NEXT ACTORS: Summer Theatre for Teens


Every summer Next Act sponsors a six-week playwriting and performance program free-of-charge to a select group of Milwaukee area teenagers of diverse cultural, ethnic, racial and economic backgrounds. Guided by a staff of professional teaching artists, the teenagers developed a completely original musical theatre piece which toured to underserved communities in Metro-Milwaukee free-of-charge.  Learn more about the Next Actors program.


School Outreach

Onsite discussions and presentations are available and are conducted by Producing Artistic Director David Cecsarini. Students from all over the Milwaukee area, including Cardinal Stritch University, Jewish Day School, Marquette University, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Nicolet High School, and UW-Milwaukee have taken advantage of attending student matinee productions as part of class curriculum, including pre- and post-show discussions with the actors and director. Half-price student tickets are offered one half hour before show time, subject to availability.


Community Service

One "Pay-What-You-Can" performance is sponsored by Next Act for each production, providing unrestricted access to those who cannot afford regular admission. Many ticket vouchers are donated to charitable auctions throughout the year. Interpreted performances for visually and/or aurally impaired audience members are available upon request.


Personal Previews

Personal Previews are pre-show discussions conducted by the Producing Artistic Director and discuss a wide range of topics: from how the play was chosen to historical background or additional information that would enhance the playgoer's experience. Personal previews begin 45 minutes prior to curtain time on designated show dates. For a complete list of personal preview dates, see show calendars.



Talkbacks are lively post-show discussions about the play, the production, and the issues raised. During the run of each production, Next Act hosts post-show dialogues where the audiences meet the director and actors. Depending on the content of the play, a panel of experts is often invited to participate in the discussions to bring their professional perspective to the particular issue. These events help us to keep in touch with you, the audience. They also give you the chance to expand your up-close-and-personal experience! For a complete list of talkback dates, see show calendars.