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And Comes Safe Home performance on Thursday September 29th, 2016 at the UWM Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Actors, theater educators, theater practitioners:


Feast of Crispian, Inc. (Shakespeare with Veterans) is a non-profit organization that uses acting skills and Shakespeare to support service veterans that are working through the challenges of PTSD and reintegration issues. We are looking for theater people who are interested in joining us in this rigorous, powerful and rewarding work.


Please, join us on May 22 in the Colectivo Back Room (2211 N Prospect) from 6 PM to

8 PM. Information and demonstration. Free food!


For more information go to:

Questions & RSVP: Contact us at



Cooperative Performance Milwaukee


“aLL wRoNG”

Being wrong, making mistakes, failing over and over: this is the definition of being alive. Why are we embarrassed and fearful of the inevitability of our own fallibility? We might see instead that mankind’s biggest errors have led to the biggest discoveries. A series of vignettes in Treteau form, performers carry the audience through rapidly changing environments and stories in extremely confined space using their bodies and movement. Devised and directed by Joelle Worm, Kirk Thomsen, and Posy Knight.

What is Treteau form?

Treteau is a theatrical form that can be achieved without extraneous elements. From a French word for “platform,” treteaux consists of a small, 4 x 6 ft. stage on which four to seven actors are confined to perform, usually without set or proprs, condensing the elements of rhythm, space, gesture, and text.


This performance will be performed in multiple venues with different state times. Please pay special attention to the venue/time you plan to attend. This piece is structured with elements of improvisation making each show a unique experience. Check it out more than once!

Performance Dates and Venues

LOCATION #1 – DANCEWORKS, 1661 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

April 28th, 2017 at 8:30pm

April 29th, 2017 at 7:30pm


LOCATION #2 – BEST PLACE, 901 W Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233

May 4th, 2017 at 7:30pm


LOCATION #3 – CHARLES ALLIS, 801 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202

May 5th, 2017 at 7:30pm



$15 general seating


Angel Alexander, Miriam Atinsky, Posy Knight, Kristina Krueger, Andrea Moser, Chad Piechowski, Tikvah Schlissel, Zaila Schlissel, Zach Schorsch, Kirk Thomsen, Joelle Worm

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Production Title: Double Daggers

Union/Non: Non

Production Type: Commercial Production Length: 1 day

Production Location: Milwaukee

Director: Chad Halvorsen

Producers: TC Dewitt, Chad Halvorsen, Cory Kaseman Contact:,

Compensation: None/Meals/Craft Services

Shooting Schedule: Saturday, March 25th 2017 7AM-5PM


Double Daggers Artisan Emporium is a veteran-owned comic, gaming, and collectibles shop in Kenosha, WI. These 4 :15-:20 second spots are being produced as a donation to help their marketing. The spots will feature fantastic characters from fiction, working in a mundane office setting.

Open roles:

Craig/Cara: 20’s-30s – Superman/Supergirl type. Heroic features with nerdy glasses and a suit.

Fairy Tale Dwarves: Ideally children in fake beards. 7 of them, we hope. Also open to a Tolkienesque warrior dwarf.

Queen: 30+ Female. Regal, royal, with a dainty handwave.

Space Marine: 20+ Female. A badass female space marine (think Sgt Calhoun from Wreck-It Ralph)

Narb Glarb: Narb Glarb is an alien. This will probably require wearing heavy makeup or a mask.

Nash: 20s-30s- Office hiring manager who wants to “Catch ’em all.”

Kerri/Gary: 20s- A potential new hire at the office.

Various office extras: Any age/look. Background people doing office work.

Announcing auditions for Bard & Bourbon’s MACBETH

Auditions: Monday, April 3rd 6:30-9 – sign up to reserve an audition time
Callbacks: Wednesday, April 5th 6:30-10:30 (may end earlier)

To reserve an audition time, visit:
This production will incorporate extensive double casting and nontraditional casting. Actors of all types are encouraged to audition. The role of MacDuff is cast; all other parts are available. Many roles will require drinking but non-drinking roles are available. MACBETH performs May 25-28. Rehearsals begin April 17. All actors interested in roles which require sword fighting must attend fight class (at no cost) on: April 28, 29, May 4, 5, 6 from 6-9 on Fri/Sat, and 7-10 on Thurs.
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

Cooperative Performance Milwaukee presents  Poe’s Ghosts adapted by Catherine Friesen and Don Russell. This is the second production of CPM’s first season. Performances will be held at Shaker’s Bar.
Poe’s Ghosts
Adapted by Catherine Friesen and Don Russell

October 2014

Poe’s Ghosts brings the poems of Edgar Allen Poe to life through shadow puppetry. This haunted holiday offering will lead audiences through creepy chambers where several of Poe’s poems (including The Raven and The Tell Tale Heart) will be performed through shadow puppetry by the most macabre of performers.

The Cast:

Zach Mclain

Eric Scherrer

Sally Staats

Tawnie Thompson

Where: Shaker’s 422 S 2nd street, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Dates: October 15-18, 22-25, 29-Nov1 (2 shows each night at 7:30pm and 9pm)


Wednesday, October 15- 7:30pm and 9pm (opening night)

Thursday, October 16-7:30pm and 9pm

Friday, October 17-7:30pm and 9pm

Saturday, October 18-7:30pm and 9pm

Wednesday, October 22-7:30pm and 9pm

Thursday, October 23-7:30pm and 9pm

Friday, October 24-7:30pm and 9pm

Saturday, October 25-7:30pm and 9pm

Wednesday, October 29-7:30pm and 9pm

Thursday, October 30-7:30pm and 9pm

Friday, October 31-7:30pm and 9pm

Saturday,November 1-7:30pm and 9pm


Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the following websites: and



We strive to maintain a dynamic, cooperative community founded on direct, ongoing dialogue between artists and audience.  This organization is committed to providing space for innovative works of art and technologies to be conceived, tested, and developed for the purpose of contributing extraordinary performance to the local, regional, national, and global community.

For more information about Cooperative Performance Milwaukee, membership, training opportunities, and future productions please visit the following link:, or contact


2014 Auditions

“Proof” & “The Bachelors”

Auditions for David Auburn’s “Proof,” directed by Bruce Bradley and Rick Kinnebrew & Martha Meyer’s Original Play “The Bachelors,” directed by Andrew Lonsdale will be Friday, June 27 6:00pm-9:00pm and Saturday, June 28 10:00am-2:00pm at the Shake Rag Alley Quonset Hut, at the corner of Commerce St & Hwy 23 in Mineral Point.

Actors will be asked to read from the script. It is not necessary to prepare a monologue ahead of time. However, we do ask that you schedule an audition time with producer Ainsley Anderson

For “Proof” there are 4 roles available:
Catherine: 20’s-30’s, brilliant, exhausted, depressed slacker daughter who has been taking care of her father during his illness
Claire: 30’s-early 40’s, Catherine’s older sister, business-like, determined – has been supporting her sister and father
Robert: 50’s-70’s, Catherine & Claire’s brilliant mathematician father whose illness has turned the family upside down
Harold (Hal) Dobbs: 20’s-30’s, Robert’s student who befriends Catherine

You may review “Proof” audition sides by clicking the links below:

“The Bachelors”
For “The Bachelors” there are 6 roles available:

William Gundry – 70’s, wealthy, owner of Orchard Lawn
Bob Neal – 30’s, gay, freshly back from London
Edgar Hellum – 30’s, muscular, builder/carpenter
Marjorie King & Hat Lady – 60’s, wealthy, sister of William
Betty Cass & Sally – 30’s, writer for Madison Day by Day
Aunt Nelly – 60’s, Bob’s aunt from Dubuque

You may review “The Bachelors” auditions sides here.

If you have additional questions regarding auditions please contact Managing Artistic Director Ainsley Anderson:

The White Church Theatre 
Summer Season: July/August 2014
Spring Green, Wisconsin
Directors: Steven Wasson & Corinne Soum 
The Theatre de l’Ange Fou and International School of Corporeal Mime present their 3rd Summer Season of performances, workshops and lectures at their theatre in the old Wyoming Valley Church situated in the countryside near Spring Green, Wisconsin.
The directors Steven Wasson, American, and Corinne Soum, French, met in Paris in the early 80’s. Steven began his mime and physical theatre studies in 1976 with Dr. E. Reid Gilbert and Thomas Leabhart at The Valley Studio on Upper Wyoming Road. This led him to Paris where he met Corinne; both were students, and later on the last assistants of the ‘father of modern mime’ Etienne Decroux. 
The Theatre de l’Ange Fou has toured throughout Europe, Russia, The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, India, Japan and the middle east. The Theatre de l’Ange Fou has created many original plays and adaptations, ranging from duets to large ensemble work: The Little Dictator – parts I & II, Beyond The Garden, Crusade, Entangled Lives, The Government Inspector, The Orpheus Complex and Across the Seven Seas. They also specialise in the repertoire of Etienne Decroux with their play The Man Who Preferred to Stand, and the lecture performance A Promethean Dream. 
The work of Theatre de l’Ange Fou has been described by the London Sunday Times as, ‘A beautifully staged, atmospheric piece of total theatre.’ And by the Scotsman: ‘If Beckett had ever produced a ballet, it would have looked something like this.’
Having always dreamed of establishing a home for the school and the company in the U.S., Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum purchased the Wyoming Valley Church in 2011 and refurbished the property, preserving the integrety of this local landmark, while giving it a new life dedicated to the multi-faceted world of physical theatre.
“Waiting for Ulysses” Written and directed by Steven Wasson
The Theatre de l’Ange Fou, a 12 member ensemble, presents “Waiting for Ulysses”, an imaginary portrait of the life and dreams of Penelope longing for her beloved. Ithaca is no more the mythical island kingdom, but a strange early 20th century mental institution looked over by a mysterious Doktor. Perpetually weaving and unweaving her past and present, Penelope waits, while trying to escape the plans of the Suitor/Doctors surrounding her. “Waiting for Ulysses” is a modern tale of faith and hope…
Performances in July: Saturday 5 (7:00pm), Sunday 6 (4:00pm), Monday 7 (7:00pm), 
Saturday 12 (7:00pm), Sunday 13 (4:00pm), Monday 14 (7:00pm), 
Saturday 19 (7:00pm), Sunday 20 (4:00pm), Monday 21 (7:00pm), 
Saturday 26 (7:00pm), Sunday 27 (4:00pm), Monday 28 (7:00pm)
Performances in August: Saturday 2 (7:00pm), Sunday 3 (4:00pm), Monday 4 (7:00pm)
Recommended Donation: $10
“A Promethean Dream” – A Lecture/Performance on Etienne Decroux, the Father of Modern Mime
Written and Directed by Steven Wasson & Corinne Soum
One man, with an extraordinary talent and creative force, came along in the early 20th century. Through his conviction, perseverance and vision over a 60 year career, Etienne Decroux created an art form, Corporeal Mime, and is known today as “the Father of Modern Mime, and one of the great luminaries of the theatre world”. This lecture/performance is a tribute to the life of Etienne Decroux, his artistic legacy and his struggle to make mime an independent art form. As he once said, “Mime has better things to 
do than to complete another art.”
Performances in July: Friday 11th at 7:00pm, and Friday 25th at 7:00pm
Recommended Donation: $10
The White Church Theatre Project is made possible by funds provided by the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Spring Green Area Arts Coalition, the BMO Harris Bank, the Alec Van Berchem Trust, Mrs Doris Wasson and Ms Aude Gotto.
“The Thinking Body”
A leap into transformation and dream…
First Session – 3 weeks: June 30 – July 18, 2014. Fee: $620
Second Session – 2 weeks: July 21 – August 1st, 2014. Fee: $420
Classes from 10am – 2pm. Open studio 2pm – 4pm   
The White Church THEATRE Project Intensive Summer Season 2014 is designed for the professional and pre-professional actors, dancers, mimes and performers wishing to give a physical reality to their own ideas. Corporeal Mime, created by  Etienne Decroux, is an innovative method and precise technique focusing on the body and physical action in theatre. 
This Summer School will offer the possibility to study in depth 
Corporeal Mime through a number of different approaches: Technique to Improvisation, Repertoire to Composition and Theory to History.
“A Modern Mythology”
A study of the pieces from the Repertoire of Etienne Decroux such 
as The Factory, Le Toucher, The Carpenter, the Washerwoman… 
The apprenticeship of this repertoire is not only a challenging and 
valuable tool in the mastering of a physical theatre expression, but can become a constant source of inspiration for creation. In the history of mime, the pieces of Etienne Decroux stand unique as a sort of modern mythology of movement theatre from which performers and teachers may draw a theatrical dynamism and method for the creation of personal work. 
Theory and History:
“Spontaneous Language, Elaborate Craft”
Lectures, archival viewing, discussions on Etienne Decroux and on the world of the Theatre de l’Ange Fou will be part of the program.
“The Architecture of the Thinking Body”
The gestural grammar, body articulation, counterweights, walks and 
displacements in space, Figures of Style, Mobile Statuary, Dynamorythm and the Musicality of Movement. 
Improvisation and Composition:
“The Reverse Metaphor”
The creative process in Corporeal Mime is called La Métaphore à l’Envers (the Reverse Metaphor): trusting the action to progressively devise a play. This process allows space for intuition and improvisation with different themes being explored. 
During the Summer School 2014 at the Wyoming 
valley Church:
Saturday, June 28th, from 5:00pm onwards.
Presentation of the Summer Season 2014 – 7:00pm
Open Corporeal Mime Classes:
If you don’t have the possibility or the time to follow the intensive Summer School, please join our open classes on Saturdays from 11am ‘til 1pm. (Recommended donation: $10)
Open Classes – the dates: July 12th, 19th and 26th.
Presentation of the creative work of Intensive Summer School sessions:
– July: Friday 18th, 7:00pm.
– August: Friday 1st, 7:00pm.
Reid Gilbert:
“A Tale or Two” – a story telling evening. Wednesday July 16, 7pm.
Reading from his books, such as “Trickster Jack”, “The Twelve Houses of My Childhood”…  Wednesday July 30, 7pm.
KANOPY Project: 
Preview of a new work directed by Steven Wasson and Corinne Soum for the Kanopy Dance Company: August 16 at 7pm.
Recommended donation for all performances: $10
The application form and payment details are available from our website on the White Church THEATRE Project page:
Where is the White Church THEATRE Project taking place?
Wyoming Valley Church, 6348 State Road 23, 
Spring Green, Wisconsin 53588 USA
(5 miles south of Spring Green off Highway 23 – see map, right)
Tel: 1 815 441 8828 (from June 25th 2014)
The church is just down the road from Taliesin ( the home and school of the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and near the summer residence of The American Players Theatre 
( The Wyoming Valley is the home of many artists and cultural events including the Wyoming Valley School
( and the Rural Musicians Forum (
Please contact the Spring Green and Dodgeville Chamber of Commerce for Motel, Bed and Breakfast, and camping facilities. 
Alternatively we can put you in contact with people wishing to rent rooms during the Summer School period.
Theatre de l’Ange Fou
International School of Corporeal Mime, Belgravia Workshops, 
Unit 207, 157-163 Marlborough Road, London N19 4NF, UK
Tel: +44(0) 20 7263 9339  Email: 
Closest Airports:
The closest major airports are in Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago.
From Chicago O’Hare Airport, the Van Galder Bus has an hourly service to 800 University Av. Madison, WI:
(Look under Scheduled Services > O’Hare Airport for details, departure times, ticket prices and to buy tickets online.)
From Mitchell Airport, Milwaukee, Badger Bus runs every 2 hours or so to: 700 University Av. Madison, WI:
(Select Mitchell Airport as the departure point and Madison Area, UW Madison – Chazen Museum as the arrival point for details.)
If you need transportation from Madison to Spring Green, a car can be arranged to pick you up at the Madison bus stop.
The White Church THEATRE Project is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization. You can help support the White Church THEATRE Project by making a tax deductible donation or gift.
T: 020 7281 6272  M: 07973 334 073
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Rant on.


Tonight I attended the Cooperative Performance Milwaukee’s Season Selection event.  Different from last year, they allowed six members to give a presentation to explain why their work should be produced next season.  Audience members were invited to ask questions after each presentation, but more importantly, they were given two chips with which to cast their vote as to which projects might actually be produced.


Think about that.  A producing group is not only asking for input, they are actually allowing folks to influence their season.  At the end of the night, one of the six suggested productions would be eliminated by a public vote, but perhaps more importantly, the top vote getter would significantly improve its odds of being produced.


I’m going to put this event against some recent history in Milwaukee.  The Milwaukee Generals are only a few weeks in the past.  The sign-up for said auditions caused quite a bit of angst.  Some folks who weren’t able to procure an audition slot were quite upset and quite vocal in the social media world, and criticized the process and essentially bemoaned the fact that they weren’t able to audition, which meant that they had no chance of being included in the Milwaukee theatre scene, whatever that may mean.  Professionalism was called into question.  This is really sad to me.  The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre does this as a service to the other theatre companies in Milwaukee, but more importantly, to the actors in Milwaukee.


Posting all of that on social media is funny in a lot of ways, not least-wise the fact that getting a slot at the Milwaukee Generals guarantees nothing.  I would have to contact all of the theatre companies involved, but I think it’s a fair guess to say that few people get specific jobs from a specific appearance at the Milwaukee Generals.  Some companies already have their seasons cast by then and some companies are looking for really specific types for a really specific character.   Still, it’s a great chance to put yourself out in front of a bunch of theatre companies and remind them that you are still out there and available for work.  And some of those folks will be cast or at least called back for roles.  Some of them.


But those companies aren’t closed for business.  How many of the folks who couldn’t get in to the Generals asked the individual companies if they could come in and audition for them personally?  My understanding is that out of the folks who were most upset and critical of the process via social media, not one of them thought it might be a good idea to schedule a personal audition.  Of course, lambasting a company for their practices publically is probably the death knell for future work with said company, but still.  Scheduling a personal audition with a specific company in which the auditor from that company would be likely to have far more time with said auditioner and be able to give much more useful feedback than the three minutes and no feedback you’ll get at the Milwaukee Generals, is likely to yield better results.


And this brings me back to tonight’s preview of Cooperative Performance Milwaukee’s Season Selection event.  How many of you folks that were up in arms about not getting into the Milwaukee Generals were present?  Here’s a theatre that is actively encouraging new folks to get involved and once again it was poorly attended.  At some point it’s not anyone else’s fault but your own that you’re not being asked to participate in the arts.  Get off your collective asses and ask not what these theatre companies can do for you, but what you can do for them.


Rant off.





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First Stage Theater Academy proudly presents

the Company Class Final Presentation

By George Brant
Directed by Michael Cotey
Assistant Director Luke Erickson

Friday, August 9, 2013 @ 7pm
Saturday, August 10, 2013 @ 7pm
Youth Arts Hall, Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

For everyone ages 13 and up

For information, call (414) 267-2970 or e-mail


Elephant’s Graveyard is the true tale of the tragic collision of a struggling circus and a tiny town in Tennessee, which resulted in the only known lynching of an elephant. Set in September of 1916, the play combines historical fact and legend, exploring the deep-seated American craving for spectacle, violence and revenge.

The Cast:
Natalie Alteri
Kat Billings
Ben Braun
Ella Dierberger
Teddy Esten
Joey Flegel-Mishlove
Rosie Goodman
Smith Huber
Zoey Knox
Henry Lynch
Elizabeth McNeill
Rachel Pogodzinski
Noa Rubnitz
Jonathan Shebesta
Mackenzie Swart
Abby Thompson
Emma Tower
Charleigh Trecek
Mark Usatinsky
Maxwell Zupke