When the American economy sneezes, the country's not-for-profit arts groups catch a cold. They are delicate and fragile creatures in survival-of-the-fittest capitalism. As the calendar year comes to a close, I asked five top theater managers to assess the current financial condition of professional theater in the state.
Dawn helsing wolters
More than a year ago, the Milwaukee Rep began retooling, reshaping and refocusing with the intention of having a higher profile in the community. Two new leaders are now in place, and we will get our first look at the new Rep era when "Cabaret" opens Sept. 17.
The Milwaukee Rep's new management team of Mark Clements and Dawn Helsing Wolters is making significant changes in what audiences will see and how the shows will be seen.
"A Long Day's Journey into Night" is an American classic, and Spring Green's American Players Theatre opened a high octane staging of it last week. OnMilwaukee.com's Damien Jaques checks in on the production and also catches up with Dawn Helsing Wolters, the new managing director of the Milwaukee Rep, and the Skylight Opera, too.
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