Young Company

First Stage Young Company, the Theater Academy’s award-winning training program for advanced high school actors is open to students who want to take their work to the next level. Accepted students will complete college-level training in Voice, Movement, Viewpoints, Dance and Shakespeare as well as electives ranging from Auditioning to Stage Combat to Dialects. In addition, the Young Company hosts master classes with guest artists from across the nation. 


Auditions for our 2017-2018 season will take place August 29 - September 1, 2017
Auditions will consist of two monologues, one contemporary and one Shakespeare, and an interview. Sign up for an audition at the link below, or contact Young Company director John Maclay at to see if an alternate time can be arranged.!/showSignUp/5080d44a8ae23a4f58-young


The Young Company performes two to three fully-produced productions as part of First Stage's professional theater season. Performances are held at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center.


December 8-17, 2017
by Thornton Wilder
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Dinosaurs. Wooly Mammoths. The Ice age. World War. And your basic suburban family. Thornton Wilder’s allegorical play about, well… the entire history of mankind. This Pulitzer prize winning play by one of America’s finest playwrights is a wildly entertaining and thought provoking explosion of time and space that will stay with you long after the final curtain. Suggested for families with young people ages 12+

March 9-24, 2018
by William Shakespeare

Join us as the Young Company, nationally renowned for their excellence in performing the Bard, dives into the breach with one of our favorite plays by William Shakespeare. King Henry the Fifth has rallied the nation to invade France and this war won’t end until the famous Battle of Agincourt. The English must succeed against seemingly impossible odds- or be killed in the process. An epic story of a country at war and England’s most popular king. Suggested for families with young people ages 12+

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