RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THEATERMAKERS ACROSS OUR GREAT STATE.
ALL WISCONSIN’S A STAGE…
This inaugural festival features a diverse assortment of stories being told across our collective stages, which in turn reveals the wide breadth of what Wisconsin is and can become. The new work created for World Premiere Wisconsin explores, illuminates, and celebrates the vastness of Wisconsin’s story, culture, and the many people who make up this great state. Together our WPW line-up says this is Wisconsin, and we are proud of it.
The secret is this: great theater and the development of new work is not something new to Wisconsin. In fact, we’ve been doing it for a long time now (and every image you see on our website is from a play that has had its world premiere in Wisconsin). So, why settle for being a best-kept secret? It’s high time that Wisconsin is recognized for its exceptional work and contributions to American theater.
BOLD IDEA. LOCALLY BREWED.
The launch of this inaugural World Premiere Wisconsin Festival is an expression of our pride for the great works of theater created right here in our great state.
It’s said that a rising tide lifts all boats, which is why we are united in this effort. A thriving theater ecosystem creates jobs. It drives the local economy. A vibrant art scene is often lauded as an incentive by businesses encouraging future employees to come work for them. And if each of our companies’ survival post-pandemic is a testament to anything, it’s that what we do is vital to those who work and play in Wisconsin, from the tip of Door County to the state line.
Not only has a statewide theater festival like WPW never been attempted in Wisconsin before, to the best of our knowledge NO statewide theater festival like ours has EVER been done. PERIOD. WPW is the first of its kind: a bold idea brewed right here in the great state of Wisconsin.
The result: a first-of-its-kind collaboration, a declaration that theater is thriving and vital, and an invitation to YOU to join us on the adventure!
GOALS OF THE FESTIVAL
NATIONAL AWARENESS ABOUT WISCONSIN'S THRIVING THEATER ECOSYSTEM.
THE PRODUCTION OF NEW PLAYS.
A POSITIVE STORY ABOUT THEATERMARKING IN WISCONSIN DURING A CRITICAL PHASE OF RECOVERY AND REBUILDING.