Theater

Mabel Tainter Welcomes New Director of Operations

Lucas Chase takes helm at historic Menomonie arts center

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

After gaining experience in theaters around the Midwest, Lucas Chase is thrilled to settle into his new position as Director of Operations at the place where his love of theater began – the Mabel Tainter Theater.

Chase has already launched the “Give 20 for 20” campaign, encouraging folks to donate $20 to support the theater through 2020. In July, the Mabel Tainter celebrated its 130th anniversary, and Chase seeks to ensure it’s around for the next 130 years.

“This is a huge time to grow for us,” Chase said. He plans to create more robust children’s programming, partner more with the Menomonie Theater Guild and local schools, and – perhaps most importantly – troop through pandemic times through strategic planning.

“The Mabel is truly one of the most majestic theaters in the country,” Chase said, “and I am grateful to have the chance to help the Mabel transition during this pandemic to find new ways to serve the community and plan for the day when we can do live performances again.”