Milwaukee Repertory Theater Announces “Created in Milwaukee” Capital Campaign to Raise $10 Million
Camille and David Kundert Pledge $1 Million Gift
June 22, 2017- [Milwaukee] – Last night at Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s annual meeting, Artistic Director Mark Clements and Managing Director Chad Bauman alongside Campaign chairs Judy Hansen and Catherine Robinson unveiled the “Created in Milwaukee” Capital Campaign to raise $10 million for several major initiatives over the next few years, which will solidify The Rep as a major player on the national theatrical scene and a cornerstone of Milwaukee’s cultural community. This is The Rep’s first capital campaign since the mid-1990s and will fulfill The Rep’s strategic plan by funding the following – physical infrastructure repairs, community engagement, new play development, a new production of A Christmas Carol, and the endowment.
In order to complete the campaign, which is at 70% of its goal, a $1.5 million challenge has been issued by three extraordinary and long-time supporters of The Rep — The Lubar Family, Herzfeld Foundation and Camille and David Kundert. The Lubar Family has pledged a $250,000 gift to establish The Lubar Family Fund for Engagement and Education, Herzfeld Foundation has pledged a $250,000 gift for the endowment, and Camille and David Kundert have pledged $1 million to the endowment that will establish the Camille and David Kundert Stackner Cabaret Season.
To date, the funds raised have already made a significant impact. The Rep permanently repaired its “sinking building” in 2015 and in doing so revitalized a historic Milwaukee building. In 2016, it produced a completely new production of A Christmas Carol, bringing in record attendance to Milwaukee’s favorite holiday tradition. In Community Engagement, The Rep launched MPACT, a new initiative aimed at using the creative talents of the theater to create positive change in Southeastern Wisconsin. MPACT programming included: Act II, featuring facilitated dialogues, talkbacks, panel discussions and community outreach; the Professional Training Institute (PTI), which offered free training to a select group of talented teens; and an expanded reading residency program that reached over 20,000 students in over 250 schools. The John (Jack) D. Lewis New Play Development Fund commissioned new work from some of the country’s best playwrights that will grace The Rep stages this season and for seasons to come, creating a cultural hub of creativity and innovation that is then sent to other theaters around the country. Writers such as Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith, KJ Sanchez, Emmy Award-winner Rick Cleveland, Gordon Gano of The Violent Femmes, Academy Award winner Eric Simonson, John Tanner, Martin Zimmerman, and Catherine Trieschmann are currently under commission. Finally, by increasing the Endowment, The Rep ensures that it will remain a cultural cornerstone for years to come.
To support Milwaukee Rep and donate to the “Created in Milwaukee” Capital Campaign contact Marina Krejci, Chief Development Officer at 414-290-5366.
About Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Milwaukee Rep is a nationally-recognized company that presents compelling dramas, powerful classics, award-winning contemporary works and full-scale musicals housed in its three unique performance venues – the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio and Stackner Cabaret. The Rep also produces an annual production of A Christmas Carol, which featured a World Premiere adaptation in 2016, at the historic Pabst Theater. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Clements and Managing Director Chad Bauman, Milwaukee Repertory Theater ignites positive change in the cultural, social, and economic vitality of its community by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity.
Milwaukee Rep’s 2017/18 Season is filled with timeless classics, award-winning contemporary works and full-scale musicals spanning 13 productions in four theaters. Book ended by two giants of the American Theater, the Tony Award-winning musical Guys and Dolls and Wisconsin-native Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, the season will also features two world premieres, One House Over by Catherine Trieschmann in the Quadracci Powerhouse and Mark Twain’s River of Song by Randal Myler and Dan Wheetman in the Stackner Cabaret. The Stiemke Studio will feature The Who & The What, the third in a series by Associate Artist and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, as well as a ripped from the headlines play Until the Flood, written and performed by Dael Orlandersmith. For a full list of the 2017/18 Season visit www.MilwaukeeRep.com.
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