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Teen Council

 

OVERVIEW

Love Theater. See Theater. Spread Theater.

The Rep’s Teen Council is an organization for teens, by teens that works to engage a diverse population of young adults from all over the greater Milwaukee area with the art on Rep stages and their community. Under the guidance of professional theater artists, Council members envision and plan a variety of events and opportunities to that encompass and develop life and leadership skills related but not limited to:
1) College and Career Readiness, and
2) Engagement and Advocacy

In addition to planning a variety of student-driven events, Council members also have VIP access to The Rep, including access to $10 tickets to Rep productions and meet-and-greets with artists!

As the next generation of theater artists and engaged citizens, the Council welcomes youth of all levels of theatrical experience as they dedicate themselves to contributing positively to the narrative of Milwaukee and The Rep by celebrating the unifying power of theater.

 

MEMBERSHIP

Teen Council has two levels of membership in which students can participate: General and Leadership. Both levels of membership are completely free and allow students to help plan and attend events at The Rep and in the community.

General Membership
General membership can be obtained by filling out and returning an application. Benefits of General Membership include:

$10 Teen Night tickets to Rep productions.

Backstage access to The Rep and Teen Council events, including meet-and-greets with Rep staff members and artists.

 

APPLY HERE

Leadership Board Membership
Once a General Member, students can apply to be on the Leadership Board. The Leadership Board consists of 10 student leaders who demonstrate consistent commitment to the Council. Seasonal officers will be elected by the Council to lead the Board. Benefits include:

Serving in a leadership role as a teen representative of The Rep

Opportunities to develop and apply understanding of arts administration in a professional setting.

Opportunities to receive assistance with college and career preparation, including references and letters of recommendation written by Rep staff

To ensure Leadership Board members are able to and will commit to the responsibilities required of them, candidates will be asked to identify potential scheduling conflicts prior being appointed.

Leadership Board applications for the 2018/2019 Season will be made available in April 2018.

SCHEDULE

Teen Council meets in The Rep’s Board Room on alternating Mondays, 7:00-8:30pm. Meetings are open to both General and Leadership Board members and are used as a forum for planning events, reflecting upon recent experiences, and working through administrative tasks related to the general function of the Council. Meetings are mandatory for Leadership Board members, including elected officers.

Download Winter / Spring 2018 Schedule Here

SPECIAL EVENTS

In addition to regular meetings, the Council plans a variety of special events throughout the Season (September – May) that align with the Council’s two major tenants. Most events are planned around Rep productions and help members connect with company-wide initiatives, staff, and artists. Events also create the bulk of Council fundraising. Events include:

Teen Nights
Pre- and post-show Teen Night activities are student-led and have included potlucks with cast members, workshops and games, cookie decorating and ice skating, a live-action game of Clue, and more. Teen Nights for the 2017/18 Season include:
Guys and Dolls - Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:30pm
The Who and The What - Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:30pm
Holmes and Watson - Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:30pm
A Christmas Carol - Thursday, December 14, 2017, 7:30pm
Animal Farm - Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7:30pm
One House Over - Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7:30pm
Until the Flood - Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:30pm
Our Town - Wednesday, April 11, 7:30pm - (FREE ADMISSION) REGISTER NOW!
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A Christmas Carol Families Volunteering – December 2, 2017, 8:30am (Kohl’s – Bayshore)
Council members help Rep staff shop for holiday gifts for community families in need.

Dramathon 2018 – Friday, January 26, 5:30pm – Saturday, January 27, 5:30pm, 2018
Members and guests occupy a Rep rehearsal hall and read plays for twenty-four hours, nonstop! This lock-in marathon, which raises hundreds of dollars for Council programming, also includes plenty of music, food, and activities. For more information and to RSVP, visit: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4eabac2da5fc1-rsvp

Arts Day 2018 - Wednesday, March 21, 8:00am-3:00pm (Madison, WI)
The Council travels to Madison, WI, to convene with hundreds of arts professionals from across the state in celebration of the power of the arts. In addition to participating in the day’s program, which features speakers and awards, students then head to the state Capitol to meet with state representatives and congressmen to advocate for state investment in the arts. For more information about Arts Day 2018, visit: http://www.artswisconsin.org/actioncenter/artsday2018/

Chicago Trip 2018 – Date TBD
Members plan a day or overnight trip to Chicago to visit Steppenwolf Theater and connect with their Young Adult Council!

Annual Masquerade Ball 2018 – Date TBD
Masquerade Ball is the biggest party of the season! The ball welcomes high school students from all over Milwaukee for a dressy evening complete with a DJ, dancing and glow sticks, snacks, a live photo booth, and raffle prizes.

Curtain Call Ball 2018 – Saturday, May 12, 2018
Members are invited to serve as greeters, ushers, and photo booth and coat check attendants for the largest institutional fundraiser of the Season (formerly known as the Gala). The night concludes with eating, dancing, and mingling with guests and Rep artists and staff!

TCG National Conference 2018 – Thursday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16, 2018 (St. Louis, MO)
Current and prospective Leadership Board members fundraise for and attend the largest professional theater conference in the country, hosted by the Theater Communication Group’s national conference. At the conference, students connect with other councils from across the country, network with theater professionals, and participate in workshops and seminars. For more information about TCG National Conference 2018, visit: http://www.tcg.org/Default.aspx?TabID=6554

TESTIMONIALS

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.”