Photo of cast performing in First Stage's production of ELEPHANT & PIGGIES "WE ARE IN A PLAY!"

Job Opportunities

Current openings:

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

Lead Scenic Carpenter

Non-exempt, Full-Time

The Lead Scenic Carpenter will be an integral part of the Production Team in supporting 8-10 productions per season between two theaters. The Lead Scenic Carpenter will be the primary constructor of scenic elements for all First Stage productions with support from the Technical Director and/or over hire. This position requires skills and knowledge of woodworking and metalwork/welding. Learn more and apply.

Learn More

Wardrobe Assistant

Non-exempt, 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 larger scale 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. Given First Stage’s commitment to age appropriate casting, this position will have a high level of interaction with young performers as well as adult union actors and crew. Learn more and apply.

Learn More

Theatrical Designers


First Stage seeks theatrical designers (Scenic, Costume, Lighting & Sound) for upcoming seasons. First Stage produces in the 494 seat Todd Wehr Theater at the Marcus Performing Arts Center (3/4 thrust) and the 142 seat Goodman Mainstage Hall at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (in the round). As a member of the creative team, you will work closely with the Director, Artistic Director, fellow designers, and the Production Department to develop the world of play. These positions require the ability to work collaboratively, think creatively, meet deadlines, and have an appreciation for theater and the performing arts. While experience working with young people is not a requirement, First Stage does practice age-appropriate casting and therefore a desire to and respect for working with youth is needed. Candidates local to Milwaukee, WI and the surrounding area are strongly encouraged to submit materials. Learn more.

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. Learn more and apply.

Finance and Administration Analyst

Full Time

The Finance & Administration Analyst assists the Director of Finance & Administration with a diverse set of responsibilities. These responsibilities include preparation of grant financial reports, processing and analyzing the organization’s weekly payroll, management of the data sharing necessary with our Finance shared service provider, and various financial and operational tasks needed to keep the organization running smoothly. The ideal candidate will have a passion for the arts and a commitment to supporting the theater's mission through financial analysis and business process improvement.

Learn More
Back to top