William (Bill) Muchow
Bill Muchow is one of three Minnesotans to have served as president of the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT). Two of MACTs founders, Kay and Richard Fliehr, were presidents in 1971-73 and 1979-80 respectively, and Bill rose to the helm in 2007-09.
If you look through the list of contributors in playbills in Minnesota from Rochester to Duluth chances are you will spot Bill, whose memberships and contributions have for many years been a mainstay of individual theatres, metro arts organizations, MACT and AACT.
Since joining MACT as a representative of Community Theatre of Burnsville and being elected to the at-large board in 1992, he has served as treasurer and president. Bill has co-chaired the Region 5 Festival in Albert Lea in 1991, two Region 5 Conferences 1994 in Minneapolis and 1998 at the Rochester Playwright Festival in collaboration with Midwest Theatre Network and the 2002 AACT National Conference in Minneapolis.
His international theatre interest began by building sets in Ireland when he worked there. It continued by attending international festivals in Turkey, Monaco, Nova Scotia, Racine, WI, Benton Harbor, MI, Midland, TX, and Venice, FL. He has served as a U.S. delegate at four World Congresses of the World International Amateur Theatre Association (IATA) most recently as vice president of the North American Regional Alliance and a board member of Theatre USA.
Locally, his grassroots organizing has made quite a difference to the Community Theatre of Burnsville, now Applause Community Theatre, as well as to the Dakota Fine Arts Consortium, for whom he has served in leadership positions. He has especially loved designing sets and solving those occasional technical problems that make the day of true techies.
This modest immigrant from Pennsylvania has carved out time for community theatre from a challenging career as a CPA and financial planning manager for the Thermo King Group of Ingersoll Rand. He put that financial expertise to work for all of his groups, most recently as treasurer of AACT and the AACT Endowment, which helps subsidize trips to national festivals for region entries.
For AACT he has served on the Finance, Educational Development, Festival, International and Endowment committees, as well as having everyone on the national board report to him during his two-year term as president. In 2005 Bill was named an AACT Fellow, and in 2012 he received AACTs Art Cole Award honoring a lifetime of leadership in community theatre by providing leadership at the local, regional and national levels.