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Summer Theater Academy

Summer Theater Academy is an experience like no other with students in grades K4-12 coming together to build confidence, sharpen focus and create community. Students work with professional teaching artists from across the nation to learn Musical Theater, Acting, Shakespeare, Improvisation and more.

Join us! At First Stage we are committed to hearing the voices of our youth through our actor training program where we teach life skills through stage skills. 


  • Milwaukee Youth Arts Center
    325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53220
    June 4 – August 10, 2018
    Extended care is available
  • Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
    19805 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI 53045
    June 25 – August 10, 2018
  • Academy of Performing Arts – Franklin
    10001 St. Martins Road, Franklin, WI, 53132
    June 11 – 22, 2018


  • Weekly sessions start at $160 per week. Tuition includes all class materials and one Academy t-shirt per student.  Explore our course catalog for specific classes and prices.
  • Take advantage of our Sibling Discount available to families enrolling two or more children in Summer Academy classes. The discount of $20 will be applied to each class when registering online with source code 33409.
  • Financial assistance is available to any student; awards are need-based. Learn more about our financial assistance program and how to apply.


  • Register online 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.

Prefer paper? Download our Summer Academy Registration Form to register by mail or fax. 

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

Featured Class

Two Week Session Gr 6-7 7/16-7/27

Two Week Session - Serving new and returning students entering grades 6-7 in fall of 2018 Classes will be divided based on grades in fall of 2018 Times: 8:45 am – 4:15 pm Students will rotate through a Core Curriculum that explores the fundamental elements of actor training: Acting Theory, Improvisation, Musical Theater, Shakespeare and Voice & Movement. GRADES 5–12 CURRICULUM BEGINNING OF DAY: Each Academy day begins with a gathering to prepare, share goals, and encourage each other to do our best. ACTING THEORY: Explore character, relationships, action and text while developing overall acting skills and confidence. IMPROVISATION: Develop expressiveness, spontaneity, and train your brain to think quickly and with reason through improvisational character and scene work. MUSICAL THEATER: Increase your versatility and work on new vocal and dance techniques while exploring the art of telling a story through words, music, and movement. SHAKESPEARE: Examine dynamic language, characters, and plots in scenes and monologues from one of the most influential playwrights in history. VOICE & MOVEMENT: Build strength, flexibility, awareness, and expression through a class devoted to the fundamentals of two of the actor’s most important tools. END OF DAY: Each Academy day concludes with a gathering to reflect and acknowledge the hard work of fellow students.

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