Get Involved – Next Act Theatre

Get Involved


The support of our Volunteers is invaluable to Next Act Theatre. If you would like to volunteer for Next Act as an usher, please click on the Volunteer Guide below to read about what’s involved. If everything you find there is agreeable to you, submit the Contact Form, also below, to join. You’ll receive an email confirmation with next steps and upcoming opportunities. If you have questions, please contact the Ticket Office at or 414-278-0765.

Next Act Volunteers have many opportunities to choose from. They provide ushering service for all Next Act productions, as well as for season performances by Renaissance Theaterworks and presentations by other groups who rent the performance space at 255 S. Water Street.

Both Next Act Theatre and Renaissance Theaterworks have COVID-19 safety policies in place. Ushers, staff and audience members are all required to abide by these policies. Before agreeing to usher, we recommend you review the Next Act safety policies and Renaissance safety policies to confirm your comfort with our requirements.

Volunteer Guide

Bravo, Next Act!

An annual end-of-season celebration and fundraising event which brings together Next Act supporters, artists and board members to recount the successes of the current season and anticipate the highlights of the next. The party is replete with lots of opportunities to win unique gift packages at our silent auction; an exciting live auction, delicious hors d’oeuvre and a full cash bar! Proceeds from this event go directly toward support of our artistic and educational programming.

UPAF Ride for the Arts

The UPAF Ride for the Arts is Wisconsin’s largest one-day recreational bike ride. Event proceeds ensure the 14 Member Groups can focus their time on what they do best – creating, performing, educating and inspiring.


Next Act holds general auditions for actors each year in cooperation with many other professional Wisconsin theatre companies. These auditions usually take place in early February; a specific date is chosen in December. Next Act casts its shows from these auditions, and by callbacks and readings with each show’s director.

Design/Production Opportunitites

Inquiries regarding Designers and Production Staff may be sent to Producing Artistic Director David Cecsarini.

Play Submissions

Play submissions are paused while we continue our search for a new Artistic Director. We appreciate your patience. Please check back later for updated submission guidelines.

Employment Opportunities

Next Act Theatre is seeking a new Artistic Director. The new Artistic Director will be charged with embracing NAT’s mission, leading the company with clear vision and transparent methods intended to continue and enhance that mission.

Interested? Please email a cover letter (no more than 1½ pages), resumé and three to four references to, by July 22, 2022. The Next Act Theatre Succession Committee plans to conclude this process by September 1, 2022 with a target starting date for the new Artistic Director of October 3, 2022. No phone calls, please.

For more information, see the job listing here.

Next Act Theatre is seeking a new Education Manager. The Education Manager leads and manages all aspects of Next Act Theatre’s educational programming, including student matinees, Next Actors: Summer Theatre for Teens, the Community Youth Project and all in-school education. The Education Manager reports to the Producing Artistic Director and collaborates with the entire NAT staff. This is a part-time position with flexible scheduling for twenty (20) hours per week. Salary is commensurate with experience. Available 8/1/2022 or when position is filled.

Interested? Please send a cover letter with three (3) references and a current resume to with a subject line of: Education Manager Position. No phone calls please.

For more information, see the job listing here.

Next Act Theatre is seeking qualified candidates for its Inclusion, Equity and Opportunity (IEO) paid internship program. Minority candidates interested in careers in professional stage direction, arts administration, stage management or design are encouraged to apply – one internship is offered per production per season. This opportunity allows minorities to learn new skills while working alongside theatre professionals.

Interested? Please submit a resume and cover letter to Malaina at

For more information, see the flyer below:

Next Act Theatre is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its hiring and employment practices against any applicant because of sex, color, age, national origin, religion, political affiliation, marital status, disability, political belief, sexual orientation, gender identification or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law. Next Act Theatre celebrates diversity and encourages people of all types, ages, ethnicities, genders and abilities to apply to work with us.