Why Give

As a leading cultural cornerstone, Milwaukee Rep is uniquely positioned to create lasting positive change within Milwaukee.  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. All of our programming utilizes robust partnerships, the creativity of our artists, and pride in our city to help move Milwaukee forward.

Productions

We produce 15 productions and nearly 700 performances across our four performance spaces each and every season. To achieve this, we employ more than 400 professional staff and artisans. We are known nationally as one of the top tier regional theaters. Many of our productions have been performed in cities across the country, reinforcing Milwaukee as a city of creativity and innovation.

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Productions
Mpact - Engagement

This industry-leading initiative uses our programs to foster authentic relationships with communities of color, provide meaningful opportunities for civic discourse, and demonstrate that regional theaters can and should be strong, active citizens. Mpact focuses on skill building, deep listening, building cultural competency, and strengthening neighborhoods. This is achieved through a combination of audience engagement programming and external programs within Milwaukee’s diverse neighborhoods, all designed to reinforce that there is more that connects than divides us.

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Mpact - Engagement
Mpact - Education

Our education programs impact more than 20,000 middle and high school students from more than 150 schools every season, using the power of theater to increase literacy skills, develop social emotional skills, and increase participation in theater. This is accomplished through in-school Reading Residencies, onsite Rep Immersion Days, a unique school subscription program and the national August Wilson Monologue Competition.

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Mpact - Education
Artistic Training

We provide two unique artist training programs: the Professional Training Institute (PTI) for high school students and the Emerging Professional Residency (EPR) program for early-career professionals. Both programs provide season-long experiences that develop the next generation of theater talent. With these two training programs working together in concert, we increase the number of professional artists from diverse backgrounds who live and work in Milwaukee.

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Artistic Training
New Play Development

Every play was a new play once. Through the John (Jack) D. Lewis New Play Development program, we both commission and produce new works that illuminate issues relevant to Milwaukee and that carry wider national appeal. It is through these new works that we stand at the forefront of current cultural conversations.

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New Play Development