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.

If you're interested in enrolling in a class, or other opportunities with First Stage, check out our FAQ or explore available classes

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are offering in-person and virtual offerings during the 2020-2021 School Year. In-person classess are held at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center where we are strictly following, and exceeding, CDC guildelines to ensure the health and safety of all students and their families. Feel free to read over the procedures we have in place.