John Schneider

John Schneider has been an assistant A&E editor and the Shepherd’s dance writer for many years. 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.

This year’s concert on Saturday at the Pabst Theater was outstanding. Even the title, Momentum, demonstrates the care directors Rolando Yanes and Mireille Favarel and the excellent faculty have for the future of their protégés. more

Feb 13, 2018 4:01 PM Dance


Koen Beets

This week, the visiting Flanders Recorder Quartet gives a concert in Milwaukee for the last time; its members are wrapping up 30 years of live performances, which have taken them around the world, this season. more

Feb 13, 2018 4:01 PM , Dance

The Shepherd Express Spring Arts Guide 2018 features interviews with six arts professionals who received training in Milwaukee. more

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Photo Credit: Mark Frohna

Let ballet elsewhere be tied to the styles of dead men; not here. more

Feb 12, 2018 9:25 AM Dance


Terminal Image Design

The talented international company-in-training called MBII will perform a showcase on Saturday afternoon featuring new works made for them by international choreographers Kathryn Posin and Mimmo Miccolis. more

Feb 6, 2018 3:15 PM Dance


Photo credit: Mark Frohna

Thirty-two years after its Skylight premiere, Zombies From the Beyond returns to the famed Milwaukee theater, providing a loving pastiche of Cold War era movies, romantic era operettas and raise-the-roof Broadway musicals. more

Feb 6, 2018 2:41 PM Theater

The relationship between the department and the local dance community is profound. more

Feb 6, 2018 1:59 PM Dance

Latino Arts’ Guitar Festival is a two-parter. First, there’s a concert that features classical guitarist, touring soloist, chamber artist and respected pedagogue Lynn McGrath, as well as classical guitarist Samuel Hines ... more

Feb 6, 2018 1:54 PM Classical Music


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Danceworks’ twice-yearly mini-festival of short works by established and emerging choreographers, DanceLAB, takes the title Get it Out There and will be performed in two segments on Saturday, Jan. 20. more

Jan 16, 2018 1:50 PM Dance


Heather Mrotek

SueMo’s winter dance concert Emergence aimed to demonstrate a new maturity in the work of this three-year old company. more

Jan 8, 2018 1:25 PM Dance

Contemporary fusion dance company SueMo: A Dance Experience presents a diverse array of works in its next concert, Emergence, held at Dancworks Studio Theatre, Jan. 6-7. more

Jan 2, 2018 12:49 PM Performing Arts Weekly


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For the third year and counting, the Marcus Center has teamed with its resident company, Black Arts MKE, to present Langston Hughes’ song play Black Nativity. more

Dec 12, 2017 3:28 PM Theater


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Mad Li(m)bs features choreographer Dani Kuepper, her five-woman company and their guest artists in an ambitious comic concert that also capitalizes on the performers’ many dance and theatre skills. more

Nov 14, 2017 2:08 PM Dance


Photo Credit: Mark Frohna

Milwaukee Ballet’s take on Giacomo Puccini’s opera, La Bohème, is a fine balletic adaptation of a storied tragi-romantic opera. more

Nov 7, 2017 1:49 PM Dance


Photo Credit: Mark Frohna

The Milwaukee Ballet brings Artistic Director Michael Pink’s ballet theater rendition of La Bohème, considered one of the company’s finest achievements after its 2012 debut, back to the Marcus Center for another run. more

Oct 31, 2017 1:24 PM A&E Feature


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Dancing on the Ceiling filled UWM’s Studio Theater with mature artistry in an unforgettable, quite probably historic concert of solos by six women in their fifth and sixth decades of life. more

Oct 25, 2017 10:32 AM Dance

Cooperative Performance Milwaukee was founded as a co-op whose members, with input from the community, produce original avant-garde performances. more

Oct 10, 2017 2:05 PM A&E Feature

A family comedy driven by complex characters and big subjects, The Who and the What is the third of Brookfield native Ayad Akhtar’s plays to be celebrated internationally in the last five years. more

Sep 19, 2017 2:01 PM A&E Feature

No narrative thread connected the 11 discreet vignettes of Debra Loewen’s dreamlike Artifacts at the Goat Palace in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, but the Wild Space Dance Company performance was a witty, affecting and sometimes puzzli... more

Sep 19, 2017 1:50 PM Dance

Deb Loewen’s latest site-specific piece for her Wild Space Dance Company takes place in a Riverwest venue (The Goat Palace), involves the audience and includes actual goats. more

Sep 12, 2017 1:54 PM A&E Feature