The Stackner Cabaret is located at the top of the gold escalators of the Associated Bank River Center Rotunda on the second floor to the left. It can also be accessed via the elevator. A unique and intimate setting with tables flanking both sides of the stage seated above and below. This stage surrounded by staggered tables puts you in the action. In this space actors often interact with the audience. This space combines a friendly Midwestern dinner party vibe with impeccable entertainment.
This 186 seat venue is not a dinner theater but does provide full dinner service prior to each performance as well as drinks and dessert following. Seating areas situated alongside the casual cocktail bar create a warm and welcoming environment in which to perform.
History Of The Stackner Cabaret Name
The Stackner Family Foundation made history in 1985 with their grant, the largest in the Foundation’s history at that time, to Milwaukee Rep’s initial campaign to build out the Associate Bank River Center with three state of the art theaters. In recognition of the gift, the cabaret theater was named for the Stackner family. Patricia Stackner Treiber, the President of the Foundation, was “pleased to participate as a major contributor to this exciting civic project, the new theater district development. The dedication of the Stackner Cabaret Theater will be a significant memorial to my parents, John and Irene Stackner.” The generosity of the Stackner family continues, as they contributed to the recent renovation of the cabaret theater space this in the summer of 2018. In this way, the Stackner Cabaret remains a Milwaukee treasure and unique performance space.
Stackner Cabaret 2018 Renovation
During the summer of 2018 the Stackner Cabaret went under a $1.75 million renovation. Read more about the renovation and see photos and videos from each stage of the construction.