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Sue Riedel

Artistic Director and Theater Manager
Sue is a graduate of Clarke University and retired after 38 years of teaching Speech and Theater at Hempstead High School. She founded the Barn Community Theater in 1972 and was the Manager and Artistic Director of the Grand Opera House from 1986 to 2001. Sue serves on the Dubuque Arts and Cultural Commission and is a former member of the Iowa Arts Council Board of Directors. Sue has helped bring numerous movies to Dubuque County including Miles from HomeTake This Job and Shove It, and the Academy Award-nominated Field of Dreams.

Miki Robinson

Operations and Marketing Manager
After graduating cum laude from Boston University with a degree in Statistical Mathematics and Economics, Miki spent fifteen years working in arts administration in Boston with such distinguished institutions as the Huntington Theater Company, the Handel & Haydn Society, the Boston Center for the Arts and ArtsBoston. Her experience in theater administration includes work in box office and ticketing, marketing and direct mail, financial oversight and producing. Miki returned to Dubuque in 2003 and spent a year as Director of Marketing for the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra before joining the Bell Tower Productions staff in 2005. Miki oversees the daily operations of the Bell Tower Theater including the marketing and fundraising.

Michelle Blanchard

Artistic Associate

Michelle Blanchard spent her entire career working behind the scenes in live theater. After graduating with a B.A. in Theater from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY she worked her way up to Stage Manager working in Summer Stock and Regional theaters in New York and Virginia and with several touring companies. She has also worked with VEE Corporation as a touring Wardrobe hand, head of the Wardrobe Department and Crew Chief. Since moving to Dubuque, she has continued pursuing her passion for live entertainment. She is currently an adjunct instructor at The University of Dubuque in the Theater Departments and works with The Bell Tower Theater with the Youth Classes and as director of the Free Summer Musical Program as well as costuming the Adult Shows.

Tracey Richardson

Technical Director
Tracey Richardson has been involved in the arts in Dubuque for decades.  He has worked with many local arts groups including Fly-by-Night Productions, the local college theatre programs, voices from the warehouse and most recently he has been the Technical Director at the Grand Opera House. As such he oversaw the completion of several major building projects as well as the technical element of the performances. Tracey joined the Bell Tower Theater in 2022 as Technical Director.

Donna Schneider

Box Office Manager
Donna Schneider has been the Box Office Manager for the Bell Tower Theater since the summer of 2005. Donna came to the Bell Tower with more than 10 years experience in customer service in the hospitality industry and is the mother of two.

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