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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.

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Photo Credit: Lily Shea

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

Theater

Due to a rent increase, Chris and Jane Flieller choose to close their theater after 21 years. Read more

Theater

Dance artist Cedric Gardner, finalist of the TV show ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ presents his new stage play, ‘Unboxed.’ Read more

Off the Cuff

Maria Gillespie/The Collaboratory offered an evocative multi-disciplinary performance installation at the Jan Serr Studio. Read more

Dance

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Photo Credit: Mark Frohna

Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena is in concert with world premieres by Enrico Morelli and George Williamson. Read more

Dance

Bronzeville Arts Ensemble asks you to join Just a Conversation Over Chicken and Dumplings this week in Milwaukee’s performing arts’ scene. Read more

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Off the Cuff with Bard and Bourbon’s Katie Merriman Read more

Off the Cuff

The Warehouse was the stage for The Moving Archive/What Is Remembered, an art exhibition including dance, photographs and videos. Read more

Dance

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Photo Credit: Brea Graber

Debra Loewen’s new Wild Space Dance Company performance Making/Unmaking was a kind of perfect representation of the notion of dance as art in motion. Read more

Dance

By definition, dance is art in motion, and figuratively speaking, Milwaukee’s dance culture is not standing still. The theme of the Shepherd Express’ 2019 Spring Arts Guide is dance, a field in performing arts that has been the site of great activity Read more

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Photo Credit: Mark Frohna

Genesis is Milwaukee Ballet’s international competition, bringing together three choreographers from Spain, Australia and Scotland. Read more

Dance

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Photo Credit: Tom Davenport

Momentum is a dance concert organized by the Milwaukee Ballet II, featuring dances by resident and guest choreographers. Read more

Dance

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Photo Credit: Nathaniel Davauer

Milwaukee Ballet’s “Genesis” is one of few international choreographic competitions in the United States. Meet the three competitors. Read more

A&E Feature

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Photo Credit: Paul Ruffolo

Sara Bareilles’ “You Can Have Manhattan”—rendered intimately near the end of Danceworks Performance Company’s Torch and Glamour—casts a spell, the ability of which is ripe for comedy. Read more

Dance

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Highlighting this week’s performing arts’ scene, The Chinese Lady appears at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Torch and Glamour takes to Danceworks’ stage, and Florentine Opera’s studio artists sing “Con Amore.” Read more

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Opening Feb. 8, Theatre Gigante presents a modern, more humorous adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. Read more

A&E Feature

It was easy to believe that the young performers in the UW-Milwaukee Dance Department’s Winterdances: Refuge have futures in dance. Read more

Dance

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Highlighting this week’s performing arts’ scene, PAW Patrol Live! embarks (pun intended) upon an adventure in Miller High Life Theatre, and Winterdances: Refuge takes refuge in UWM’s Mainstage Theater. Read more

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Photo Credit: Heather Mrotek

In SueMo's Symbiosis, the pains of change were the subjects of several premieres as the company shifted its focus forward. Read more

Dance

Ayad Akhtar has continued to polish the script of Junk. Working with Mark Clements, he’s just finished a newly updated version that will premiere in Milwaukee Jan. 16-Feb. 17. Read more

A&E Feature

This week’s highlights include Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival Showcase, which returns to Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre for an eighth year. Read more

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