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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

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.

Summer Academy Lead Teaching Artist

Seasonal, contract

The Summer Theater Academy Teaching Artist position is a 4 to 8 week contract, Monday-Friday 8AM-4:30PM. We are seeking teaching artists with the expertise in any of the following disciplines for our 5th-12th grade programs: Musical Theater, Acting Theory, Shakespeare, Improvisation, Playwriting, Design (overview of Costume, Scenic, Sound and Lights), Movement, Voice and Speech. In addition, for our K programs we seek teachers with expertise and experience in Story Drama, Creative Drama, Acting and Musical Theater. We are seeking teaching artists for all three of our Theater Academy Locations: The Milwaukee Youth Arts Center (downtown Milwaukee), Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Brookfield), and the Performing Arts and Education Center (Oak Creek). Application deadline is March 20. Learn more and apply.

Summer Academy Teaching Assistant

Part time, Seasonal

The Teaching Assistant will assist 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. The application deadline is March 10. 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.

Technical Director

Full Time, Exempt

The Technical Director is responsible for the realization of all scenic elements. They will determine technical  requirements from designs, estimate material and labor costs, and communicate needs and processes to staff and crews. The Technical Director will work closely with scenic designers, fellow department heads, and vendors in addition to leading a three person scene shop team. First Stage puts on 8 to 10 productions each season with varying levels of scene shop support between two theaters: a 494 seat ¾ thrust, and a 142 seat theater in the round. Learn more and apply.

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