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Almost One Year After Fire, UWM's Mainstage Theatre Reopens

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Tom Luljak and Scott Emmons

It is almost one year since a fire occurred in UWM’s MainStage Theatre. When the flames were put out and the smoke cleared, the campus was left with more than $6 million dollars in damage to the theater and adjoining buildings.

It was a devastating experience for students and faculty alike, leaving some to wonder what the future of the theater program at UWM would be.

Well, we are happy to report that this week the Mainstage Theater is reopening for the first time since the fire. It is ready to train a whole new generation of theater students, while entertaining the thousands who come to UWM each year to see top quality student productions.

On this edition of UWM Today, we are joined by Scott Emmons, Dean of the Peck School of the Arts, to talk about the remarkable turnaround from the devastating fire.

Tom Luljak hosted UWM Today on WUWM for more than two decades and is the inaugural host of Curious Campus.