MILWAUKEE: Milwaukee Repertory Theater has awarded $60,000 to artists in need through its Milwaukee Rep Freelance Artist Relief Effort. The Rep granted awards of $500 to $1,000 to 80 artists, the majority of whom have worked with the Rep previously.
“A truly great theatre company is defined by the extraordinary artists that inhabit it, which is why it is so crucial for us to use whatever resources we currently have to meaningfully support them during this catastrophic time for our industry,” said artistic director Mark Clements in a statement. “That we are able to do so in such a way right now is a true testament to the amazing generosity and loyalty of our trustees and donors.”
Applicants had to provide documentation that they had lost theatre work and income to be eligible for relief. Eight percent of the funds were distributed to freelance artists who had worked at the Rep in the last five years, including directors, teaching artists, designers, and actors. Artists who reside in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties in Wisconsin were also eligible to apply.
“In order for Milwaukee Rep to rebound strong when it is safe for us all to do so, it is vital that we play our part in preserving the talent pool that is so precious to us,” Clements said.
Milwaukee Rep is the largest performing arts organization in Wisconsin, and is committed to producing works that are entertaining, inclusive, and impactful.
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