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Wisconsin Public Service Foundation awards grant to Peninsula Players Theater for new housing

The Peninsula Players Theater announced that it was the recipient of a $75,000 grant from the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation (WPS) for its housing campaign, Act II: Protecting the Past, Securing the Future.

The theater announced the launch of its $3.5 million campaign on the season opening night on June 14. The theater plans to build two new dormitories that will replace the aging and inadequate structures in which company members currently reside. The Peninsula Players Theater will inaugurate this critical project in September 2022.

“We are proud to support the Peninsula Players Theater to ensure it remains a destination venue for actors, students and guests from across the Midwest,” said Beth Straka, President of the WPS Foundation. “Vibrant arts organizations like the Peninsula Players Theater are creating a brighter future for our communities, providing diverse experiences and entertainment for people of all ages.”

The company’s new housing is a long overdue project and a highly anticipated dream of the Peninsula Players Theatre. The organization and its board of directors have pledged to be debt-free before embarking on a new fundraising campaign. The new dorms will help attract and retain the talented staff and trainees needed to make the magic seen on stage each season.

“We are thrilled to receive this generous grant from the WPS Foundation,” said Executive Director Brian Kelsey. “By supporting the Housing Campaign, the WPS Foundation is not only investing in the future of the Peninsula Players Theater, but also in the Door County community. We are grateful to have community partners such as the WPS Foundation who appreciate both the importance of the arts and its contribution to our county as a whole.

To learn more about the theater’s Act II housing campaign and to support this vital project, please visit or contact Development Director Danielle Szmanda at (920) 868-3287 or [email protected].

The Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation, now in its 58th year, has provided nearly $40 million in contributions to programs that support arts and culture, community and neighborhood development, education, social and health services, and environmental protection in the communities served. by Wisconsin Public Service, Michigan Gas Utilities and Minnesota Energy Resources. The WPS Foundation is funded by WEC Energy Group shareholders, not the customers of its utility subsidiaries. Learn more about

The Peninsula Players Theater is America’s oldest resident professional summer theater. It is unique in the country for its diverse productions, its loyalty to a resident company, and its beautiful setting of 16 wooded acres along the cedar-lined shores of Green Bay. Over the past 87 years, the theater has become a Door County landmark and its foundational arts institution, attracting audiences from across Wisconsin and across the country. To learn more about the Peninsula Players Theatre, visit