Our 2019-2020 season will be announced soon!  

First Stage will hold an Actor’s Equity Association EPA in Chicago at the Equity office from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Monday, March 11. Please contact the Equity office in Chicago for an appointment.

General auditions for AEA and non-Equity actors in Milwaukee will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18 and 3:30 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center. Please see information here about our season and open call. 

If you attended the Milwaukee Generals in 2019, you do not need to audition again. We were in attendance and will contact any actor we need for show-specific call backs in late March/early April. Thank you!

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.