Covid-19 Updates last updated: 9/2/2021




Renaissance Theaterworks (RTW) is fully committed to the health and safety of our patrons, artists, staff, and our greater Milwaukee community as we continue navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. It is of utmost importance that we help protect each other from this virus in order to safely gather for live in-person theater.

Effective September 1, 2021, Renaissance Theaterworks will require all audience members ages 12 and older to be either fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of your performance date before entering our performance space at 255 S. Water for any RTW-associated event. This announcement is made with the support of the City of Milwaukee Health Department and in alliance with the larger Milwaukee arts community. 

In addition, all patrons will be required to wear a mask throughout their time at the venue.

Putting this unified policy into effect ensures that our venues can stay in business and that live performances can safely continue throughout our city. This policy follows guidance from local and national health experts and will be evaluated on a regular basis as the pandemic evolves.

Vaccination Status: “Fully vaccinated” with an FDA authorized vaccine means the performance date must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or at least 14 days after a single-dose vaccine.

Proof of Vaccination includes: A physical vaccination card, copy of vaccination card, or photo of vaccination card visibly showing the entire front of the card with date(s) of vaccination and individual's name that matches the ID. Proof of vaccination must accompany a valid driver’s license, state-issued ID or school ID, if the patron is under 18.
*COVID-Life Hack: Take one picture of your Vaccination Card AND your license together, to save time!*

NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST: If not vaccinated, patrons must present a printed or digital negative test result that matches the patron's ID. Tests must be from no more than 72 hours prior to the event and must be issued by a medical provider or pharmacy. At-home tests will not be accepted.
Proof of negative test must be accompanied by a valid driver's license, state-issued ID, or school ID.

Masking: All patrons will have to wear a mask that securely covers both mouth and nose throughout the performance and during their time in our building. People purchasing concessions in the lobby can lift up their masks to drink/eat but should otherwise be masked at all times. 

Stay home: We are asking anyone who is feeling ill to please stay home. We are happy to work out ticket rescheduling or virtual presentation options with you.


All of Renaissance Theaterworks’ artists, staff and volunteers are fully vaccinated and in recent surveys, 95% of RTW’s patrons reported being fully vaccinated, as well.

Policies above are in effect as of September 1 and will be in effect until at least December 31, 2021. If any safety protocols change, patrons will be informed prior to their performance date.



Performing arts venues following these COVID-19 precautions include: Danceworks, First Stage, Florentine Opera, Marcus Performing Arts Center, Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Milwaukee Film, Milwaukee Rep, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, Next Act Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Skylight Music Theatre. Exact protocols may vary by venue, and patrons are encouraged to contact individual venues for details or questions.

The safety and well-being of our patrons, artists and staff is our top priority. As we prepare to welcome you back to Renaissance Theaterworks, please read about the measures we have put into place to make your experience as safe and touch free as possible.


New Cleaning Protocol

Our venue has enhanced cleaning protocols and multiple hand sanitizer stations.

Improved HVAC

The HVAC system has been upgraded for improved air circulation and particle filtration.

Contact-free ticketing

Admission to our theatre is contact-free with our new ticket scanning system.

Virtual Options

Our first show, THE CAKE (10/22 – 11/14/21) will be available to stream-on-line. We will evaluate this option for the rest of our season on a show-by-show basis.

Money-Back Guarantee

We know we are in uncertain times. Rest assured that if for any reason we must cancel performances we will honor your commitment to us by offering a full array of ticket exchange and refund options.

We want to thank all our patrons, supporters and everyone in the RTW family, for taking steps to support the safety of our community and minimizing health risks to our fellow theater lovers.

We will continue to adapt our policies as needed throughout the 2021.22 season as details of the COVID-19 pandemic evolve. Please continue to visit this page on our website for up-to-date information.

You – our community of theatre-goers and makers and supporters – are our most precious commodity. We urge you to take all precautionary measures necessary to ensure your health and safety. We need each other. So take care of yourselves. Let’s take care of each other. Important work lies ahead.

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Lisa Rasmussen
Managing Director

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Suzan Fete
Co-Founder & Artistic Director