Who We Are

"The Milwaukee Theatre Alliance is about strength in numbers. Those of us who love theater wish everyone would love theater. We believe in the power of theater to impact society in a positive way, to offer a community for lost souls and to provide the empathy the world so sorely needs. And we want more of Milwaukee to experience what we already know. By combining the strengths of the full range of hardworking Milwaukee theaters, the MTA hopes to advocate the art of theater and its benefits to more new patrons than ever before, while building a better support system for the theater community on the whole." - Jaimelyn Gray

Jaimelyn Gray

Founder
Jaimelyn is an Actor, Director, Producer, and Wisconsin grown Theatre Advocate. After spending a decade in Chicago, she relocated to Milwaukee in 2018 to further advocate accessible passionate visceral theatre. Credits include the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Riverfront Theatre (Rockford), Eclipse Theatre (Chicago), TUTA (Chicago), and many other powerful Chicago storefront theatres. Most recently she collaborated to form Chicago's only English-Russian cross-cultural theater company, along with the formation and operation of The Constructivists, located here in Milwaukee.

Kira Renkas

Founder
Kira is a Milwaukee native, having received her BFA in Acting from UW-Milwaukee. In addition to acting, she is the producer and founder of Aura Theatre Collective, founded in 2018. Some of her acting credits include: Mariana in Aura's Measure for Measure (2019), Karen Wright in Outskirts' the Children's Hour (2017), Juliet from Voices Found Rep's Romeo and Juliet, reprisal of Juliet for VFR's showcase at the Milwaukee Fringe Festival (2019), Nymph/Yuppie/Hobo with Cooperative Performance MKE, along with many others.

Jim Neuner

Managing Director
Jim is also a Milwaukee native who is back in his hometown after 20 years on the West Coast. In addition to being the MTA Managing Director, he is also the Managing Director for Mad Rogues. In addition, he is a member of Support for Artists Strategy Group at Imagine MKE and on the Finance Committee for Artworks for Milwaukee. He was on the board of the Portland Area Theatre Alliance and was a member of the Theatre Services Committee for the Theatre Bay Area. He has an MBA from the University of San Francisco and graduated from Marquette University with a B.S. Electrical Engineering degree.

Audwin Short

Administrative Assistant
Audwin has experience as an Actor in Film, TV, and Theater. He has produced 3 theatrical shows, which include A Raisin in the Sun, A Piece of My Heart, and the Odd Couple. He is a co-founder/producer at Lemonade Theatre Productions. Using his experience in theatre, connections with people in the industry, and collaboration to receive funding, the Milwaukee Theatre Alliance can expect constant collaborations and many artistic endeavors in Lemonade Theatre Productions' future.

Theater Companies Involved

"I recall sitting in awe of those other groups at the first few meetings. The ideas were flowing, no idea was too small or invaluable, and the willingness to be there and be advocates for theater, making great theater and working together to do so was inspirational. Everyone brought something valuable to the room: knowledge, experience, ideas, strengths and resources that others may not have had. The desire to shape theater in Milwaukee to be more conducive to its needs was there, and it was powerful. It was electrifying."- Kira Renkas

Supporting Organizations