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BELONGING three short plays by playwrights of color. Presented by. Renaissance Theaterworks.


Three short plays by playwrights of color


By José Rivera

By Lynn Nottage

By Alayna Jacqueline


In response to the nationwide call for social justice, we present BELONGING, a collection of three theatrical gems exploring the complex question, “Who Belongs?

Renaissance Theaterworks is excited to collaborate with The Outer Loop Theater Experience to create state-of-the-art virtual/mixed reality effects for BELONGING. A portion of proceeds will benefit YWCA Southeast Wisconsin’s efforts to end racism. 

BELONGING virtual performances: December 4-20, 2020.
All three short plays will be presented as a collection – with your ticket you will be able to watch all three plays. Run time: 60 minutes.

WARNING: Adult language and subject matter, and depictions of violence.

TICKETS: Free to subscribers. Standard: $40.00. Under age 40: $20.00. Artists/Students/Educators: $10.00. 

We look forward to having you join us for this thought-provoking collection of short plays!

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LIVING ROOM CRUISE LINES: A CRUISE IN A BOX, MANHUNT: MYSTERY IN A BOX, and PAINTING FOR ONE: PAINTING IN A BOX are part of IN THE BOX ENTERTAINMENT, a co-production of Renaissance Theaterworks and Adirondack Theatre Festival. IN THE BOX ENTERTAINMENT is an interactive, zoom-based theatrical experience that is fun for the whole family. Suitable for all ages - bring your whole family to the couch. A Quarantine-friendly activity!

28th season
Theater by women for everyone

We are proud to be Milwaukee's only women-founded, women-run,
professional theater company dedicated to promoting
the work of women onstage and off.

2020-2021 sEASON
What Really Matters


Renaissance Theaterworks Anti-racism statement of action

On June 1, 2020, in response to the systemic and inexcusable racial hatred and violence against Black people in our country, Renaissance Theaterworks created a Statement of Solidarity.

Today, September 15, 2020, we have created a Statement of Action.
Because actions speak louder.

We believe who gets to tell the story matters.
And that at its best theater reflects our world back to us.
Our whole world. All colors, all abilities, all identities.

We acknowledge the legacy of racism and racial exclusion in theater.
We resolve to contribute to a just and equitable future for all.
We pledge to dismantle and disrupt systemic racism in our theater community.

Systemic change must be enacted through long-term far-reaching commitments.
This action plan is a living document to be amended as we learn and grow.
To this end here is our list of action steps.

In this spirit, Renaissance Theaterworks commits to:


Renaissance Theaterworks

Renaissance Theaterworks' mission is to create moving theater that connects with our shared sense of being human. We are dedicated to artistic excellence and to promoting the work of women onstage and off.

improving gender parity
Think Beyond the Black Box

Since 1993, Renaissance Theaterworks has been a local leader in providing opportunities for women theater artists both onstage and off. We have mounted over 100 full productions and staged-readings. Among these are:

  • Nine original works by Wisconsin playwrights
  • Seven World Premieres
  • One North American Premiere.

We have told many women’s stories and provided opportunities for over 700 theater professionals — 75% of these have been women.

Today, we remain Milwaukee’s only women-founded, women-run professional theater company dedicated to improving gender parity. Dedicated to promoting the work of women onstage and off, we create professional theater that connects with our shared sense of being human. We produce moving, intimate, thought-provoking theater. Beginning in Fall 2020, we will begin performing at 255 S Water Street, also the home of Next Act Theatre.

Think beyond the black box to the bright future of Renaissance Theaterworks as we embrace what's ahead in our 28th season of Theater By Women For Everyone.

We're on the move!

We are eager to announce that we will be moving our performances to 255 S Water Street, sharing our home with Next Act Theatre, beginning in 2021.

"We are excited to seize this moment and embrace the demand for more opportunities for the community to experience Renaissance Theaterworks."

~Lisa Rasmussen, Managing Director

on the move