NAT believes that stories work best when they involve characters in the midst of a struggle or a quest. Audiences identify with them, becoming emotionally and intellectually invested. The character’s situation, tragedy or triumph becomes the audiences’ to endure, mourn or celebrate. The theatre proves itself, then, as essential to the nourishment of our human spirit by bringing us together to examine, experience and explore the human condition, perhaps coming away with knowledge and perspective that only a good story can deliver.
Next Act Theatre engages the hearts and minds of audiences with intimate, compelling productions intended to stimulate thought, foster the exchange of ideas and promote the development of new perspectives and understanding.
Our mission is defined by four specific and interrelated goals:
Next Act Theatre recognizes that we live and work on traditional homelands of the Kickapoo, Menominee, Peoria, Potawatomi, and Sioux peoples, and serve a community where members of Wisconsin’s sovereign indigenous nations remain present.
We stand together with our community and fellow arts groups to embrace words and actions that help make our organization a better, more empathetic, accepting and inclusive place. We will continue to use our creative platform to lift up the stories of marginalized community members and bring social, cultural and political issues to the center of the community debate. In addition, we have come to understand there is more work to do and commit to actions that increase equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work.
Formed in 1990 by a merger of its predecessor companies, Theatre Tesseract and Next Generation Theatre, Next Act continues its tradition of creating high-quality, professional theatre in Milwaukee. Next Act has earned a strong reputation for producing engaging work that feels intimate, powerful and personal. The plays presented are passionate, often bold, sometimes humorous and always up-close-and-personal
A strong, vibrant and financially stable company, Next Act produces a four-show season of contemporary plays. The company is particularly noted for its acting excellence, accessible performance style and for a varied and consistently interesting selection of stories. Next Act has mounted more than 100 main stage productions, most of them being area premieres, and six original scripts.
Next Act performs for a growing subscriber base of over 1,200 and a single ticket community of over 4,500, attracting individuals and groups from Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Our audiences express a consistent and positive appreciation for the intimacy of our performance style and accessibility.
Next Act Theatre is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.