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Education & Community Engagement

To create a positive impact, we recognize that theater has the power to create bridges between disparate communities, bring us together to examine varying worldviews, and discover creative ways in which programming can address community needs. 

Our new Mpact initiative combines our current engagement and education programs with new programs designed to foster authentic relationships with communities of color, provide meaningful opportunities for civic discourse, and demonstrate that regional theaters have both the privilege and responsibility to be strong and active citizens.

Each season, nearly 20,000 students representing 250 area schools are involved in one of our education programs:

Reading Residencies

Milwaukee Rep In Class School Residencies

Reading Residencies teach middle and high school students throughout Milwaukee critical reading comprehension skills and social emotional skills such as empathy and communication. Curricula are uniquely designed around Rep productions and align with state Common Core standards. Additionally, each residency includes in-class workshops with Rep actors and attendance at a Rep Immersion Day, a full-day experiential learning program that includes demonstrations from our technical, artistic, and production staff.

Teen Programs

Milwaukee Rep Teen Council Program

We are committed to engaging youth with various levels of theatrical backgrounds in the hopes of developing the future generation of arts and civic leaders. Through Teen Programs such as Teen Council and our Professional Training Institute, teens expand and apply their understanding of professional theater in a real-world setting under the guidance of professionals in the field.

Emerging Professional Resident Program

Rep Lab production photo Emerging Professionals Residency

We have supported one of regional theater’s most highly-respected professional residency programs for more than 50 years to develop the next generation of American theater artists. Each season, The Rep welcomes emerging actors, directors, stage managers and technicians who gain valuable experience learning from experts in their fields. The Rep’s residency program serves as an entry into professional theater and a chance to spend a season working hands-on in one of America’s foremost regional theaters.

Community Engagement

Community Conversation at Milwaukee Rep

From Community Conversations and facilitated discussions to enrichment events, our engagement programming uses the power of theater to create positive change within our community.

See Your Impact




Sponsor post-show Community Conversations for one groundbreaking play.




Provide housing and a stipend for one Emerging Professional Resident during an entire season.




Sponsor one classroom to participate in a Reading Residency.




Support 20 trained discussion facilitators following a performance.




Sponsor one Teaching Artist to spend eight weeks teaching a Reading Residency.




Provide bus transportation for students to attend a matinee performance.




Support the production of play guides that provide in depth information and context for thousands of students and teachers.