Antonio's Song Act II
ACT II is a conversation series focused on one production from our season that provides meaningful dialogue around topics explored in the show. From facilitated dialogue series to relevant workshops in the community to panel conversations, ACT II gives audiences the opportunity to listen deeply to one another, learn from the community, and consider their own next steps in their journey towards making positive change in their community.
Here are the ACT II activities as of now for Antonio’s Song:
ACT II Dialogue Circle
Held at Milwaukee Rep after all Wednesday and Thursday performances, plus opening night of Antonio's Song. After the performance, a member of the community will give a 5-minute response to themes of the show. Audiences will then be invited to join a dialogue in the lobby space facilitated by the Zeidler Group. Current guest responders include:
Patient Equity and Inclusion Manager, Froedtert Health
Advocate & Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator, Milwaukee Bucks
February 9 – matinee
Sheri Williams Pannell
Assistant Professor, Theatre & Area Head, Musical Theatre, UWM Peck School of the Arts
February 9 – evening
PTI Member, Milwaukee Repertory Theater
CEO, STRYV365 INC
Senator Lena C. Taylor
Wisconsin State Senator, Senate District 4
Director – Gender, Identity & Inclusion Department at Milwaukee Public Schools
President & CEO. United Performing Arts Fund
Theater Teacher Artist, Milwaukee Rep
Director of Neighborhood Partnerships – Imagine MKE
Co-Founder of Raising the Bar, Author, & Motivational Speaker
Co-Owner & Co-Founder of Kindred Spirits Workshop and Singer/Songwriter
Toxic Masculinity / Stigma and Abuse
Sunday, February 20, 2pm • Post-Performance
The panel will explore notions of dividing one's self, how masculinity is performed and what does vulnerability look like.
- Demonte Dismuke, Moderator: Youth Services Program Manager, Wellpoint Care Network
- Kenneth Ginlack: Chief Executive Officer, Serenity Inns Inc.
- Aaric Guerriero: Froedtert Health Patient Equity and Inclusion Manager
- Darrin B. Madison Jr.: Democracy Organizer, African American Roundtable
- Dr. Kweku Ramel Smith: President and CEO, Bloquesmith Psychological Consultative Services Inc.
Generational Expectations / Family Responsibility
Sunday, February 27, 2pm • Post-Performance
The panel will explore notions of how we shape ourselves, how regret informs who we become and how do we make space to become the best versions of ourselves.
- Jeremy Triblett, Moderator: Owner and Founder, Jeremy Triblett LLC
- Debra Gillispie: Founder, Mothers Against Gun Violence
- Quentin Prince: Director of Youth Leadership and Student Success, Journey House
- Kiran Vedula: Artist in Residence, COA Youth and Family Centers Founder, Flutes at Dawn
Free Dance/Movement Workshop
February 26 and March 5
Join Milwaukee Rep's Education and Engagement Department and WoLF Studios MKE as we celebrate Antonio's Song: I Was Dreaming of a Son with two FREE dance & movement workshops exploring dance as a way of healing and freedom.