Upcoming Season

Our next show: A CHORUS LINE

A co-production with Milwaukee Opera Theatre

Theater RED was featured in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's 2016 Theater Year in Review from critic Mike Fischer.

Bonny Anne Bonny

Honorable Mention

Christopher Kurtz

Set Design

Alicia Rice

Choreography (dance)

Christopher Elst

Choreography (fight)

Kelly Doherty

Supporting Actor
Honorable Mention

Past Productions

Oh, the places we've been...

  • January 2013

    Twelfth Night

    The Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company of Chicago brought the First Folio style to Milwaukee in a madcap production of Shakespeare's classic "Twelfth Night" to make Theater RED's premiere a rousing success.

  • June 2013

    Two Gentlemen of Verona

    The first of two new unrehearsed productions brought the First Folio style to Milwaukee in a tale of mistaken identities that brought audiences laughter and love.

  • September 2013

    The Merry Wives of Windsor

    The third collaboration was certainly the charm when Theater RED brought The Unrehearsed Shakespeare Company back to Milwaukee for another First Folio performance of Shakespeare!

  • November 2013

    A Thousand Times Goodnight

    Shakespeare met Arabian Nights in this world premiere, Elizabethan 5-act comedy written and directed by Jared McDaris.

  • August 2014

    A Lady in Waiting

    Liz Shipe wrote and co-starred in this world premiere of an adventurous twist on the tale of Robin Hood, told from a unique womens perspective.

  • August 2015

    Twelfth Night

    With a cast of Milwaukee's best Unrehearsed-style actors, Theater RED brought the madcap style to the Cedarburg Art Museum's summer Arts festival.

  • August 2015

    The Seeds of Banquo

    Written and directed by Milwaukee theatre titan Angela Iannone, THE SEEDS OF BANQUO offered a look into the life of Edwin Booth as he grappled with questions — onstage and off — of honor, ambition, and inheritance.

  • October 2015


    A fiendish collaboration with The Musical Masquers of West Bend, Wisconsin. Christopher Elst directed this story of Victorian horror, focused on the puritanical view of sex, repression, and fear of the foreign.

  • March 2016


    Fueled by jealousy and resentment, the girls embark on a night of debauchery that goes from playfully wasted to devastatingly destructive. A wicked comedy about female friendship and growing up in an age of excess.

  • November 2016

    Bonny Anne Bonny

    With a cast of swashbuckling women at the forefront, BONNY ANNE BONNY brought professionals alongside students at Wisconsin Lutheran College to promote collaboration in Milwaukee's rich performing arts community.

Theater RED

The folks behind the magic.

Christopher Elst

Producing Director

Marcee Doherty-Elst

Producing Director

Zach Zembrowski

Technical Director

Ginger Doherty-Elst

Director of Security

Lucy Doherty-Elst

Chief Morale Officer

Founded in 2013, Theater RED is a registered LLC that produces shows in southeastern Wisconsin. Each show at Theater RED attempts to address the company’s three founding tenets:

  • substantial roles for women
  • growth in craft for artists
  • new works by promising artists

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