Milwaukee Rep: Free day of theater on Saturday, October 2, 2021 with concerts, workshops, new play readings and more

Milwaukee, Wis – August 26, 2021 – Milwaukee Rep presents the first of its kind Free Day of Theater on Saturday, October 2, 2021 with 10 events at the Patty & Jay Baker Theater Complex.  Events include a Welcome Back Concert featuring Rep favorites Jessie Hooker-Bailey (Broadway Waitress, Milwaukee Rep Ragtime), Emma Rose Brooks (Guys and Dolls, Man of La Mancha), Jeffrey Kringer (West Side Story) and Nygel Robinson (The All Night Strut!); a showcase of New Play Development projects in process including a piece by West Side Story Choreographer Jon Rua; and performance by our Professional Training Institute teen ensemble.  In addition to performances there will be a dance workshop with Jon Rua, behind the scenes demonstrations with Rep artisans, a panel discussion about the John (Jack) D. Lewis New Play Development program and a town hall with Rep leadership on the future of the theater. 

“We are so excited to welcome audiences to Milwaukee Rep and get back to doing what we do best – working with the greatest talents in our field to produce world class theater for our community,” said Artistic Director Mark Clements.  “The Free Day of Theater is a way to provide access to the arts for all as we come together to educate and celebrate our evolving, yet timeless craft.”

The Free Day of Theater on Saturday, October 2 will run from 12pm – 7:30pm with each event lasting approximately 60 minutes.  While tickets are free, advance reservations are required.  To reserve tickets for individual events, please visit  The full schedule of events is as follows:

Quadracci Powerhouse:

12pm/3:30pm/6:30pm   Welcome Back Concert with Jessie Hooker-Bailey, Emma Rose Brooks, Jeffrey Kringer and Nygel Robinson

1:30pm/5pm                      Showcase of six New Play Development projects under commission including a piece by Jon Rua

Stiemke Studio:

12:00pm               Showcase by Professional Training Institute (PTI) Teen acting Ensemble

1:30pm                 Behind-the-Scenes demonstration with Milwaukee Rep’s Costume Shop

3:30pm                 Dance Worshop with Jon Rua

4:45pm                 Discussion with Executive Director Chad Bauman and Artistic Director Mark Clements

6:15pm                 Panel Discussion about Milwaukee Rep’s New Play Development

For more information, and to reserve a ticket please visit

Health & Safety Protocols

In consultation with public health officials and coalition with many SE Wisconsin cultural venues, Milwaukee Repertory Theater will require all patrons and volunteers be either fully vaccinated or provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of performance time of October 2 upon entry for those 12 and older. In addition, all patrons regardless of vaccination status will be required to wear masks throughout their time in the building.