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Professional Adult Actor Auditions

Important update as of March 23, 2022:

Our 2022/23 season will include the following titles and production dates:

Three adults
First Rehearsal: September 7, 2022
Performances: October 7, 2022—November 6, 2022.

Eight adults
First Rehearsal: October 26, 2022
Performances: November 25, 2022—December 24, 2022.

Two adults
First rehearsal: December 27, 2022
Performances: January 20, 2023—February 12, 2023

THE HOBBIT (play with music)
Three adults, one musician
First Rehearsal: January 4, 2023
Performances: February 3, 2023—March 5, 2023

Six adults,  one Foley artist
First Rehearsal: February 1, 2023
Performances: March 3- April 2, 2023

Bob Marley's THREE LITTLE BIRDS (musical)
Three adults
First Rehearsal: March 22, 2023
Performances: April 21, 2023—May 21, 2023

In April, we will list our casting call and we will begin to hold call backs for specific shows. We will be accepting any AEA and non-AEA audition reels or submissions through May 1, 2022 and will hold call backs by invitation in person in Milwaukee in May-July, 2022.

If you are interested in any of these production, please email your interest and headshot/resume to Jeff Schaetzke at

Understudy Opportunities

A First Stage understudy usually covers two tracks. Limited rehearsal time and a presence to be available during the run of the show. Must be local to Milwaukee.

Understudy tracks pay $250-400 and EMC points. 

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Other actor opportunities

We are always looking for teaching artists for our Theater in Education programs during the school year, and our Theater Academy during the school year and in the summer. 

Please send your interest and resume to Julia Magnasco, Programming Director at

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About First Stage

FIRST STAGE is proud to employ between 30-40 professional actors every season, and there are opportunities for Internships, Understudies, and Teaching Artist Fellows. FIRST STAGE employs Actor’s Equity Association Actors and Non-Equity actors under a Theatre For Young Audience (TYA) Contract.

First Stage is one of the nation’s largest professional theatre for young audiences. We are an Equity theatre that also hires non-equity actors, Teaching Artist Fellows, and understudies for most shows. Contracts run in length from six to nine weeks. We do age-appropriate casting for our young roles, and cast anywhere from five to twenty-five young performers per show. We also are interested in actors who have experience or potential as teaching artists either in our Theater in Education department or our nationally acclaimed Theater Academy. 

For more information about auditions, contact Jeff Schaetzke, Director of Artistic Operations at or (414) 267-2985. When possible, please submit your headshot and resume electronically ahead of time.  

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