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American Song 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. 

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Week 2 in Review


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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.