What is The Battery Factory?

The Battery Factory (TBF) is a cultural reactor for local theatre artists in Milwaukee. Through production and presentation, advocacy and fiscal sponsorship, Battery Factory powers new arts opportunities and strives to better integrate the performing arts into all communities.

Creative cultural assets are the batteries which spark the engines of business and community development. Milwaukee is rich in arts education, and TBF seeks to help the graduates of these programs, including BFA and MFA programs at UW-M or MIAD (for example), decide to stay in our community post-graduation. Through production and presentation, advocacy, fiscal sponsorship, audience and venue development, Battery Factory will power new arts opportunities and strive to better integrate the performing arts into all communities.

Why “The Battery Factory”?

Early formative discussions and planning for The Battery Factory took place in the UW-M Peck School of the Arts facility at Kenilworth Square East. The Battery Factory’s foundation legend holds that the building was once a GM battery factory. As the purpose of this organization is to spark new works of art, and new ways of working in the arts in Greater Milwaukee, the name seemed a natural fit: The battery starts the engine and ignites the fuel.

What’s Next for The Battery Factory? Tessellate ’17

TBF commissioned four local theatre artists to create new works for Tessellate 2017. Maria Gillespie, Joelle Worm, ​Nabra Nelson, and Rebecca Holderness​ will premiere their works at this year’s festival on Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24 at UW-Milwaukee’s Kenilworth Square East Studios and Theatre (1925 E. Kenilworth Place Milwaukee, WI 53202).

The festival concludes on Sunday, June 25 with 20under20 – a devised work created by 20 local artists in 20 hours. Each artist is under 20 years old. (Please note that Sunday’s performance does not include the commissioned pieces.) This process was led by Helene Fischman of Draw Write Here!