2023/24 Emerging Professional Resident: Acting
Milwaukee, WI Artistic

Department: Artistic

Status: Emerging Professional Resident

Compensation: $275/wk. Stipend, $200 Travel Stipend to Milwaukee Area, Housing plus utilities, Milwaukee Bus Pass or 50% contribution to parking costs

Deadline to Apply: Preference will be given to those applying on or before April 15, 2023. Applicants will be consider on a rolling basis beyond said date.

Milwaukee Rep, a LORT theater located in the heart of Wisconsin’s largest metropolitan area, is currently seeking applicants for Acting Residents as a part of our Career Training program. Our mission is to ignite positive changes 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. It is important that our hiring practices reflect this commitment to diversity and we strongly encourage applications from members of all communities and backgrounds.

Acting Residency: Position Summary

Acting Residents work closely with Milwaukee Rep’s in-house artists and acclaimed guest directors and actors on a variety of productions during their Residency. Resident appointments mimic Equity outlines for a set of shows throughout the season which can vary from 18-27 consecutive weeks. The role in which a given Acting Resident functions can change with each production though the focus never strays from acting: there are no technical or administrative responsibilities attached. The primary objective being to create a bridge to the professional world by getting Residents in the rehearsal rooms and preparing them for their next career steps through participation and observation. This includes three components: understudy/onstage work, workshops and auditions, and professional mentoring.

Understudy and Onstage Work: Actors understudy roles in Milwaukee Rep’s 2023/24 Season, and play ensemble roles as available. Through these assignments, Acting Residents have an opportunity to share the experience and knowledge of working professionals, to build relationships with those professionals, and to develop their own practice with the support and guidance of Milwaukee Rep artists. Understudy runs performed shortly after openings allow EPRs to showcase their work for fellow Milwaukee Rep company members.

Workshops and Auditions: Throughout the season, Acting EPRs participate in a variety of workshops with professionals. Past workshops have included Q&As with industry members, the creation of a voiceover demo reel, auditioning on camera, casting, centering wellness in one’s acting practice, and a variety of acting workshops focusing on styles and approaches. They are also provided with the opportunity to audition for several Wisconsin theater organizations.

Professional Mentoring: Milwaukee Rep makes every effort to help Acting Residents find professional work following their seasons. Acting Residents also earn Equity Membership Candidacy points during their internships. The center of their mentorship experience is based around one-on-one and group check-ins with Artistic staff members at Milwaukee Rep. These meetings focus on goal setting, giving feedback on your branding materials, helping an artist articulate their process, and discussing whatever challenges actors are meeting in the room.

2022/23 Acting Residency dates: 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 2022/23 Season, the Emerging Professional Residency starts in August and ends in May, but there are exceptions. Milwaukee Rep works hard to make it possible for EPRs to take that next gig.

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

To read more about Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s commitment to Equity, Diversity & Inclusion including our ED&I Vision of Success, please Click Here

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

- Resilient 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

This application is intended for people applying to the Acting Residency at Milwaukee Repertory Theater for the 2023/24 Season. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis thereafter until all positions are filled. In order to maintain an equitable process, everyone must apply online. Any candidate who requires different accommodations to submit an online application or has any additional questions about the program should contact Jeffrey Mosser, Artistic Producer/Director of Training at jmosser@milwaukeerep.com.

Application Instructions

Please pay attention to the following when it comes to completing your application

  • This application must be completed and submitted in one session. While you can make revisions once you have started and you will have a chance to review your final application before submitting, you may not exit the application and return at a later time. Please plan accordingly and it is strongly recommended that you gather the below listed materials in advance of beginning the online application form.
  • You will be asked to upload several additional files (see below). Make sure that they are saved in either .doc or .pdf format. Files using .txt, jpeg, and other formats may not be properly received and may prevent full consideration of your application.
  • For questions about your application status, please defer to the email listed above.

Application Materials Required

**Cover Letter, Letters of Recommendation, and *video link(s) should be included in a single Word Doc or PDF and uploaded as a single additional file with your application.

1. Resume

2. Current headshot

3. One (1) Letter of Recommendation
Please note, the person writing your Letter of Recommendation should differ from your Professional References.

4. Cover Letter (500 words or less): that answers the following questions:

  • At this point in your career, why are you seeking an Acting 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?

5. Your self-taped audition video totaling no more than 5 minutes and 30 seconds.
Audition pieces should encapsulate your strengths as an artist and meet the following criteria:

  • One (1) Contemporary Monologue.
  • One (1) Classical Monologue.
  • One (1) Song Selection of no more than 32 bars.
  • Please use YouTube or Vimeo to share your videos.
  • You may submit audition videos in one compiled link or as separate selections.
  • Please make sure we can clearly see your whole body throughout the entire video.
  • Video auditions are required for all Acting Resident applicants, even if you have already auditioned or will audition in person.

6. A document containing
a) two (2) professional references that can speak about your work
b) the link(s) to your audition video(s) and passwords as necessary