Engage & Learn

Dinner Dialogue Series

It is with great excitement that Milwaukee Rep’s Education and Engagement Department announces a robust Dinner Dialogue Series for the 2022/23 Season. We are excited to share our new Dinner Dialogue series with the Greater Milwaukee Community.  

What is a Dinner Dialogue? 
Surrounding specific shows, patrons will have the opportunity to have impactful and relevant conversation of the themes of each production listed below while breaking bread and enjoying delicious food and drinks.

Facilitation will be led by Milwaukee Rep’s Education and Engagement staff and partners from around the city. Below is our lineup of evenings that you won’t want to miss! Space is limited for each night. Price is $30 per person. Registration (with venue and time) for future productions to be announced soon. See below specifics for our first Dinner Dialogue around Titanic The Musical

Monday, October 17 • Titanic The Musical 
Monday, December 5 • The Nativity Variations
Monday, February 27 • The Heart Sellers
Monday, March 27 • August Wilson’s Seven Guitars
Wednesday, May 3 • God of Carnage

Past Events

Dr. José Torres

God of Carnage
Wednesday, May 3, 5pm-7:30pm • SOLD OUT
Cafe El Sol
1028 S 9th St.

The importance of parental mental health is a topic that we are putting a greater emphasis on as a society; however, there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health. What can we do to break down those stigmas? How does our mental health impact us day-to-day? How does it affect those around us, specifically children? What can we do to interrupt the cycle of passing on trauma? Hear from guest speakers while sharing your thoughts with community members.

Cost is $30 per person.

Adrian Chan, PhD (陈康宁)

The Heart Sellers
Monday, February 27, 5pm-8pm
1550 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

How far do you go to achieve your dreams? What sacrifices do you make for love or family? This dialogue will focus on the many ways one integrates responsibility and family to pursue self. This dinner will feature guest speaker  Adrian Chan, PhD (陈康宁) who was VP & Head of Asian/Pacific Rim Operations for Kochman Mavrelis Associates. A counseling psychologist and a practitioner of mindfulness meditation, tai chi chuan/taiji quan, aikido and tui na, he is also Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Educational Psychology at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), was former Asst. Vice Chancellor, and former Director of the University of Wisconsin Systemwide Institute on Race & Ethnicity.

Cost is $30 per person

Melissa Vartanian

Titanic The Musical Dinner Dialogue
October 17, 5:30-7:30 pm
Centraal Grand Café & Tappery
2306 S. Kinnikinic Ave.

Join us for our first Dinner Dialogue of the 2022/23 Season on Monday, October 17. A Dinner Dialogue is the opportunity for guests to dine and participate in a facilitated conversation on themes from one of our shows. 

We launch our series with Titanic: The Musical, with a discussion about power, class and privilege. Our guest speaker for this event will be Melissa Vartanian, Milwaukee Rep’s Managing Director. Learn about her family’s connection to the story, as she is the great-granddaughter of a Titanic survivor.

Cost is $30 per person.

Dr. Rev. Marie Onwubuariri

The Nativity Variations Dinner Dialogue
December 5, 5:00-8:00pm
Three Lions Pub
4515 N. Oakland Ave.

This dinner will feature guest speaker Dr. Rev. Marie Onwubuariri, ordained minister and Director of Intercultural Ministries at American Baptist Home Mission Societies. She will speak on enacting religious holidays while balancing the performative and spiritual aspects of religious or family tradition.

"She is recognized for her love for all parts of the denominational family, evident through her invited engagement with a variety of initiatives and her persistent promotion of courageous mutuality, inclusion, and progress. Onwubuariri probes dominant norms and fosters equitable space for all voices and is most alive in her call when envisioning, creating, and integrating organizational development, cross-cultural bridge-building, and artistic expression."- American Baptist Churches USA online

Cost is $30 per person.

Ron OJ Parson

August Wilson's Seven Guitars
Monday, March 27, 5pm-8pm
Sam's Place Jazz Cafe
3338 N Doctor M.L.K. Jr Dr.

What is hubris? How far does hubris play into pursuing one's dreams under societal constraints? How does one create healthy relationships with those centering their individualistic dreams? Join us for this dialogue at Sam's Place Jazz Cafe and hear from guest speaker Ron OJ Parson, the director of Milwaukee Rep’s production of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, while sharing your thoughts with community members.

Cost is $30 per person.