Professional Actors

Adult casting for our 2020/21 season of Mainstage shows will begin in February/March 2020.   We will have two open audition days:

  • Monday, March 16, 2020 from 9AM - 3:30PM at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center   
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 3:30PM - 8PM at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center   

Contact Jeff Schaetzke at for an appointment or to submit materials. Learn more about this call.

There will be six-minute slots. Accompanist provided.  Preparing 2-3 pieces, song is encouraged.  If we saw you at the Milwaukee non-equity generals at the Rep in January 2020, you need not audition.

Learn more about our casting for our 2020/21 season of plays.

We are always looking for understudies for our shows, and if you are interested and local to Milwaukee, please inquire with Jeff Schaetzke at

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, Programming Director at

We will announce an open call for an EPA in Chicago on March 9, 2020 very soon.  Appointments will be available once we post that information.

Any inquiries, please contact our Director of Artistic Operations, Jeff Schaetzke at

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, or (414) 267-2985. When possible, please submit your headshot and resume electronically ahead of time.