Milwaukee Rep’s Chad Bauman Talks About the Arts During the Pandemic

“We need to help them get through this difficult time.”


Chad Bauman, executive director of Milwaukee Repertory Theater, joined Milwaukee Magazine Editor and Publisher Carole Nicksin for a livestream lunch Friday to talk about how the theater is adapting during the pandemic.

Bauman said that the arts industry has been one of the most affected during the pandemic, and the theater has made it a priority to continue supporting its actors and staff.

“We’re really paying attention to CDC guidelines,” Bauman said. “The first thing that we’re going to do is protect our artists, our patrons and our staff.”

The 2020-2021 season is scheduled to begin at the end of October. Bauman said they are planning to sell a limited number of tickets and switch from paper to online tickets in order to reduce crowding and minimize contact between staff and patrons. 

In the meantime, the theater is providing a wide range of content on its website. Milwaukee Rep At Home features wellness videos, online workshops, monologues, playlists, recorded performances and more. In addition to entertaining audiences at home, Bauman said this has provided continued support for actors. 

“It allowed us to continue employing actors, and that’s really critical right now,” Bauman said. “We need to help them get through this difficult time.” 



Elizabeth Johnson is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine and a journalism major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.