University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Theatre Curious?


Theatre Curious?

Explore the actor’s art.
Improve your interpersonal and public speaking skills.
Get “out and about” in Milwaukee.
Build confidence through Theatre games.
Exercise the right side of your brain.
And if you’re a UWM student, it’s a fun and unique way to earn GER Arts credits!


For Credit Courses - Open to UWM Students only

How to register for classes
How to apply to UWM

Explore Theatre performance

100 Introduction to the Theatre. 3 cr. U. (GER ARTS)
An introduction to the theatre as a form of artistic, social and human expression, both from the point-of-view of the audience and the theatre artist. Attendance at live theatrical performances required. Prereq: none.
So your parents wouldn’t allow you to major in theatre? Take this course! Also available online.

101 Acting for Non-majors 3 cr. U. (GER ARTS)
An introduction to basic acting techniques of personalization, focus, and scene study explored through participatory and collaborative exercises and assignments.

224 Make Up 3 cr. U.
Emphasis on materials, effects of light, color and character analysis. Prereq: none.


Develop interpersonal communication abilities!

111 Theatre Games 3 cr. U. (GER ARTS)
An introduction to a wide variety of improvisations and games which are designed to free and channel the self expression of performers and non-performers. Prereq: none.
Taught by Comedy Sportz founder, Dick Chudnow. Learn how to make people laugh.

231 Introduction to Voice and Speech. 3 cr. U. (GER ARTS)
Lectures and exercises designed to begin the development of a more open, resonant, and flexible speaking voice for everyday use. Prereq: none.
Speak with confidence, clarity, and expressiveness by practicing a variety of exercises that lead to a more open, resonant, and flexible speaking voice. Learn the voice and speech "secrets" good actors have used for generations and apply them to your professional and social experiences! Recommended for students of business, law, teaching, public service, and of course, performance. Also helpful to ESL students. Taught by Raeleen McMillion, professional speech coach, actor, and director.

260 Storytelling: (Discovering your Personal Story). 3 cr. U. (GER ARTS)
Develop, explore, and improve your communication skills and have fun in the process. Sharpen your ability to express ideas and stories from a diverse range of cultures and communities - including your own. This course will also help you discover and hone your own story, those of others and further your creative growth. May be retaken with change in topic to max of 3 semesters. Prereq: none, except as required for specific topic.

305 Out and About in Milwaukee. 3 cr. U. (GER ARTS)
Performances, demonstrations, and lectures focusing on specific aspects of theatrical production. Attendance at live theatrical performances required. May be retaken with a change in topic to a maximum of 9 credits. Prereq: none.
Discover the breadth and quality of theatre performances on the local Arts Scene. Taught by Pamela Rehberg, professional costume designer and educator, who has special price access to command performances, theatre professionals and backstage intrigue.

311 Advanced Theatre Games and Improvisation. 3 cr. U.
Advanced study in a wide variety of long-form acting improvisations and games designed to free and channel self expression of performers and non-performers. Prereq: Theatre 111(P) or cons instr. Improvisational performance attendance required.
Taught by Comedy Sportz founder, Dick Chudnow - specializing in advanced laughter!


Feed the right side of your brain!

102 Introduction to Design and Production for Performance. 3 cr. U. (GER ARTS)
A study of production and performance ideas as they relate to the theatrical environment. Emphasis on production styles and the process of evolving the artistic concepts. Prereq: none. A blended class.
Improve your creative and collaborative communication skills, and sharpen your ability to express ideas in an articulate, creative, and visual way. Examine visual storytelling from multi-cultural and diverse perspectives. Introduce yourself to the design and production aspects of theatrical performance and further your growth as an artist. Taught by professional designer Rick Graham who brings over 35 years experience to the course.

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Non-Credit Courses – Open to the general public.

Non-Credit Registration Form

Introduction to the Theatre
September 3 - December 12, 2013 — January 21 - May 8, 2014

Fourteen sessions: 6-9pm
Instructor: Alvaro Saar-Rios
Fee: $140
Location: UWM Mitchell Hall 375

Limited enrollment – sign up today!

Introduction to the theatre as a form of artistic, social and human expression from both the point-of-view of the audience and the theatre artist. Attendance at live theatrical performances required. Alvaro Saar-Rios is a lecturer in the Department of Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

To register, download the registration form. Please fill out and return with payment or call the Peck School of the Arts Box Office at (414) 229-4308.


Introduction to the Actor’s Art
September 3 - December 12, 2013 — January 21 - May 8, 2014

Fourteen sessions: 6-9pm
Instructor: Jenny Wanasek
Fee: $140
Location: UWM Theatre Building Room 6

Limited enrollment – sign up today!

An introduction to the actor's art and craft through lecture, demonstration, exercises, and class assignments Nurture the actor in you. Taught by professional actors! Jenny Wanasek is a professional actor and a lecturer in the Department of Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

To register, download the registration form. Please fill out and return with payment or call the Peck School of the Arts Box Office at (414) 229-4308.


Out and About in Milwaukee
September 3 - December 12, 2013 — January 21 - May 8, 2014

Fifteen sessions: Wednesday 6-10pm
Instructor: Pamela Rehberg
Fee: $200
Location: First meeting in UWM Mainstage Theatre

Limited enrollment – sign up today!

Performances, demonstrations, and lectures focusing on specific aspects of theatrical production. Attendance at live theatrical performances required. Discover the breath and quality of theatre performances on the local Arts Scene. Pamela Rehberg is a professional costume designer and educator who has special price access to command performances, theatre professionals and backstage intrigue.

To register, download the registration form. Please fill out and return with payment or call the Peck School of the Arts Box Office at (414) 229-4308.

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