Is there anything more exhilarating than live performance — to be surrounded by fellow theater, dance or music lovers all taking in that performance as a shared experience and as a uniquely personal one, as well? Whether you are a longtime arts fan, or are just getting your feet wet in this region’s world-class and widely varied arts scene, we’re certain you are as delighted as we are that actors, dancers and musicians are now returning to local theaters, venues and stages with the coming of fall, allowing each of us the kind of transcendent experience that only live performance can deliver. In these pages, you will find not only the when and where, but also the why of art here in Milwaukee — meeting the individuals, organizations and companies that make those stages sing, and learning more about new insights and philosophies that represent an invigorating new era in local performance. We hope you enjoy.