Leadership For Teens, By Teens
Milwaukee Repertory Theater Teen Council Leadership Program is an organization for teens, by teens. Supported by the resources of Milwaukee Rep, our Teen Council’s student-driven opportunities have included: organizing fundraisers, engaging fellow councils from across the country, representing youth voice at national theater conferences, and advocating for the arts before members of the state legislature – all of which happens while learning how to collaborate and engage with one another. In this program, teens will develop skills in:
- College Readiness
- Community Engagement & Volunteerism
- Theater Advocacy & Career Preparation
In addition to planning a variety of student-driven events, Council members also have VIP access to Milwaukee Rep, including access to $10 tickets to performances and meet-and-greets with artists!
As the next generation of citizens, the Council welcomes youth with varying interests, backgrounds, and levels of theatrical experience.
Benefits of Teen Council membership include:
- Invitations to all Teen Council-hosted activities (Dramathon, Teen Nights, Special Events)
- Access to $10 tickets to performances
- Special access to Milwaukee Rep through tours, meet-and-greets, and full company events
- Opportunities for further leadership positions within the Council
- Access to Milwaukee Rep staff for guidance, job shadows, and potential letters of recommendation
- Leadership and volunteer experience to highlight on resume and college applications
Teen Council meets in Milwaukee Rep’s Board Room once a month on the second Monday of every month, from 7:00-8:30 pm. Meetings are open to all members and are used as a forum for planning events, reflecting upon recent experiences, and working through administrative tasks. Additional Committee meetings may be scheduled between regular meetings as needed to plan for upcoming events.
In addition to the regular meetings schedule, Teen Council has a variety of regular activities and events planned around the Milwaukee Rep season.
Students will have the opportunity to attend a Milwaukee Rep performance and participate in a pre/post-show event at Milwaukee Rep all for just $10! Past events have included dinner with cast members, workshops, games, bake-offs, and more!
A 24-hour fundraising event with non-stop hours of play reading, visits from Rep artists, and plenty of fun!
Teen Council also plans special events throughout the season to further connect members to the staff, artists, and mission at Milwaukee Rep. Each year’s special events are a little different! Examples of past events include:
Peer Company Chicago Trip
Students connect with their peer company, the Steppenwolf Young Adult Council, to watch shows, meet with cast and company members, and share ideas about how they can further empower youth voices in theater.
Creative Wisconsin Day
An annual activity where students advocate for arts funding with State Representatives at the Capitol Building.
A Christmas Carol Family Partner Shopping
Teen Council shops alongside members of the Milwaukee Rep staff for the ACC Families program, where Christmas presents are gifted to underprivileged families in the Milwaukee area.
Curtain Call Ball
Council members who exhibit exceptional professionalism and responsibility attend the Milwaukee Rep’s annual Curtain Call Ball as volunteers, serving as ambassadors between the adult patrons of Milwaukee Rep and the council.
For questions, reach out to Xodia Choate, Education & Engagement Administrator, at email@example.com.