The Fran Bauer Young Critics Project is Renaissance Theaterworks (RTW) newest arts education program. Named after RTW’s beloved Board member and journalist Fran Bauer, the Young Critics Project (FBYCP) was created to encourage the next generation of theater critics.
The project is designed to introduce Milwaukee’s high school-age women to theatre criticism and professional writing. Students will see RTW’s shows and attend monthly workshops, taught by local arts educators, journalists and theater critics. At the workshops students will discuss each play’s themes and production strategies with directors and actors and other members of RTW’s production team.
The project will emphasize the enthusiastic exploration of each student’s unique voice as a women and a writer. RTW hopes that this project will foster a new and more diverse group of theater critics.
We are proud to partner with PEARLS for Teen Girls for the first, ever FBYCP! For it's inaugural year in 2017-218, RTW has assembled a dynamic team of local teaching artists, journalist and theater critics to breathe life into this program. Those instructors are arts Educator, Trevor Rees, MFA, Writer, Poet and Founder of Still Water, Dasha Kelly, Shepherd Express Theater Critic, Selena Melenski, Former Footlights Editor, Amanda Schumacher, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Theater Critic, Michael Fischer.
Renaissance Theaterworks is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board
with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment of the Arts.