Lee Ernst’s Fight Club
Lee Ernst, the nearly 30-year veteran of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and American Players Theatre, is experiencing — for the first time in a while — something most artists deal with every day: uncertainty about the future.
He joined The Rep’s resident company 17 years ago — the same year as Joseph Hanreddy. But this season is Hanreddy’s last, and with a new artistic director, the fate of every resident is up in the air.
But Lee says Mark Clemens is “unanimously liked” by the company — and moreover, given the state of the arts in Milwaukee, it’s a “fortuitous time” for a shift in artistic thinking. Besides — Lee’s been lucky, and he knows it.
Won’t you listen?: Backstage with Lee Ernst
Lee Ernst currently appears in The Rep’s annual holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol at The Pabst, now through 12/27. Lee resigns his role as Scrooge this year to let Jim Pickering once again inhabit those grouchy shoes.
Next week on the podcast: we close out the year with podcast favorite David Begel. Tune in.