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Quadracci Powerhouse

January 9 – February 11, 2018

The Timeless and Devastating Allegory

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Stackner Cabaret

January 19 – March 18, 2018

The Song is the Story

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Stiemke Studio

February 15 – 19, 2018

8th Anniversary Production!

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Stiemke Studio

March 13 – April 22, 2018

A New Play Ripped From The Headlines

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Strategic Priorities

An Opportunity to Strengthen Milwaukee

Our new mission is a direct reflection of our belief that The Rep can and should play a leadership role in strengthening our community and further defining Milwaukee as a national center for creativity and innovation.

Our Created in Milwaukee campaign is comprised of four strategic initiatives, all essential to securing the longevity of The Rep and our continual impact within Milwaukee.

Fortify the foundation of the Patty and Jay Baker Theater Complex and complete essential structural repairs.

Beginning in 2009, the wood pilings that supported our building began to rot, threatening the very foundation of Milwaukee Rep. In 2014, the rotted portions were replaced with metal poles to fortify the pilings, and an irrigation system was constructed to ensure the remaining wood pilings are not susceptible to future rot. 

Create a new production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a 40+ year Rep Tradition.

With the aging of our previous production, it was time to develop a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol, complete with a new set and new costumes. After nearly three years of planning and 10,000+ manhours, we launched a new version in 2016. Artistic Director Mark Clements crafted a stunning new adaptation that gets at the heart of the original novella and incorporates much more audience participation. New costumes incorporated the latest LED technologies and the new turn-table set with movable walls is now the most technically-advanced set ever created for a Rep production. 

Launch a new play development program committed to producing 20 new plays in five years.

We have a responsibility to stand at the forefront of current cultural conversations, keeping theater vibrant in the present and alive for the future. As such, we are committed to commissioning and producing new works within the John (Jack) D. Lewis New Play Development program. Our goal is to produce no less than four new works each year across our performance spaces. Plays with national appeal combined with local resonance speak particularly to today’s audiences, reinforcing the brand of Milwaukee and The Rep as cultural leaders in creativity. Our goal is to bring the best of Milwaukee to the world, and the best of the world to Milwaukee.

Create and launch a robust community engagement initiative, Mpact.

This initiative employs the skills and resources of Milwaukee Rep to create positive change in the Greater Milwaukee community. By utilizing the tremendous creative assets of the company, we ask our community to think about what they want the future to look like, and then assist them in developing the skills and relationships necessary to make that future a reality. All programming focuses on strengthening Milwaukee, diversity & inclusion, and literacy & social-emotional learning. 

Thanks to large initial investments from the community, we have already completed the first two initiatives and raised $7 million toward our goal. Our efforts are now focused on raising the remaining $3 million to sustain our new play development program and Mpact.