FAQ's and General Information

OUR PHILOSOPHY
Students at First Stage Theater Academy benefit from a curriculum designed to develop life skills through stage skills. Through their training with our staff, which is comprised of professional actors and teaching artists, students learn not only the art and craft of theater, but also the value of integrity, commitment, responsibility and cooperation. These ideals will guide them well in any life pursuit.

PARENT/GUARDIAN CHECKLIST

  • Review the invoice that was mailed to you before classes begin. (Class codes may have changes based on grade levels) If you did not receive an invoice, please contact the Academy Office. 
  • Make sure all classes that your student is registered for have been paid in full. If classes have not been paid in full, please send return payment as soon as possible to the Academy Office.
  • Return the “Expected Absences” form located on the invoice for dates when your student will not be attending class.

FIRST DAY
On the first day of class our staff will greet students and parents at the entrance. We will check students in, recieve paperwork, collect tuition balances due, answer any questions, and direct students to their classrooms.

Students should arrive 5-10 minutes before their class starts. They should enter the building at the main entrance and then proceed to their classroom. Students and parents will be advised of the class location at the check-in table. Students 3rd grade and up, should bring a pen or pencil and paper or a notebook of some kind, as these materials may be needed for class. 

CLASS PRESENTATIONS
Classes will conclude with an open-house showcase of classwork. Class presentations will take place in the classroom during the final half hour of the last day of class. If a different presentation time is needed, the Academy will notify families. We will also send home reminders the week before presentations.

TUITION
Tuition includes all materials unless otherwise noted. A $35 minimum deposit for School Year Academy is required with your registration for each class for which you have registered, if signing up for automatic payment method. The full balance is due one week prior to the first day of class. If the balance is not received by this date, we will not hold your placement in the class.

DRESS CODE
All students must wear an Academy t-shirt to class each day. Only new students will receive a new t-shirt on the first day of class. Returning students should wear their Academy T-shirt from a previous class session. Extra t-shirts may bepurchased in the Academy office at any time at a cost of $10 each. Students may wear shorts or long pants. Clothing must allow for movement. Closed toe shoes and socks are required. Please do not wear skirts or flip-flops to class. Students should also bring a backpack to keep personal belongings, as there are no lockers for student use. We encourage students to leave valuable items at home.

DROP-OFF & PICK-UP
Please note that each location follows a strict security protocol. Students and parents may be asked to sign in and out upon arrival and departure. 

First Stage parents will receive a Parent ID badge to be worn at all times while at MYAC. Family members may wait in the Commons during their student’s class. Younger siblings waiting with families must be supervised at all times.

K4-5th grade students must be signed in and out at their classroom by a parent or guardian at ALL locations. Please pick up your student promptly after class has ended. In a rare case that a student is not picked up shortly after class has ended, that student will be escorted to the Academy Office and a phone call will be made to the family promptly.

Parents are always responsible for picking up their students from any Academy location after class. Family members may wait in the common areas available at SLW and APA - Franklin during their student’s class. Younger siblings waiting with families must be supervised at all times.

If your student is attending Wednesday afternoon Academy classes, please refer to the registration form for drop-off and pick-up instructions.

PARKING

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center 

Parking is available at MYAC. The entrance is off of Dr. Martin Luther King Drive and traffic in the parking lot flows counter-clockwise. When exiting the lot, please make a right turn onto Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. Additionally, parents may also wait for 6th-12th grade students in the loading zone on Walnut Street. Please do not leave your vehicle unattended in the loading zone (it may be towed). Waiting cars can “stack up” safely along the east side of 4th Street and around the corner on Walnut Street.During the school week, alternative parking is available on the City streets around the building (watch for school zones, most of which expire at 4pm). After school hours, we have access to the Milwaukee Public Schools parking lot at the southwest corner of Galena and 4th Street. Enter the parking lot off of Galena. 

The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts/Academy of Performing Arts - Franklin

Both locations have their own parking lot on-site. Please do not leave your vehicle on and unattended when dropping off or picking up students. You are kindly asked to park in a space if your child needs to be signed in or out of class. If your student is in 6th grade and up, please form a drop-off/pick-up line by the building.

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, or given as a tuition credit at the parent/guardian’s discretion.

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. 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 class for any reason, 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.

LUNCH & BREAKS
Students staying for additional classes can bring a snack to eat between classes. Students at APA - Fraklin and SLW who have a break longer than 5 minutes are asked to spend that time in the common area, located on the main floor just past the front desk. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide supervision during breaks. A water bottle is allowed and encouraged in theclassroom.

REFUND POLICY
There is a $15.00 administrative fee for all refunds. No refunds are given after one week before class begins. Students withdrawing after that date will receive a tuition credit towards future classes or tickets to our productions. Credits/gift certificates offered will be applicable for up to one year. The deposit and any tuition paid will be forfeited if a student cancels after the session has begun.

WEATHER CLOSINGS
There is a possibility that classes may be canceled if the weather provides unsafe traveling conditions. Should this unlikely event occur the First Stage Theater Academy has registered with the Storm Team 4 Alert Network. Any closings will be posted through Today’s TMJ4, AM 620 WTMJ, and 94.5 WKTI.

STAY CONNECTED!
Throughout your student’s session, keep an eye out for In Focus, the Academy newsletter, for in-depth information about classes, teachers, and more! You can also follow us online for photos, session updates, and more. Check us out on social media!

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