A group of nonprofit Wisconsin theatres has banded together to form Theatre Wisconsin, a new alliance aiming to share information, create greater public awareness of theatre and promote the growth of participating troupes.
Theatre Wisconsin takes its lead from other industry groups around the country and will initially focus on collaborations between its member companies in marketing, arts advocacy and professional development. Projects include publishing a group calendar of events, developing a web site and conducting peer and professional development programs.
The criteria for being a member in the 14-theatre group include nonprofit status, a minimum of three self-produced shows per year for two consecutive years, some compensation to actors and staff member and commitment to professional standards and orientations.
The formation of the group began at a meeting in August 2000 and was formalized by January 2000. Tim Shields of Milwaukee Repertory Theatre is president, and Charles Kakuk of Next Act Theatre in Milwaukee is vice president.
Member theatres include American Folklore Theatre, American Players Theatre, Bialystock and Bloom, Boulevard Ensemble, Chamber Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, In Tandem Productions, Madison Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Next Act, Peninsula Players, Renaissance Theatreworks, Theatre X and Windfall Productions. -- By Kenneth Jones