Over the summer, Renaissance Theaterworks (RTW), announced they would be moving to a new artistic home at the Next Act Theatre building at the beginning of its 2020-21 production season. “We’ve grown beyond the capacity of the 99-seat Studio Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center,” shares Managing Director Lisa Rasmussen, “and we are excited to seize this moment and embrace the demand for more opportunities for the community to experience RTW. This bold move will allow us to continue on a positive trajectory for many years to come.”
The move to Next Act Theatre is not the first time the two companies have shared a space. Next Act Theatre Producing Artistic Director David Cecsarini shares, “We’ve been successful housemates before,” noting RTW and Next Act’s collaborative history dating back to 1997 for a co-production of KINDERTRANSPORT by Diane Samuels staged at the Stiemke Theater in the Milwaukee Repertory Theater complex, which was Next Act’s production base at the time.
RTW then joined Next Act Theatre for “a couple of fun seasons in the early 2000s” when Next Act Theatre established its first home, The Off-Broadway at St. Paul and Water Street. “We look forward to hosting RTW’s productions once again, and even though there is significant crossover between our audiences, we anticipate the added benefit of introducing even more people to more good theatre.”