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The 2020 Milwaukee Diversity Auditions will take place February 17, from 9:30am – 4:30pm.


Who Should Sign Up?


Auditions are open to individuals who identify as at least one of the following:


Asian, Pacific Islander, or Asian American

Black, African, Caribbean, or African American

Indigenous, First Nation, or Native American

Latinx/o/a or Hispanic

Middle Eastern, North African, or Arab American

South Asians or South Asian American

Native Hawai’ian or Other Pacific Islander



Gender Non-Binary, Genderqueer

Agender, Neutrois

Bigender, Androgene

Aporagender, Third Gender

Polygender, Multigender

Genderfluid, Genderflux


Other Underrepresented Forms of Gender Identity



Auditioners must be 18+ and a resident of Wisconsin.


At this time, we are also accepting:

  • Headshots and resumes from actors of diverse sexual and affectional orientations and actors with disabilities. Please email your resume and headshot to

  • Director and Designer resumes and portfolios from individuals who identify as female and/or any of the aforementioned underrepresented groups. Please email your resume and portfolio to


How to Sign Up to Audition?


To sign up for a time slot, please email by January 31, 2020. Once you’ve emailed your interest, you will receive a form to complete. Upon the submission of your completed form, you will receive confirmation of your slot.


Auditions slots will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. If the audition becomes filled, you may be placed on an alternative list in the event of cancellations.


What Should I Prepare and Bring?

Each actor will have four minutes to perform two contrasting monologues or one monologue and one song. An accompanist will be provided.


Please come 15 minutes before you slot and bring 22 copies of your headshot and resume. If you are singing, please also bring sheet music for the accompanist.


If you have a financial barrier that would prevent you from otherwise participating in this audition, please email and we will try to assist you in overcoming this barrier.


Participating Theaters:

All In Productions
Boulevard Theatre

Black Arts MKE
Bronzeville Arts Ensemble

Cabaret Milwaukee

First Stage Children’s Theater

Forte Theatre Company

Forward Theater Company

Kohl’s Wild Theater

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Milwaukee Opera Theatre

Milwaukee Repertory Theatre

Next Act Theatre

Optimist Theatre/Shakespeare in the Park

Outskirts Theatre Co.

Renaissance Theaterworks

Schmitz and Giggles

Skylight Music Theatre

Summit Players Theatre

The Box Theatre Co.

Voices Found Repertory

Windfall Theatre



Next Act Theater

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The Bunny Gumbo Theatre Company in association with the Waukesha Civic Theatre presents Combat Boot Camp, January 4th, 2000. This is the high school version of Combat Theatre, with a group of young adults creating an evening of shows in just 48 hours. All three aspects of the show, writing, directing and actiing, are made up of high school students. This program is free to participants.


Participants must be between 14 and 18 years old. Those interested or requiring more information should contact James Fletcher at




Pink Umbrella is going to do some great things for the city of Milwaukee. Get on board!



Accessible theatre for individuals who identify with a physical, intellectual or emotional disability.


Summer Class Registration Open


Pink Umbrella Theater is a safe and structured learning environment where people of all abilities are welcome. Its focus is on people in our community who have, or who identify with, intellectual, physical or emotional disabilities.  All classes, workshops and events will be held at the Plymouth United Church of Christ, at 2717 E. Hampshire Street, Milwaukee.


Musical Theater Classes for Adults 18+

Musical Theater is the art of combining singing, dancing and acting and this class develops each of those skills. Actors will create dynamic characters, explore dance technique and find their voice through a variety of theater exercises.  The cost is $50.00 for a total of 4 sessions, which take place every Tuesday from June 4 to June 25, 2019, from 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm.


Musical Classes and Performance for Students Ages 8-17

Students ages 8-17 will engage in a 10-week course in Musical Performance, taking inspiration from our favorite Broadway shows. Students will learn to sing, dance and act at the same time. This course will result in a performance opportunity on August 28. There will be a Meet & Greet on June 5 for both parents and students. The cost for this summer program is $200.00, for a total of 10 sessions. Class will meet every Wednesday from June 12 to August 28, 2019 (no class July 3 and August 14), from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Plymouth UCC.


Improvisation Classes for Adults 18+

In this class, we will form an ensemble that makes up stories together by listening to each other and saying “Yes, and…” We’ll play games that encourage our imagination, create new characters, together and most importantly, laugh. This class results in a presentation on our final day for friends and family. The cost is $50.00 for a total of 4 sessions, which take place every Tuesday from July 9 to July 30, 2019, from 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm.


Acting 101 Classes for Adults 18+

Through theater exercises and scene work, actors will gain a better understanding of self, enhance technique and engage the imagination. This class is a collaborative and creative way to explore the art of acting. Cost is $50.00 for a total of 4 sessions, which take place every Tuesday from August 6 to August 27, 2019, from 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm.


Movement for the Actor Workshop for Adults 18+

Join Karen Estrada for a workshop focused on movement for the actor. Being more flexible, reducing tension and learning to tell a story using your body creates a language all its own. Students in this class will learn new ways to express yourself through body language, become more expressive and create character. The cost $15.00 per workshop; two workshops are planned for June 17, 2019 and July 29, 2019, from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.


Shakespeare Workshop for Adults 18+

Our goal is to demystify Shakespeare’s 400-year-old words and show why his works are as relevant today as they were in Elizabethan England. Jim Fletcher and Kayla Tillisch lead this exciting two-part workshop. The cost is $25.00 for two sessions on Monday, July 15, 2019 and July 22, 2019, from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. A single-session workshop is also scheduled for August 26, from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, for $15.00.


FREE Playwriting Workshops for All

Whether you are new or returning participant, Jim Fletcher will guide you through exercises that inspire stories of strength, resiliency and accessibility. Family members and caregivers are welcome. Open to all ages and abilities. Workshops are scheduled for June 3, July 8 and August 5 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.


FREE Meet & Greet Events for All
Curious about Pink Umbrella Theater or an upcoming class or workshop? Join us for an open house to meet the teaching artists and members of the company on June 10 and August 12 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm.


Register today at

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Bard & Bourbon is looking for an Artistic Director and Managing Director to work with us for the 2019/2020 season, which will include some exciting new opportunities for Bard & Bourbon.


For more information, visit:


Application deadline is May 1st so don’t miss out!


Saint Kate the Arts Hotel (formerly the Intercontinental)


A New Day in Milwaukee


Auditions for a New Theater Company!

New Non-Equity Ensemble Needed—To take up an Artistic Residency at Saint Kate, the Arts Hotel

Join us for this ultra-exciting and special opportunity:


The Next Episode of Milwaukee Theater:


The Arc Theatre at Marcus’ Saint Kate Hotel


             *A 90-seat Black Box space in search of players to inhabit it! 

*A ground floor opportunity to launch an innovative artistic initiative!

*The high visibility location of the Milwaukee Center in a non-Equity venue! 

*After TenThe thrill of establishing a late-night One Act series!

*Secure (if you want) additional in-house employment in our 3 new restaurants and 2 new bars!

*Be a founding member of ARCO our Artist in Residence Company!



Saint Kate is seeking professional non-AEA actors to form or serve as a resident theater company. Auditions will be held by appointment on Tuesday, April 9th and Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 at the Milwaukee Rep in the Milwaukee Center. Please prepare a one-minute contemporary monologue and be prepared to do selected scene work upon request at the time of the audition.

Contact our Director of Programming:


At Saint Kate, abandon all doubt, and take the journey with us as we construct a one-of-its-kind hotel experience that is dedicated to the Performing Arts. We will be for the travelers, the artists, and the local community in equal measure. Here we will celebrate the Milwaukee seekers—inclusive, diverse, and collaborative. Our mission is to invite participation and expect change through the creative process. Build rapport with the Ensemble Process; Act with Dancers, Dance with Actors, Portray Comedy and Improv to your heart’s delight! There is no greater purpose than coming together to express and evolve.

The work will begin as early as May 13, 2019 for Ensemble Members. The hotel will open on Tuesday June 4. Others could be considered as adjunct members who will be called upon based on need and availability. Ensemble Members will receive monthly stipends up to $1200, based on responsibilities within the group. The needs of our hotel will require 20-30 collective hours of weekly presence. (not for each member) Presence will consist of scheduled performances, rehearsals, demonstrations, or a variety of interactive experiences with patrons.

are you on the fringe

Interested in presenting artistic work in the 4th Annual Milwaukee Fringe Festival?

Awesome! Submissions are NOW OPEN!



What are we Looking For?

The Milwaukee Fringe Festival is a unique multi-faceted performing and visual art festival and we

hope to include art from various disciplines from Milwaukee, the state of Wisconsin and beyond! We

are looking for live theatre, one person shows, dance, live music, visual artists, and performance

art! Submissions are judged and selected for the Fringe Fest based primarily on: originality,

creativity, and professionalism.

Have an idea for a show but it’s not created yet? Tell us what we can expect! Provide us with as

much information as possible. If you only have a concept for a show, elaborate on what you would

want the show to be including themes and subject matter. You can include a video of your performance

or style, talk about your vision and tell us if your video is what we will see on stage, or just an example

of the art you can do.

Applying to the Fringe

It’s easy. Read all of our information provided here and then go ahead and fill out our online application. (Note that we are unable to accept late applications.) Submissions are accepted starting

February 2, 2019 and the final deadline is March 31, 2019 at 11:59pm. Application fee is $25. Your completed application and payment of submission fee are due no later than the final deadline of

March 31st, 2019 at 11:59pm.

Accepted performances will require a production fee to be paid to help cover costs of the venue, but artists will be paid back a percentage of ticket sales (many artists from last year made a profit on their shows.)

Outdoor performances will not be charged a production fee, but outdoor shows aren’t ticketed, so they will not receive a percentage of ticket sales.

  • A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to cover the production fee. You can indicateyour need for this on the application form.

Please complete one application per project/company wishing to join in the Milwaukee Fringe Festival!

(Submission fees from applicants not admitted to the festival are non-refundable.)

Returning performers already familiar with the process can submit here.

Basic Information

  • The Milwaukee Fringe Festival performance dates are Friday, August 23rd Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th, 2019.
  • The application fee is $25.
  • All applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified by April 15th, 2019.
  • Production fee for indoor performances (Vogel Hall and Todd Wehr Theatre) is $215.

There is no production fee for outdoor performers, roving performers or visual art. Fee paid upon acceptance into the festival no later than May 1st. Please read our Letter to Participants.

  • The MKE Fringe will include artists and artwork from as many domains as possible (ie. theater,dance, music, performance art, painting, sculpting, & mixed media).

What You’ll Get

  • One or two performances in the Milwaukee Fringe Festival.
  • A professional-grade venue with a standard light plot and sound capabilities.
  • Indoor performances will include professional technicians to run tech during your show, a Stage

Manager, Ushers and support staff.

  • A short tech time to set lighting, sound levels and cues.
  • Promotional information on the Fringe and venue for your show.
  • Listings on all official Fringe schedules, website and social media.
  • Distribution of your show’s information to press (when applicable).
  • Artist passes for you and your cast to see other Milwaukee Fringe shows for free.

What You Are Responsible For?

  • Submitting a complete application and paying the submission fee on or before the deadline.
  • Finding/creating your show. This includes actors, performers, musicians, directors.
  • Any payment arrangements for your cast.
  • Acquiring any necessary rights or permissions for your show.
  • Providing costumes, props, set pieces, and cues for your show.
  • Marketing your show! (We work to get people out to the Fringe, but it is your job to grab attention and build your audience.)

Please keep in mind that the Milwaukee Fringe Festival is different than producing your own show.

Your show is part of a greater picture – more than 40 different events in 2 days. We take care of the

venue rental, production staff, scheduling and ticketing. The Fringe schedule and event runs at a fast

pace, and our timeline is compressed. Reasonable requests in other circumstances could be anunrealistic request in the Fringe. There are so many shows and venues within the Fringe. We need youto trust in, and comply with, our guidelines and rules to keep everything running smoothly. We ask you

be professional, on time and prepared for a great weekend!

Companies, directors, and/or shows that do not follow the rules will need to be removed from the

festival. Keep in mind, this may result in the forfeiture of the submission fee, production fee,

performance slots, and other work put towards your Fringe Fest show.


CONTACT: Kellie Wambold

651.263.1055 or

February 27, 2019 – (Milwaukee) The Constructivists, a new Milwaukee Non-Equity Theater Company, are thrilled to announce their official second season – including a rarely produced dark comedy from an American legend and a noir techno-thriller from one of the most popular contemporary female playwrights.





Directed by Jaimelyn Gray

Emma and Frank live a quiet life with their cows in the heart of Wisconsin. They don’t expect anything exciting to come from taking in their friend Haynes, but when secret agent Welch comes looking for Haynes, this slice of American heartland is turned into a place of paranoia and unspeakable horror. A rarely staged dark comedy, Sam Shepard’s play written in response to our government’s reaction to 9/11 is now more timely than ever.

“The God of Hell” will be staged at The Underground Collaborative. Full dates, cast, and production information will be released as is becomes available.



Directed by Jaimelyn Gray

One of the most requested plays in recent years, popular female playwright Jennifer Haley blurs reality into a virtual realm known as the Nether. This new form of the internet allows anyone to indulge in their deepest longings, but some realms dive into the most unsavory sexual desires. Detective Morris interrogates members of a realm known as The Hideaway, digging into the emotional consequences of allowing even the imagination to entertain the darkest desires.


“The Nether” will be staged at a performance location to be determined. Full dates, cast, and production information will be released as is becomes available.




The Constructivists will hold season auditions this spring. More information will be announced in the coming weeks, or go to for updates.



Joint auditions for Bard & Bourbon’s

Julius Caesar (drunk) and The Tempest (drunk)


Auditions: Monday, January 28th 5:00pm-9:00pm – sign up at  to reserve an audition time

Callbacks: Saturday, Feb 2nd 9am-12pm


If you attended Milwaukee General Auditions and performed a classical monologue, or have acted for Bard & Bourbon before, you do NOT need to attend initial auditions.  Instead, please email to express interest in being considered for callbacks.


These productions will incorporate extensive double casting and nontraditional casting.  Actors of all ages, body types, genders, races, and physical abilities are encouraged to audition. Real alcohol will be consumed onstage. Non-drinking roles are available. 


Julius Caesar runs March 13-17

The Tempest runs May 22-26


Auditions will be held at the Underground Collaborative on the lower level of the Shops of Grand Avenue – 161 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203.

Please prepare a classical monologue of no more than 2 minutes and bring a headshot and resume.  You may also be asked to read from the script.

Plan on arriving at least 10 minutes prior to your audition to sign in and fill out a short form.


For more information contact


To sign up, visit


The 2019 Non-Equity Milwaukee General Auditions will take place on Monday, January 21st, 2019, from 8:45am to 6:00pm, at Milwaukee Repertory Theater.  This is a locals only audition – only adult-aged, Milwaukee-based, non-union professional actors who do not require assistance with travel and housing should attend.


Due to the continued high demand for these audition slots, we will again implement the lottery system used last year:

  • The lottery will be conducted for this year’s audition and waiting list slots.   There is an in-person component to this process in order to maintain focus on local talent.
  • Actors who auditioned in the 2018 Milwaukee General Auditions will not be allowed to do so in 2019. Actors who auditioned in 2017 are eligible to do so again in 2019.
  • Actors enrolled in college or university and in their final semester of study before graduation at the time of the auditions will be eligible to attend.  All other student actors must wait until they meet this requirement.
  • Actors born after January 21st, 2001 are not eligible to audition.

On Saturday December 15th, 2018, interested actors will be able submit their respective Non-Equity Milwaukee General Auditions Lottery Entry Forms outside of Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s  Stackner Cabaret–Parking/ on the 2nd floor atrium of the Patty & Jay Baker Theater Complex, accessible via elevator or via the escalator near building security.

Lottery forms are available for download here in advance of these auditions so that interested actors may download, print, and complete them in advance of the lottery day.  Paper copies of the form will not be made available on the day of the lottery.  Lottery Entry Forms must be downloaded, printed, and completed in advance.  Interested actors must also present a valid form of photo identification (driver’s license or state-issued identification is recommended) in order to submit their lottery entry.  In addition, please note that an individual is eligible to submit one Lottery Entry only, and only for oneself-entries made for other individuals will not be accepted.




Here are the specifics of the sign-up process that will take place on December 15th, 2018:

  • From 8:30a to 9:30a, Lottery Entry Forms will be validated and accepted.
  • At 9:30a, the Lottery will take place. Participating actors must be present to accept a slot resulting from a Lottery Entry.  If your name is called and you are not present, your entry will be forfeited.
  • As Lottery Entries are drawn, that actor will have the opportunity to sign up for a remaining available Audition or Waiting List slot. Entries will be processed in the order in which they are drawn.

There will be 10 Waiting List slots available.  Sign-up for these slots will occur in the same manner as outlined above once all auditions slot have been filled.  Obtaining a Waiting List slot does not guarantee an audition, but preference for any slots that open (due to cancellation, for example, at a later date) will be given to those actors on the Waiting List. As we have streamlined this process over the last few years, we now recommend any interested actors on the Wait List come to the auditions in the very likely case we are running ahead of schedule and are able to offer a slot in the moment. Please note that this is not a guarantee of being seen.


Audition slots will be 4 minutes long, and will consist of any two of the following:

  • One contemporary monologue
  • One classical monologue (preferably Shakespeare)
  • One musical theater selection – 60 to 90 seconds in duration. An accompanist will be in attendance.

Please note that the actor’s introduction and any time necessary to communicate with the accompanist will count as part of the 4 minutes.  Please prepare and time your selections carefully, as actors who exceed the audition time of 4 minutes will be stopped.

Actors should plan to bring 35 headshots/resumes that must be neatly stapled back to back prior to the audition date. (Please no paperclips or loose paper.) Actors who choose to audition with a musical theater selection and desire accompaniment should come prepared with sheet music arranged in a way that will be easy for our accompanist to read.

All actors must check in 30 minutes prior to their scheduled audition times. This will allow the auditions to move forward with fewer interruptions.

Questions?  Please email Dylan K. Sladky, Artistic Administrator, at  Due to the volume of questions, please allow two business days for a response.

All interested actors should visit this page regularly for information and updates.

2019 Non-Union Milwaukee General Auditions

Lottery Entry Form





Phone number:                                                                                                               

Phone type:                       O Mobile            O Home              O Work                (Check one)

Email Address:                                                                                                                                                                                 

By submitting this lottery form for the 2019 Milwaukee General Auditions, I hereby acknowledge the following:

  • I understand that submission of this form does not guarantee an audition slot or a waiting list slot in the 2019 Milwaukee General Auditions.
  • I was born before January 21st, 2001.
  • I will not be enrolled in college or university as of June 2019.
  • I am a resident of the Greater Milwaukee area.
  • I did not audition in the 2018 Milwaukee General Auditions.
  • I am not a member of Actors’ Equity Association.





The 17th Annual

Milwaukee General Auditions

January 21st, 2019





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