The Zephyr Theatre office is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Calyssa Hall, Artistic Director
Franz Hall, Managing Director
Charles “Chico” Rouse Jr – Marketing and Program Director
Charles “Chico” Rouse Jr., the Zephyr’s new marketing director, said he intends “to show people how we can do it small, to convince donors that we can do it big.”
He has a broad spectrum background in theater and the entertainment world. He has worked with the Count Basie Theater as Marketing & Program Director, Artist in Residence. Chico also worked as General Manager of the Paramount Theater / Convention Center. He also worked as the Special Event Director for the City of Asbury Park, NJ. Click here to read more about Chico.
Bil MacLeslie – Technical Director
MacLeslie is the Technical Director for the Zephyr Theatre. Trained as a technician, and grounded in safety, MacLeslie has a diverse background, forged from a passion to deliver emotional stories with visual appeal. MacLeslie started his stage career while still in grade school, living and working with a small light opera company based in Minneapolis; The Minnesota Singers Theatre.
Immediately upon graduating high school, MacLeslie went on to full time work at the Guthrie Theatre, and spent his formative years as a “smoke and mirrors technician”, immersed in a full repertory schedule; setting up and tearing down multiple shows per week. After spending 4 years perfecting his skills at the Guthrie, MacLeslie went on to work as an independent production technician with theatre groups of all sizes; Theatre De La Jeune Lune, The Minnesota Opera, Jungle Theatre, and Eye of the Storm. Working in venues as diverse as the Southern Theatre, the State Theatre, and The Ordway, MacLeslie is comfortable with putting productions up into spaces that challenge most industry veterans. This skill comes from extensive national tours with bands such as the Replacements, REM, X, The Jets, Rod Stewart and The Nylons.
After spending a decade mastering the technical challenges of theatre and live performance, MacLeslie was lured into the field of technology, to connect people with the opportunities the Internet offered.
Today, MacLeslie is the Chief Executive Officer of Technology By Design, a Minneapolis based Managed Service Service Provider. Prior to starting Technology By Design, MacLeslie spent over 24 years helping his clients manage and leverage the Internet. MacLeslie spent 13 years building a cloud hosting company, ipHouse. Prior to ipHouse, MacLeslie was at VISI.com, a local Internet Service Provider.
MacLeslie has worked as an independent consultant specializing in planning, installing and maintaining computer networks for corporations and educational institutions. In his spare time he served as president of the Minnesota Internet Services Trade Association, and spent time on the Boards of two well known Minnesota Tech advocacy groups, the Minnesota High Tech Association and MinneStar.
MacLeslie sees many parallels between the live entertainment industry and the world of technology; “The challenges are similar, to provide a quality experience of unparalled value. When I was touring with Rod Stewart the people who came to see him had an expectation. Rod delivered beyond the expectation and developed a loyal fanbase. Using technology is the same.”