Kohl's Wild Theater

Actor Auditions

Kohl’s Wild Theater will be attending the Milwaukee General Auditions at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater on February 24th. Those wishing to be considered for the Kohl’s Wild Theater summer season are strongly encouraged to attend this audition. Detailed information on the Milwaukee General Auditions is listed below. If interested actors are unable to attend these auditions and still wish to be considered for future opportunities, then headshots and resumes can be sent to Dave McLellan at davem@zoosociety.org.

The Annual Non-AEA Milwaukee General Auditions

The 2014 Non-Union Milwaukee General Auditions will take place on Monday, February 24th, 2014, from 9:30am to 6:30pm, at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. This is a Locals Only audition – only Non-Union actors that do not require assistance with travel and housing should attend.

We will again implement an in-person sign-up process for this year’s auditions. On Saturday, January 18, 2014, from 9:00am to 12:00 Noon, interested actors will be able to sign up in person for the 2014 Non-Union Milwaukee General Auditions outside of Milwaukee Rep’s Stackner Cabaret on the 2nd floor Arboretum of the Patty & Jay Baker Theater Complex, accessible via elevator or via the escalator near building security. Please note that the doors to the Milwaukee Center are scheduled to be unlocked at 6:00am, and are not under the control of Milwaukee Repertory Theater.  A line formed very early last year, and there is no reason to expect otherwise in 2014.

Slots will be available on a first-come-first-served basis – all slots will very likely be filled well before 12:00 Noon. This span of time is provided only as an estimate of the time commitment necessary for this sign-up process. Attendance on January 18 will not guarantee an audition slot.  Interested actors must present a valid form of photo identification (driver’s license or state-issued identification is recommended) in order to obtain a slot.  In addition, please note that an individual is eligible to request one slot only - requests made for other individuals will not be honored.

There will also be 25 Waiting List slots available. Sign-up for these slots will occur in the same manner as outlined above, once all auditions slot have been filled. Obtaining a Waiting List slot does not guarantee an audition, but preference for any slots that open at a later date will be given to those actors on the Waiting List.

Should there be audition or waiting lists slots available after this sign-up period, they will be made available via an additional in-person sign-up at The Rep’s administrative offices. Additional details will be announced on this page should any slots remain. This situation is highly unlikely to occur.

Slots for this Non-Equity day will fill quickly. Please plan accordingly.


Audition slots will be 4 minutes long, and will consist of any two of the following:

  1. One contemporary monologue
  2. One classical monologue (preferably Shakespeare)
  3. One musical theater selection – 60 to 90 seconds in duration. An accompanist will be in attendance.

Please note that the actor’s introduction and any time necessary to communicate with the accompanist will count as part of the 4 minutes. Please prepare and time your selections carefully, as actors who exceed the audition time of 4 minutes will be stopped.

Actors should plan to bring 30 headshots/resumes – please check the website listed below often for updates on the number of producers attending. This list is subject to change at any time.

Actors who choose to audition with a musical theater selection and desire accompaniment should come prepared with sheet music.

Questions? Please visit the Milwaukee Repertory Theater's website frequently for additional information. For additional information, please email Michael Kroeker, Artistic Associate, at mkroeker@milwaukeerep.com. Due to the volume of questions, please allow two business days for a response.

All interested actors should visit this page regularly for information and updates.

Companies Expected to Attend in 2014 (updated Dec. 20, 2013)

  • Actor’s Craft
  • The Alchemist Theatre
  • American Players Theater
  • The Bunny Gumbo Theater Company
  • Cooperative Performance Milwaukee
  • Door Shakespeare
  • First Stage Children’s Theatre
  • Forward Theater Company
  • Great River Shakespeare Festival
  • In Tandem Theatre
  • Lori Lins Talent Management
  • Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
  • Milwaukee Repertory Theater
  • Next Act Theatre
  • Optimist Theatre
  • Peninsula Players
  • Pink Banana Theatre Company
  • Renaissance Theaterworks
  • Rhode Center for the Arts
  • Skylight Music Theatre
  • Splinter Group
  • Theater RED
  • UPROOTED Theatre Company
  • The World’s Stage Theatre Company
  • Youngblood Theatre Company
  • Zoological Society of Milwaukee/Kohl’s Wild Theater

Writers and Composers

Kohl’s Wild Theater occasionally commissions playwrights and composers to develop new plays or musicals about specific conservation topics under a “for hire” contract. To be considered for a future contract, writers or composers may send their resume and two writing/music samples to Dave McLellan at davem@zoosociety.org. Writing samples should be under 10 pages and should be from a play or musical for young audiences.


Kohl’s Wild Theater occasionally contracts costume, set/props, sound and puppet designers to design new plays and musicals. Interested designers may send their resume to Dave McLellan at davem@zoosociety.org.

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