Next Steps

Using research-based best practices, Next Steps Theater Academy classes serve young people through our philosophy of teaching life skills through stage skills. We strive to help each student take his or her next steps as an artist and a person.

We serve both verbal and non-verbal students, students with classic autism, PDD-NOS, other sensory processing disorders, and Asperger's. With small class sizes, our curriculum explores acting, singing, dancing and improvisation, through which students improve social understanding, fine and gross motor skills, empathy, conversation skills, public speaking and confidence. 

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
ACTING: 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.

CLASS SIZES
There are eight students per class. Our classroom model includes teams of lead teachers, special education professionals, and teaching assistants with approximately a 2:1 and often 1:1 student to teacher ratio. Family aides may accompany a student to class as necessary and agreed upon between the family and First Stage. 

For questions or to register, please contact Brenna Kempf, Next Steps Director at nextsteps@firststage.org or (414) 267-2969.


SATURDAYS

Saturday Theater Academy classes are open to new and returning students entering grades 3–12.Students in our Saturday Theater Academy classes will study Acting.

  • WINTER: January 21 - March 11, 2017
    Time: TBA (This one-hour class will take place between 1-3:00 p.m.)
    Tuition: $160
  • SPRING: March 25 - May 20, 2017
    Time: TBA (This one-hour class will take place between 1-3:00 p.m.)
    Tuition: $160 

SPRING BREAK
Week-long Theater Academy classes are open to new and returning students entering grades 3-12.Students attending a week-long Theater Academy classes will study both Acting and Musical Theater as part of our curriculum.

  • April 10 - 14, 2017 (one week), grades 3-12
    Classes take place from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

SUMMER CLASSES
One and two-week long Theater Academy classes are open to new and returning students entering grades 3-12 this summer. Classes take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

August 7-11, 2017 (one week) $200
August 14-18, 2017 (one week) $200
August 7-18, 2017 (two-week) $395


Eureka Award

Next Steps is a winner of the Business Journal's Eureka Awards, which recognize creativity, innovation, leaps forward and progress in business, the arts, education, health care and other areas.

  • Sensory-friendly performances

    Sensory-friendly performances for our 2016-2017 season have been announced! Learn more

  • Parent testimonial

    "My daughter embraced the concept of being comfortable taking risks. I was thrilled to see her learn to see a mistake as an opportunity for growth."