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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

Academy Manager

Full Time, Exempt

The Academy Manager’s primary objectives are to manage all administrative aspects of the Academy and provide support for families. The Academy Manager will obtain these objectives by completing administrative tasks, providing excellent customer service and supervising office processes for all locations. Academy staff members are team players, lead by example, exhibit a strong work ethic and are committed to the Academy philosophy of teaching life skills through stage skills and transforming lives through theater. Learn more and apply.

Alumni Engagement Manager

Full Time, Year Round

Reporting to the Director of Development and Alumni Engagement, First Stage seeks an enthusiastic and organized Alumni Engagement Manager to join our team. The Alumni Engagement Manager will play a pivotal role in assisting in the creation, maintenance, and expansion of our network of alumni, fostering a sense of community among past participants, and creating opportunities for engagement and support. This individual forms relationships with alumni through meetings, events, email, direct mail, and social media to increase their involvement and giving to First Stage. As a Development and Alumni Engagement team member, this person works to meet First Stage’s short- and long-term fundraising and engagement goals. Learn more and apply.

Development Associate

Full Time, Year Round

The Development Associate will play a crucial role in supporting the fundraising and alumni engagement efforts of First Stage. This position is ideal for individuals eager to gain nonprofit experience, and fundraising skills, and grow within the organization. The successful candidate will assist with various administrative tasks, contributing to the overall success of our fundraising and engagement initiatives. Learn more and apply.

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.

School Year Academy Teaching Artist

Seasonal, Contract

The School Year Academy Teaching Artist position is a 6-week contract, Tuesdays and/or Saturdays— times vary. This position reports to the Academy Director.

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