Theater Academy

Let your individuality shine while learning life skills through stage skills at First Stage Theater Academy!

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Our Academy

First Stage Theater Academy fosters life skills through stage skills through classes emphasizing Creative Drama, Stage Movement, Voice and Speech and Scene Study. Summer and school year sessions are held at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts and the Oconomowoc Arts Center.

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Featured Class

Four Week Gr. 6-7 6/15-7/10

Four-week session Serving returning students entering grade 6-7 in fall of 2015 Times: 8:45am–4:15pm Students will continue their theater training through immersion in the core curriculum of Acting Theory, Improvisation, Musical Theater, and Shakespeare. MAJORS: Four-week students will spend time focusing on their favorite area of study. In these sessions students will form 6th-12th grade ensembles devoted to delving deeper into all aspects of their major. Imagine that--more time devoted to your favorite class! Young actors will refine and develop skills specific to their areas of interest, while maintaining their fundamental acting skills. Major areas are Improvisation, Musical Theater, and Shakespeare. Students should indicate their order of preference for majors in the registration process. Upon registration, if the student's first choice is not available they will be placed in their second, and then on to the third if necessary. Please check your invoice for confirmation of your major. Presentations for four-week groups will happen on the final Thursday. Friday classes will consist of guest artists, final reflections, and goal setting for the future. 5th-12th Grade Curriculum: Beginning of Day: Each Academy day begins with a gathering to prepare, share goals, and encourage each other to do our best. Acting Theory: Explore character, relationships, action and text while developing overall acting skills and confidence. Improvisation: Develop expressiveness, spontaneity, and train your brain to think quickly and with reason through improvisational character and scene work. Musical Theater: Increase your versatility and work on new vocal and dance techniques while exploring the art of telling a story through words, music, and movement. Shakespeare: Examine dynamic language, characters, and plots in scenes and monologues from one of the most influential playwrights in history. Voice & Movement: Build strength, flexibility, awareness, and expression through a class devoted to the fundamentals of two of the actor's most important tools. End of Day: Each Academy day concludes with a gathering to reflect and acknowledge the effort of fellow students.

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    Serving over 20,000 students each year, our Theater in Education programs help classroom teachers explore their curriculum in interactive, imaginative and integrated methods.