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January 9 – February 11, 2018

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January 19 – March 18, 2018

The Song is the Story

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February 15 – 19, 2018

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We are excited to announce that we have received two major gifts totaling $1 million to help fund a complete renovation of the Stackner Cabaret.
The generous gifts come from two longtime Rep supporters, including a $750,000 gift by former Board President Vince Martin and his wife Jan and a $250,000 gift from the Stackner Family Foundation

Since its opening in 1987, the Stackner Cabaret has been one of Milwaukee’s most in-demand performance venues playing to near capacity crowds for an average of 300 performances a year.  The renovation will increase the number of seats by over 35%, address aging infrastructure issues, provide a completely new kitchen, and better maximize space and opportunity both within the theater as well as in the outer lobby.  The result of the changes are expected to increase the Stacker’s brand as a destination venue. Given the unique nature of architectural designs completed by Uihlein-Wilson Architects, audience members and longtime Subscribers will be able to keep their exact same seats all while experiencing a new world-class venue. The total renovation is projected to cost $1.7M, more information about the project start and end date will be announced soon, however construction will not disrupt the previously announced 2017/18 Season.

New Stackner Cabaret Overview

We are so grateful to the Martins, who in their thirty plus year involvement with The Rep have made an exceptional impact on the theater and our community. With this extraordinary gift and the generosity of the Stackner Family Foundation and others, we will ensure that the Stackner Cabaret remains one of Milwaukee’s most treasured and unique performance venues for decades to come.

Vince Martin commented, “Jan and I have personally always enjoyed the Stackner shows and have felt that the Stackner fills a unique space in the very rich Milwaukee theater scene. We expect this gift will provide needed refurbishing and allow and encourage more people to share the Cabaret experience.”

A theater company not only needs strong shows, but also a strong venue to host these productions. With the ever-growing popularity of the Stackner Cabaret, a remodel will guarantee that the physical aspects of the theater match the productions themselves. We thank the Martins and the Stackner Family Foundation for their generous support in creating an opportunity for more people to experience the art on our Stages. We will keep you updated as we know more about the timeline for the renovation.


Mark Clements
Artistic Director

Chad Bauman
Managing Director

P.S. please enjoy these initial renderings of the new Stackner Cabaret. Our furniture and design elements are not final, these are just placeholders to give you a sense of how the space will be envisioned.

Click on an image below for a larger view.

Entrance view
Interior view
Bar view