Spring Arts Guide

2020 Spring Arts Guide: Finding Places in Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s guide to performances, concerts and exhibits

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Funding has always been an issue for performing arts groups in Milwaukee, but as the number of theater and dance companies proliferated in recent years, space has also become a challenge.

In the Shepherd Express’ Spring Arts Guide 2020, our writer Harry Cherkinian surveys several of the major sites for performing arts in Milwaukee, most of them historically, architecturally and functionally beautiful spaces that can house performances by big national touring companies as well as local artists. Milwaukee theater veteran Mark Bucher contributes an impassioned piece, “Milwaukee Theaters Struggle for a Space at the Table,” that speaks to the frustrations felt by smaller groups in finding useable, accessible places to perform. Bucher also introduces us to the co-founders of the Milwaukee Theatre Alliance.

A glance at the Spring Arts Guide calendar reveals that there is more going on than either of our writers could address in their articles. Nō Studios, The Warehouse and Studio 508 are among the newer spaces that can accommodate the needs of smaller groups or soloists. Perhaps the shortage of performance spaces is a good problem to have, an indicator that Milwaukee has become a nationally recognized “art city” where creativity happens at every level including quality original work—not just repetitions of what has been successful last season in New York.

David Luhrssen
Managing Editor

John Schneider
Arts & Entertainment Editor

Shepherd Express' 2020 Spring Arts Guide is presented by Saint Kate-The Arts Hotel. The Spring Arts Guide is Milwaukee's most comprehensive look at the city's A&E performances, concerts and exhibits.