Professional Actors

Important update as of May 29, 2020:Matilda

With so much uncertainty due to the public health crisis surrounding COVID-19, please know that all in-person auditions for the 2020/21 season are temporarily on hold through the month of June. 

In the meantime, please submit your audition by video to Jeff Schaetzke at  in any suitable format by June 30 2020. An adult general audition for First Stage usually includes up to three pieces, at least one of which is a song.  Feel free to submit your reel, or individual clips at any time. 

We are in the process of rearranging our season schedule for the 2020/21 season, but are looking forward to a great season ahead. We will provide updates on in-person auditions dates and information once the restrictions on public gatherings is lifted and we are able to safely resume normal operations.

If we saw you at the Milwaukee non-equity generals at the Rep in January 2020, you need not audition.

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

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.