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Safety First: 2020/21 COVID-19 Protocols

SAFETY FIRST: 2020/21 COVID-19 Protocols One of the greatest unknowns we are wrestling with today is the question of how to return safely to the rehearsal hall to create next season’s stories. Before we are ready to invite an audience to return within our theatre’s walls, we must first assemble an onstage story in rehearsal. […]

Werner’s Words!

WERNER’S WORDS! By NAT Patron & Arts Education Supporter, Werner Krause Now is the time to start thinking about philanthropy and tax planning for 2020. The COVID-19 situation has had a major impact on many organizations including Next Act’s primary education program, Next Actors, the five-week total immersion workshop for high school students; a program […]

Spotlight On: Next Act Theatre’s Board of Directors

SPOTLIGHT ON: NEXT ACT THEATRE’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS When the lights come up on stage and a performance begins, the audience sees what has taken months to achieve. From the decision to produce a play to the final curtain call, it takes a small army of professionals to bring a show to fruition. But there […]

Next Actors: Online 2020

Next Actors: Online 2020 By Grace DeWolff, Education Manager Health and safety concerns continue with in-person gatherings due to the presence of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. We didn’t feel safe scheduling an on-site summer session with our Next Actors students. However, with supportive and enthusiastic feedback from our alumni, we have created an online summer program […]

A Summer Soirée … with Next Act Theatre

A Summer Soirée … with Next Act Theatre By Jane Flieller, Development Director Summer is here and that’s a great time to get together with friends to catch up. So let’s have ourselves a little cocktail party online! Grab your favorite summer beverage, pull up a chair and join the fun as we toast to […]

Where Are We Today?

WHERE ARE WE TODAY? By David Cecsarini, Producing Artistic Director Well . . . we are here.Where is here?Here is – So begins Pastor Paul’s message to his congregation in Lucas Hnath’s THE CHRISTIANS, the first Next Act offering coming up in our 31st season. Paul is preparing his congregation for a big change in […]

Casey Hoekstra’s 21A Monologue

Casey had just begun rehearsals for 9 CIRCLES in March when the pandemic brought our production to a premature close. Casey had also appeared in last season’s BLOOD AT THE ROOT, by Dominique Morisseau. The play was directed by Marti Gobel, who will direct PRINCIPAL PRINCIPLE in our upcoming 2020-2021 season.  See if you recognize any […]

Ryan Schabach’s Audition

Ryan was first seen at Next Act in RED HERRING, also part of our 2020-2021 season. Since then, he has been seen on our stage in EARS ON A BEATLE, SYLVIA, WELCOME HOME JENNY SUTTER and TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES 1992. Ryan has played some memorable roles on our stage! Look through the gallery below to […]

Dr. Faustus’s Zoom Lecture

Jonathan Wainwright has appeared in a number of Next Act productions, including SIDE MAN, COYOTE ON A FENCE, THE EXONERATED, GRACE, BACK OF THE THROAT and HOW TO WRITE A NEW BOOK FOR THE BIBLE. Join him for a Zoom-based take on a monologue from David Davalos’s WITTENBERG.

Bree Beelow’s Farm Tour

Bree recently stole the show as Marie Antoinette in Lauren Gunderson’s THE REVOLUTIONISTS, part of our 2019-2020 season. Previously, audiences have seen her on our stage in THE TAMING. Take a tour through Next Act history with a look at the roles Bree has played on our stages!