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Community Conversations: ACT II
Community Engagement / Professional Training Institute / Power & Money Series / Enrichment Events / Community Partners / Mpact Council

 

DETAILS

Act II

Zeidler CenterSince 2016, The Rep’s Act II program has engaged over 7,000 audience members in in-depth small group discussions facilitated by the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion. Following every performance of one of the shows in our season, audiences get to hear a local community leader’s response to the issues raise in the play as they relate to Milwaukee. Then, you are invited to join small group discussions to talk more with your fellow audience members.

The Act II program started three seasons ago, during our world premiere of American Song, when The Rep partnered with the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion for the first time. After each of our 33 performances, we invited a broad range of community leaders to give a five-minute response to the show followed by small group facilitated discussions led by trained members of the Zeidler Center. More than 3,000 patrons took advantage of the opportunity to share, listen, and learn with a group of fellow audience members. This format created the space for mutual understanding and respect allowing for open and honest dialogue. Act II has been praised both locally and nationally, and was overwhelmingly successful at bringing diverse groups of people together for dialogue around community issues.

We continued Act II during Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced in the winter of 2017 with facilitated discussions after 70% of the performances with over 2,500 people participating. 

In 2018, Act II took place around The Rep’s production of Dael Orlandersmith’s Until The Flood. Each performance of Until The Flood featured a community responder followed by facilitated small group discussions once again led by the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion. Over 1,500 audience members participated, and 77% of participants felt motivated to take action in their communities following the rich discussions.

For the 2018/19 Season, Every Brilliant Thing will be The Rep’s Act II production. Join us this season for a city-wide conversation on mental health through community responders and small group discussions.

PROGRAMMING SERIES

Every season, we host a large conversation on a specific theme as related to one or more of the plays in our season. 

This season, join us for the Power & Money Series, spanning six plays across our entire season. With onsite and offsite panel discussions and roundtables, community dinners and workshops, and a public art project, we will be exploring the relationship between power & money in our community.

In the 2016/17 Season, #TalkIdentity encompassed daily conversations for an entire month about identity around Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Disgraced. #TalkIdentity events included Act II post-show dialogues, panel discussions, Intercultural Dinners, Intercultural Talkbacks, actor talkbacks, a lobby exhibit, and a video series. Over 5,000 community members and civic leaders joined the conversation in person for this city-wide dialogue. 

In 2017/18, The Rep produced The Neighbor Series around our productions of One House Over, Until the Flood, and Our Town. With over 80 events engagement events in three months, as well as the inaugural national Intersections Summit, we invited thousands of people to discuss what it means to be a good neighbor – interpersonally, within your community, and nationally. 

FEATURES

Press & Features on Act II

Until The Flood

"Act II Programming Returns With 'Until The Flood' At Milwaukee Rep" – Broadway World

"As stunning as Orlandersmith's performance is - and it is - there is much to appreciate in her writing also." – OnMilwaukee

“Until The Flood” Begins Performances – Urban Milwaukee

"8 ways of looking at the pain of Ferguson in 'Until the Flood'" – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

 

American Song

“Beyond the Traditional Talkback: ‘Act II’ Adds Voices to ‘American Song’” American Theater Magazine

“'American Song’ creates lively debate” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Act II Community Conversations Teen Night Dialogue Report

Testimonials

“The Teen Council exec board was an amazing outlet for me to hone my leadership and theater management skills in high school. Coming into the Council, I had a strong background in theater and wanted a place to hang out with other passionate performers, but had never thought about the administrative side of theater. Anyone particularly interested in theater management won't find a better-suited pre-college opportunity in Milwaukee.”

“Teen Council has given me the opportunity to meet other teens who share my love of theatre, and to experience plays through unique Council events. It is really something special.”

“I am here to experience as much theatre as possible and because I want to do it professionally, I want to see every area possible that is available to someone in the business, and learn about it.”

“[Teen Council] was all a very positive experience the time that I've spent with it. It was great meeting new people and setting up fun events. I really found it cool how we'd get to see shows for a good price and even talk to some of the cast members! I'd definitely recommend it!”

“What Milwaukee Rep Teen Council did for me: it became like a springboard. I still have it on my resume and it really does help. I would have never been able to work at The Rep for a whole summer without it or be able to help out with the summer program. It has been such an amazing connection to have in Milwaukee and such a important part of my teen acting career I can't express how much it meant for me to be there. I also really think it showed me that there was more out there. My high school did not really teach me the skills or show me what else was out there college wise and Teen Council really helped with that.”

“Participating in Teen Council has broadened my view of future jobs I can partake in that surround theater, tuned me into more of what is going on in the theater community around me and helped me with leadership skills.”

 

'UNTIL THE FLOOD' VIDEO

Until The Flood: ACT II Video Coverage

 


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Week 6 in Review



Katherine Wilson, Executive Director, Zeidler Center for Public Discussion


Dr. Jeffrey Coleman, Asst. Professor of Spanish, Marquette University


Venice Williams, Executive Director, Alice’s Garden


David Muhammad, Violence Prevention Manager, City of Milwaukee


Sgt. Delmar Williams, Milwaukee Police Department


Paula Penebaker, President & CEO, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin


Nicole Brookshire, Director, Office on African American Affairs


Princess Beyers, Amani United Representative


Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, Senior Minister, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee


Vincent Lyles, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee


Fred Royal, President, NAACP Milwaukee Branch


Dasha Kelly, Founder & Artistic Director, Still Waters Collective


Reggie Jackson, Head Griot, America’s Black Holocaust Museum


Reggie Jackson, Head Griot, America’s Black Holocaust Museum


LaQuondra Shaw, Northwestern Mutual Foundation


Al Ruppel, Founder, Unity in Motion


Jeff Martinka, Executive Director, Neighborhood House of Milwaukee


Keith Stanley, Executive Director of Near West Side Partners


John Chisholm, Milwaukee County District Attorney


Sister Patricia Rogers, Executive Director, Dominican Center


Saleaqua Winston, Spoken Word Artist


LaTasha Hodge-Fields, Teacher, Milwaukee Public Schools


Senator Lena Taylor, Wisconsin State Senator, District 4


Pardeep Kaleka, Co-Founder, Serve2Unite


Dr. Cedric Burrows, Assistant Professor of English, Marquette University


Jordan Lee, Program Director, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee


Syd Robinson, LGBTQ Advocate, LGBT Community Center


Kiran Vedula (aka Q the Sun), Musician, Producer, and Youth Advocate


Dr. Patricia McManus, President & CEO, Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin


Christopher Flowers, Attorney, Godfrey & Kahn


Chief Judge Maxine White, Chief Judge, Milwaukee County Courts


Kennedy Hughes, True Skool Representative


Camille Davis, Office/Grants Manager, Zilber Family Foundation


Katie Sanders, Executive Director, Safe & Sound


Dr. Darienne Driver, MPS Superintendent


Dr. Juan Baez, Co-Director, MPS Dept of Black and Latino Male Achievement


Dr. Kathleen Coffey-Guenther, Assoc. VP Office of Mission and Ministry, Marquette U.


Jendora Kelley, Community Culture Leader, Carmen High School


Sharon Adams, Co-Founder, Walnut Way


Vaun Mayes, Founder, Program the Parks


James Phelps, President, JCP Construction


Sharon McGowan & Adam Carr, Neighborhood News Service


Wanda Montgomery, President, Black Child Development Institute Milwaukee...


Michael Hostad, Executive Director, Innovation in Milwaukee


Nate Hamilton, Co-Founder, The Coalition For Justice


Erik Ljung, Filmmaker of “The Blood is at the Doorstep”


Angie Trudell Vasquez, Writer, Poet, and Activist


Dr. Monique Liston, Founder, Ubuntu Research and Evaluation

* Milwaukee Rep has invited experts from a wide variety of fields which represent diverse viewpoints. The views and opinions expressed by the community responder do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

'AMERICAN SONG' VIDEO

American Song: ACT II Video Coverage

 


Week 1 in Review


Week 2 in Review


Week 3 in Review


Week 4 in Review



Pastor Alexis Twito
Coordinator of Police Chaplaincy Program, Milwaukee


Danae Davis
Executive Director, Milwaukee Succeeds


Rahul Dubey
Information Security Analyst, Rockwell Automation


Dr. Darienne Driver
Superintendent, Milwaukee Public Schools


Nik Clark
Chairman & President, Wisconsin Carry Inc.


Sheriff David Mahoney
Dane County


Mayor Stephen Scaffidi
Oak Creek


Magda G. Peck, ScD
Founding Dean, Joseph J. Zilber SPH


Lonnae Hickman
Milwaukee Rep Teen Council Representative


Paula Penebaker
President & CEO, YWCA SE Wisconsin


Deanna Tillisch
President & CEO, United Performing Arts Fund


Jeri Bonavia
Executive Director & Founder,
Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort


Amardeep Kaleka
Filmmaker; son of former Oak Creek
Sikh Temple President Satwant Kaleka


Chris Larson
Wisconsin State Senator


Dr. Jon Berlin
Psychiatrist and Former Medical Director
of Milwaukee County’s Crisis Service


Stephen Hargarten, MD
Professor & Chair,
Medical College of Wisconsin


Susan Dreyfus
President and CEO,
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities


Marcus White
Vice President of Civic Engagement,
Greater Milwaukee Foundation


Justice Janine Geske
former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice


Deanna Singh
CEO, Burke Foundation;
Sikh American Legal Defense
and Education Fund Speakers Bureau Member


Hannah Rosenthal
President & CEO,
Milwaukee Jewish Federation


Attorney Patrick Dunphy
Chief attorney for the plaintiffs
in the Badger Guns negligence suit


James Causey
Editorial writer and columnist,
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Charles Kahn
Former Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge;
Founder, A Neutral View


Sergeant Al Groszczyk
Milwaukee Police Department


Jordan Lee
Program Director, 88.9


Eric Von
Radio Host, WNOV


Dan Bird
Psychotherapist, Alliance Counseling Center;
Board Member, Kubly Foundation


Charlie Sykes
Radio Host at WTMJ


Kalan Haywood
Founder and President, Vangard Group


Maxine A. White
Chief Judge, First Judicial District, WI


Mayor Tom Barrett
City of Milwaukee

* Milwaukee Rep has invited experts from a wide variety of fields which represent diverse viewpoints. The views and opinions expressed by the community responder do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Milwaukee Repertory Theater.