Performing arts background helps advocate raise funds for UPAF

UPAF | August 16, 2019
Andrew Volkoff. Photo by Joe Mazza/Bravelux.

As an experienced theater director and arts administrator, Andrew Volkoff understands the support that Greater Milwaukee's performing arts groups need to be sustainable. 

After growing up in Milwaukee and studying theater in college, Andrew moved to NYC to pursue a directing career and gained a lot of experience freelancing nationally and internationally. 
In 2013, he moved back to the Midwest to become Artistic Director of About Face Theatre in Chicago. After strengthening and refocusing the company, Andrew moved back to Milwaukee in 2017 to be closer to his family.
Performing Arts Supporter
Andrew is currently employed at Rockwell Automation and served as their "Champion Coordinator" during the 2019 UPAF Campaign. He managed a group of 30 other "Champions" to actively engage employees in all business units for fundraising and participation in the many events Rockwell hosted (annual chicken dinner and auction, executive bartending event, karaoke at Hamburger Mary's and more!).
"As I learned in my time as an artistic director, people are more inclined to support a cause when someone they know asks them to get on board, which is what I feel contributed to the success of Rockwell's campaign. Our efforts helped us to break the company's fundraising record!" said Andrew.
Current SMART CARD Holder 
Andrew is also a supporter of UPAF's SMART CARD which is provided to donors for gifts of $100 or more. 
"I take advantage of the UPAF SMART CARD because I like a bargain...who doesn't? The two-for-one ticket offers are a fantastic way to get to know the primary arts organizations in Milwaukee especially the ones you ordinarily might not attend. The restaurant discounts are a great bonus! And, ultimately, the card goes to support all the arts groups that make Milwaukee a wonderful place to live. So, it's a win-win!"
Committed to Making Milwaukee Great
Andrew is committed to the performing arts because, as an artist, he feels it's vital that they play a central role in the life of this area. "Having lived in New York and Chicago, I've seen firsthand how a vibrant performing arts culture invigorates a city. I feel our city deserves the same. The arts are instrumental in bringing people together, to sparking dialogues, and to illuminating the beauty of life and the human condition."
Andrew Volkoff directed The Temperamentals by Jon Marans 
at About Face Theatre in 2017. Photo by Michael Brosilow.


Thanks for your support of UPAF and Greater Milwaukee, Andrew
And, our thanks for a record-setting Workplace Giving Campaign 
at Rockwell Automation.