New Play Development

Announcing our next phase of new play development, forging the next generation of new plays, new artists and new audiences.

Forge: to form or bring into being especially by an expenditure of effort.

The name Foundry was chosen, not only to honor the effort that it takes to forge new plays and programs, to help mold young artists, and to listen to the voices of our community, but also to pay homage to the work ethic and manufacturing traditions of Milwaukee. The Wisconsin Cycle, our first new play development initiative, sought to share local stories, and we will continue to tell those stories and provide opportunities for local playwrights, but we will also look globally for stories and for the tellers of those new tales. As we discover stories of  our shared humanity, we build awareness and understanding, fostering empathy and promoting unity.

Through a series of four new play readings each season, we will engage the community in conversations about the work and the process of creation while also providing additional training/performance opportunities for youth and adult actors, writers and directors. Step into The Foundry and help us forge the future of theater!

New play readings take place at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, and admission is free.

Mark your calendars for new play readings happening in our 2017-2018 season!
Details to follow.
  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
    by Alvaro Saar Rios
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
    by Sheri Williams Pannell

  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
    by John Maclay and Brett Ryback

  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.