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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.

Performing arts openings this week include a sequel to Boeing Boeing, a production of Tartuff and a tribute show to Rodgers and Hammerstein. more

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Danceworks Performance Company’s Secrets From the Wide Sky, a beautifully constructed, nine-episode experiment in dance, music and spoken text. more

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Everybody in the land should attend a performance of Milwaukee Ballet’s Beauty and the Beast, Michael Pink and company’s finest work to date. more

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Among this week’s performing arts openings are Doubt: A Parable at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Pericles, Prince of Tyre at Marquette University, Secrets from the Wide Sky at Danceworks, and a concert and masterclass by organist Jon Gillock at the ... more

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With Beauty and the Beast, the Milwaukee Ballet’s Michael Pink adds another full-length ballet to a body of work that includes his original takes on varied literary sources. more

A&E Feature

Young Milwaukee dance artist Zach Schorsch, along with several established and student dancers, present Wisdom Teeth at Danceworks, Saturday, March 31. more

Dance

At last summer’s Fringe Festival, Danceworks artists Gina Laurenzi and Christal Wagner treated a full house at the Marcus Center’s Wilson Theatre to a challenging, thoroughly engaging collection of original dance, music, spoken word and film. more

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DanceCircus’ Monarchs, Mounds, Migrations was an evening of storytelling, music and motion about migration and the resilience of the human spirit. more

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Danceworks Performance Company’s inspiring concert Women Who Dance brought the company’s founding artistic director, Sarah Wilbur, to the stage along with many other diverse women dancers—from Danceworks and elsewhere. more

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Danceworks presents Women Who Dance, an eclectic compilation of works by Milwaukee area female troupes and dancers. more

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The Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s new John (Jack) D. Lewis New Play Development Program presents Catherine Trieschmann’s One House Over, Feb. 27-March 25. more

A&E Feature

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This week, the Present Music ensemble leaves everything to chance in a series of four concerts in four different Milwaukee venues; their aptly named concert is “Give Chance a Piece.” Hyperlocal presents its 16th collaborative music and dance ... more

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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