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FIRST STAGE is committed to dismantling structures that may prevent ALL people from applying for employment with us. FIRST STAGE celebrates the richness of our world by cultivating Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity as they inspire the creativity that nurtures great art, artists and audiences.

FIRST STAGE is an equal opportunity employer and as such, we consider individuals for employment according to their abilities and performance. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, age, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or any other classification protected by law.

First Stage is one of the nation’s leading theaters for young people and families. First Stage touches hearts, engages minds and transforms lives by creating extraordinary theater experiences through professional theater productions that inspire, enlighten and entertain, serving audiences of over 120,000 among more than 300 performances annually. Its Theater Academy, the nation’s largest high-impact theater training program for young people, fosters life skills through stage skills and serves nearly 2,000 students each year. As Wisconsin’s leader in arts-integrated education in schools, First Stage’s dynamic Theater in Education programs promote literacy, character building and experiential learning throughout the curriculum, serving 20,000 students each year. For more information, visit

Director of Finance

Full Time, Exempt

The Director of Finance oversees all accounting and finance functions for the organization, including but not limited to cash management, payroll, annual audit management, budgeting, and tax reporting, and is responsible for determining and maintaining the strategic financial goals and objectives of the organization. The position is a member of the organization’s leadership team and serves as the main liaison for accounting and finance discussion with the Finance Committee, Investment Committee and Board of Directors. Position has frequent contact with nearly all other managerial positions in the organization. Expected to develop all strategic financial and business goals and provide relevant tools to staff to ensure those goals can be reached. Other main areas of work include business data and metrics, risk management, and legal contract review. Learn more and apply.

Director of Development

Full time, Exempt

The Director of Development creates and directs the implementation of the overall development program and works to secure increased support from all revenue streams, especially Individual Giving, to support and further the mission of First Stage on an annual basis. This includes optimizing current donors and researching to identify new prospects. Overseeing a team of three full-time staff members, and in collaboration with the Managing Director, the Director of Development works to ensure the development plan is realized and financial goals are met. Applications are being accepted through December 16, 2022. Learn more and apply.

Teaching Artist - Summer Academy


First Stage seeks Teaching Artists for its popular Summer Academy program, for a four to eight-week contract. The ideal candidates believes in the mission of transforming lives through theater, and work to create a safe, welcoming, inspiring and motivating environment for students, teachers and parents. Teaching Artists must have expertise in any of the following disciplines for our Grades 5-12 programs: Musical Theater, Contemporary Acting Theory, Shakespeare, Improvisation, Playwriting, Design (overview of Costume, Scenic, Sound and Lights), Movement, Voice and Speech. In addition, for our K-4 programs we seek teachers with expertise and experience in Story Drama, Creative Drama, Scene Study and Musical Theater. 

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Teaching Assistant - Summer Academy

For college students; seasonal

A Teaching Assistant (TA) position at First Stage means assisting in the curricular goals of the class and making sure that every student has the opportunity to succeed. It is your responsibility to allow the young artists a place where “I can’t” is NOT in their vocabulary, where they CAN take risks, where they can conquer their fears and where they can lead. The best way to accomplish this is by following those same guidelines in your work. Please note you must in college earning your degree for this position. 

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House Manager/Patron Services Associate

Part Time, Seasonal

First Stage seeks a House Manager/Patron Service Associate to provide our audiences with a welcoming, positive, and memorable theater experience. As a member of our dynamic team, you will deliver exceptional customer service through Front of House Management for First Stage’s school (weekday matinee) and public (evening and weekend) performances at the Marcus Performing Arts Center and the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (MYAC), and onsite ticketing services for public performances at MYAC. This position requires evening and weekend hours, a friendly demeanor, quick and confident problem-solving skills, the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. and be on your feet for long periods, and enthusiasm for theater and the performing arts. 

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