Workshops

Classrooms can get physically and mentally engaged with theater through any of our workshop options. Whether it is improvisation, technical theater, directing, or acting, you can guarantee your students are going to be fully involved with Milwaukee Rep’s world of theater.

Workshops are a great way to enhance your curriculum through theatrical skills training or teaching non-theatrical subjects in an interactive and stimulating way. Most workshops can be performed in a single session or in a residency format with multiple visits. Workshops are designed for groups up to 30 students. All workshops are $75 per hour per Teaching Artist, plus mileage for locations outside of the City of Milwaukee.

To book, please contact: Auburn Matson, Education Administrator at amatson@milwaukeerep.com or 414-290-5393.

Pre- and Post-Show Workshops

Enhance your Student Matinee experience by bringing a professional actor or artist into your classroom! Pre-Show Workshops are designed to prepare students to see our productions. They might get a glimpse into various design elements, participate in an activity based on theme, or learn more about the context of the show they are going to see. Post-Show Workshops give students the chance to discuss the production with an artist from the show, participate in a relevant activity, and reflect on their student matinee experience. Please note that an actor may not always be available for a workshop depending on the schedule.

Workshops for Theater Skills

Acting
Students will learn the basics of how an actor brings to life a character in this workshop improvisation activities and short scene work. This workshop can be adapted for the skill level of the students.
Recommended for 4th - 12th grades

Improvisation
What a fun way to energize your class in this fast-paced workshop that will get students to understand the basics of scene and character development while thinking on their feet.
Recommended for 4th - 12th grades

Playwriting
Participants will work collaboratively to create original monologues, scenes and plays. Students will explore character development, conflict and plot structure.
Recommended for 6th - 12th grades

Auditioning Techniques
This practical workshop for students will explore how to audition, including monologues and cold readings. For high school audiences, the workshop will also include techniques for auditioning and interviewing for college theater programs. Monologue selection and coaching is also available.
Recommended for 6th - 12th grades

Directing
This hands-on workshop will look at ways to read and analyze plays as well as develop a concept for taking a play from page to stage. Learn to translate your ideas into stage action as well as techniques on working with actors.
Recommended for 9th - 12th grades

Voice for the Actor
Learn the techniques actors use to develop their vocal instrument. The workshop will explore articulation, resonance, volume, breath and relaxation.

Recommended for 6th - 12th grades

Stage Combat
Learn the basics of hand-to-hand combat for the stage. With the focus on safety and the emphasis on fun, this class can’t be “beat”.
Recommended for 9th - 12th grades


Workshops for Arts Integration

Reading Skills
Bring a story to life! Students will engage in creative activities through theater to learn about story structure, character, theme, setting and more. The workshop will choose an age-appropriate text for students to read and act out in their classroom. Students will develop literacy and social emotional skills as they are introduced to the fun and magic of live theater. See our In-School Residencies to learn more about a multi-session Reading Residency.
Recommended for K - 8th grades

Math Skills
Students will engage in a creative project that would require them to practice math skills appropriate for their age group. Projects might include designing a set, building a set model, creating a production budget, or taking costuming measurements.
Recommended for 3rd - 12th grades

Workshops for Teaching Life Skills

Live Theater and Life Skills
We can create a program for your school-day or as part of your after-school program, to teach students through the dynamic art of theater, their importance as individuals and how to better function in a community. Theater games and improvisation teach skills in focus, teamwork, group problem solving and communicating positively with face, voice and body.
Recommended for 4th - 12th grades