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.

We at Renaissance Theaterworks are anguished and sickened by the systemic racist hatred and violence against Black people in this country. We grieve the murders of George FloydBreonna TaylorAhmaud Arbery and countless other Black lives taken by state-sanctioned violence.

As a company, we stand in solidarity with the Black communities in Milwaukee – and the nation. Our message is: We see you. We hear you. We love you. We stand with you.

We will not stand back and remain silent.

Silence is the tool of the oppressors and one of the most powerful cornerstones of injustice. We support those speaking out. We support those taking action. We stand with all who are working for racial equality. We are against white supremacy in all its forms.

In this terrible moment please join Renaissance Theaterworks in taking actionBelow is a short list of suggested resources.


In solidarity and with love,

Suzan Fete signature

Co-Founder and Artistic Director

Lisa Rasmussen signature

Managing Director

2020-2021 sEASON
What Really Matters


The Cake by Bekah Brunstetter logo for Renaissance Theaterworks website


By Bekah Brunstetter

Directed By
Jenny Wanasek

Oct. 23 - Nov. 8, 2020

Della, a sweet, God-fearing Christian, is also the best baker in North Carolina. Nothing would make Della happier than making a wedding cake for her best friend’s daughter, Jenny. Except that Della’s beloved Jenny is marrying a woman. A deliciously funny, multi-layered play about what divides us and brings us together, and the power of love – and cake.

Muthaland by Minita Gandhi logo for Renaissance Theaterworks website


Written & Performed
By Minita Gandhi

Directed by
Lavina Jadhwani

Jan. 8 - Jan. 31, 2021

A trip to her homeland forever changes the life of a young Indian-American woman. On her journey, she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and discovers her voice within a culture of silence. A powerful, transformative story based on actual events.

Actually by Anna Ziegler logo for Renaissance Theaterworks website


By Anna Ziegler

Directed by
Mary MacDonald Kerr

Mar. 12 - Apr. 4, 2021

Tom and Amber are college freshmen at Princeton. They are overwhelmed, overstimulated, sleep-deprived, surrounded by strangers, uncertainty and alcohol. What could possibly go wrong? A smart, profound exploration of the culture of sexual consent. A perfectly complex tale for the #MeToo age.

Sharing our artistic home with Next Act Theatre

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.

Fall 2020
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 Fall 2020.

"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