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

Job Opportunities

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

Education and Academy Administrator

Full time

Supporting one of the nation’s leading theater training and education programs for young people, this role provides the opportunity to build organizational, time-management and critical thinking skills in a flexible work environment with a strong, supportive team. Join our team in supporting an organization that impacts thousands of students in the greater Milwaukee community. View full job description, compensation, and application details.

Learn More

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, verify patron admittance within COVID-19 Safety Protocols, 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.

Learn More

Special Events Coordinator

Part Time, Seasonal

Join First Stage's Development team in coordinating all aspects of the Silent Auctions for First Stage's two Signature Events each season - the Make Believe Ball (spring) and the Annual Wine Tasting & Dinner (fall), in addition to providing support for other smaller events and fundraising activities as needed throughout the year. View the full job description and application details.

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. Learn more and apply.

Learn More

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.

Learn More

Teaching Artist

Part Time

The Academy Teaching Artist will teach drama-based classes at First Stage. The Education 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.

Learn More
Back to top