Next Actors: Summer Theatre for Teens

Next Actors is a six-week playwriting and performance program offered free of charge to a select group of Milwaukee area teens. Hopeful students audition to join a cast carefully chosen to include talent from as many different cultural, ethnic, racial and economic backgrounds as possible. Guided by professional teaching artists, Next Actors write and create their own original theatre piece, performing at venues across the metro area.


Auditions for the 2018 Next Actors program are closed. To learn more about the program or to receive updates on the 2019 program, email

2018 Program

The 2018 Next Actors program will run June 11 – July 21, 2018. The first three weeks consist of improvisation exercises, brainstorming sessions, idea development, movement and music workshops. Weeks four and five are spent writing and rehearsing. During week six, the students will tour their production to area schools, senior centers and community organizations, finishing with a final benefit performance.

2018 Tour

Monday, July 16 | 10:00 am
Clinton & Bernice Rose Center
3045 N Martin Luther King Jr Dr

Tuesday, July 17 | 10:00 am
Washington Park Senior Center
4220 W Vliet St

Wednesday, July 18 | 12:00 pm
Kelly Senior Center
6100 S Lake Dr

Thursday, July 19 | 1:00 pm
Wilson Park Senior Center
2601 W Howard Ave

2018 Benefit Performance

The 2018 Benefit Performance will be Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 4:30 pm. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door.

Testimonials from the Students

"This program truly teaches students lessons that are not confined to the theatre."

"...programs like Next Actors help people discover things about each other, as well as themselves. I believe it's a very healthy, encouraging influence among adolescents."

"[Next Actors] gives kids a chance to make bonds with people who we never suspect. A chance to get out of our comfort zone."