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.


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In 'Everything in Its Place,' the choreography seemed subconsciously driven and the performers were serious young people in a place for kings and angels, where they seemingly had no place. Read more



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Sunset Playhouse’s School for the Arts has greatly expanded under playwright-director Erika Navin’s leadership. Read more

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This week, Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure takes to the stage at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, thanks to a new production by Aura Theatre Collective. Read more

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Danceworks Performance MKE makes its Milwaukee debut at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel. Read more


This week, the Milwaukee Rep presents a hit musical whose creator started it all with, interestingly enough, a series of snarky, Catholic nun-themed greeting cards. Read more

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Creator and performer Jenni Reinke gives a powerful solo performance as mother, wives and mistress of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Read more



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Masked dancers slowly reveal themselves in a world premiere by the Gina Laurenzi Dance Project with music by Allen Russell. Read more



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Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Aperi Animam and Cadance Collective create a hybrid music-theater performance from Renaissance and postmodern song cycles. Read more




The company opens its 50th season by honoring its founders. Read more



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The new hotel’s resident theatre company presents Dario Fo’s They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! Read more


Milwaukee Entertainment Group presents the Legendary Albee Masterpiece Read more

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This week, the Racine Symphony Orchestra presents the first Masterworks Concert of its season, and vocal ensemble Aperi Animam gives a free concert in Downtown Milwaukee. Read more

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Next Act Theatre’s production of Lauren Gunderson’s play The Revolutionists is perfectly cast and directed. Read more


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Stephen Hudson-Mairet, 20-year veteran of Marquette University’s performing arts faculty, talks about the coming season and the importance of giving everyone a voice. Read more

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Artistic director David Cecsarini says "it’s about theater artists and writers and their love and caring about what theater is about.” Read more

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Actors and puppets take the stage in unsettling, endearingly unpretentious production. 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 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