2023/24 Emerging Professional Resident: Education and Engagement
Milwaukee, WI Education and Engagement

Department: Education and Engagement

Status: Emerging Professional Resident

Compensation: $275/wk Stipend, $200 Relocation Stipend for relocating to Milwaukee Area, Housing plus Utilities, Milwaukee Bus Pass or 50% contribution to parking costs

Deadline to Apply: Preference will be given to applications that include all supplementary materials that are received on or before April 15. Applications received following April 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Education and Engagement Residency Summary of Program

Milwaukee Rep’s Education & Engagement Residency prepares motivated future theater educators and agents for social change for a successful career in school and community-based work. This multifaceted program provides training and mentorship opportunities, hands on experience in program administration and implementation, and direct application of skills learned in classroom and community settings.

The Education & Engagement Resident will be an integral part of Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s learning experience that spans the reach of almost 20,000 students and community members per year. Residency opportunities will include serving as a Teaching Artist in schools and community centers, facilitation of audience and community engagement events, curriculum development for workshops and Residencies, assisting with student matinees, and various administrative duties. Projects will adapt to and build on the Education & Engagement Resident’s interests and skills and are designed to increase in responsibility throughout the season. As an active member of the Education & Engagement Department, Emerging Professional Residents will have the opportunity to attend department staff meetings and full staff related meetings, including Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion training.

A successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills; be able to multitask and have a keen eye for detail; be a generous and thoughtful collaborator, a driven self-starter, and a curious and critical thinker; and bring kindness and professionalism to their work. The candidate should have an enthusiasm for education and community engagement with experience working with youth and a willingness to learn more about the expansion of arts appreciation, literacy, social emotional skills, and community connection in the Milwaukee area.A great sense of humor is a plus.

Please note that the Education & Engagement Resident will primarily work during school day hours but night and weekend availability may be required from time to time. Additionally, a reliable car is highly preferred for this position. Therefore, parking is included, as well as mileage reimbursement for position related activities.

While we welcome candidates with a background in any theater focus, this Residency is devoted to work in the Education & Engagement Department and is geared toward people who are primarily interested in careers in Theater Education, Arts Administration, and Community Engagement.

Dates of Participation: Each year the Residency dates change based on the dates of the theatrical season, and the need for EPRs in and around specific productions. In the 2023-24 Season, the Education and Engagement Emerging Professional Residency starts August 17, 2023 and ends May 26, 2024.

About Milwaukee Repertory Theater: Milwaukee Rep is the largest performing arts organization in Wisconsin welcoming 300,000 people at 700 performances of 15 productions a season at the Patty & Jay Baker Theater Complex featuring three unique performance venues – the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio and Stackner Cabaret, and utilizing the Pabst Theatre for the annual Christmas Carol. For over six decades, Milwaukee Rep has been a centerpiece of Milwaukee’s vibrant arts and cultural scene with productions ranging from Broadway musicals to Shakespeare to American Classics and New Works that are entertaining, inclusive and impactful. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Clements and Executive Director Chad Bauman, Milwaukee Rep “ignites positive change in the cultural, social and economic vitality of our community by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity.” Every season requires a team of dedicated, passionate and skilled people. Whether it be a 30+ year veteran employee or one who’s never experienced a Milwaukee winter before, everyone shares a common sense of purpose and determination that enables us to bring world-class theater to the stage.

To read more about Milwaukee Repertory Theater, please visit: www.MilwaukeeRep.com

Milwaukee Repertory Theater is committed to creating a culturally diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


General Qualifications for the EPR program:

- Demonstrated skills needed for chosen department

- Good communication skills

- Strong work ethic

- A level of maturity and self-sufficiency to work in a professional theater environment

- Consistently able to arrive on-time and and ready for work

- Initiative to embrace relevant learning opportunities

Application Information:

This application is intended for people applying to the Education & Engagement Residency at Milwaukee Repertory Theater for the 2023/24 Season. Preference will be given to applications that include all supplementary materials that are received on or before April 15th, but will be reviewed on a rolling basis beyond the preferred deadline. In order to maintain an equitable process, everyone must apply online. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the Residencies are filled. Any candidate who requires different accommodations to submit an online application or has any other questions about the program should reach out to Associate Director of Education, Brittany Sue Hines, at bhines@milwaukeerep.com.

Application Materials Required

Resume, Two (2) Professional References, Cover Letter, One (1) Letter of Recommendation, and a Writing Sample or Lesson Plan should be included in a single PDF and uploaded as a single additional attachment with your application.

1. Resume

2. Contact Information for Two (2) Professional References that can speak about your work

3. Cover Letter that answers the following questions:

  • What is your personal artistic mission for your career?
  • At this point in your career, why are you seeking an Education & Engagement Residency at Milwaukee Rep?
  • What are your artistic strengths and what skills do you hope to improve?
  • How will you use your time in the EPR program to develop your professional skills?

4. One (1) Letters of Recommendation that should speak to your ability to work with students in an educational theater setting. Please note, the person writing your Letter of Recommendation should differ from your Professional References

5. A Writing Sample or Lesson Plan (please choose just one)

  • One (1) Writing Sample should describe the importance of theater in education and the community today. Please keep writing sample to 500 words.
  • One (1) Lesson Plan should be created for a 15- to 30-minute upper elementary (3rd-5th grade) class that covers “theater performance skills 101” (general performance craft - basic body, voice, and imagination) for students who are newer to the stage.