Milwaukee Theatre

Theater Companies

Acacia Theatre Company

12800 N. Lake Shore Dr., Mequon; Independent, non-profit, interdenominational troupe that integrates art and faith in a Christian world view that provides an opportunity for Christians and non-Christians alike to consider their lives in relation to God. Adapted 2022 Season presents Last Train to Nibroc and Sense and Sensibility. Shows are presented in the Todd Wehr Auditorium at Concordia University Wisconsin and other venues. Telephone: (414) 744-5995; acaciatheatre.com.

First Stage Children's Theater

325 W. Walnut St., Milwaukee; Since 1987, First Stage has become one of the nation's most acclaimed children's theaters and the second-largest theater company in Milwaukee. The current season includes performances of The Amazing Lemonade Girl; The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors; andThe Watsons Go to Birmingham.  Telephone: (414) 267-2929; firststage.org.

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

158 N. Broadway, 5th Floor, Milwaukee; One of Milwaukee’s largest nonmusical theatre companies comprised of primarily local artists. The 2021-2022 Season features Stew; The Thanksgiving Play; Mala; Indecent and The Island. Performances are held at the Broadway Theatre Center in the Historic Third Ward. Education programs are also offered. Telephone: (414) 250-8041; milwaukeechambertheatre.org

Milwaukee Repertory Theater (The Rep)

108 E. Wells St., Milwaukee; The Rep’s 68th Season includes Toni Stone; Piano Men; Antonio’s Song/I Was Dreaming of a Son; New Age; Titanic The Musical; As You Like It; Dad’s Season Tickets; Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland. Productions in four venues: The Quadracci Powerhouse Theater, The Stiemke Studio, the Stackner Cabaret, and the Pabst Theater for its annual performance of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Telephone: (414) 224-9490; milwaukeerep.com.

Next Act Theatre

255 S. Water St., Walker's Point - Milwaukee; Engages hearts and minds with compelling, intimate and personal theatre intended to stimulate thought, foster the exchange of ideas, and promote new perspectives and understanding. Upcoming shows include: Sonder; Pipeline; and The Last White Man. Telephone: (414) 278-0765; nextact.org.

Renaissance Theaterworks

255 S. Water St., Milwaukee; Celebrating more than 25 years as Milwaukee’s women-founded, women-run professional company. Intimate, thought-provoking productions awaken a recognition of what it is to be human with attention to women’s roles. The current season focus, “What Really Matters: Identity, Belonging, Presence,” features A Sneak Peek of the Cake and Actually. Also presents the Br!NK New Play Festival, which encourages and highlights midwestern women playwrights. Telephone: (414) 278-0765; Website: r-t-w.com.

Sunset Playhouse

700 Wall Street, Elm Grove; Sunset Playhouse produces eight main stage shows a year - comedies, mysteries, and musicals. The Studio Theatre houses the After Sunset Series with four edgy dramas and musicals. In addition, the Playhouse is home to three professional series: Musical MainStage, with six concerts each season, a six-show cabaret series called SideNotes, and a three-show children's series called bug in a rug. The School for the Arts offers a wide variety of classes and workshops for children ages 3 - 18. Telephone: 262-782-4430; sunsetplayhouse.com.

Theatre Gigante

342 N. Water St., Milwaukee; The “Theatre of Big Ideas,” offering over 30 years of innovative performance art dedicated to presentations that integrate theater, dance, text and music. Continues to offer live-streamed and Zoom linked online performances, with a plan to eventually reintroduce live productions when possible. Performances held at UWM. Telephone: (414) 961-6119; Website: theatregigante.org.

UWM Peck School of the Arts - Theater

2400 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee; Presents large-scale dramatic and musical productions in a 525-seat mainstage theatre and smaller, contemporary works at the Kenilworth FIVE-O-EIGHT black box theatre. Season includes: Prince of Denmark; This is Modern; The Laramie Project; and Into the Woods. Box Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10-6.Telephone: (414) 229-4308; uwm.edu/arts/events/category/theatre.