Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI)


  A woman dressed in red with wool hat and scarf, looks to the upper left from her crouching position

Deborah Staples stars in Milwaukee Repertory Theater's production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. Photo by Jay Westhauser

Milwaukee Repertory Theater was founded in 1954 and is home to a 13-actor theater company. In 2004, Milwaukee Rep presented 14 plays in the three theater spaces housed in its Patty and Jay Baker Theater Complex. As part of its community outreach, the theater offers numerous educational opportunities, including student matinees, facility tours, in-school workshops, adult acting classes, and pre-performance discussions. Programs for youth and young adults include 15 acting, directing, and literary internships each season, workshops in which Girl Scouts can earn a theater badge, and the Summer Theater Conservatory for Teens, an intensive theater training program.

In FY 2004, Milwaukee Repertory Theater received an NEA Creativity grant of $35,000 to support a production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House as part of the theater's 50th anniversary season. The production supports the theater's mission to play a vital role in the community's cultural life by presenting high-quality theater that explores and illuminates the human condition.

Under the direction of guest artist Laszlo Marton, Milwaukee Rep presented 40 performances of A Doll's House to more than 21,000 individuals, including more than 1,500 students. A pre-performance lecture series, Rep in Depth, was attended by nearly 4,000 theater patrons. The theater's education department also produced a study guide for use by classroom teachers in preparing their students to see the play. The study guide for A Doll's House included biographical information about Henrik Ibsen, a timeline of women's history, discussion questions, and activities such as creating a set design reflective of the play's theme.

(From the 2004 NEA Annual Report)