Next Actors Teen Program Returns for Another Summer

Milwaukee, WI – Next Actors, the intensive summer theatre program for teens, is back in session. Over the next six weeks, students recruited from nine area high schools will meet new friends, exchange lots of ideas, hone their storytelling skills, and create an original theatre piece. After touring their show to local Milwaukee communities, they return to the theatre for one final benefit performance on Saturday, July 27, at 4:30 p.m. at Next Act Theatre, 255 South Water Street in Walker’s Point.

Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the door, and may be purchased by calling 414-278-0765 or visiting nextact.org. All proceeds benefit the program.

Celebrating its 22nd season, Next Actors gathers a diverse group of talented teens to create their own, original theatre piece. Participants draw inspiration from issues, circumstances and people in their lives and collaborate closely, giving artistic expression and an authentic voice to their ideas. Students spend five weeks creating their show through intensive workshops and rehearsals, developing valuable life skills and work experience. The entire six-week program is free-of-charge to all participating students and is funded through grants, generous donations and ticket sales.

Next Actors program participants are guided by professional teaching artist and Next Act’s Education Manager Grace DeWolff alongside Teaching Assistant Jessica Fastabend and guest teachers Steven Michael LaFond, Malaina Moore, Jason Powell and Kat Wodtke. “I am most looking forward to watching my students form relationships and fall into a group dynamic. Most of them have never met each other and come from wildly different life experiences, and it’s always fascinating to witness them find common ground in which to play,” says Grace.

Next Actors is made possible by Miles and Barbara Capron, The Gardner Foundation, Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors Youth Foundation, Inc., Werner and Susan Krause, Pieper Power PPC Foundation, Inc., and Milan Racic in memory of Gordana.

The mission of Next Act Theatre is to engage the hearts and minds of audiences with compelling and intimate theatre productions to stimulate thoughts, foster the exchange of ideas and promote the development of new perspectives. Next Act Theatre celebrates 30 years of professional theatre in the 2019-20 season.

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