FAQ – Next Act Theatre


Q: Where is it?

Next Actors meets in Next Act Theatre’s professional rehearsal space located at 255 South Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204. For the summer of 2021, Next Actors will ALSO be made available online for two hours of our day to anyone interested in joining us from home.

The Summer Shakespeare Program will meet outdoors for rehearsals at Paliafito Eco Park, 315 W Walker St. Bathrooms and our indoor location in case of bad weather will be at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, 839 S 5th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204.

Q: Do we get lunch?

A brown-bag lunch is provided to each student. For 2021, please do not share food or bring community items to share. Please note: for the Shakespeare program, there will be no accessible refrigerator to keep personal food items.

Q: How much does it cost?

Next Act provides free summer programming for high school students. It only costs your time and dedication. A brown-bag lunch is provided to in-person students.

Q: How old do I have to be?

To join any summer programming Next Act provides, you must be between the ages of entering high school or just graduated (13-18) during the summer you wish to attend. Some rare exceptions are made: please contact grace@nextact.org if you feels as though you are one of those exceptions.

Q: How do I get in?

If you would like to be a member of the Next Actors: Online 2021 summer program, please record a video audition and submit it using this form: https://forms.gle/AX3r5Q8vy79pfVnY7

Q: How do I make an audition video?

Here’s a helpful guide to creating your own audition video and uploading the unlisted link to YouTube: click here

Q: What skills are you looking for?

Where most audition scenarios are seeking raw talent, the Next Actors program seeks out brave, active learners who take charge of their own education and want their voice to be heard. You do not have to have Broadway skills. You DO need dedication, passion, critical thinking skills, and a willingness to work with peers.

Q: What is the summer time commitment?

Week days, Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The final Friday of the Next Actors program is usually an evening performance – in 2021, the performance will be made available online.

The final Friday and Saturday of the Shakespeare program will be an outdoor performance, times TBD.

Q: What’s in it for me?

As a Next Actor, you will improvise, write, explore, devise, and co-create a performance with teens from places in and around Milwaukee. Together, you will perform a piece of theater that is meaningful to you – empowering your voice within your community. The Next Actors summer program is an opportunity to recognize your value, step outside your comfort zone, meet new peers with similar interests, and let Milwaukee audiences know what’s important to you.

Community: The Next Actors are a supportive group of students willing to be creatively brave, showcase first drafts, and respectfully give constructive feedback. They allow their peers the freedom to be themselves, support bold artistic risks, encourage and motivate each other, and lend helpful constructive criticism when appropriate. 

Accountability: Your classmates will depend on you to get work done. There are no grades, there is no principal’s office. This is what it means to be a part of a community of artists – during the Next Actors summer, other artists your age are counting on you to create and share! 

Creation: It takes at least one hundred bad poems to write a good one. We will be making things and sharing things – scenes, monologues, characters, poetry, essays, rants, drawings, songs, on paper and on camera – the quality of those things won’t matter as much as the process of making them. “Be bold! Fail mightily!”