Renaissance Theaterworks' (RTW's) mission is to create moving theater that awakens our recognition of what it is to be human - from classics to world premieres - with attention to women's roles onstage and off.
Located in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, RTW produces intimate and moving theatre in The Studio Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center.
We take pride in our accomplishments towards improving gender parity for Milwaukee theater. Visit our Gender Parity in the Arts page to learn the startling reality of inequality, what Renaissance has accomplished as agents of change, as well as steps you can take to make an impact.
Renaissance Theaterworks was founded in 1993 by Suzan Fete, Marie Kohler, Raeleen McMillion, Jennifer Rupp and Michele Traband. They recognized a gender imbalance within professional theater, and sought to correct it by producing excellent theatrical work while actively promoting the careers of other women in professional theater.
In 2001, Renaissance hired Julie Swenson as Producing Director. Together, our founders, staff, and vibrant Board of Directors have grown Renaissance and achieve the artistic and fiscal success the company celebrates today.
"Power consists to a large extent in deciding what stories will be told."
- Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Writing a Woman's Life