NEWaukeean of the Week

Emily Vitrano

"I didn’t always see Milwaukee as a viable place to create an artistic home. But it is possible here."

By - Mar 31st, 2014 05:11 pm
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Emily Vitrano

Emily Vitrano

What is your job and it’s responsibilities? 
I am the Audience Development Manager at Skylight Music Theatre. I create events and programming to build awareness of the Skylight within the community and run its young professionals group, SkylightENSEMBLE. I am also a local actor and have appeared in  productions with Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Next Act Theatre and Splinter Group. Sometimes I do the traffic on Live at Daybreak on TMJ-4.

What do you think of Milwaukee as a place to work and do business?
I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t always see Milwaukee as a viable place to create an artistic home. But Milwaukee is accessible in a way that allows you to have a big dream and actually make it happen. It is possible here.

What strikes you as the most unique thing about Milwaukee?
The people. We’re friendly, we work harder than anyone else and we’re tough.

What have you seen in other cities that you’d like to see in Milwaukee?
A robust public transit system. Improving our transit system will build a better Downtown and drive talent to our community. If it is easy to get here, it will be easy to spend money here.

What is the one thing you’d like to change about Milwaukee?
I would like to see more young people supporting the arts. Milwaukee has a rich live theater, music and dance community. Some of it is old hat, but a lot of it is daring and exciting and all of it is affordable. Remember that Andrew Jackson you spent at the bar on Friday? That’s a ticket to a show. I’m not saying go every week. I’m saying give it a shot. Put it in your rotation. You won’t be disappointed.

Favorite place to grab coffee?
Sven’s in Bay View. Your first refill is free and their brie, tomato, and basil sandwich on a croissant will change your life.

What is your favorite Milwaukee beer?
Wisconsinite by Lakefront Brewery.

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