Theater Academy

The nation's largest Theater Academy training program that fosters life skills through stage skills

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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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Company Class performances

Our Company Classes at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center and the Oconomowoc Arts Center are about to complete their four-week program, in which students in grades 9-12 worked to broaden performance skills and deepen knowledge of theater, culminating in their own production.  Admission for Company Class performances is free.

By Bob Carlton
Directed by Angela Iannone, Musical Direction by Adrianna Stoiber
For everyone ages 10 and up.
Friday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Youth Arts Hall, Milwaukee Youth Arts Center

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Mitch Weindorf, Assistant Director Leah Dueno
For everyone ages 12 and up.
Friday, July 11 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 12 at 2 p.m.
The Patricia E. Neudecker Stage, Oconomowoc Arts Center



Featured Class

Two Week Gr. 5-6 7/28-8/8

Two-week session Serving new and returning students entering grades 5-6 in fall of 2014 Times: 8:45 am–4:15 pm 5th-12th Grade Curriculum Students will rotate through a core curriculum that explores the fundamental elements of actor training: Acting Theory, Improvisation, Musical Theater, and Shakespeare. 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 hard work of fellow students.

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  • See a First Stage Performance

    Our 2014-15 season offers something for parents, grandparents with preschoolers, high schoolers and every age in between.

  • First Stage in your school

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