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We are thrilled to offer upcoming Adult Acting classes this summer at The Milwaukee Rep! Please visit our website to register:–Learn/Business–Adult-Training/Adult-Classes/


This intro class is designed for non-professionals from all occupations interested in developing essential skills (such as confidence, focus, creative and critical thinking, etc.) while sharpening their basic acting skills. Classes will encourage students to use their imagination, body, and voice to explore specific techniques used to enhance any stage performance. Special attention is given to preparing a contemporary monologue. Participants of the entire Basic Acting series (I, II and III) will receive a signed Certificate of Participation at the end of Basic Acting III.

Instructor: Joshua Krause
Class fee: $150
Prerequisite: None
Next session: July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20 from 5:30-7:00pm


This fast-paced class will not only introduce students to the fundamentals of acting onscreen, but also help students get started in a time when everyone has the power to create and share their film work. Topics explored and developed may include script and character analysis, basic acting techniques, networking, auditioning, and talent expectations for social media, micro-budget, and professional film projects. Whether you are a filmmaker as a hobby or an eager amateur that wishes to turn professional, this course will help direct your passion to the best starting point.

Instructor: Thomas Adisi
Class fee: $175
Prerequisite: None
Next session: Wednesdays: July 18, 25, August 8, 15, 22 from 5:30–7:30pm


Some of the greatest climactic moments in theater are centered on violence.  In order to safely perform these moments, actors must train under a fight director.  These series of classes focus on teaching techniques for creating the illusion of violence in a theatrical setting.  They emphasize physical awareness, dynamic acting choices, fitness, and partnering.  There will be the opportunity to test for Level 1 Certification for the class weapon through Dueling Arts International.

Rapier and Dagger – In the early 16th century as the popularity of dueling increased and the efficiency of large heavy armors decreased, an off handed weapon began to be employed for defense; the dagger being the most popular for its ease of carry and offensive capabilities.  Combatants will be challenged to integrate both sides of their bodies in dynamic choreography where they will be able to attack and defend at the same time. Weapons will be provided.


Instructor: JJ Gatesman
Class Fee: $250
Prerequisite: None
Next session: Mondays & Wednesdays: July 23, 25, 30, August 1, *Tuesday, August 7*, 8, 13, and 15 from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Note: Please note class will be held on Tuesday, August 7th due to instructor availability.



Acting for the Camera II focuses on developing more deeply the key technical skills introduced in Acting for the Camera I. Through individually tailored, real-world material, the instructor will lead you through commercial, theatrical, slate, interview, and monologue work. The class will devote time each week to honing on-camera practice and critique in the five major areas listed above. The goal of this class is to give each student a stronger sense of developed skill, confidence, industry preparedness, and a slew of marketable reel material. Please contact Auburn Matson with a brief summary of your qualifications if you have any questions about your eligibility for this course.


Instructor: Thomas Adisi
Class Fee: $200
Prerequisite: Acting for the Camera I
Next session: Mondays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.



AUBURN MATSON | Education Administrator | Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Patty & Jay Baker Theater Complex | 108 East Wells Street | Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-290-5393 tel | 414-224-9097 fax |

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Sword and shield class with Bard & Bourbon!


This April/May, join actors from Bard & Bourbon’s Richard III in a 15 hour sword and shield stage combat class led by SAFD and DAI certified fight instructor Chris Elst! This class will teach the fundamentals of Sword and Shield stage combat with a focus on safety and storytelling.  In addition to being a great skill for any stage actor, it’s sure to be a fun workout for everyone involved.


Although the 15 hour class is too short to qualify for certification, if there is enough interest in a 30 hour class, the class could be extended to qualify participants to test for SAFD certification in Sword and Shield.


Price per person: $175 including weapons rentals ($275 for the 30 hour format)

*Prices can be reduced if enough students sign up, so be sure to bring a friend*


Dates (for 15 hour format): Fri, April 13th 6-9, Sat April 14th 6-9, Fri May 4th 6-9, Sat May 5th 6-9  and Sat May 12th 6-9


TO REGISTER: email with your name and preference for 15 hour or 30 hour format.  We’ll be sure to keep you updated if there is any reduction in price

The Milwaukee Rep is hosting a specialty course in addition to our normal Adult Acting Classes. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at Rapier work, we’ve got the class for you! No prerequisite or previous training required. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out,

Focused around the European sword play instruction of the 17th Century, the transition rapier incorporates techniques from early medieval warfare as well as the teachings of duelists of the 18th Century. It is because of this that the rapier is one of the most commonly used swords in Elizabethan plays. This class is a comprehensive study of the skills required to perform and act a stage combat duel utilizing a rapier. Weapons will be provided. There will be an opportunity to test for a Level 1 Certification with Dueling Arts International. NOTE: Only ten spots available due to the number of weapons.

Instructor: JJ Gatesman
Class Fee: $200
Prerequisite: None
Next session: Tuesdays, March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 6:00-8:00pm

To register, please visit:–Learn/Business–Adult-Training/Adult-Classes/

Want to hone your dramatic skills and train with incomparable local Milwaukee Artists? The Milwaukee Repertory Theater offers adult acting classes to continue your learning and discovery!

Upcoming classes:
Basic Acting I: Introduction to Performance
Begins: Monday, December 11
6 weeks
No prerequisites required!

Acting for the Camera II
Begins Sunday, December 10
6 weeks
Prerequisites: Acting for the Camera I

Please visit our website for more information!–Learn/Business–Adult-Training/Adult-Classes/

Free Shakespeare Workshops

Original Practices Milwaukee is holding FREE workshops in the First Folio Technique in preperation for their production of Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well.

*NOTE: Original Practices is still looking for additional performers for their production. Workshops will serve as an audition for those interested in performing as well.*

About Original Practices Milwaukee and the First Folio Technique:

Shakespeare Original Practices is an attempt to recreate some of the conditions that Elizabetthan actors would have had to prepare under in the 16th Century.  As there was no electrical lighting a company would perform during the day, there was no time for what we think of rehearsals.  Also, with no copy wright laws to protect intellectual property, an actor would only be given their own lines in an attempt to protect the shows.  With these challenges, the texts themselves would serve as director.  Scripts were encoded with specific language that would inform actors where they are supposed to be and to whom they should be speaking.  Finally, with no believe of a fourth wall in Elizabethan Theater and so the audience was welcome to immediately comment on what they were seeing and performers would respond in kind.  Original Practices attempts to recreate the visceral immediacy of these performances;  Actors carry scrolls on stage, having no rehearsal to memorize them, the audience  speaks to the performers, and the shows move at a break-neck pace.  We welcome you to come and enjoy some old text brought to new light!



@ The Brumder Mansion- 3046 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53208

November 1st, 6 PM – 8 PM

November 2nd at 6 PM – 8 PM


Additional FREE workshops if you COME SEE THE SHOW!

@ Charles Allis Art Museum – 1801 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

*show has a suggested donation of $10*

November 5th: WORKSHOP 1:30-2:00pm. SHOW 2pm-4pm

November 12th: WORKSHOP 1:30-2:00pm. SHOW 2pm-4pm


Join the cast of Bard & Bourbon’s MACBETH in a five night broadsword stage combat class culminating in a DAI certification test.

The class will be taught by Milwaukee fight director, Christopher Elst, a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) and Associate Instructor with Dueling Arts International (DAI).

Dates: April 28, 29, May 4, 5, 6 from 6pm-9pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 7pm-10pm on Thursday.
Location: Plymouth Church, 2717 E Hampshire Ave, Milwaukee.
Cost: $150 including sword rental and testing fee

Maximum of 8 students will be accepted. To register, visit We will maintain a waiting list if all spaces are filled.

A FREE summer theatre program!

June 12 – July 22, 2017

Guided by professional teaching artists, you and your peers will spend six weeks creating your very own original theatre piece. This intensive summer theatre workshop includes improvisation exercises, movement and music workshops and much more.

Auditions are open to all Milwaukee area high school students (freshman in fall 2017 to graduating seniors). Auditions are scheduled,  by appointment, April 25 and 29, at Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St.

To sign up for an audition slot call Next Act Theatre at 414-278-7780 or email


255 S Water St | Milwaukee, WI 53204

414.278.7780 |

Join the cast of Bard & Bourbon’s MACBETH in a five night broadsword stage combat class culminating in a DAI certification test.


The class will be taught by Milwaukee fight director, Christopher Elst, a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) and Associate Instructor with Dueling Arts International (DAI).


Dates: April 28, 29, May 4, 5, 6  from 6pm-9pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 7pm-10pm on Thursday.

Location: Plymouth Church, 2717 E Hampshire Ave, Milwaukee.

Cost: $150 including sword rental and testing fee
Maximum of 8 students will be accepted.  To register, email  You will receive confirmation that space is still available and a link to complete payment via Paypal.   Registration is complete once payment is received.  We will maintain a waiting list if all spaces are filled.



High School Actletes Coach

Sunset Playhouse School for the Arts, in Elm Grove Wisconsin, offers a unique opportunity for High School aged students, our Actletes program.  This empowering opportunity provides high school students the opportunity to explore theater and create work based on their own ideas, initiative, and perspective.

·         Actletes participate in classes, workshops, rehearsals, and performances.

·         Actletes explore a variety of performing arts topics: acting, singing, dancing, stage combat, improvisation, and more!

·         Actletes engage in every step of the theatrical process:  producing, managing, writing, performing, directing, designing, and so forth.

·         Actletes produce two productions

·         Actletes meet on Mondays October – August with additional rehearsals just prior to performances.

We are hiring a coach for our 2016 – 2017.  This individual will guide the students through their year long program.  The coach will have the skill set to motivate high school ages students and work as a mentor throughout the whole production process.  The coach will have previous experience working with high school aged students in the performing arts.

Applicants please send a resume to Erika Navin, Director of Education at enavin@sunsetplayhouse .com or contact Erika Navin at 262.782.4431 x290


Banned Book Slam!

Sunday, September 25 at 3:30pm (following the 2pm performance)

Quadracci Powerhouse Theater at Milwaukee Rep (108 E Wells Street)

As a part of Banned Books Week, join Milwaukee Rep and the ACLU of Wisconsin in a celebration of banned and challenged books, many of which are now heralded as literary masterpieces and integral parts of our literary canon. After watching Man of La Mancha, the musical adaptation of the first ever novel to escape the iron fist of Spanish censors in the 17th century, join us for live readings from some favorite challenged books, plays and poems. Favorite titles such as Charlotte’s Web, Invisible Man, Romeo and Juliet, and Captain Underpants could be among them! Attendees are invited to dress in costume as one of their favorite authors or characters from a favorite forbidden text, or you can sit back and listen to poetic words that were so un-successfully silenced. No acting, literary, or historical knowledge necessary!  All Banned Book participants will be entered to win 2 tickets to the Pulitzer Prize winning play Disgraced, and other wonderful prizes. Please contact if you would like to enter the Book Slam.

Free Singing Workshop

Saturday, October 1 at 2-3pm

Rehearsal Hall 3 at Milwaukee Rep (108 E Wells Street)

Learn to sing “The Impossible Dream” from the musical Man of La Mancha along with members from the Rep’s cast in this free open workshop. In collaboration with Women’s Voices Milwaukee.

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Free Flamenco Dance Workshop

Saturday, October 15 at 2-3pm

Rehearsal Hall 3 at Milwaukee Rep (108 E Wells Street)

Join local flamenco dance troupe Siempre Flamenco and Man of La Mancha choreographer James Zager for a free Flamenco dance workshop! Participants will learn the history and basic techniques of Flamenco dancing. Then, the choreographer James Zager and professional flamenco dancers will teach an excerpt from a dance from the production, accompanied by virtuoso flamenco guitarists. No dance experience necessary!

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