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Cheryl Peterson
Drama program director

Responsibilities: Runs teen leadership program and adult volunteer program; teaches drama classes

Cheryl has loved the theater from the time she made her first stage appearance at age 4 as a Munchkin in “The Wizard of Oz.”

Now Cheryl is passing that passion on to adolescents, and she couldn’t be happier. “I just love being here,” she said. “I get excited every time I walk in the door.”

Cheryl first walked in the WCAP door four years ago, after seeing a window sign. Her curiosity led her to take a closer look. She saw there were plenty of visual arts – but no drama. That led her to volunteer to teach drama, and eventually to work at Waukesha Community Arts Project.

“We’ve come a long way,” she said. “We have students come back, too, which means they like it. We’ve also had some older students come back as volunteers, and I think that says a lot, too.”

Cheryl coordinates the improv competition, one of the more popular events among the kids. She also has directed one-act plays and taken the shows to various community groups.

But for Cheryl, it’s the interactions among the kids that steal the show.

“I love everybody working together,” she said. “It brings people from different social groups and backgrounds together. That’s my favorite part. People know they can come here and be themselves and they will not be judged. Everyone feels comfortable."