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Second Annual Footlights People’s Choice Awards Set for June 25

The ceremony, presented by the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), will once again be held at Milwaukee Rep's Quadracci Powerhouse, hosted by award-winning actor John McGivern

By - Mar 2nd, 2018 04:54 pm
2018 Footlights People’s Choice Awards

2018 Footlights People’s Choice Awards

March 1, 2018 – (Milwaukee, WI) Footlights, the playbill-of-choice for countless performing arts organizations around Milwaukee, announced that they would hold the second annual Footlights People’s Choice Awards, presented by UPAF, June 25 at Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Quadracci Powerhouse. John McGivern, an award-winning actor, producer and Milwaukee native, will once again host the ceremony.

This year’s ceremony will be called the Footlights People’s Choice Awards in order to better reflect the nomination and voting process, which is open to the public and available at Footlights’ website, There will be two separate categories for professional and non-professional arts groups.

“It was an incredible experience last year standing in a room full of artists from all kinds of groups coming together to celebrate the work being done in the Milwaukee performing arts community,” said Awards Chair Ryan Albrechtson. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to bring that excitement back this year – bigger and better than ever!”

Nominations will be open throughout the month of March, putting the deciding power into the hands of artists, audiences, cast, crew, and performing arts companies.

Once the nominations have been finalized, the top nominations in every category will move on to the official voting round in April. The top three finalists in each category will be released after the voting results come in, with the winners being announced at the 2018 Footlights People’s Choice Awards on June 25.

Footlights President and Publisher Steve Marcus stated: “I am thrilled to be involved in bringing back the second annual Footlights Awards. It was such a great experience last year seeing everyone dressed up and celebrating a season of spectacular performing arts that Milwaukee continually offers. Seeing true laughter and tears of joy when not staged is incredibly powerful and not to be missed. Serving such a community for 30 years has been very rewarding and this event reminds me of what Footlights is all about – bringing the performing arts community together while educating and growing an audience.”

About Footlights
Footlights is the playbill-of-choice for countless performing arts organizations in the region, serving companies of all sizes, including The Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Next Act Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, In Tandem Theatre, as well as countless music groups and local college and universities’ dance, music, and theatre programs. Footlights extends playbill services to Chicago, Madison, and many locations in between.

Footlights playbills and are products of Marcus Promotions, Inc.

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