Professional Actors

Adult casting for our 2019/20 season of Mainstage shows has been completed. Thank you to all who auditioned in Milwaukee and Chicago. We are always looking for understudies for our shows, and if you are interested and local to Milwaukee, please inquire with Jeff Schaetzke at jschaetzke@firststage.org.

We are always looking for teaching artists for our Education Department during the school year, and our Theater Academy during the school year and in the summer.  Please send your interest and resume to Julia Magnasco, Education and Academy Director at jmagnasco@firststage.org

Our next round of general auditions for professional actors will be January, February, and March of 2020.

Any inquiries, please contact our Director of Artistic Operations, Jeff Schaetzke at auditions@firststage.org.


FIRST STAGE is proud to employ between 30-40 professional actors every season, and there are opportunities for Internships, Understudies, and Teaching Artist Fellows.  FIRST STAGE employs Actor’s Equity Association Actors and Non-Equity actors under a Theatre For Young Audience (TYA) Contract.

First Stage is one of the nation’s largest professional theatre for young audiences.  We are an Equity theatre that also hires non-equity actors, Teaching Artist Felows, and understudies for most shows.  Contracts run in length from six to nine weeks.  We do age-appropriate casting for are young roles, and cast anywhere from five to twenty-five young performers per show. We also are interested in actors who have experience or potential as teaching artists either in our Education department or our nationally acclaimed Theatre Academy. 

For more information about auditions, contact Jeff Schaetzke, Director of Artistic Operations at jschaetzke@firststage.org, auditions@firststage.org or (414) 267-2985. When possible, please submit your headshot and resume electronically ahead of time.