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Marie Kohler Leads Theater Renaissance
RENAISSANCE THEATERWORKS
In 1993, Marie Kohler co-founded Renaissance Theaterworks (RTW) with four other women. The company's mission is "to create moving theater that awakens our recognition of what it is to be human— from classics to world premieres—with attention to roles for women onstage and off."

Located in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, RTW produces intimate and moving theater at The Broadway Theatre Center. RTW has built a solid reputation for producing high quality and thought-provoking productions that have excited both critics and audiences. RTW regularly collaborates with other organizations in artistic, marketing, and arts advocacy projects and is a proud member of Theatre Communications Group, Theatre Wisconsin, and Third Ward Arts Association. RTW regularly receives funding from UPAF, the city and county of Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Arts Board and many other granting organizations.


RESIDENT PLAYWRIGHT
As Resident Playwright since 1994, Kohler has developed five plays with the support and collaboration of Renaissance Theaterworks. COUNTING DAYS, MIDNIGHT AND MOLL FLANDERS, BOSWELL'S DREAMS, and THE DIG were all workshopped with company members and produced as part of Renaissance Theaterworks' seasons. Wes Savick led the workshops of COUNTING DAYS (nominated in 1995 for "Best New Regional Play" by the American Theatre Critics Association). Norma Saldivar led the workshops of MIDNIGHT AND MOLL FLANDERS at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Directed by Saldivar and produced in 2000 in collaboration with the university, MIDNIGHT AND MOLL FLANDERS was named "Best New Play" by Milwaukee Magazine. Saldivar also directed the development and production of BOSWELL'S DREAMS, mounted by Renaissance in 2005 and named "Best of 2005" by Milwaukee Magazine. THE DIG, Kohler's most recent work, premiered at Renaissance Theaterworks in January of 2009 to critical and audience acclaim (see Reviews and Recommendations). THE DIG, also directed by Saldivar, received two public readings, a professional workshop, and development at Sewanee Writers' Conference.