John (Jack) D. Lewis New Play Development Program


Since 1958, Milwaukee Repertory Theater has premiered nearly 150 plays and musicals.

Producing entertaining, thought-provoking, accessible, adventurous, and compelling world premiere plays, musicals, and theater events—of recognized excellence, and that express strong local relevance and carry wider national appeal—provides the strongest possible mechanism with which to reflect our core values and to advance our mission in service of our community.  

We have a responsibility to stand at the forefront of current cultural conversations that impact each of our lives.  We seek to tell stories for now—that keep theater vibrant in the present and alive for the future, that engage an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity in a robust conversation about the future of our community and world, that instill civic pride and community interconnection, and that allow us to export our culture, thereby putting Milwaukee’s stamp on the country and the world. 

Milwaukee Rep seeks to produce not less than three world premiere productions per season, across each of our core performance spaces—from epically scaled new plays and musicals in our 720 seat flagship Quadracci Powerhouse, to theatrically adventurous pieces that push the boundaries of our 205 seat Stiemke Studio, to entertaining genre revues and incisive explorations of popular culture in our 124 seat Stackner Cabaret.

In support of this endeavor, we shall: enter into commissioning or other developmental partnerships extremely selectively with the understanding that projects are intended from inception for production at Milwaukee Rep; create a customized set of fully resourced and flexible best practices tailored to respond to individual artist need and process; and maximize the potential of our plays to enter into commercial productions, co-production premieres, and the contemporary regional theater canon.

Artists Currently Creating New Work for Milwaukee Rep

Current Season World Premieres

A new adaptation of A Christmas Carol premiered in November of 2016.

New set special effects and director coming to A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol - Visit the play page.