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

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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

Story Drama: Eric Carle (PM): 8/2-8/6

DATES: August 2nd-August 6th TIME: 1:00-2:15pm COST: $90

NOTE: This class will take place at in-person at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center. Students MUST have a signed COVID waiver on file to enter the building. MYAC will be adhering to CDC recommended practices, including masks being worn at all times. More details found here.
STORY DRAMA: Join First Stage for an interactive telling of our favorite stories, and help us bring these exciting tales to life through dramatic play. Young people will have the opportunity to develop their actor tools of body, voice, and imagination by actively engaging in creative play, all while strengthening their ability to focus, cooperate with others, and solve problems.

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