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Producer’s Circle

Producer’s Circle By Jane Flieller, Development Director pro·duc·er (/prəˈd(y)oosər/) a person responsible for the financial aspects of staging a playcir·cle (\ˈsər-kəl) an area of action or influence Producer’s Circle donors are among Next Act’s most dedicated contributors and are passionate about the arts and Milwaukee’s vibrant cultural community. These distinguished individuals unite to support Next […]


WHY THE CHRISTIANS? By David Cecsarini, Producing Artistic Director In August of 1999, the 30th to be exact, Deborah Staples – in front of so many of our dear friends, family members and colleagues – agreed to step into a lifetime partnership with me. The wedding celebration was held at Wintergreen, “the ski hill,” on […]

Ride Along with David – UPAF Virtual Ride for the Arts

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) Miller Lite Ride for the Arts was “virtual” this year, but that didn’t stop Next Act Theatre Producing Artistic Director David Cecsarini from putting in some serious miles on the Oak Leaf Trail and around Port Washington! Here’s a “virtual” ride experience for you – your very own opportunity […]

The UPAF 2020 Virtual Ride for the Arts

The UPAF 2020 Virtual Ride for the Arts By David Cecsarini, Producing Artistic Director We’ve done it again! Patrons, friends and family partnerships with the Next Act/Cecsarini team have contributed over $5,300 to this year’s UPAF Ride. In eight years of pedaling, I believe that’s the new record for gifts. Many thanks to everyone who […]

Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Welcome to the Neighborhood! By A.J. Magoon, Marketing Director While 2020 has been a year of change – much of it uncertain and difficult to deal with – there’s one big change we are glad to see happening! As previously announced, Renaissance Theaterworks (RTW) will be moving in to share our performing space starting with […]

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 […]