoy-Ostrander MN School District. Chris is a true fan of musicals and has performed in many including Shrek The Musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Damn Yankees and South Pacific. He is excited to be a part of the WRCT Board and looks forward to future acting and directing opportunities.
David Farmbrough, Board Director, moved to Wisconsin Rapids from London in 2008 and found WRCT a great place to meet like-minded people. He has acted in many plays here and in England, and has also directed, written, and worked behind-the-scenes. He is married with a blended family and is a REMAX Realtor in Rapids and Rome. He is currently Board President of McMillan Memorial Library, and has been on the board of FRM Music Festival, Central Wisconsin Literacy Council, and others. He enjoys local history, listening to and making music. He wrote for for The Voice newspaper for four years and was the founding editor of Wisconsin Rapids City-Times. He believes in Wisconsin Rapids and its people. His favorite role in WRCT was singing and playing “39” in Packer Fans From Outer Space. His 'wish list' projects are King Lear and Jesus Christ Superstar.