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 four area high schools will write and present an original theatre piece. After performing the show at various venues in the metro-Milwaukee area, they return to the theatre for one final benefit performance on Saturday, July 21, 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 All proceeds benefit the program.

Celebrating its 21st 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 Grace DeWolff along with guest teachers Jessica Fastabend, Steven LaFond, Jason Powell, Syd Robinson and Kat Wodtke. “The goal is to foster a small community of teens where they not only feel accepted and understood, but feel free to share their ideas, opinions, creativity and hard work with each other in an environment that celebrates the things that make them unique,” says Grace.

Next Actos is made possible by Miles and Barbara Capron, Bader Philanthropies, the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors Youth Foundation, Inc., The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Werner M. and Susan M. Krause Family Fund, Gordana & Milan Racic and the United Performing Arts Fund.

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 29 years of professional theatre in the 2018-19 season.

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