About the Academy

Teaching life skills through stage skills, First Stage Theater Academy is the nation's largest high-impact theater training program for young people. 

Since 1992, the Academy has fostered a positive atmosphere, building community not competition, where young people can trust themselves and others, see that it is OK to be themselves, and learn to overcome the fear of failure by taking positive risks in a completely supportive environment.  It builds self-esteem, and cultivates the vital skills necessary to become creative, innovative adults who are positive and successful, such as public speaking, personal responsibility, respect for others, goal setting, leadership, and integrity.

School year, summer, and year-round programs are available at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center and the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield.