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Milwaukee Rep Launches Year Three of PTI

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.

For the 2018/19 Season our PTI Ensemble includes 16 talented Students. Their summer performance will take place in July. Check back for more information.

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.

The 2017/18 Season 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.

 
 
 

18/19 PTI

Zora AllisonZora Allison
Zora is a junior at Rufus King International Baccalaureate High School. At school, Zora is a member of National Honor Society. She was last seen as Isabel in First Stage production of Triangle. At First Stage, Zora has been in THE WIZ (Ensemble), The Skin of Our Teeth ( Dorothy Stetson/ Homer/ Ensemble), Blue Stockings ( Carolyn Addison), and Robin Hood( Kate), along with being in First Stage Young Company. Other theatre credits include Adult Nala in The Lion King Jr., Olivia in Twelfth Night, Prosecution Lawyer in Tom Sawyer and Ensemble in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Golda Meir School. Zora plans to go to Howard University, where she hopes to pursue a career as a professional actor.  

 

Taylor BarnesTaylor Barnes
Taylor is a junior at Rufus King International Baccalaureate High School. She is a lover of art, music, dance, and of course, theatre. Some of her previous roles include: Martha Cratchit, a Fezziwig Worker, and Disenfranchised in Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 2017 production of A Christmas Carol. She has played many roles in Golda Meir theatre productions including, Shenzi (The Lion King Jr.), Viola (Twelfth Night), Amy (Tom Sawyer), and Sentinel (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). In 2016, Taylor won the City Forensics Competition under the group acting category. She is excited to take on new a roles and learning experience as she hones her acting skills.

 

Isabel BastardoIsabel Bastardo
Isabel is a sophomore at Golda Meir High School. Isabel is excited to be working with Milwaukee Rep this year. She was last seen as an ensemble in First Stage’s 2018 production of the Wiz. In 2017 she performed as Mayzie in her school production of Seussical the Musical and Ms. Blake in First Stage’s contemporary company production of Blue Stockings. She is also a dedicated dancer at DanceWorks and is a member of First Stage’s Young Company.

 

Kylie Kai CatlettKylie ‘Kai’ Catlett 
Kai is a freshman at Pius XI Catholic High School. Their most recent role was Paris in Romeo & Juliet at First Stage. They live at home with their mum, stepdad, brother and dog. They love reading, writing, and failing miserably to work on their chocolate addiction. This is their first time at Milwaukee Rep, and they’re extremely excited. 

 

Travis CheeverTravis Cheever
Travis is a senior at Oak Creek High School and is very excited to work with fellow young artists in PTI! OCHS credits include Fly By Night (Harold McClam), Twelfth Night (Orsino), The Spitfire Grill (Joe) and others. He has also been involved with First Stage, Sunset Playhouse and Forte Theater Company's inaugural show, Broadway in the Park. Outside of theater, Travis is a part of an A Capella group, Knight Club, and has served on the Student Council. 

 

Juliana Garcia-Malacara (Juju)Juliana Garcia-Malacara (Juju)
Juju is a senior at Horlick High School in Racine and was most recently in the world premiere of Lost Girl as an ensemble member and Belinda Cratchit in the 2017 production of A Christmas Carol, both at the Milwaukee Rep.  Horlick High School credits include Shrek The Musical (Donkey), Bye Bye Birdie (Ursula Merkle) and Curious George and the Golden Meatball (Chef Pisghetti). RUSD credits include Seussical (JoJo), Shrek The Musical (Pinocchio) and in Jungle Book the Musical (King Louie).  Over the past seven years, Juju has been in a number of Racine Theatre Guild productions as an ensemble member. Juju is the Vice President for Horlick High School’s Intl. Thespian Society, will be joining the Racine Children’s Theatre Youth Board for this upcoming school year, and currently works part-time as a Childcare Teacher Assistant, where she puts her theatrics to work daily in holding the attention of her three and four year old students. Juju is planning on attending Gateway Technical College next year to complete an Early Childhood Education degree before going on to pursue a BA in Theatre Arts.

 

Kamani GrahamKamani Graham
Kamani is a sophmore at Pius XI Catholic High School where he is a member of the improv team and an active member of the theater department. Kamani was previously seen at First Stage Children's Theater in Edward Tulane as Boy, Welcome To Bronzville as Mike Jr. and an ensemble member in Big Nate: The Musical. Other shows include The Wiz where he played The Lion (Rufus King: Middle Years) and The Lion King where he played Young Simba (Golda Meir). Kamani is also a proud member of First Stage’s Young Company.

 

Priyanka GuptasarmaPriyanka Guptasarma 
Priyanka is a senior at Nicolet High School. She has been singing, dancing, acting, and composing music for as long as she can remember. Some of her earliest roles include Fiddler on the Roof Jr. (Hodel), Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Belle), and Cinderella Jr. (Fairy Godmother). She has also played Ariel in The Little Mermaid Jr. and Jasmine in Aladdin Jr. at the North Shore Academy of the Arts. Priyanka’s high school theater credits include The Hysterical History of Cleopatra (Cleopatra), La Mouche (Customer), 1984 (Ensemble) and The Addams Family (Ensemble). Most recently, Priyanka took part in the Milwaukee Rep’s production of Our Town. She will be appearing in The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at First Stage in the fall and playing the role of Martha Cratchit in the Milwaukee Rep’s 2018 production of A Christmas Carol. This year, Priyanka received the Exemplary Performance Recognition Award from the Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) for singing a classical Italian arietta. In addition to theater, Priyanka loves learning new languages and wants to travel around the world.  

 

Mason HanizeskiMason Hanizeski
Mason is a junior at Greendale High School. He was last seen as Curly in Greendale High School's production of Oklahoma!, in which he won a Jerry award for outstanding lead actor. He also appeared as Doody in Grease and was nominated as an outstanding supporting actor. He has been to state for WSMA solo/ensemble the past two years and received an award for exemplary performance of “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin. Mason loves to sing and play guitar and performs acoustic gigs locally. He is also a National Honors Society Member and a student council class officer.

 

KyLee HennesKyLee Hennes
KyLee is a junior at eAchieve and a quadruple threat with singing, dancing, acting and playing the electric guitar. KyLee also enjoys track and golf.  Recent credits include the title role in Annie and Young Violet in Violet (Skylight Music Theatre), Marta in The Sound of Music and Actor in The Magic Flute (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Young June in Gypsy (Northwestern University & Capitol City), Gavroche in Les Misérables, Tiny Tim in Scrooge: The Musical and Lil’ Jake in Annie Get Your Gun (Fireside Theatre) and Band on the Run (Sunset Playhouse).  Represented by Stewart Talent. EMC/AGMA.

 

Meguire HennesMeguire Hennes
Meguire is a junior at eAchieve online high school and a quadruple threat with the ability to dance, play the piano/keyboard, sing and act. Meguire enjoys normal teenager activities such as fashion, archery and photography.  Meguire also performs regularly as the keyboardist with her three sisters in the BAND Hennes.  Her recent credits include Nina in Lost Girl and Alice Cratchit in A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Rep), Actor in The Magic Flute (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Young Louise in Gypsy (Northwestern University & Capitol City), Bethie in A Wonderful Life, Jane in Mary Poppins,  Young Cosette in Les Misérables and Nellie in Annie Get Your Gun (Fireside Theatre). Represented by Stewart Talent. AGMA.   

 

Logan MuñozLogan Muñoz
Logan is a senior year at Racine Horlick High School, and was last seen as Nibs/Detective in the Milwaukee Rep’s world premiere performance of Lost Girl. He is an active member in his community and his other theatre credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Benjamin), Les Misérables (Ensemble) and Beauty and the Beast (Fork/Table), all performed at the Racine Theatre Guild. At school, he has been a leader in several productions including Shrek The Musical (Shrek), Godspell (Jesus), Bye Bye Birdie (Harry MacAfee), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom) and The Complete History of America (Abridged) (Spade Diamond/Others). He is also a volunteer at the Bristol Renaissance Faire and a pivotal member of his school’s Chorale Choir, winning exemplary on all his solo pieces in WSMA state. He was fortunate enough to be part of PTI last year and is thrilled to have another chance to learn and grow in the wonderful program. Through this, Logan hopes to someday write shows of his own and craft hilarious cartoons to entertain the masses. Amen.

 

Bradley NowacekBradley Nowacek
Bradley is a senior at Wauwatosa West High School, where he serves as the secretary of the school theater program.  Theater credits include Bryce/Martin (Edward Tulane), UPS Man/Retiree (Working 2012) and Papa Ge (Once On This Island) at First Stage, Amos Hart (Chicago) and Orin Scrivello (Little Shop Of Horrors) at Tosa West, as well as Boy in the PTI production of Lost Girl.  He is a proud member of the First Stage Young Company, and has studied cello privately for the last 10 years. As a cellist, he is a co-principal of MYSO’s Senior Symphony, and received honorable mention in the MSO Young Artists Competition in 2016 and 2018.

 

Reese ParishReese Parish
Reese, a sophomore at Nicolet High School, recently played Dorothy in First Stage’s production of The Wiz. Other theater credits include Cassandra in Bliss (or Emily Post is Dead) at Renaissance Theaterworks, Jasmine in Aladdin, Jr. and Lorraine in Hairspray at Menomonee Falls Patio Players and as Sarah’s Friend in Nicolet High School’s production of Ragtime. She has had roles in several First Stage productions and a member of Young Company. She also played Z in a short film called, The Revolt of Color. Reese is a member of Nicolet’s Varsity Dance Team, Nicolet’s Concert Choir and Nicolet’s Varsity Cheerleading Team. When not on stage, Reese may be found singing, dancing, or running track.

 

Cody SimsCody Sims
Cody is a sophomore at Rufus King International Baccalaureate High School.  He is an only child, residing with his mother in Milwaukee.  Recent high school credits include Parents Just Don't Understand, Legally Blonde and The Jungle Book.  Cody has competed in the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) at both the middle school and high school level; his chosen categories were Impromptu Speaking and Poetry. He has won several awards at local and city competitions.  In 2018, Cody placed 8 out of 112 participants competing in the category of Poetry at the State of Wisconsin High School competition. He was the only freshman to compete in the semi-final round for Poetry. Cody's future goals include winning the National NSDA competition and completing college level courses in acting and literature while in high school.

 

Gabe SmithGabe Smith
Gabe is thrilled to be joining this year's Professional Training Institute ensemble at the Milwaukee Rep! Previous Milwaukee Rep credits include Our Town and seven years of A Christmas Carol in the Pabst Theater. Other favorite credits include Girls in the Boat (workshop), Animal Farm (First Stage's Young Company), Goosebumps the Musical (world premiere), Holes and Big Nate the Musical (First Stage Children's Theater) and The Addams Family and Ragtime (Nicolet Theater). Gabe is a proud member of First Stage's Young Company and has been an active board member for Teen Council here at The Rep for the past three years. He is thrilled to spend this year learning and growing as an artist with the incredibly talented individuals at Milwaukee Rep. Special thanks to all the good people who support, guide, and encourage him in everything he does.

 

LOST GIRL

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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SO THRIVE MY SOUL

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.  

 
 

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