Theater Academy

The nation's largest high-impact theater training program for young people.

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Our Academy

First Stage Theater Academy is the nation’s largest high impact theater training program for young people. We foster life skills through stage skills through classes emphasizing Creative Drama, Stage Movement, Voice, Speech, Scene Study, and so much more. Professional theater artists from around the country join us every year to share their expertise and guidance to young performers of all ages and experience, supporting our philosophy of life skills through stage skills. 

Contact us at (414) 267-2970 or e-mail

Learn more about First Stage Theater Academy:

In Spring 2020, we pivoted to fully virtual programming:

Beginning with our Summer Academy, we offered both virtual and on-site programming. After a very safe and successful nine weeks of programming, we are proud to continue offering both formats of classes.

We maintain and exceed all CDC guildines without exception, as the health and safety of students, First Stage, and MYAC staff is our highest priority. Further information regarding policies will be sent to registered families.  

Summer 2021 Programming will be announced on March 1st! Stay tuned!

Featured Class

PIRATES AND MERMAIDS Playmakers: Wednesdays, 3:45pm


NOTE: this class will be held in-person at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center. First Stage and MYAC staff will be following and exceeding CDC guidelines without exception as we hold modified classes in the building.


Wednesdays, 4/14-5/5



Each student must have a signed waiver on file before entering the building. Class will be capped at 10 students; waitlist is available if class is full

Yo ho, yo ho, the sea is the life for me! Journey to the bottom of the sea as we encounter mermaids, pirates, and sea creatures, and explore the magical and mysterious world under water. New adventures will be created, as students develop characters and work as an ensemble to act out their stories.

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