Upcoming Show Cruise in a Box. November 4 - 14

Cruise in a Box logo. Show presented by Renaissance Theaterworks

CRUISE IN A BOX, part of IN THE BOX ENTERTAINMENT, is 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! 

Set sail for an unforgettable, high-seas staycation on the world’s first ever Cruise in a Box! Your ticket doesn’t just buy you passage on this not-so-nautical adventure, we’ll also be mailing you a special “SHIPment” – filled with everything you’d expect from a luxury cruise liner; plush towels that we’ll teach you to transform into animals for your cabin, ocean-scented candles, a little umbrella to shade your favorite tropical drink, and so much more! Then, you’ll join your Live Virtual Cruise Director who will introduce you to singers, magicians, comedians, jugglers, and more. Or perhaps Shipboard Bingo is more your speed, where you can relax and stamp those bingo cards (which we’ve provided) as the artificial wind blows across your face. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget!

Run time: 60 minutes.

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.

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:


Logo for Renaissance Theaterworks BriNK Br!NK new play development program for midwestern women playwrights.

Br!NK 2020 - We did it!

Our Seventh Annual Br!NK New Play Development Festival took place on September 9-13, 2020. It was a success with our highest ever attendance, poignant and powerful zoom-style performances, and engaging talkback sessions with the playwrights and creative team. From Br!NK 2020 playwright Rachel Bykowski: "Thank you Renaissance Theaterworks for the opportunity to work on my play. It is truly a rare experience for an emerging playwright to find a resource like Br!NK. The chance to work with a theater that is dedicated to new plays, new writers, and provides an onslaught of resources is not easily found in the new play development world. Thank you so much for trusting the process and believing in new plays. As a lifelong Midwestern playwright, I've always wanted to work with Renaissance Theaterworks and the few times we have collaborated, I have enjoyed the experience immensely."

2020-2021 sEASON
What Really Matters


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