The city of Waukesha is set to receive a $250,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) in support of the Waukesha Civic Theatre’s ongoing expansion project.

The project, known as the Academy Expansion Project, will provide a new façade and lobby to brighten and revitalize the existing space at 264 W. Main St. In the adjacent space at 270 W. Main St., a new, 75-seat theatre — dubbed the Black Box Theatre — will be developed. This will include new backstage, reception and office areas.

“The Waukesha Civic Theatre has long been drawing crowds downtown,” said Missy Hughes, WEDC secretary and CEO. “This renovation and expansion will allow the theater to continue entertaining visitors and inspiring the next generation of artists to take the stage. WEDC is excited to assist with this expansion, and we expect the updated theater to further benefit the community both culturally and economically.”

[Adapted from: City gets grant to support Waukesha Civic Theatre’s expansion September 13, 2022 BizTimes]