SCHOOL YEAR ACADEMY

Registration is now open! Acting, Musical Theater, Private Coaching, and so much more!

School Year Theater Academy class

First Stage Theater Academy is the nation’s largest high impact theater training program for young people. Classes are offered both virtual, with limited in-person classes held at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center.

To ensure the health and well-being of our students, families, and staff, First Stage is committed to implementing procedures to create a safe environment for all of our Theater Academy classes this year. Our School Year Theater Academy programming has changed in order to provide the same high-impact theater arts training for young people as always, yet taking new measures to ensure the health and safety of our students, families, staff, and teaching artists.

Register for Fall Academy

Schedules at a Glance | Safety Measures | School Year Intensives | Private CoachingPerformance Experiences | Master Class Series Cost | Registration Tips


SAFETY MEASURES FOR IN-PERSON CLASSES

First Stage and Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (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 family.

Details on our In-Person Safety Protocol are found here.

  • Absolutely NO student will be allowed in the building without a signed waiver from a parent or guardian. 
  • Each class will have a maximum of 10 students in the room.
  • Six feet of social distancing will be adhered to at all times.
  • Temperature checks will be taken upon arrival.
  • Masks must be worn AT ALL TIMES
  • No parents, guardians, or other family members will be allowed inside MYAC.


FS Logo BnW  SCHOOL YEAR INTENSIVES

Fall Saturdays, September 26 - November 21 (no class October 31).Winter and Spring dates TBA.

These year-long classes foster the disciplines of Acting, Improvisation, Musical Theater, and Playwriting. Professional theater artists work with young performers to focus and polish various concentrations of live theater. Join us for any or all of these year-long sessions.  Auditions are required and must be submitted by Friday, Wednesday, September 9thLearn more about audition requirements and the submission process

All School Year Intensives are 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.

This fall, we will be offering multiple sections of each class to maintain a maximum of 10 students/group. Students are welcome to audition for as many Intensives they would like. The schedule allows them to take multiple, but all class time(s) will be assigned.


FS Logo BnW PRIVATE COACHING NEW IN 2020!

Students will meet with a First Stage artist virtually for a one-on-one coaching session. These sessions can be scheduled as needed (audition prep, for example), or on a weekly on-going basis throughout the semester. Meeting times will be scheduled based no availability of our artists. Coaching is available for Acting, Voice, or Acting for Students with Autism.

  • Sessions will be 30-minute virtual meetings
  • Can be scheduled a la carte or on a weekly basis
  • $30/half hour
  • One student per class (no semi-privates)

Please register online as usual (there will be a $0 charge). The Academy staff will follow up to schedule, and coordinate payment for any sessions.


FS Logo BnW PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCES

RENT Performance Experience Class

In this concentrated show clinics, students work with theater professionals for two weeks to broaden their performance skills, deepen their knowledge of theater, and perform a popular show as their final presentation.  Final Presentations will be shared on a virtual platform for family and friends to view.

Several of these classes are 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. More information regarding health and safety procedures will be sent to all registered families.

Auditions are required and must be submitted by Wednesday, September 9th. Students are welcome to audition for as many Performance Experiences as they'd like, but will ultimately be accepted into one due to very limited capacities.

Learn audition requirements and submit audition online through each class link below:

*=Virtual Performance Experience


FS Logo BnW MASTER CLASS SERIES

Students will work directly with a theater professional and dive into a specific exploration of the acting craft. These experts will share their experiences, knowledge, and passion with students in a one-of-a-kind workshop setting.

Middle School Master Classes - Fall 2020

High School Master Classes - Fall 2020


FS Logo BnW COST

  • Tuition varies upon length and intensity of class.
  • Tuition includes all class materials and one Academy t-shirt per students.  
  • A $35 deposit is required to hold any spot in a class. Full payment must be paid by the first day of class, but we are happy to create a payment schedule that is most convenient for you.
  • Financial assistance is available to any student; awards are need-based. Learn more about our financial assistance program and how to apply.


FS Logo BnW REGISTRATION TIPS

  • Register online or download our Registration Form.
  • 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
  • Please have your schedule, child’s emergency contact information, and any pertinent medical information available.
  • Please note: our website is best compatible with the Google Chrome browser, with a ten-minute limit on our website’s shopping cart.

Questions? Contact the Academy Office at (414) 267-2970 or email academy@firststage.org.

Featured Class

NEXT STEPS - Scooby Doo: 10/17, 9:30am

Next Steps - Scooby Doo

NOTE: this is a virtual performance experience; students will receive the link to access the class a few days before the first session.

Note - our Next Steps classes are designed to be inclusive of students who identify with a variety of intellectual, physical, and emotional disabilities, including students who are verbal and non-verbal, with PDD-NOS, other sensory processing disorders, and Asperger's.

Dates

Saturday, 10/17

Time

9:30-10:15am

Price

$15 ($12.50 when purchasing 4 or more Next Steps classes) Designed for students on the autism spectrum, Next Steps helps students take their next steps as an artist and a person. First Stage creates a safe space for all students to be creative and express themselves without judgment or fear of failure. Next Steps students will explore the Academy curriculum of Acting, Voice and Movement, and Musical Theater, as they jump into the Mystery Machine with the characters from Scooby Doo to bring the story to life.
In 2020, we are offering a free Next Steps class session to any new families (student has not attended any Next Steps class or event in the past). If you are interested in a free trial class, please email the Next Steps Directors. Learn More