Renaissance Theaterworks' (RTW's) mission is to create moving theater that connects with our shared sense of being human. We are dedicated to promoting the work of women onstage and off.
Located in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, RTW is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that 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 their first full time staff member, a 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.
Renaissance Theaterworks remains debt-free after 25+ years in the business.
I have thus far enjoyed what one might objectively call a successful and enviable acting career. And, I can objectively state that I count the women of Renaissance Theaterworks among a handful of my most critical supporters. Not only did they acknowledge my potential while I was still a graduate student, they nurtured my inner artist by offering me provocative, demanding female roles that stretched me beyond the requirements of more typical ingenue fare. Most importantly, they are accessible role models: intelligent women who balance art, business, and the personal. Renaissance Theaterworks empowered me, challenged me, and helped prepare me for a rewarding career in a difficult business, all while providing stimulating entertainment for the residents of Milwaukee. What more can we ask of our community organizations? - Carrie Coon
Power consists to a large extent in deciding what stories will be told.
- Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Writing a Woman's Life