Kohl's Wild Theater

Actor Auditions

Kohl’s Wild Theater will be attending the 2015 Milwaukee General Auditions. Information about the audition is as follows:

The 2015 Non-Union Milwaukee General Auditions will take place on Monday, January 19, 2015, from 9:30am to 6:30pm, at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. This is a Locals Only audition – only adult-aged, Milwaukee-based, non-union, professional actors who do not require assistance with travel and housing should attend.

The Sign-Up Process

We will again implement an in-person sign-up process for this year’s auditions. However, due to the high demand for these audition slots, the following changes will be implemented for this year’s sign-up process:

  • A lottery will be conducted for this year’s audition and waiting list slots. There will still be an in-person component to this process, in order to maintain focus on local talent.
  • Actors who auditioned in 2014 will not be allowed to do so in 2015.  At this time, we anticipate that actors who auditioned in 2014 will be eligible to do so again in 2016.
  • Actors enrolled in college or university and in their final semester of study before graduation at the time of the auditions will be eligible to attend. All other student actors must wait until they meet this requirement.
  • Actors born after December 20, 1996 are not eligible to audition.

On Saturday, December 20, 2014, from 8:00am to 10:00am, interested actors will be able submit their respective Non-Union Milwaukee General Auditions Lottery Entry Forms outside of Milwaukee Repertory Theater’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. 

Lottery forms are available for download from here in advance of these auditions, so that interested actors may download, print, and complete them in advance of the lottery day. Paper copies of the form will not be made available on the day of the lottery.  Lottery Entry Forms must be downloaded, printed, and completed in advance. Interested actors must also present a valid form of photo identification (driver’s license or state-issued identification is recommended) in order to submit her/his lottery entry. In addition, please note that an individual is eligible to submit one Lottery Entry only, and only for oneself - entries made for other individuals will not be accepted.

Here are the specifics of the sign-up process that will take place on December 20, 2014:

  • From 8:00am to 9:00am, Lottery Entry Forms will be validated and accepted.
  • From 9:00am to 10:00am, the Lottery will take place. Participating actors must be present to accept a slot resulting from a winning Lottery Entry. If your name is called and you are not present, your winning entry will be forfeit.
  • As winning Lottery Entries are drawn, that actor will have the opportunity to sign up for a remaining available Audition or Waiting List slot. Winning entries will be processed in the order in which they are drawn.

There will also be 10 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 (due to cancellation, for example) at a later date will be given to those actors on the Waiting List.

After the Sign-Up Process

In order to create a better understanding of how Milwaukee theater-makers and the organizations which they serve function, we will be hosting a Panel Discussion after the Lottery process for all interested actors. This Panel will take place from 10:30am to 11:30am on Saturday, December 20, 2014, in Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Stiemke Studio. The following Milwaukee theater professionals have graciously offered to participate in this Panel Discussion:

  • James Fletcher – Artistic Director – Bunny Gumbo Theater
  • Brent Hazelton – Associate Artistic Director – Milwaukee Repertory Theater
  • Angela Iannone – Local Actor, Director,  and Educator
  • Julie Swenson – Producing Director – Renaissance Theaterworks
  • C. Michael Wright – Artistic Director – Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

The Panel Discussion will conclude with a short Q&A session.

Preparing for the Auditions

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

  • One contemporary monologue
  • One classical monologue (preferably Shakespeare)
  • 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.

Non-Equity actors should plan to bring 25 headshots/resumes. Actors who choose to audition with a musical theater selection and desire accompaniment should come prepared with sheet music.

Questions? Please email Michael Kroeker, Milwaukee Repertory Theater 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 2015 (updated Nov. 26, 2014)

The Alchemist Theatre
All In Productions
American Players Theater
The Bunny Gumbo Theater Company
Cooperative Performance Milwaukee
Door Shakespeare
First Stage Children’s Theatre
Forward Theater Company
In Tandem Theatre
Lori Lins Talent
Milwaukee Chamber Theatre
Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Next Act Theatre
Optimist Theatre
Pink Banana Theatre Company
Renaissance Theaterworks
Rhode Center for the Arts
Skylight Music Theatre
Soulstice Theatre
Splinter Group
UPROOTED Theatre Company
The World’s Stage 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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