About the Academy

Teaching life skills through stage skills, First Stage Theater Academy is the nation's largest high-impact theater training program for young people.  

Since 1992, the Academy has fostered a positive atmosphere, building community not competition, where young people can trust themselves and others, see that it is OK to be themselves, and learn to overcome the fear of failure by taking positive risks in a completely supportive environment.  It builds self-esteem, and cultivates the vital skills necessary to become creative, innovative adults who are positive and successful, such as public speaking, personal responsibility, respect for others, goal setting, leadership, and integrity.

School year, summer, and year-round programs are available at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center and the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield.

In Focus: Academy newsletter

In Focus is published each session to highlight the work of our students and staff. Looking to learn more about our staff members featured in the newsletter? Read their bios online!

2016-17 Season

2015-16 Season

2014-15 Season

2013-14 Season

2012-13 Season

  • See a First Stage performance

    Join us for our 30th anniversary season, including five world premiere plays, family favorites, and more!

  • 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.  

  • Support Us

    Learn more about how to support First Stage in fulfilling our mission of transforming lives through theater.