Learn Acting, Musical Theater, Improvisation and much more!

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School Year Theater Academy

First Stage Theater Academy is the nation’s largest high impact theater training program for young people!

Imagine a place where students of all ages coming together to make new friends, practice new skills, and let their individuality shine! Our professional staff teaches life skills through stage skills through engaging, high impact acting curriculum - available only at First Stage! Students and faculty work together to create a positive, safe learning environment where each student is encouraged to take risks, conquer their fears, and become leaders. 


  • Milwaukee Youth Arts Center
    325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53220
    Wednesdays, Saturdays
  • Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
    19805 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI 53045
  • Academy of Performing Arts – Franklin
    10001 St. Martins Road, Franklin, WI, 53132


  • Sessions start at $160. Tuition includes all class materials and one Academy t-shirt per students.  Explore our course catalog for specific classes and prices.
  • Financial assistance is available to any student; awards are need-based. Learn more about our financial assistance program and how to apply.


  • Register online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Please have your schedule, child’s emergency contact information, and any pertinent medical information available.
  • Please note: our website is best compatible with the Google Chrome browser, with a ten-minute limit on our website’s shopping cart.
  • Looking for a paper registration form? Click here

Questions? Contact the Academy Office at (414) 267-2970.

Featured Class

Playmakers Gr 1-2

Playmakers Grades 1-2 Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am Start Date: February 3 End Date: March 10 Take the leap from re-enacting stories to creating your own! In our Playmakers classes, students are the leaders of their own creative drama experience. Develop dialogue, action, characters, and work as a community to write an original story through facilitated improvised play called "Drama On". Playmakers classes are based on the world of a pre-existing play. These classes will draw inpsiration from the First Stage production of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

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