Foundry Readings & Signature Theater Events

New Play Readings and other virtual theater experiences
Free to stream, with additional educational programming and behind the scenes opportunities

First Stage Young Performer Virtual ShowcaseMilwaukee Black Theatre Festival Young Performer Showcase
In conjunction with the Milwaukee Black Theater Festival 

Streaming extended through Oct. 4!

Directed by N’Jameh Camara and Ann Joseph Douglas

In support of the Milwaukee Black Theater Festival – Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Bronzeville Arts Ensemble, Lights! Camera! Soul!, and artists Sheri Williams Pannell, DiMonte Henning and Malkia Stampley – First Stage proudly offers the stage to our BIPOC Young Company and Theater Academy’s Advanced Acting students to share their voices through monologues, songs and poetry in a virtual showcase. In addition, the showcase will feature a virtual production of Idris Goodwin’s short play ACT FREE, presented through Free Play: Open Source Scripts Toward an Antiracist Tomorrow – a collaboration between Idris Goodwin and TYA/USA. Join us as our young people speak from their hearts through their art.

APOLLO AND THE TRIALS OF HERCULESApollo and the Trials of Hercules
A world premiere play by Joe Foust and John Maclay

Streaming extended through Sept. 27!

Directed by First Stage alumni Elyse Edelman and Hal Sansone

Apollo’s father has gone missing and the 14-year-old is trying to find answers – to who they are, who they will become, but mostly what happened to their Mythology professor father? Suddenly Apollo is swept away on the adventure of a lifetime where all things become clear. OK – to be honest, things get really confusing for a while, I mean there’s the Underworld, different gods appearing, a cyclops, but ultimately Apollo finds the path forward. From the writing team that brought you the rollicking adventure Robin Hood comes another instant classic filled with mischief, mayhem, fighting, fury and just pure fun. For families with young people ages 9 – 18+

Sponsored by
 Children's Wisconsin 

Scenes and monologues from Utah Shakespeare Festival’s High School Competition 

Streaming October 10 – 24, 2020

The award-winning Young Company – First Stage’s advanced actor training program for high school students – traditionally travels west to perfect their craft and perform the words of the Bard for many of their peers and adjudicators from around the country. This year, the competition is going virtual! Tune in for a showcase of scenes and monologues from Shakespeare’s repertoire, performed by the most accomplished high school actors in our region.