Kohl's Wild Theater

Actor Auditions

Kohl’s Wild Theater (KWT) is seeking experienced professional actors to join the KWT acting company. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, December 1. Actors in the KWT Company perform multiple roles in a variety of plays and musicals for young audiences. All roles are within an age range of 20-35. Experience with musical theater, puppetry, and comedy improv is a plus. For the audition, please prepare two contrasting musical theatre songs (16-32 bar cut) as well as two contrasting one-minute monologues. Callbacks will be held December 3-4.

Auditions will be by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, actors should send their headshot and resume to davem@zoosociety.org and write “audition” in the subject line.

Program Information

Kohl’s Wild Theater is a professional theater for young audiences that is a part of the education department of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. Using drama, puppetry, and music, KWT teaches lessons on environmental conservation and the importance of caring for animals. KWT performs seven days per week during the summer months at the Milwaukee County Zoo and other venues in the community. During the school year, KWT tours to schools and other community organizations within a one-hour radius of the Zoo.

If cast, actors must be available for daytime rehearsals starting December 21. Performances will begin in January. Starting pay is $12 per hour. Company members typically work 15-25 hours per week. Additional benefits include flexible scheduling and professional development workshops. Auditioning actors will also be considered for Spring/Summer employment.

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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