Professional Actors

Important update as of March 15, 2021:Matilda

A year after suspending in-person performances, First Stage is optimistic to return safely to the stage in late fall 2021. We are planning an inspiring 2021/22 season to safely welcome back our families, our audiences, and our actors and artists. 

For March and April of 2021, any actor inquiry/audition should be sent as a video. Please submit your video to Jeff Schaetzke, Director of Artistic Operations, at auditions@firststage.org.  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, including at least one song and one monologue. Please also attach and reference your headshot and resume with your video submission. Please contact Jeff Schaetzke at jsckaetzke@firststage.org if you have questions regarding audition submittions.

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 you are auditioning through the Milwaukee Non-Equity General Audition portal in March 2021, you need not resubmit your audition to us.

We are always looking for understudies for our shows. 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 Theater in Education programs 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 jmagnasco@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.