Janesville Performing Arts Center hires education/outreach director

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Frank Schultz
September 8, 2015

JANESVILLE—Jim McCulloch, the drama director at Whitewater High, is the new outreach and education director for the Janesville Performing Arts Center.

The organization announced the part-time appointment Tuesday. McCulloch is scheduled to join the staff Monday, Sept. 14.

McCulloch has worked as a freelance artist for more than 20 years, according to a news release. He has produced, directed, written and acted in over 40 theatrical productions.

McCulloch graduated from UW-Whitewater with a bachelor's degree in directing. He is the co-founder of RO Productions, an interactive theater company that specializes in murder mystery productions for public and corporate events.

McCulloch has taught creative dramatics classes and workshops for children throughout the region, according to the release.

A Whitewater resident, McCulloch has been the drama director at Whitewater High School for the past seven years and will continue in that position, said Kari Dray, JPAC's director of sales and marketing.

“Jim will continue to grow JPAC's education and outreach program and will create experiences that allow for the arts to educate, empower and enrich the Janesville community,” the release states. “He will ensure the continued success of existing programs, including: Creative Kids classes, summer camp, School Time Inspire Series, Culver's Family Series, Master Class Series, Senior Encore Program and JPAC's youth choir.”

“He is the perfect fit for this position, and we're looking forward to seeing what new ideas he brings to the table, as well as building off of the strong program that already exists,” said JPAC Executive Director Beau Bisson, who was hired in March.

JPAC's first education and outreach director, Mindy Curtis, held the job from January 2014 until last month. She left to be near family in Utah, Dray said.

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