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.

2016 Auditions

Auditions for the 2016 Next Actors are now closed. Please check back in January for the 2017 dates.

2016 Program

This year's program will take place June 20 through July 30, 2016. 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 30.

2016 Tour

This year's tour will take place the week of July 25. The following tour stops are open to the public.

Tuesday, July 26, at 10:30 am
Clinton & Bernice Rose Center
3045 N Martin Luther King Jr Dr

Tuesday, July 26, at 2:30 pm
Kelly Senior Center
6100 S Lake Dr

Thursday, July 28, at 9:30 am
Washington Park Senior Center
4220 W Vliet

2016 Benefit Performance

The 2016 Benefit Performance will be held Saturday, July 30, 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."