John Schneider

John Schneider is A&E editor and the Shepherd’s dance writer. He is a longtime artist-in-residence and performing arts faculty member at Marquette University, and the founding director of the much-awarded Project Non-Violence in which youngsters from Milwaukee’s toughest neighborhoods create and perform theatre on subjects of concern to them. He is also leader of the John Schneider Orchestra, a 25-year-old cabaret-jazz band, and the creative director of the new Milwaukee Fringe Festival.

He was a founding member of the Milwaukee experimental theatre ensemble, Theatre X, and served as its artistic leader and resident playwright for most of 35 years. Theatre X presented original work internationally while maintaining an alternative art center in Milwaukee that supported artists in many disciplines. In 1995, he became the first person to receive the Milwaukee Arts Board’s annual Artist of the Year Award for contributions to the artistic life of the city. Other awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Playwright Fellowship, a Wisconsin Arts Board New Works Award, a Milwaukee County Artist Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Playwright Grant, an OBIE Award with Theatre X and a Pulitzer Prize nomination.

His works have been presented by many theatres, universities and international festivals across the United States and in Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands, and have been translated into Swedish, German, and Flemish. He also served as a panelist, screener and reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts for 20 years, providing him a wide-ranging immersive education in the American performing arts.



“The best thing to do is to purchase a one- or two-day pass and bask in it!” John Schneider says of the 2019 Milwaukee Fringe Festival. Read more

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For one weekend only, Theatre Nervosa staged an intimate production of Will Eno’s one-person drama Thom Pain (based on nothing). Read more



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Ex Fabula will open its new season with the first ever “Deaf StorySlam,” which gives a platform for deaf people to share their stories. Read more

Here's a comprehensive list of all of the visual arts exhibits scheduled for Fall 2019 in Milwaukee. Read more

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Here's a comprehensive list of all of the classical music performances scheduled for Fall 2019 in Milwaukee. Read more

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Here's a comprehensive list of all of the dance performances scheduled for Fall 2019 in Milwaukee. Read more

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The building and programs of Sunset Playhouse at sixty years old. Read more

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A first look at Milwaukee Ballet’s new Baumgartner Center for Dance. Read more

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Danceworks On Tap’s new concert considers the communicative abilities of tap dance. Read more



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Shakespeare’s classic romantic tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet’ has been morphed into a comedy by Patrick Schmitz for a new production at the Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater. Read more

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Director Ryan Schabach and artistic director Michael Wright discuss Paul Slade Smith’s play and Wright’s pending retirement. Read more

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Ko-Thi’s new artistic director DeMar Walker shines in dance concert. Read more



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Choreographer Morgan Williams, co-founder of SueMo Dance Company, presents his new contemporary dance company, Water Street Dance Milwaukee. Read more


Molière’s classic theatrical comedy Tartuffe comes to Village Playhouse’s Inspiration Studios while American Players Theatre opens three new plays. Read more

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Glamor, confidence and achievement were themes seen in Danceworks DanceLAB’s ‘Ignite.’ Read more



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‘Boswell,’ written by Milwaukee playwright Marie Kohler, will be performed at UW-Parkside ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Read more

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Alice in Wonderland Jr. comes to Waukesha Civic Theatre via a cast of children ages 6-17, and the Florentine Opera Company goes “All American.” Read more

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Milwaukee’s Brady Street Festival features more music than ever before, with names like Amanda Huff and Antony and the Tramps. Read more

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Milwaukee’s Ko-Thi Dance Company celebrates its 50th anniversary with a ‘JUBA-LEE’ concert. Read more

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On Golden Pond comes to Summerstage of Delafield, and Acacia Theatre Company presents the inspirational play The Endurance of Light. Read more

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With nothing else like it in the U.S., St. Kate provides Milwaukee visitors and residents alike with a contemporary arts experience. Read more

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