I developed my interest in media relations during my time at pH Productions (after doing too many shows for too few patrons) and began to assist with the company’s marketing. I soon assumed the position of Marketing Director and spent the next few years developing an exciting new skill set. In 2007, I founded Wicke International and began offering my freelance PR services to the theater community at large.
The name “Wicke International” is a nod to the humor of my father, the late James T. Wicke, who first used that grandiose name for his own small business. The letterhead, cards, and pens he created all looked like that of a global corporation. I loved it, and I wanted to bring the same playful irony to my humble PR business.
Guy handled the PR and Publicity for Mere Fluff. In addition to getting us reviewed by all the major Chicago comedy press, he also set up an interview with the Tribune. Everywhere I went in the Chicago comedy community, people said, “I can’t turn around without seeing something on your show. What’s going on?” to which I’d reply, “Oh, we’ve got a guy…” And you should too – Guy Wicke!
Kirk Hanley – Director, Mere Fluff
Guy is a total professional and does a great job marketing for theaters and theatrical shows. He provided such exceptional visibility for the grand opening of my theater that I have recommended him to several other shows who have hired him to promote with great success.
Lillian Frances – Owner, Laugh Out Loud Theater
When working with Guy, excellent product, the utmost professionalism, and open and constant communication are a given. Where Mr. Wicke rises above the rest is his persistent passion and love for your show. Guy becomes part of the project on the whole and is an astoundingly valuable team member to have. I can not think of smarter money we spent than investing in Guy’s expertise. If you’re looking for a relentlessly promoting, business-minded, media savvy individual, who is as passionate about your art as you are and willing to go each and every extra mile, then Guy Wicke is the only game in town.
John Sviokla – Writer/Performer, Jablonski!
Guy Wicke is so much more than a Media Relations Professional. He made advertising and spreading the word about my show the easiest its ever been. Reviewers came to see it. It was mentioned in a number of papers and websites. Everything from design to photography to just getting people in the seats was taken care of by Guy. I also had the chance to work with him on the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival. I’m a producer of the festival and have been with it for 6 years now. A newcomer to the fest, Guy was professional, punctual and the hardest working marketing expert we’ve ever had. You can not do any better in finding someone to help market your show than Guy Wicke!
Tim Soszko – Writer/Performer, the tim&micah project
We cannot recommend Guy Wicke enough. Through his efforts exclusively, both the Chicago Reader and Time Out Chicago magazine came out to review our first-time sketch comedy show. One reviewer even called our press kit the most professional he had seen! Additionally, Guy got our show info into multiple web outlets like TheaterMania.com and therefore in front of countless new contacts. Guy works quickly and efficiently, with a perfect blend of professionalism and enthusiasm for our project. We will definitely utilize Guy’s expertise for future shows.
Corey Rittmaster and Monique Madrid – Writers/Performers, The Union
I had the pleasure of having Guy Wicke as a Marketing Director at pH Productions. His drive and commitment to success were a wonderful asset to our independent production company. Guy successfully promoted an open ended performance schedule, as well as several larger events for pH, utilizing contacts and strategies in all major media markets. I have no reservations at all in recommending Guy Wicke as a media relations professional.
Micah Philbrook – Co-Artistic Director, pH Productions