Milwaukee on Stage

Theater lovers are spoiled with choices in Milwaukee! When summer winds down, we look ahead to the exciting theater season presented by our local professional theater companies. Classics and contemporary plays, dramas, comedies, and musicals – there’s something for every taste on Milwaukee’s stages. Make sure your visit to Milwaukee includes a show at one (or more!) of these hometown favorites.

  1. Boulevard Theatre

    Theatre Company

    Boulevard Theatre

    The Boulevard Theatre brings intimate, high-caliber theatre to its audience. They specialize in presenting lesser-known works by renowned playwrights and innovative works by emerging playwrights.

    2248 S Kinnickinnic Ave
    Milwaukee, WI • 53207
    (414) 744-5757
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  2. First Stage

    Children's Theatre

    First Stage

    Designed with both the young and young-at-heart in mind, First Stage is one of the largest professional children’s theater companies in the United States and the largest theater training program of its kind in the nation. The company’s season includes main stage plays and a touring production, providing plenty of quality family entertainment.

    Offices: 325 W. Walnut Street
    Milwaukee, WI • 53212
    (414) 267-2929
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  3. Performing in the Broadway Theater Center, MCT has produced classical and contemporary works that have challenged audiences for more than 30 years. The theater has long been recognized as a major contributor to the rich cultural and economic life of the community.

    Broadway Theatre Center
    158 N. Broadway
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (414) 276-8842
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  4. Nationally recognized as one of the top regional theaters in the country for more than 60 years, the Rep presents contemporary drama, comedies, musicals, and time-honored classics. Housed in a cleverly converted power plant in Milwaukee’s theater district, the Rep’s three theaters include a large main stage, an intimate black box venue, and a cabaret dinner theater.

    108 E. Wells Street
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (414) 224-9490
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  5. Next Act Theatre

    Theatre Company

    Next Act Theatre

    Housed in a dynamic warehouse-turned-theater setting, Next Act has created high-quality, professional theatre in Milwaukee for 24 years, earning the company its strong reputation for producing engaging, thought-provoking work that is both intimate and powerful.

    255 S. Water Street
    Milwaukee, WI • 53204
    (414) 278-0765 Tickets
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  6. Optimist Theatre


    Optimist Theatre

    Optimist presents free, professional, outdoor theater of the highest caliber at a lovely downtown riverside venue. It’s a highlight of summertime in Milwaukee!

    Multiple Locations throughout Greater Milwaukee
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (262) 498-5777
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  7. Milwaukee’s only theater company founded and run by women, RTW creates compelling theater focusing on the exploration of the feminine voice and offers professional opportunities to emerging local theater artists.

    Milwaukee, •
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  8. Marcus Performing Arts Center

    Performing Arts & Theater

    Marcus Performing Arts Center

    MPAC is a non-profit organization that provides Broadway and arts & cultural programming, educational and community engagement experiences, venue rentals, and more.

    929 N. Water Street
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (414) 273-7121
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