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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

Production Stage Manager

Non-exempt, Full-Time, Seasonal

The Equity Production Stage Manager (PSM) will stage manage the rehearsals and performances of 3-5 First Stage productions each season. The PSM also leads the stage management department including the recruiting, coordination, training, and supervision of guest AEA stage managers, non-union stage managers and assistant stage managers. The PSM provides input as upcoming season calendars are developed, and is responsible for working within a provided budget for stage management materials. First Stage has eliminated 10/12 technical rehearsals and shifted to a 5 day rehearsal and performance week, typical work days will be Wednesday through Sunday. First Stage practices age appropriate casting which means the Equity Production Stage Manager will be working closely with young people, and Equity and Non-Equity Adult actors. Additionally, the AEA PSM will work closely with the Director of Production and production department heads, and with wardrobe and IATSE crew. Learn more and apply.

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Scenic Carpenter

Full Time, Seasonal

The Scenic Carpenter will be an integral part of the Scene Shop Team in supporting 8-10 productions per season between two theaters. The Scenic Carpenter will assist in the construction of scenic elements for all First Stage productions. This position requires skills and knowledge of woodworking and metalwork/welding.

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Properties Artisan

Full Time, Seasonal

The Properties Artisan will be an integral part of the Properties Team in supporting 8-10 productions per season between two theaters. The Properties Artisan will assist in the construction and acquisition of properties for all First Stage productions, including pulling and maintaining pieces from First Stage’s properties stock. 

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Scenic Charge Artist

Full Time, Seasonal

The Scenic Charge Artist will be an integral part of the Scenic Team in supporting 8-10 productions per season between two theaters. The Scenic Charge Artist will evaluate designs, techniques, and treatments to accurately translate the Scenic Designers’ paint elevations onto completed set pieces, properties, and soft goods.

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Wardrobe Assistant

Full time, Seasonal

The Wardrobe Assistant will be an integral part of the Costume Shop Team in supporting 8-10 productions per season between two theaters.  The Wardrobe Assistant will assist the Wardrobe Supervisor with running costume tracking and changes backstage during musical productions at the Todd Wehr theatre, and will assist in the construction, alteration, and maintenance of costume pieces for First Stage productions for the weeks they are not in show run. The person in this position will work Wednesday through Sunday when they are on wardrobe crew and will then switch to a Monday through Friday schedule during costume builds. In the 2022/23 season, the Wardrobe Assistant will run four musicals and will spend seven weeks (consecutively) in the costume shop.

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Patron Services Associate

Part time, seasonal

Friendly, enthusiastic, and customer-service oriented individuals are needed to deliver exceptional customer service and manage ticketing operations at First Stage performances at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center. Setup the ticketing and merchandise sales area, handle any customer service issues, complete onsite ticket transactions, and complete accurate settlement of transactions at the close of each shift. Perfect part-time opportunity for either college students in the Milwaukee area or community members looking for extra income. Learn more and apply.

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House Manager

Part Time, Seasonal

The House Manager is responsible for front-of-house operations management for First Stage performances. Responsibilities include usher management, seating patrons and directing school groups from busses to the theater (for school matinee performances), resolving any seating issues, ensuring the lobby and patron areas are ready for welcoming audiences, and working with Stage Management to ensure performances can begin on time. Learn more and apply.

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Education and Academy Teaching Artist

Part Time

The Education and Academy Teaching Artist will teach drama-based classes at First Stage during the school year. The Teaching Artist will teach literacy and drama-based programs in schools and other locations within the community. Both positions must believe in the mission of First Stage, to transform lives through theater, and work to create a safe, welcoming, inspiring and motivating environment for students, teachers and parents. Learn more and apply.

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