Theater by women

for everyone

Where creativity and community thrive because women can thrive.

Renaissance Theaterworks is proud to promote the work of women onstage and off.

THINK BEYOND THE BLACK BOX

For more than 25 years Renaissance Theaterworks (RTW) has been a local leader in providing opportunities for women theater artists both onstage and off.

Since 1993, RTW has mounted over 100 full productions and staged-readings. Among these are nine original works by Wisconsin playwrights, seven World Premieres and one North American Premiere. We have told many women’s stories and provided opportunities for over 700 theater professionals; 75% of these have been women.

Today RTW remains Milwaukee’s only women-founded, women-run professional theater company dedicated to improving gender parity. Our mission: Dedicated to promoting the work of women onstage and off, Renaissance Theaterworks creates moving theater that connects with our shared sense of being human. We produce intimate, profound theater in the Broadway Theatre Center's Studio Black Box Theatre. We will begin performing in Next Act Theatre's space at 255 S Water Street in Fall 2020.

Think beyond the black box to the bright future of Renaissance Theaterworks as we embrace what's ahead in our 27th season of "theater by women, for everyone." Find a performance here.

OCTOBER 18 - NOVEMBER 10, 2019

Sharon has been respectable her whole life. Now in her mid-fifties and recently divorced, she needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robyn, also in her mid-fifties, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets, she realizes her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely.

A dark comedy about what it takes to reroute your life - and what happens when the wheels come off.

“Silverman’s THE ROOMMATE is a tragedy that subtly grows beneath peals of uproarious laughter!”  - Broadway World

SUBSCRIPTIONS ON SALE!

Our 2019-2020 Season is "A Season of Transformation: Stories of How and Why We Evolve" featuring three edgy, bold, and exciting plays:

 

THE ROOMMATE by Jen Silverman, a dark comedy about rerouting your life, HAPPY DAYS by Samuel Beckett, an absurd portrayal of the resilient human spirit, and ACTUALLY by Anna Ziegler, a compromising circumstance that changed everything...

 

A thought-provoking season of Transformation that dares to question, "WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU STOP PRETENDING?"

 

RENEW OR BE NEW! Flex Pass subscriptions on sale now!

Artwork for LUNA GALE
Artwork for LUNA GALE

RTW ON THE MOVE!

We are eager to announce that we will be moving our performances to the Next Act Theatre located at 255 S Water Street beginning in Fall 2020.

 

CATCH OUR LAST SEASON IN THE BROADWAY THEATRE CENTER THROUGHOUT 2019-2020

 

"We are excited to seize this moment and embrace the demand for more opportunities for the community to experience RTW." - Managing Director, Lisa Rasmussen

 

United Performing Arts Fund UPAF Milwaukee County Arts Fund Wisconsin Arts Board

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.

Home Banner Photo Collage Featuring: Yunuen Pardo, Laura Gordon, Kat Wodtke, Jenny Wanasek, Ericka Wade, Marti Gobel, Cassandra Bissell | Photos by Ross E. Zentner

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Theater by women for everyone

Where creativity and community thrive because women can thrive.

Renaissance Theaterworks is proud to promote the work of women onstage and off.

Artwork for LUNA GALE
Artwork for LUNA GALE
United Performing Arts Fund UPAF Milwaukee County Arts Fund Wisconsin Arts Board
Renaissance Theaterworks Facebook Page Renaissance Theaterworks Twitter Account Click to email Renaissance Theaterworks
Renaissance Theaterworks Facebook Page Renaissance Theaterworks Twitter Account Click to email Renaissance Theaterworks
RTW Logo

Theater by women for everyone

Where creativity and community thrive because women can thrive.

Renaissance Theaterworks is proud to promote the work of women onstage and off.

Artwork for LUNA GALE
Artwork for LUNA GALE
Artwork for LUNA GALE
Artwork for LUNA GALE