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Community Conversations: ACT II



Act II

Zeidler CenterDuring our world premiere of American Song, The Rep partnered with the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion to host post-show facilitated small group discussions. 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. 

For the 2017/18 Season ACT II will take place after The Rep’s production of Dael Orlandersmith’s Until The Flood. Each performance of Until The Flood will be followed by ACT II which will feature a community guest responder followed by facilitated small group discussions once again lead by the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion. 


Press & Features On Act II

For more information, check out these articles:

“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



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.


Until The Flood Guest Responders

Every performance of Until The Flood will be followed by a Guest Responder, see list below, after which audience members will be invited to participate in facilitated small group discussions.

3/14, 7:30pm    Dr. Jeffrey Coleman   Assistant Professor of Spanish, Marquette University
3/15, 7:30pm    Venice Williams   Executive Director, Alice’s Garden
3/17, 8pm    Aisha Turner   Race and Ethnicity Reporter, WUWM
3/18, 2pm    Nicole Brookshire   Director, Office on African American Affairs
3/20, 7:30pm    Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom   Senior Minister, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee
3/21, 7:30pm    Vincent Lyles   President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
3/22, 7:30pm    Fred Royal   President, NAACP Milwaukee Branch
3/23, 8pm    LaQuondra Shaw   Northwestern Mutual Foundation
3/24, 4pm    Reggie Jackson   Head Griot, America’s Black Holocaust Museum
3/24, 8pm    Dasha Kelly   Founder & Artistic Director, Still Waters Collective
3/25, 2pm    Al Ruppel   Founder, Unity in Motion
3/25, 7pm    Jeff Martinka   Executive Director, Neighborhood House of Milwaukee
3/28, 1:30pm    Keith Stanley   Executive Director, Near West Side Partners
3/28, 7:30pm    John Chisholm    Milwaukee County District Attorney
3/29, 7:30pm    Sister Patricia Rogers   Executive Director, Dominican Center
3/30, 8pm    Rodney Bourrage   Founder & CEO, Operation DREAM
3/31, 4pm    LaTasha Hodge-Fields   Teacher, Milwaukee Public Schools
3/31, 8pm    Senator Lena Taylor   Wisconsin State Senator, District 4
4/1, 7pm    Dr. Cedric Burrows   Assistant Professor of English, Marquette University
4/4, 7:30pm    Syd Robinson   LGBTQ Advocate, LGBT Community Center
4/5, 7:30pm    Kiran Vedula   Musician, Producer, and Youth Advocate
4/6, 8pm    Dr. Patricia McManus   President & CEO, Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin
4/7, 4pm    Jose Vasquez   Intercity Youth Worker
4/7, 8pm    Christopher Flowers   Attorney, Godfrey & Kahn
4/8, 2pm    Chief Judge Maxine White   Chief Judge, Milwaukee County Courts
4/11, 7:30pm    Katie Sanders   Executive Director, Safe & Sound
4/12, 7:30pm    Saleaqua Winston   Spoken Word Poet
4/14, 4pm    Dr. Kathleen Coffey-Guenther   Associate Vice President of the Office of Mission and Ministry, Marquette University
4/15, 2pm    Sharon Adams   Co-Founder, Walnut Way
4/17, 7:30pm    James Phelps   President, JCP Construction
4/19, 7:30pm    Michael Hostad   Executive Director, Innovation in Milwaukee
4/21, 4pm    Nate Hamilton   Co-Founder, The Coalition For Justice
4/21, 8pm    Erik Ljung   Filmmaker of “The Blood is at the Doorstep”