Special Skills Program – Next Act Theatre

Special Skills Program

High school students: sign up for an audition slot HERE

New in 2020 Next Act is providing area teens with a two-week long skill intensive for those interested in advancing their knowledge and abilities in a specific theatrical discipline. In the summer of 2020, the Special Skill program will focus on Shakespeare!

For two weeks, from July 20 – August 2, young actors interested in Shakespeare will gather to learn, play, rehearse, and eventually perform scenes from Shakespeare in front of a live audience. We’ll study different performance techniques, scour the 1623 folio, and train our voices to be heard in an outdoor setting. What can a Shakespeare performance do for a modern audience? Why are these stories still told? And what can a young performer bring to the text that no other performer can?

Benefit Performances will be Friday, August 1, at 7 pm and Saturday, August 2, at 2 and 7 pm. Performances will be outside at Paliafito Eco-Arts Park!


Q: How much does it cost?

Next Act’s Special Skills Program is free to attend. It only costs your time and dedication.


Q: How do I get in?

Set up an audition by contacting Next Actors.


Q: What skills are you looking for?

Previous experience with Shakespeare is not a requirement. Please bring a passion for learning, and the discipline and focus to put a performance together in two weeks!


Q: Where is the audition?

At Next Act Theatre, 255 S. Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53204.


Q: What is the time commitment for the Special Skills Program?

The Special Skills program is a two-week commitment running Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. Due to the nature of the program, we ask that you be present as often as possible. Availability for benefit performances is required.


Q: What’s in it for me?

The Special Skills Program will hone in on a theatrical discipline that will sharpen your abilities, increase your understanding, and share your talent with a live audience. This is an opportunity to recognize your value, step outside your comfort zone, meet new peers with similar interests, and perform a piece of theatre that is meaningful to you.


Q: Who is the Special Skills instructor this year?

Grace DeWolff