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Stackner Cabaret
November 9 – January 13, 2019
An Energy Filled Musical Revue
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Quadracci Powerhouse
November 13 – December 16, 2018
A Contemporary Hit Based On A Classic
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Pabst Theater
November 27 – December 24, 2018
Milwaukee's Holiday Tradition!
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Quadracci Powerhouse
January 15 – February 17, 2019
The Midwest Premiere Direct From Broadway
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Professional Training Institute

PTI is part of The Rep’s Mpact Community Engagement Program.
Funding for Mpact is provided by:

Northwestern Mutual The Lubar Family Foundation The Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation

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Milwaukee Rep Launches Year Two of Professional Training Institute

Professional Training Institute (PTI) is an advanced actor training program for students in 9th-12th grade who may have an interest in pursuing a career as a professional theater artist. Over the course of the season participants receive free training from some of the top theater professionals in the world, culminating in a capstone summer performance where they will be employed as paid, professional actors.

In the program’s inaugural year, over 100 young artists auditioned, and 17 students joined the 2016/17 PTI Ensemble. They performed So Thrive My Soul in the Stiemke Studio. Learn more in the So Thrive My Soul tab.

For the 2017/18 Season our PTI Ensemble included 16 talented students. Their summer performance was the World Premiere of Lost Girl by Kimberly Belflower. Learn more in the Lost Girl tab.

Check out the videos below from previous PTI productions.



World Premiere • Begins July 19, 2018

We all know the story of Peter Pan, but what became of Wendy Darling in the years following her adventures? Long after returning from Neverland, Wendy decides that she must find Peter in order to reclaim her kiss and move on with her life. A coming-of-age exploration of first love and lasting loss, Lost Girl continues the story of J.M. Barrie's beloved character: the girl who had to grow up.

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The 2016/17 Professional Training Institute Ensemble Presented
So Thrive My Soul
Adapted and Directed by Ryan Quinn
July 13 – 16, 2017
Stiemke Studio

Moving at the speed of love at first sight, and performed with passion by 14 of Milwaukee’s brightest young stars, So Thrive My Soul cuts Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet down to its very core, leaving 70 minutes of heart filled exuberance with star crossed lovers and cross gendered casting.  So Thrive My Soul lives somewhere between the musical Spring Awakening, Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam, and Thornton Wilder’s Our Town.  PTI presents the greatest love story told again for the first time.  


Production Photos