Understanding the power of connection that young people feel when they see themselves and their stories on stage, we are excited to begin this series featuring new commissioned work from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) playwrights and directors. Amplifying their voices offers us an opportunity to expand our artistic horizons and develop our audience’s perspective.

First Stage is proud and excited to announce the creation Amplify - First Stage's BIPOC Virtual Short Play Series, to be developed and produced throughout Spring 2021. Three short plays will be crafted by BIPOC playwrights that center on the young person’s point of view, amplifying the voices of these artists and young people throughout our community. 

Each play will be available to view on our YouTube channel. Please register to receive the link to each play prior to its premiere. While making a donation is not required for streaming access, your gift will help support the artists involved in the Amplify series and our commitment to building an inclusive community.


Copper Horns in WaterCOPPER HORNS IN WATER 
By Ty Defoe 
Directed by Johamy Morales 
Recommended for families with young people ages 8+
Streaming April 16 - May 16, 2021

North is a curious Underwater Creature who has earned their Copper Horns, a coming-of-age ritual that gives these young creatures power under water. North will soon learn the importance of their horns when they need to summon their strength – and with the collective power of their friends – to save the day. Based in an Anishinaabe storytelling tradition, tune in as students from Milwaukee’s Indian Community School perform this fun-filled story for the entire family.

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UNMUTED Unmuted
By Alvaro Saar Rios 
Music and Lyrics by Deborah Wicks La Puma 
Directed by Anna Skidis Vargas 
Recommended for families with young people ages 10+
Streaming April 30 - May 30, 2021

When the substitute gym teacher is kicked out of the Zoom Room of a virtual gym class, the students take over! As the group starts a game of “SorD” (Secret or Dare), they discover more about each other’s lives on the other side of the screen – their frustrations with online school, their love for tacos on Tuesdays and, most importantly, what they miss. Performed in English with some Spanish lyrics, unmute your streaming device for this lively new musical, to which we all can relate.

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Title To Be Announced
By Nikkole Salter 
Streaming May 20 - June 21, 2021


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Your donation will help support the artists involved in the Amplify series and our commitment to building an inclusive community. If you choose to make a gift, please select your level above and click the "Add a Gift" button at the bottom of this page.

If you choose to show your support by viewing the series, simply fill out the form below and click "Submit", so we may email your streaming link prior to its premiere. 

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.
City of Milwaukee Arts Board  Wisconsin Arts Board