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Summer Theater Academy


Summer AcademyJoin us this summer for First Stage Theater Academy, the nation’s largest high-impact theater training program for young people!

Professional theater artists from across the nation will share their expertise, skills, and passion for their art with over 2,000 young people this summer. Students will develop skills in musical theater, scene study, Shakespeare, improvisation, and much more, while simultaneously building life skills, such as confidence, focus, and teamwork. Young people are encouraged to take risks and conquer their fears, and we are proud to be building the next generation of artists and leaders. 

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Summer Academy Session Dates are June 15 - August 21, 2020



Summer Academy session Tuition through March 31 Tuition after April 1
One-Week Half Day sessions $160 $175
One-Week Full Day sessions $275 $290
Two-Week sessions (grades 3-4) $375 $390
Two-Week sessions (grades 5-12) $425 $440
Three-Week sessions (grades 5-12) $525 $540
Four-Week sessions (grades 6-12) $625 $640
Next Steps, one week $200 $215
Next Steps, two weeks $395 $410

Register by March 31 for the lowest tuition prices!

Sibling Discount

Take advantage of our Sibling Discount when enrolling two or more children. The discount of $20 off will be applied to each class using Promo Code 42153. 

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to any student; awards are need-based. Learn more about our financial assistance program and how to apply.


New families are encouraged to attend our open house orientation to learn more about our program structure and policies, ask questions, and get a glimpse into the classroom content. A parent or guardian and the Academy student(s) should attend.

Our New Student Orientations will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 6pm and Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 6pm at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center. Please indicate whether or not you plan to attend one of these sessions on your registration form.

Can’t attend a New Student Orientation session? A virtual orientation will be available online at by April 1, 2020. 


Every Summer Academy session will culminate in a lively presentation of class work for family and friends. Classes will hold presentations on the final class day. Details will be noted in the welcome letter you will receive following registration.


  • Register online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Registration opens February 1, 2020.
  • 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

Featured Class

3rd-4th ONE WEEK CLASS: August 10th-August 14th, 9:00am-3:00pm

DATES: August 10th-August 14th TIME: 9:00am-3:00pm (students should bring their own lunch) GRADES: 3rd-4th (as of Fall 2020) COST: $290 ($275 if registered before April 1st) *Note: students can be dropped off starting at 8:30am. Extended Care is available until 5:30pm after class (Monday-Thursday). If a student is picked up after 3:15pm and not enrolled in Extended Care, a $15/day charge will apply* 3rd-4th ONE WEEK CLASS Each Academy day begins with a gathering to prepare, share goals, and encourage each other to do our best. Students then split into their classes and cycle through the following subjects throughout the day: *Musical Theater - Increase your versatility and work on new vocal and dance techniques while exploring the art of storytelling through words, music, and movement. *Scene Study - Dive into a script while you put your acting skills to work bringing the characters on the page to life on the stage. *Voice & Movement - Build strength, flexibility, awareness, and expressions through a class devoted to the fundamentals of two of the actor’s most important tools. *Creative Drama Utilize the actor tool of imagination to create characters and experience different events, places, and time periods through improvised role play.

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