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 in 2020: a time to innovate and reimagine.

Renaissance Theaterworks: 28 seasons of "Theater By Women For Everyone".

In crisis, we turn to art to help us make sense of the world. But how could we continue to bring theater to our audiences during a pandemic? After reimagining our 2020-21 season nine times, we have learned a great deal. We learned that we are more resilient and creative that we ever thought possible. We learned that, no matter what the future holds, we will never stop telling the stories that will make you feel more, think harder and laugh louder.

Most importantly, we learned that we would have never made it without you. Cheers to you, our community of theatergoers and supporters!

Upcoming Shows

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IN THE BOX ENTERTAINMENT

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!

The IN THE BOX ENTERTAINMENT series is not included in the subscription package but subscribers receive an automatic $10 off per ticket. SUBSCRIBE risk-free here.

2020-2021 sEASON
What Really Matters

IDENTITY. BELONGING. PRESENCE.

SPECIAL GUARANTEE FOR OUR 2020-2021 SEASON
Renaissance Theaterworks guarantees refunds for any cancelled performances. Subscribing is risk free!
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The IN THE BOX ENTERTAINMENT series is not included in the subscription package but subscribers receive an automatic $10 off per ticket. Upcoming IN THE BOX shows include MANHUNT: MYSTERY IN A BOX and PAINTING FOR ONE: PAINT IN A BOX. Enjoy these live, interactive virtual experiences from the comfort of your home! Shows include a mystery box mailed directly to your home, which will fuel your at-home, interactive experience.

Single Tickets for NEAT will go on sale February 5, 2021. Single tickets for BEST OF BR!NK BR!EFS will go on sale April 5, 2021. Stay tuned!

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:

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About
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.

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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, as soon as it is safe to do so.

"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