Julianna Skluzacek, Artistic Director for the Merlin Players
There are people that we meet in our work with community theatres that stand out as exemplifying the traits that we all strive for. One such person, whom many of us have had the privilege and pleasure to work with and get to know, is Julianna Skluzacek.
Julianna is the founding Artistic Director of The Merlin Players of Faribault. Her talents as a director, actor and leader are outstanding. Under her tutelage The Merlin Players have come to be respected as one of the top theatre companies in Minnesota. This is exemplified by being voted as The Best Theatre Troup by Southern Minnesota Scene magazine. The Merlin Players entries in MACT*Fests have won numerous awards and advancements to the Region V festival. In addition to her work with The Merlin Players, she has directed productions for several other theatres in the area.
Julianna has been a member of the Board of Directors of MACT for many years. In those years she has served four terms as President of the organization. She also spearheaded the drive to hire a part time administrative assistant for MACT and was instrumental in securing a grant to help fund that position.
Julianna is respected and admired by all who have had the opportunity to work with her. It is, therefore, with great admiration that we honor Julianna Skluzacek with MACTs Fliehr Award.