Nō Studios derives from nō 能, the Sino-Japaense root word for "skill" or "talent;" While in English, "No" is a familiar response to artists as they repeatedly confront and conquer it in pursuit of their craft. The desire behind our 40,000 square foot headquarters, is to create a collaborative workspace and social community that offers an environment for artists and art lovers to come together. Our historic building in the heart of the Pabst Brewery Complex, features offices, co-working space, a state-of-the-art screening room, performance stage, cafe bar, gallery, and rooftop lounge.
We sit at the intersection of two models under one mission: to house tenants active in the Milwaukee arts scene, and to create and foster a vibrant membership community, brought together by socializing with a purpose. Our tenant list reflects the full spectrum of Milwaukee-based arts organizations from academia, non-profit, production, advocacy, and investment. With residency at Nō Studios, tenants receive event hosting privileges to support our membership community.
The pillars of the membership program are accessibility and community. With this in mind, Nō Studios offers multiple participation options and ways to connect. Each membership level grants admittance to any Nō Studios programmed events. Our programming calendar spans music, visual arts, film, spoken word, writing, and dance. The intention is to explore the intersection between these media, elevate underrepresented artists, educate, inspire, and entertain. The calendar will be guided by the community and amplified by our Oscar winning founder, John Ridley.