Turning Interest Into Action

We are the Fleeing Artists: a non-profit theatre company which fosters artistic expression and theatrical innovation throughout the Kenosha community.



Founder & Chairperson

Alex Metalsky is a graduate of UW-Parkside's Theatre program, having studied Directing and Performance. During his time at Lakeside Players, Alex founded the popular Summer Shakespeare in partnership with the Kenosha Public Library. Favorite directing credits at UW-Parkside include: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "Romeo & Juliet" (UWP Drama Club), as well as "Mother Courage" (Independent). Prior directing credits with LSP include: "Othello", "Death of a Salesman", "As You Like It", "The Pillowman", "To Kill A Mockingbird", "Macbeth", "The Tempest", "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead", "Hamlet", and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?". Alex is looking forward to co-directing the unannounced show of the Legacy Series, with his favorite directing partner Kenny Montley.


Founder & Board Member

Kevin is a 2013 graduate of University of Wisconsin- Parkside's Theater program. Since Parkside he has been working at the Rhode and has appeared as Lodovico in Othello, Bed-Head Fred in A Seussified Christmas Carol, Happy Loman in Death of a Salesman, a zombie in Night of the Living Dead, Paul in Drinking Habits, Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, Michal inThe Pillowman, Malcolm in Macbeth, Beethoven in Dog Sees God, and Horatio in Hamlet. He's also served as an assistant director for Dead Man's Cellphone, the fight choreographer for Othello, the fight captain for Romeo & Juliet, and as a costume designer for two years of the Summer Shakespeare program, Lion King Jr., Night of the Living Dead, Junie B. Jones: The Musical. Off stage he's pursued film and television work and was a set dresser and extra in the feature film Falsely Accused, worked as a stunt double and set dresser for a television show, and he just finished shooting for a student film for Marquette.

Denise Johnson is a recent theatre enthusiast, having joined the theatre family merely two years ago. She has since been in twelve plays, including Laughing Stock (Suzannah), Death of a Salesman (Bernard/Brenda), A Piece of my Heart (Martha), Drinking Habits (Sister Mary Catherine and understudying Sally), Polish Joke (8 Different characters), As You Like It/Romeo and Juliet (Denis and understudying Corin, Romeo, Lady Capulet and Tybalt), Night of the Living Dead (Judy), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Snout). She has currently been cast in The Laramie Project playing Actor 8.


Board Member

Bethanne Duffy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Parkside’s Theatre program, currently working at Kenosha Unified School District, in Library Media.  For over a decade, Bethanne has found a home in the theatre working both onstage and behind the scenes.   Recent acting credits include Banquo (MacBeth), Ophelia (Hamlet), Hermia (Dead Man’s Cell Phone), Sister Mary Catherine (Drinking Habits), and Cecily Cardew (The Importance of Being Earnest).  Bethanne is actively involved in the theatre off stage as well, including as a director (Romeo and Juliet, Almost Maine, Titus), scenic charge artist (As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Death of a Salesman, Night of the Living Dead, Drinking Habits, To Kill a Mockingbird), costume designer (Drinking Habits, A Seussified Christmas Carol, Ramona Quimby, The Pillowman,) and hair and makeup design (A Piece of My heart, Night of the Living Dead, A Seussified Christmas Carol, Aladdin Jr., The Pillowma, Afghanistan Wisconsin).  Bethanne has also been instrumental in creating invaluable script libraries for UW-Parkside and Lakeside Players.


Fiscal Director



Irma Castillo (left), has photographed many past productions at the Rhode Center, including "Aladdin, Jr.", "The Pillowman", "As You Like It / Romeo & Juliet", "Drinking Habits", "Night of the Living Dead", "Death of a Salesman", "Seussified Christmas Carol", "Junie B. Jones", and "Midsummer Night's Dream / Othello". She also served on crew for "Death of a Salesman", alongside her daughter Vivianna.

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