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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This week, the magic and wonder of a wintry day comes to life in First Stage’s production of The Snowy Day and Other Stories, based on a 1963 Caldecott Medal-winning book. Read more

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Skylight Music Theatre presents ‘The Gospel at Colonus,’ adapted from the ancient Greek ‘Oedipus at Colonus’ by Lee Breuer and Bob Telson, with direction by Sheri Williams Pannell. Read more

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I’d love to say go see Water Street Dance Milwaukee’s new concert, 'Centered,' but it only had one performance. But I can say go see this remarkable troupe as soon as there’s another chance. Read more


Twenty-nineteen was a big year for Milwaukee’s largest dance institutions, as well as for individual dancers, directors and choreographers who brought a great year of live dance performance to the city. Read more



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“Wherever they work, [our artists] are meeting directors, designers and actors; as long as we keep communicating and sharing, we’ll grow in an understanding of all that can help make First Stage better than we are today." Read more

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This week, Skylight Music Theatre and Milwaukee Opera Theatre collaborate to create an imaginatively reinvigorated performance of William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s gothic melodrama Ruddigore. Read more

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This week, multiple holiday season-themed classical music, dance and theater performances take center stage in Milwaukee and beyond. Read more

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Parents, bring your children. When they encounter 'The Nutcracker' in later years, it may bring them to their deepest selves. Read more



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The departure of director Malkia Stampley has inspired Black Arts MKE to apply the West African concept of Sankofa. Read more

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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




“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