Recognizing a gender imbalance within professional theater, Suzan Fete, Marie Kohler, Raeleen McMillion, Jennifer Rupp and Michele Traband founded Renaissance Theaterworks in 1993 to produce excellent theatrical work while actively promoting the careers of women onstage and off.
Gender Parity in the Arts
The reality of gender parity in the performing arts is startling. Across the country, women are underrepresented as actors, directors, producers, designers, playwrights, and more.
For 31 seasons, we continue to be a leader in the global movement toward gender parity. Through our example and by empowering women theater artists to reach their full potential, we challenge biases with the plays we write and the stories we tell.
Since 1993, we have significantly improved gender parity in Milwaukee theater, by measures both quantitative and qualitative.
We've come a long way...
Renaissance Theaterworks was founded.
Produced our first show, A DIFFERENT MOON by Ara Watson, as a part of "Theatre X Presents Theatre’s Women Festival."
Produced first World Premiere: COUNTING DAYS by Marie Kohler.
Produced KINDERTRANSPORT by Diane Samuels, in collaboration with Next Act Theatre.
First Subscription Season.
World Premiere: MIDNIGHT AND MOLL FLANDERS by Marie Kohler.
Became lead tenant at the Off-Broadway Theatre with Next Act Theatre.
Hired Producing Director as first full-time staff and a part-time Marketing Director.
World Premiere: RED PEPPER JELLY by Ericka Kreutz, Raeleen Mc Million, Jennifer Rupp, and John and Susan Nicholson.
World Premiere: BOSWELL’S DREAMS by Marie Kohler.
Moved to the Broadway Theatre Center.
Hired Lisa Rasmussen as Development Director.
World Premiere: THE DIG by Marie Kohler.
Launched Br!NK – new play festival for Midwestern women playwrights.
Produced LA ENFRASCADA by Tanya Saracho, the first professional all-Latinx show in Milwaukee.
Produced NEAT by Charlayne Woodard, in South Africa, as part of our Story-Traveling cultural exchange program.
Our production of LUCKY NUMBERS was finalist (1-12 out of 1500+) in the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival in New York City.
Added Br!NK Br!efs to the Br!NK Festival.
Lisa Rasmussen was named Managing Director.
Hosted StateraArts International Convention on Gender Parity in the Arts.
Rolling World Premiere & first fully produced Br!NK play: ANNIE JUMP AND THE LIBRARY OF HEAVEN by Reina Hardy.
Produced ALL OF THE EVERYTHING, by Alayna Jacqueline, at the 2019 Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival in New York City. Play was named finalist (1-12 out of 1500+).
Move of our new artistic home to 255 South Water Street – sharing the venue with Next Act Theatre.