Thank you Sandra Fernandez for your 14 years of service!



Sandra Fernandez is one of the most distinguished “unsung heroes” of CTM!  She has been instrumental in CTM’s growth and survival for the past 14 years.  She served on CTM’s board of directors since 2002, seven of those years as President. She virtually single-handedly ran the company during 2005-2007, while it was in transition from the retirement of its founder, Nancy Thurow, to the hiring of a new Producing Artistic Director in (Roseann Sheridan). During that time, Sandra tirelessly devoted thousands of hours to operational tasks, fundraising, and administration of the company. She continued to devote her time and attention to building CTM into the company it is today:  fiscally stable, artistically renowned, and operationally sound.  Truly, CTM extends tremendous GRATITUDE and heartfelt appreciation to her for all she has done for this company. 


Her children’s involvement began in 2000 when her son, Fabian, was 7 years old.  His first role was Emile in The King and I. Her daughter, Fiorella, also began at age 7 in 2003 with The Hobbit and A Christmas Carol. Both children participated in CTM’s summer camps and mainstage productions through their entire school years.  Today, her daughter, Fiorella, is pursuing a performance degree in theater at Ithaca College and her son, Fabian, is getting his MD/PhD at UCSF/Berkeley after receiving his Masters in Public Health from Yale.  Both of her children attribute their success in college and life in large part to their experience with CTM, and their parent’s support of their involvement in the arts.


When asked about her favorite productions that CTM has produced, Ms. Fernandez had this to say:
“I loved South Pacific (2002)! It was such a grand production with so many comic antics.  My son Fabian was the son of Emile De Becque (played byTom Wopat) and the first one on stage in front of a closed curtain singing Dites- moi.  Seeing him on the stage of the Capitol Theater took my breath away and volunteering backstage was humbling to see how many details had to be attended to and the effort put in behind the scenes to bring the production to life. 


“I also loved Esperanza Rising for its hopefulness and strong protagonist both in script and seeing my daughter Fiorella on stage.  Those first ones (South Pacific and Esperanza Rising)  I mentioned were memorable for me because of seeing my son and daughter on stage, but I think the most powerful productions I have seen CTM do were To Kill A Mockingbird and The Music Lesson. I loved these both because of the depth of characters that emerged from their telling of the stories and the heart wrenching yet tender stories themselves.”


Sandra has moved off of CTM’s Board of Directors.  We applaud her work with this company.  We’re proud to know her and look forward to seeing her in the audience.  Thank you, Sandra, for leaving your mark on this remarkable company.  You are a forever part of the CTM family!



Sandra’s board service includes:

President  2011-2015

Secretary 2008-2011

President  2005-2008

Vice President 2004-2005

Secretary 2003-2005




CTM's mission is to create vibrant theater experiences

that engage, educate & inspire young people and their communities.


Founded in 1965, CTM is a Madison institution providing exceptional theatre productions for family audiences. By casting adult and child actors in professionally produced plays, we have occupied a unique niche, for decades, as Madison's premier theater for all ages. The Overture Center, and its predecessor the Madison Civic Center, has been our home for over 30 years.

CTM performs primarily in the intimate 350-seat Playhouse. Our season includes a mixture of popular classics, musicals and serious drama. The artistic centerpiece of our work is the annual production of A Christmas Carol, performed in the elegantly restored Capitol Theater. CTM has produced this holiday classic to critical acclaim for over 35 consecutive years. As part of our commitment to building the next generation of theatergoers, CTM provides shows for young children as well as plays for adolescents and young adults. Most productions are appropriate for all ages.

Education is central to our mission. In addition to our season of productions, CTM offers a year-round drama school. Classes in all aspects of performance, focusing on acting, are available for grades 4K and up. Performers gain confidence, develop collaboration skills, improve concentration and focus, enhance their acting abilities and make life-long friends. Our teaching artists are theater professionals - actors, directors, choreographers and singers - who are passionate about sharing their skills with young performers. They focus on creating a fun, supportive environment for the beginning and seasoned performer. Our renowned Summer Stage program is the cornerstone of our educational program. Held in the Overture Center for the Arts, students can participate in one-week, two-week or three-week sessions, all of which conclude with a public performance.

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