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 and the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield. 

New! Theater Academy classes starting this winter at the Academy of Performing Arts in Franklin.

Questions? Call us at (414) 267-2970 or e-mail

Featured Class

Next Steps Class for students on the Autism Spectrum - Gr. 3-5 - Two Week 8/15-8/26

Two-week Session Serving new and returning students entering grades 3-5 in fall 2016 Time: 9:00am-12:00pm Next Steps classes are designed to help students on the autism spectrum take their next steps as an artist and a person. First Stage creates a safe space for all students to be creative and be themselves without judgment or fear of failure. Guided by our philosophy of teaching life skills through stage skills, students will experience the joy of acting and musical theater each day with a team of teaching artists and special education professionals. Class Sizes: 8 students; our classroom model includes teams of lead teachers, special education professionals, and teaching assistants with approximately a 2:1 student to teacher ratio. Family aides may accompany a student to class as necessary and agreed upon between the family and First Stage. Accommodations: Sensory supports, quiet rooms, social stories, visual schedules, individualized goal setting, peer role models, video modeling, and small student to teacher ratio are just few of the supports utilized as needed throughout the session. Next Steps 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. 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. End of Day: Each Academy day concludes with a gathering to reflect and acknowledge the hard work of fellow students. For more information about the Next Steps program, please contact us at or (414) 267-2975.

Learn More
  • Teach with us

    First Stage Theater Academy seeks professional actors, teaching artists, and Arts Administrators to fill the following roles for summer 2016: Accompanists, Acting Teachers, Office Assistants, Teaching Apprentices, Vocal and Dance Teachers. Learn more.

  • See a First Stage Performance

    Your adventure awaits! Our 2015-16 season offers a stellar lineup guaranteed to delight parents and grandparents and their 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.