Blog – Next Act Theatre


Meet Pia Russo

Meet Pia Russo By Pia Russo, Education Manager At the end of this past summer, former Education Manager Grace DeWolff departed Next Act for a full-time teaching position at Golda Meir School. We’re excited to welcome our new Education Manager, Pia Russo! Let her introduce herself in her own words: Hello! I’m Pia, proud newest […]

You’ve Been Busy

You’ve Been Busy By Jane Flieller, Development Director SO, WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO?I KNOW! I KNOW! In the past few months, you’ve attended the first show of our 32nd season. We hope KILL MOVE PARADISE touched and enlightened you – perhaps walking away with a deeper understanding of the violence that shapes the […]

Our Community Project

Our Community Project By Malaina Moore, Community Liaison Every year, Next Act creates a community project centered on one show that helps bring members of the community together in closer conversation about our work. This season, KILL MOVE PARADISE director Marti Gobel curated a workshop on movement and ritual that she and I took into […]

Make a House a Home

Make a House a Home By Malaina Moore, Community Liaison On Saturday, October 1, 2022, Next Act Theatre hosted Wisconsin’s first-ever Black Out Night performance, a performance reserved exclusively for Black or Black-identifying audience members. The evening performance of KILL MOVE PARADISE sold out, meaning the biggest audience of the show’s run came for a […]

From the Author of The Tin Woman

From the Author of THE TIN WOMAN By Sean Grennan Whenever I’m working on something new, particularly something with a science element to it like THE TIN WOMAN, I always do research and talk to as many people as I can before going near my keyboard. That was particularly true this time. Like everyone, I’m […]

It’s All About Love

It’s All About Love By Tanya Trimborn Organ and tissue donation is central to our next play, THE TIN WOMAN. Main character Joy receives a heart transplant before the play begins, and throughout the story, we watch her grapple with having a second chance at life. Her saving grace is only possible thanks to someone […]

Meet Our New Artistic Director

Next Act Theatre is pleased to announce that Cody Estle has been hired as our new Artistic Director. Cody was hired after a four-month national search and will assume the role on December 1, 2022. He will overlap outgoing Producing Artistic Director David Cecsarini for before fully taking over leadership of the company in spring […]

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

What I Did on My Summer Vacation By A.J. Magoon, Marketing Director, and the Next Act Staff Whew! The summer just flew by. While we still had some rental shows in our space, the lack of any Next Act productions gave the staff some free time – here’s how we stayed busy during the dog […]

The Power of You

The Power of You By Jane Flieller, Development Director Maybe you don’t know what your support of Next Act accomplishes. The play’s the thing, of course, but what about the ripple effect? The many ways a play can touch a person? When you buy a ticket, bring a friend, make a donation – the play […]

Movement as Ritual

Movement as Ritual By Marti Gobel, Director, KILL MOVE PARADISE The African American race can trace its very survival to the execution of movement. We as a people have used movement to go forward and do better for ourselves and for the generations to follow: the Great Migration, dance, political and social marches for freedom, […]