Policies & Registration

Questions? Please contact the Academy office at (414) 267-2970 or academy@firststage.org.

Registration Procedure
Registrations are accepted by mail, fax, or online. To register by mail, please use the Summer 2017 registration form. If you choose to register online, you will receive immediate confirmation that you have been placed in a class. First Stage Theater Academy will continue to process paper registrations, but would strongly urge you to register online to ensure placement in your first choice class. If you are applying for financial aid, you will not be able to register online; please read more about our financial aid application process.

If you wish to register your student in the same group as a friend, family member, etc., please note the other students' names in the "Order Comments" section of your online registration. You may also mail the registrations together and note the other students' names at the top of the form. First Stage Theater Academy will review these requests and make every effort to honor them, although we cannot guarantee placement in the same group.

There is no special consideration extended to registrations delivered in person. Please do not register online and mail or fax a second paper copy. This will duplicate your registration and may result in an accidental double charge.

Please note, any information omitted from the registration form will delay registration and your desired class might fill before your enrollment is completed.

Tuition
Tuition must be paid in full, unless signing up for automatic payment.

  • For Summer Academy, a $75.00 deposit is due on the date of registration. The automatic payment will deduct the $75.00 deposit, and then on Friday, May 27, 2016, the remainder of the tuition will be charged. You may change the credit card payment method or submit full payment via cash or check before the May 27 deadline.
  • For School Year Academy, a $35.00 deposit is due on the date of registration. The automatic payment will deduct the $35.00 deposit, and then one week before the session begins, the remainder of the tuition will be charged. You may change the credit card payment method or submit full payment via cash or check before the deadline.
  • For School Year Intensives, 25% of tuition total is due on the date of registration. One week before each session begins (Fall, Winter, and Spring), 25% of the tuition will be charged. You may change the credit card payment method or submit full payment via cash or check before the deadline. 

Extended Care
Extended Care is designed to help busy working parents by offering program before and after Academy programming. Available during Summer and Spring Break Academy at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center location only. Learn more.

Refund Policy

  • For Summer Academy, there is a $25.00 administrative fee for all refunds. No refunds are given after May 27, 2017. Students withdrawing after May 27, 2017 will receive a gift certificate good towards future classes or tickets to our productions.
  • For School Year Academy, there is a $15.00 administrative fee for all refunds. No refunds are given after one week before the session begins. Students withdrawing after that date will receive a gift certificate good towards future classes or tickets to our productions.

Credits/gift cerfiticates offered will be applicable for up to one year. No refunds or tuition credits are given after the first day of class. The deposit and any tuition paid will be forfeited if a student cancels after the session has begun.

Class Cancellations
First Stage Theater Academy reserves the right to cancel any course if enrollment is insufficient. Any tuition paid will be refunded in full.

  • Switching Classes: If families find that they have a scheduling conflict or other emergency circumstance and need to switch their course selection, they may contact the Academy office to request this change. Students will not be moved from their assigned group after the first day of class. Please be aware that switching class is contingent upon space availability in the desired class.
  • Attendance/Make-up Policy: If your student is unable to attend a day(s) of class, we do not offer make-up classes. Please contact the Academy office if you know in advance that your student will be absent. If First Stage Theater Academy needs to cancel one or more days of a class due to circumstances beyond the Academy's control (e.g. severe weather, power outage, etc.), there will be no refunds or make-up classes.
  • Sending Students Home: Please use good judgment about bringing your student to the Academy. If your student is sick or contagious, please keep them home. Parents of students who become ill during the day will be promptly notified and are expected to arrange to pick up their student immediately.

First Stage Theater Academy also reserves the right to send students home due to inappropriate or disrespectful behavior.

Class Size and Wait Lists
All Academy classes carry a minimum/maximum class size that determines if the class will be offered. Classes not meeting the minimum may be canceled. Maximum levels are determined by classroom space or instructor/student ratios. We do maintain enrollment limits to ensure the best possible Academy experience for each student. Wait lists are often established for classes that have reached the enrollment limit. Students on wait lists are commonly called for enrollment, sometimes as late as the day before classes start. Even if the class is filled, we encourage you to be added to our wait list. As we strive to make space for as many students as possible, we are unable to add students to a wait list if they are already enrolled for a different class.

Questions? Please contact the Academy office at (414) 267-2970 or academy@firststage.org. 

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