School Year Intensives | Grades 5–12

School Year Intensives foster the disciplines of Acting, Improvisation, Musical Theater, and Playwriting. Professional theater artists work year-round with young performers, encouraging creative exploration and pushing students to realize and meet their artistic potential. 

Students are welcome to audition for as many Intensives they would like. The schedule allows them to take multiple, but class time(s) will be assigned. 

NOTE: INTENSIVES WILL BE HELD IN-PERSON AT THE MILWAUKEE YOUTH ARTS CENTER (with the exception of Playwrights' Ensemble). FIRST STAGE AND MYAC STAFF WILL BE FOLLOWING AND EXCEEDING CDC GUIDELINES WITHOUT EXCEPTION AS WE HOLD MODIFIED CLASSES IN THE BUILDING. MORE INFORMATION REGARDING HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES WILL BE SENT TO ALL REGISTERED FAMILIES.

Auditions are required for all School Year Intensives. For the 2020-2021 School Year, all auditions will be submitted virtually. See below for details on individual audition requirements.


School Year Intensives: 2020-2021

  • Advanced Acting
    • Grades: 5-10
    • Price:$475
    • How do I audition?
      • Make a YouTube video of yourself performing 2 contrasting monologues, 1 minute each. (Classical/contemporary or comedy/drama)
      • Complete the Google form, submitting your video in the last section.
      • Students may audition for and take multiple School Year Intensive classes, but will have their class time(s) assigned to them.
      • Auditions must be submitted by Wednesday, September 9th. Accepted students will be announced on Friday, September 11th. 
  • Advanced Musical Theater
    • Grades: 5-12
    • Price:$475
    • How do I audition?
      • Make a YouTube video of yourself singing one song with a track, and perform the dance from Miss Ami's dance video - no Hamilton please!
      • Complete the Google form, submitting your video in the last section.
      • Students may audition for and take multiple School Year Intensive classes, but will have their class time(s) assigned to them.
      • Auditions must be submitted by Wednesday, September 9thAccepted students will be announced on Friday, September 11th.
  • Organized Chaos Advanced Improvisation
    • Grades: 7-12
    • Price:$475
    • How do I audition?
      • Make a YouTube video of yourself answering the following questions:
        1. Why do you want to audition for OC?
        2. If you are selected what do you hope to get out of the class?
        3. What does advanced improv mean to you?
        4. Briefly describe your past improv experience.
      • Complete the Google form, submitting your video in the last section.
      • Students may audition for and take multiple School Year Intensive classes, but will have their class time(s) assigned to them.
      • Auditions must be submitted by Wednesday, September 9thAccepted students will be announced on Friday, September 11th. 
  • Playwright's Ensemble (virtual)
    • Grades: 6-12
    • Price:$350
    • How do I audition?
      • Please write a creative story of your own (150-300 words), starting with the following prompt: "It's the first day of school and your character finds a note on their locker with a surprising message."
      • Your response can be emailed to Samantha at smontgomery@firststage.org
      • Responses must be submitted by Wednesday, September 9thAccepted students will be announced on Friday, September 11th.