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Welcome! Whether your medium is print, online, television, blog or social platforms we offer you these resources and information about Milwaukee Rep. Need assistance? Contact Director of Media Relations Frances White at fwhite@milwaukeerep.com or 414-290-5362.

 

PRESS RELEASES

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2018/19 Season

August 15, 2018
SONGS FOR NOBODIES AMERICAN PREMIERE AT MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER’S NEWLY RENOVATED STACKNER CABARET SEPTEMBER 7 – NOVEMBER 4
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July 31, 2018
SINGLE TICKETS FOR MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER’S 65TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON GO ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 3
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July 18, 2018
MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER PRESENTS A ONE DAY SALE FOR THE HOLIDAY HIT A CHRISTMAS CAROL ON MONDAY, JULY 23 PLUS CASTING ANNOUNCED!
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July 12, 2018
COMPLETE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS ANNOUNCED FOR MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER’S SONGS FOR NOBODIES, GUARDS AT THE TAJ, THE ALL NIGHT STRUT! AND MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY
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June 27, 2018
COMPLETE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER’S TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL IN THE HEIGHTS
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June 22, 2018
MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER ELECTS NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL PRESIDENT GREGORY C. OBERLAND AS BOARD PRESIDENT
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June 20, 2018
MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER WELCOMES FEAST OF CRISPIAN SHAKESPEARE WITH VETS AS NEW RESIDENT THEATER COMPANY
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June 20, 2018
MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER’S TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL IN THE HEIGHTS ON SALE EVENT BROKE BOX OFFICE RECORD WITH OVER $200,000 IN SALES
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June 15, 2018
MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER’S ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR MAY ADRALES RECEIVES THE 2018 ALAN SCHNEIDER DIRECTOR AWARD
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June 5, 2018
MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER RAISES RECORD-BREAKING $700,000 AT 2018 CURTAIN CALL BALL FUNDS USED TO COMPLETE THE RENOVATION OF THE STACKNER CABARET
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June 4, 2018
MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER HOLDS SPECIAL ONE DAY SALE ON MONDAY, JUNE 18 FOR THE TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL IN THE HEIGHTS
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May 14, 2018
MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF LOST GIRL PERFORMED BY THE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING INSTITUTE JULY 19 – 22, 2018 IN THE STIEMKE STUDIO
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April 24, 2018
MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER’S 2018 CURTAIN CALL BALL: A NIGHT AT THE CABARET • SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018 • 5:30PM
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REP NEWS

FACT SHEET

Milwaukee Repertory Theater Fact Sheet

Milwaukee Repertory Theater was founded in 1954 by Mary Widrig John.  Over 60 years later, Milwaukee Rep at the Patty & Jay Baker Theater Complex, under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Clements and Managing Director Chad Bauman, is a nationally-recognized company that presents compelling dramas, powerful classics, award-winning contemporary works and full-scale musicals housed in its three unique performance venues – the Quadracci Powerhouse (720 seats), Stiemke Studio (205 seats) and Stackner Cabaret (132 seats) - serving an annual audience of over 200,000 patrons, including 15,000 subscribers. The Rep also produces an annual production of A Christmas Carol at the historic Pabst Theater (1,300+ seats).  

Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s mission is to ignite positive change in the cultural, social, and economic vitality of its community by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity.

The Rep brings the best of the world to Milwaukee and the best of Milwaukee to the world, reinforcing Milwaukee’s prominence as a hub of creativity and innovation 

  •  The Rep uses world-class theater to ignite positive change. In a world that is increasingly complex and in need of empathy, we create bridges between disparate communities, introduce audiences to varying worldviews, and help discover ways to maximize our collective opportunities. 
  • Arts mean business – The Rep contribute $16M annually to the local community and employ 450 people on average annually 
  • The Rep improves literacy and social-emotional learning through industry-leading in-school and after school programs that serve 20,000 students in nearly 250 schools 
  • For over 50 years The Rep has supported one of regional theater’s most highly respected programs for emerging professionals, fostering a group of talented young actors, directors, designers and artisans each season.  
  • Through Community Engagement efforts programs like ACT II featuring post show panels, facilitated dialogues, and guest responders bring the community together for a wide conversation. 
  • The Rep represents Milwaukee’s rich diversity by creating an environment that is welcoming and inspiration to all while producing plays that matter to an audience reflective of the community they serve. 
  • The Rep curates existing plays, commissions original productions and develops extant new plays to create a season that most deeply engages the community and resonates internationally.

REP HISTORY

History of Milwaukee Repertory Theater

In 1954, Milwaukee native Mary Widrig John forged a plan to create a professional theater for the city. The result was the Fred Miller Theatre on Oakland Avenue [now home to the Miramar Theatre], so named after the head of Miller Brewing Company and chair of the theater’s fundraising campaign, who died in a plane crash before the project was completed.  
The Fred Miller Theatre produced a standard repertoire of Broadway hits featuring well-known performers to draw initial audiences. In the early 1960s, the company re-organized by creating a resident acting company and expanding its repertoire to include classics and premieres of new works. The name Milwaukee Repertory Theater was chosen in 1963 to reflect this new philosophy.   

In 1968, Milwaukee Rep moved into the 504-seat Todd Wehr Theater in the new downtown Performing Arts Center. The move spurred attendance and helped The Rep establish a firm operating base and a large pool of subscribers. In 1974, The Rep converted a small warehouse space into an additional 99-seat theater, the Court Street Theater, which focused on artistic exploration, the development of new work, and plays suited to an intimate setting. 

The Rep moved to its current home across from Milwaukee’s City Hall in 1987. A cleverly converted power generation plant, the Patty and Jay Baker Theater Complex houses three theaters, the Quadracci Powerhouse (720 seats); the Stiemke Studio (205 seats); and the Stackner Cabaret (132 seats), which is also a full-service restaurant and bar. Together, these spaces offer a variety of staging options and host a wide range of theatrical fare. The complex also houses all of The Rep’s rehearsal facilities, production shops, and administrative offices 
Current Artistic Director Mark Clements began his tenure in 2009. In the past eight seasons, he introduced a musical to the mainstage, which is now an annual tradition. He reinvigorated the New Play Development program, making a commitment to producing at least one new work each season, with the goal to use theater as a progressive platform to impact Milwaukee’s diverse community’s common good through the evolving art form and outreach efforts.

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Production History

Founded in 1954, Milwaukee Rep has produced hundreds of productions including more than 150 world premieres since 1958. The Rep's production history listing includes pieces that were produced as full-fledged productions. It does not include works that where are part of readings, workshops or one-act festivals.

Production History 1954-1980
Production History 1980-1993
Production History 1993-2000
Production History 2000-Present
Production History Alphabetical Listing

Milwaukee Rep Full Production History (pdf)

 

LEADERSHIP BIOS

Leadership

Mark Clements, Artistic Director
Mark began his tenure as Milwaukee Rep’s Artistic Director with the 2010/11 Season. He is an award-winning international theater director whose work has appeared in over 100 major theaters throughout Europe and the United States. For Milwaukee Rep: world premiere adaptation of A Christmas Carol, The Glass Menagerie, Man of La Mancha, American Song, Of Mice and Men, Dreamgirls, Five Presidents, The Color Purple, The History of Invulnerability, End of the Rainbow, Ragtime, Clybourne Park, Assassins, Othello, Next to Normal, Death of a Salesman, Bombshells, and Cabaret. For Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia: Oliver!, Born Yesterday, Great Expectations, Les Misérables (2008 Barrymore Award – Best Production of a Musical), and Of Mice and Men (2007 Barrymore Award – Best Director and Best Production of a Play). The Milliner (Off-Broadway, World Premiere), CSC, New York; My Fair Lady, Copenhagen; The Browning Version (Barclays/TMA Regional Theatre Award) at Derby Playhouse and Blunt Speaking (World Premiere), Chichester Festival Theatre U.K. and Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York. Other productions include: Speaking in Tongues (U.S. Premiere), Roundabout Theatre Company; Speaking in Tongues (European Premiere; Barclays/TMA Best Director Nomination), Hampstead Theatre, London; Creator/Director – Soul Train, West End (Olivier Award nomination), and three U.K. National Tours. U.K. National Tours of The Glass Menagerie, The Gingerbread Lady and Love & Marriage all for Bath Theatre Royal productions. Mark served as an Associate Artistic Director for Moving Theatre Company, the production company founded by Vanessa and Corin Redgrave. He has also been Associate Artistic Director for New End Theatre and New Players Theatre, both in London, Royal Theatre in Northampton, and Torch Theatre in Wales. Additionally, Mark served as Artistic Director of the award-winning Derby Playhouse in the U.K. from 1992 to 2002, where he directed over 40 productions. He currently serves on the National Advisory Board for the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program at Ten Chimneys. 

Chad Bauman, Managing Director 
Chad was appointed Milwaukee Rep’s Managing Director in 2013. Previously, he was the Associate Executive Director at Arena Stage where he was instrumental in the 2010 opening of the Mead Center for American Theater, a 200,000 square feet, three theater performing arts complex dedicated to American voices and playwrights. While at Arena Stage, he more than doubled earned revenue, reversed a decline in subscriptions by almost doubling the base, and shattered several company sales records that dated back almost 60 years. In addition, he worked on the Broadway transfers of Next to Normal (Pulitzer Prize; Tony Award), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Tony Award), Wishful Drinking starring Carrie Fisher, Looped starring Valerie Harper, and John Grisham’s A Time to Kill in addition to other notable plays including the world premieres of Marcus Gardley’s Every Tongue Confess starring Phylicia Rashad and Red Hot Patriot starring Kathleen Turner. Prior to Arena Stage, he was Director of Marketing and Communications for Americans for the Arts as well as Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk, VA. He is a frequent speaker and consultant with past clients that include the Smithsonian Institution, Pew Charitable Trust, Carnegie Hall, EmcArts Innovation Labs, Arts & Business Council, Association of Performing Arts Presenters and ArtsMidwest. He has served as an adjunct professor at American University (Washington, DC), Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA) and CalArts (Valencia, CA). In addition to teaching, he is currently a Board member of Pathways High School, sits on the advisory boards of TRGArts and ArtsMarketing.org, and is a past trustee of Contemporary American Theater Festival. From 2011-2013, he was named one of the most influential leaders under 40 in Washington, DC by Washington Life Magazine, and in 2016 he was named to Milwaukee Business Journal’s list of the Top 40 leaders under 40. Bauman is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management program, and has earned a Master of Fine Arts in producing from the CalArts where he was an Ahmanson Scholar and a Bachelor of Science in Education from the Honors College of Missouri State University. In his free time, he is proud to be a co-coach of Wauwatosa East High School’s Destination Imagination team.

PRESS KITS

Press Kits

Electronic Press Kits for the 2017/18 Season will be available in September.

InSider VIDEOS

InSider Videos

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