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Summer Academy

Welcome to Summer Academy 2.0!

To ensure the health and wellbeing of our students, families, and staff, First Stage is committed to implementing procedures to create a safe environment for all of our Summer Theater Academy classes this year. Our Summer 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.

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  • All Summer Academy classes from June 15 – July 3 will be held online ONLY. Virtual and anticipated in-person classes will be held held July 6 – August 14. The classes and prices have changed to accommodate our new virtual platform. View our Schedule at a Glance for Virtual Classes.

  • These classes will follow the Theater Academy curriculum, with professional theater artists sharing their expertise, skills, and passion for their art with our students, from ages 3-19.

  • All of these virtual class options will run as weeklong sessions, and we encourage students to try new classes and sign up for multiple sessions throughout the summer. 


Summer AcademyWe anticipate holding a limited number of in-person classes at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center ONLY, July 6 – August 14. View our Schedule at a Glance for In-Person Classes.

We are working to develop procedures to ensure secure admittance into our classroom spaces, which will include the following safety measures:

  • All in-person classes will be capped at eight students. 
  • Class start and end times will be staggered, to ensure no more than eight students will be entering or exiting the building at all times.  Parents or other caregivers will not be allowed in the building during class time
  • Students and staff will have their temperature taken upon arrival each day.  If a student or staff member shows a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, they will not be admitted into the building.
  • Students and staff will be required to wear face masks while entering or exiting the building.  Face masks will be allowed to be removed during class time. 
  • Classes will be held in our large rehearsal halls, with taped-out grids on the floor to ensure students and staff maintain six feet of separation at all times.
  • Rehearsal halls will be cleaned and disinfected in between class sessions and nightly.
  • Final presentations will be shared with family and friends through a virtual platform.
  • In the event that we do not feel it is safe to carry out in-person classes, these sessions will be moved to a virtual platform. 

Already registered for Summer Academy? Our Academy team will be in touch soon with your individual class options. Registration for these new Summer Academy classes will begin Tuesday, May 12, 2020.  First priority will be given to students currently enrolled in summer programming. 

New Summer Academy Enrollments: Enrollment for all other students will open on Friday, May 22, 2020. 


Summer Academy session dates are June 15 - August 14, 2020 at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212

Please note: Classes at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield will not be held this summer.


Tuition ranges from $15 - $160 for our virtual sessions, and $300 for our two-week in-person sessions. Please see our Schedule at a Glance for Virtual and In-Person Classes for tuition rates.

Sibling Discount
Take advantage of our Sibling Discount when enrolling two or more children. Enrollments must be in the same order, and the discount will apply automatically. 

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 Student Orientation sessions will not be held this summer. Families will receive detailed information on participating in both virtual and in-person Summer Academy classes prior to the start of your class.


 Our in-person Summer Academy classes will hold presentations on the final class day; this summer those presentations will be shared with families virtually, to maximize social distancing in our facility. Families will receive more information prior to presentation dates.


Extended care options are not offered this summer.


  • 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.
  • You may also register by mail or fax using this Summer Academy Registration form.

Questions? Contact the Academy Office at (414) 267-2970 or email

Summer AcademyAbout Summer Theater Academy

First Stage Theater Academy is the nation’s largest high-impact theater training program for young people! Our region’s finest professional theater artists 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.

Although we may be physically apart this summer, we will remain a place where students are encouraged to take risks and conquer their fears, and actively engage in developing and strengthening their acting skills.  As artists and educators, we are flexible and resilient, and although this summer may look different, we feel confident in providing our students with the same magical Theater Academy experience we have all come to know and love.  We are looking forward to welcoming new and returning students for another summer filled with learning, laughter, and fun!


Featured Class

MAGICAL MYSTERY AT THE MUSEUM (Wednesday Playmakers): 3:45-4:05pm

NOTE: this class will be 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.




3:45-4:05pm Each student must have a signed waiver on file before entering the building. This class will be capped at 10 students; waitlist is available once class is full
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