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.

2017 Auditions

Auditions for the 2017 Next Actors program will be held Tuesday, April 25, from 5 pm to 8 pm and Saturday, April 29, from 9 am to 2 pm. To sign up for an audition time call 414-278-7780 or email

2017 Program

This year’s program will take place June 12 through July 22, 2017. 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 on Saturday, July 22.

2017 Tour

This year’s tour will take place the week of July 17. Please continue to check back for any public performances.

2017 Benefit Performance

The 2017 Benefit Performance will be held Saturday, July 22, at 4:30 pm. Tickets are $6 in advance or $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."